Midterm election campaigns get down and dirty

Leaked audio in Nevada reveals a Republican Senate candidate trashing her party. Video of a Democratic Senate hopeful wrongly claiming he served in Vietnam becomes a TV ad in Connecticut. A housekeeper steps forward to say her employer, California’s GOP gubernatorial nominee, knew she was an illegal immigrant. Digging for dirt, political foes are working overtime to surprise rivals with skeletons and other embarrassments, forcing them to defend themselves rather than focus on their closing arguments in the homestretch of critical midterm elections. Control of Congress and of statehouses nationwide is at stake on Nov. 2, and — behind the
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Polls show good news for California Democrats

Democrat Jerry Brown, criticized for a slow start in his campaign for California governor, has opened a narrow lead over Republican nominee and former eBay chief Meg Whitman, according to a poll released on Sunday. The new survey by the Los Angeles Times and the University of Southern California also shows incumbent Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer — facing the toughest re-election fight of her career — widening her margin over Republican challenger Carly Fiorina, the former head of Hewlett-Packard. Brown, a former governor who is currently the state’s attorney general, holds a 49 percent to 44 percent lead over Whitman
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