In it, but not of it. TPM DC

Republicans are in shape to easily keep the House of Representatives this fall and probably pick up a few seats, thanks to advantages enjoyed by incumbency, redistricting and off-year turnout.

But with Election Day just two weeks away, there are a number of House races worth keeping an eye on — some of them feature scandal-plagued or otherwise wacky candidates, others are bellwethers that could signify the national mood and yet others are close races poised to go down to the wire.

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Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR) was the subject of a brutal headline on Tuesday from a conservative website, which obtained a copy of his college thesis and suggested that he had opposed federal desegregation in Arkansas in the 1950s.

The Washington Free Beacon didn't specifically make that assertion, but it highlighted a portion of his 1985 thesis and implied as much — the headline read, "Arkansas Democrat Mark Pryor: Desegregation an ‘Unwilling Invasion.’"

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Black voters could have a major impact in the hard-fought U.S. Senate race in Kentucky, and both candidates are making direct appeals to them in dueling radio ads.

A new radio ad by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) features an African-American woman calling on Kentuckians to support the Republican incumbent because he "fights for our community and cares about us."

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