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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

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In Ohio, Teachers Run For Statehouse — And Could Give Obama A Boost

An attendee holds up a button at a speech by President Obama on Sept. 17 in Cincinnati.

October 31, 2012 A dozen teachers, all of them Democrats, are running for seats in Ohio's House and Senate. The surge is a byproduct of last year's voter referendum repealing a state law that would have curbed public employees' collective bargaining rights. Another byproduct is reusing teacher phone banks from that effort to support President Obama.

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There's No Contingency Plan If Disaster Strikes On Election Day

A crowd listens at a rally with former President Bill Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden in Youngstown, Ohio, on Monday. President Obama canceled his appearance to return to the White House to monitor Hurricane Sandy. Both campaigns have urged supporters whose states allow early voting to vote as soon as possible.

October 31, 2012 What if Hurricane Sandy had waited a week to strike the East Coast? There's no contingency plan in place for rescheduling an election if a storm or terrorist attack wiped out power in multiple states while voting was taking place. Says one expert: "We'll ignore it until it happens, and when it happens, we'll figure it out."

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Monday, October 29, 2012

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Republicans On Path To Retaining Control Of The House

A bicyclist rides through the plaza on the east side of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

October 29, 2012 After three successive "wave" elections in the House, it looks like there will be little net change in 2012. And that means the Republicans are favored to retain the majority they won two years ago.

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Sunday, October 28, 2012

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Iraq Vet Takes On Tea-Party Incumbent In Fiery Illinois House Race

Republican U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh  and challenger Democrat Tammy Duckworth before a televised debate at the WTTW studios on Oct. 18, 2012, in Chicago.

October 28, 2012 Freshman Republican Joe Walsh's bombastic rants frequently get him into trouble, even with members of his own party. He's facing a tough Democratic opponent in Iraq War veteran Tammy Duckworth, who lost both of her legs in combat.

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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Tale Of The Tape: Brown Vs. Warren In Massachusetts

Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Elizabeth Warren

October 27, 2012 GOP Sen. Scott Brown and Democrat Elizabeth Warren are fighting for the U.S. Senate spot. If he wins, it would be a huge boost for Republicans hoping to prove his 2010 victory was no fluke. If she wins, she would become the state's first-ever female U.S. senator.

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Friday, October 26, 2012
Thursday, October 25, 2012

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Rape Comments Complicate But Don't End GOP Senate Takeover Chances

Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock holds a news conference Wednesday in Indianapolis to address his comments about rape and abortion.

October 25, 2012 Republicans retain hopes for a Senate takeover, but comments about rape and abortion by candidates in Missouri and Indiana aren't helping. The GOP needs to gain four seats to control the Senate if President Obama wins; three seats if Republican Mitt Romney emerges the presidential victor on Nov. 6.

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Down-Ballot Races Feel The Draft And Drag Of The Presidential Race

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney greets supporters at an Indiana campaign event with U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mourdock in August. Mourdock has come under fire for controversial comments about rape.

October 25, 2012 In races from U.S. Senate to state attorney general, candidates know their fortunes are largely tied to the respective fates of Mitt Romney and President Obama. Many acknowledge that a strong partisan wave threatens to wipe them away, so they're pushing to run ahead of their ticket.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

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Florida Republican Rep. David Rivera Charged In Ethics Probe

Rep. David Rivera, R-Fla., talks during a freedom for Cuba march in Miami on Feb. 24, 2011.

October 24, 2012 Rep. David Rivera, R-Fla., was charged Wednesday by Florida authorities with alleged ethics violations while he was in the state Legislature, perhaps imperiling his bid for re-election to the House in an already tight contest.

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'God Intended' A Pregnancy Caused By Rape, Indiana Candidate Says

Richard Mourdock, Republican candidate for Senate in Indiana.

October 24, 2012 Republican Richard Mourdock, who is running for Senate, ignited controversy with his explanation for why he opposes abortion in the case of rape.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

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There's A Reason They Call It A Battleground State

Jean Gianfagna displays some of the political mailings her family receives at her home in Westlake, Ohio, on Oct. 19. Gianfagna says her family sometimes gets four of the same piece at a time — her husband and two grown kids all get their own.

October 23, 2012 Ohio has been a key swing state in the last three presidential races. But there's a tone in the state this year that seems to go beyond any divisiveness that we've witnessed before. And it runs from the presidential contest to the Senate clash to a particularly bitter House race.

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