Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks during a roundtable discussion on manufacturing this Wednesday in Bedford Heights, Ohio. MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In Blue-Leaning Connecticut, Tight Senate Race Has Democrat On Offense

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Ari Shapiro interviews Bobbie Lussier on Thursday.

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Another Iowa Judge Faces Ballot Box Battle Due To Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

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Former South Carolina Republican Rep. Bob Inglis now runs the Energy and Enterprise Initiative. /Energy and Enterprise Initiative hide caption

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New Groups Make A Conservative Argument On Climate Change

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Bill Connell of Weymouth, Mass., who supports Republican Sen. Scott Brown, stands near signs supporting Brown's Democratic challenger, Elizabeth Warren, before the candidates' first debate Thursday in Boston. Michael Dwyer/AP hide caption

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Despite Pledge, Gloves Are Off In Massachusetts Senate Race

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You've Got Mail: Campaigns Still Rely On Snail Mail

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Mitt Romney takes the stage at a campaign rally at the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach, Va., on Sept. 8. Brian Snyder/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Military Vote Seen As A Key To Capturing Virginia

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Emily Goldberg holds up a sign during the NAACP voter ID rally opposing Pennsylvania's voter ID law last Thursday in Philadelphia. With her is her 2-year-old daughter, Willa. Michael Perez/AP hide caption

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Cristina Saralegui waves at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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The Social Security tax rate is scheduled to revert to 6.2 percent next year, up from the temporary reduction — to 4.2 percent on an employee's first $110,000 in wages — which has been in effect since January 2011. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Payroll Tax Holiday May Not Survive Year's End

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South Dakota Sen. John Thune waves to delegates during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., says Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., the GOP vice presidential candidate, asked him to end his Senate bid after recent comments he made referring to "legitimate rape." Jeff Roberson/AP hide caption

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Cut Off From Party's Purse Strings, Rep. Akin Plans Next Move

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