Back home in Ohio, split opinions on Boehner’s value as House Speaker

As Republican John Boehner gets closer to the prize of U.S. House speaker, not everyone back home is convinced about the value of a new pinnacle for the local guy who’s been winning elections for three decades. Boehner’s long-standing support in his western Ohio district allows the House minority leader to spend time away, campaigning for GOP candidates, as his party tries to reclaim the House next week with him in line to become speaker. But critics warn the speakership would increase neglect of his district in favor of Washington politics. Boehner also personally opposes earmarks and pledges to cut
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Angry gay voters a problem for Democrats

Kate Coatar is seriously considering voting for Green Party candidates instead of Democrats, whom she normally supports. James Wyatt won’t cast a ballot at all because he no longer trusts anyone to fight for causes important to him. If Democratic candidates are counting on long-standing support from gay voters to help stave off big losses on Nov. 2, they could be in for a surprise. Across the country, activists say gay voters are angry — at the lack of progress on issues from eliminating employment discrimination to uncertainty over serving in the military to the economy — and some are
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Warning to GOP: It ain’t over ’till the fat lady votes

To understand Republicans’ nagging fear that the Nov. 2 elections might not be quite the massive triumph that many have predicted, check out Pennsylvania’s perplexing Senate race. Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak has trailed Republican Pat Toomey for months, and a GOP victory always has seemed likely, given that it’s a Republican-trending year in this perpetually contested state. Yet recent polls suggest Sestak has closed the gap, and Republican leaders are imploring supporters not to panic even as they ask themselves: What’s going on? The Sestak-Toomey race mirrors other Senate contests that are making this one of the most intriguing and
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One third of voters could still switch candidates before election

One in three people has yet to lock onto a choice in the Nov. 2 congressional elections, according to an Associated Press-GfK Poll. Yet in this year of the fed-up voter, even these folks offer little hope to Democrats. Despite record political spending and months of frenzied campaigning, one-third of likely voters remain steadfastly undecided or favor a candidate but say they could change their mind, according to the survey. Such a large group might seem like a mother lode of opportunity for Democrats scuffling to unearth enough votes to prevent a Republican takeover of Congress. Yet a close look
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Poll predicts huge gains by Republicans

All signs point to huge Republican victories in two weeks, with the GOP now leading Democrats on virtually every measure in an Associated Press-GfK poll of people likely to vote in the first major elections of Barack Obama‘s presidency. In the final survey before Election Day, likely voters say the GOP would do a better job than Democrats on handling the economy, creating jobs and running the government. Most also think the country’s headed in the wrong direction. More than half disapprove of Obama’s job performance. And even more don’t like the Democratic-controlled Congress. Neither party is popular. But likely
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Even Democrats think Conway attack on Paul went too far

Democrats cringe when asked about Kentucky Senate candidate Jack Conway‘s latest attack ad against Republican opponent and tea party favorite Rand Paul in their contentious race. Sen. Claire McCAskill is one Democrat willing to go on the record saying Conway went “way over the line” in the ad that attacks Paul for an alleged participation in a mock pagan ritual as part of a secret society in college more than three decades ago. So is Rep. John Yarmuth of Louisville, who told the Huffington Post‘s Howard Fineman that “I wouldn’t have done it,” adding “and it looks like it is
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Endangered species: Democrats defending health care ‘reform’

It happens so rarely, it makes news: A few Democratic candidates have started to run television ads daring to defend President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. Most Democrats are trying to avoid campaigning on what should have been the party’s signature issue, but the lonely bunch who’ve stuck their necks out may finally be hitting on a message. Some are using constituents to vouch for specific benefits that only recently took effect, changes whose poll-tested popularity isn’t in question. The argument won’t stop on Nov. 2. Democrats will have to keep defending the health care law in the next Congress
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Republicans brand Pelosi as ‘witch’ and ‘puppy killer’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has proved an irresistible target to Republicans, who have branded the powerful Democrat a “wicked witch” and a would-be puppy killer ahead of November 2 elections. The Republican National Committee (RNC) has staged a nationwide “Fire Nancy Pelosi” bus tour to energize core supporters for the fight to retake the US Congress and dump the San Francisco lawmaker from her lofty perch. Republicans have spoofed Pelosi as Disney’s would-be Dalmatian skinner “Cruella,” and portrayed her as “the wicked witch” of high taxes in a television commercial that sees her challenger melt her down to nothing with
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Democratic tale of woe continues with two weeks to go

With just two weeks to go before voters decide who runs Congress the Democrats keep looking for a life raft in a sea of bad news, disastrous polls, shrinking fundraising and growing anger from voters. The weekend wasn’t kind to the party of the jackass. Political prognosticators increasingly predict the Democrats will lose control of the House and a few are saying the party will get creamed on Nov. 2. Even Democrats privately predict the party will lose at least 50 seats on election day — a margin well above the 39 seats that Republicans need to recapture control of
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