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When it comes to Rand Paul's college career, it seems like Jack Conway's work here is done. Having turned a weird anecdote from one of Paul's schoolmates at Baylor into a national firestorm, Conway seems ready to pull the Kentucky Senate race back toward something more in keeping with standard electoral politics.

Conway's already suggested he doesn't see Aqua Buddha as his closing argument, having told reporters that the now-infamous ad will likely be off the air by the end of this week. That means it's time to get back to what Conway was doing before the ad dropped -- namely, hitting the Republican Paul over and over for his semi-Libertarianism.

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1||Former President Bill Clinton has been very busy drumming up support for Democratic candidates, attending many, many events this election season.

Here, Clinton rallies the crowd with Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) after a rally in Santa Ana, California. ||Newscom/ZUMA Press&&

2||Clinton takes the stage with Kentucky Senate candidate Jack Conway in Lexington, Kentucky. ||Newscom/ZUMA Press&&

3||Clinton works the crowd at a rally for Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) at a high school in New Haven, Connecticut. ||Newscom/ZUMA Press&&

4||Clinton and California gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown at a rally at UCLA. ||Newscom/London Ent/Splash News&&

5||Clinton headlines an event for Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) in Denver, Colorado. ||Newscom/ZUMA Press&&

6||Clinton and Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA) at a rally in Napa, California. ||Newscom/ZUMA Press&&

7||Clinton and Rep. Ciro Rodriguez (D-TX) in San Antonio, Texas. ||Newscom/ZUMA Press&&

8||Clinton at the Bennet event in Denver.



More on the midterm elections here.||Newscom/ZUMA Press&&

The SEIU is hitting the Nevada airwaves with one of the toughest ads of what is easily one of the toughest races of the year. Aimed squarely at Republican Senate nominee Sharron Angle, the ad posits what the SEIU says life would be like for women if Angle was in charge.

The ad features "women at different stages of life" and tells a story for each.

"Sharron Angle's dangerous ideas will make her life worse - at every stage," the narrator says. "If she was raped - and got pregnant - Angle would force her to have the baby. Her college loans - ended. If she's looking for work - it's tough luck with Sharron Angle. At retirement her Social Security - phased out."

"Sharron Angle: too dangerous to have real power over real people," the ad concludes.

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The two men vying to replace Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA) squared off in a televised debate tonight that centered around which of them was the more extreme. Pat Toomey, the Republican nominee, tried to paint Democrat Joe Sestak as representing the extreme liberal edge of the Democratic Party, negatively associating him with teachers unions and what he called Democrats who are "not friends" of Israel.

Sestak, a retired admiral and current member of Congress, fought back by positioning Toomey with personalities like Sarah Palin and Delaware Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell. He also took every possible opportunity, it seemed, to place President Bush's name as close to Toomey's as possible.

Toomey is the former president of the ultra-conservative Club For Growth and a former Republican member of Congress. He held firm on his belief in school vouchers, decreased regulation and at least the partial privatization of Social Security.

Toomey also got Palin's endorsement today, perhaps reaffirmig his conservative bona fides with his base, but also leaving him open to Sestak's attacks that he's too far to the right for Pennsylvania's swinging electorate. (Toomey declined to say whether he thinks Palin is qualified to be president.)

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Republican Rand Paul has a slim lead over Democrat Jack Conway in the latest public poll to come out of the Kentucky Senate race. Conducted by respected pollster Mason-Dixon, the poll shows Paul leading the race 48-43.

This is the first Mason-Dixon poll of the Kentucky Senate race. The survey of likely voters was conducted Monday and Tuesday, at the high point of Conway's Aqua Buddha kerfuffle, produced when the Democrat ran an ad calling out Paul for alleged shenanigans while he was an undergraduate at Baylor University.

Other recent polling has shown Paul ahead as well, but has also shown Conway with the momentum heading into the final days of the campaign. The TPM Poll Average shows Paul ahead 47.1-42.6.

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Republican Linda McMahon has a new ad in the Connecticut Senate race to replace Democratic Sen. Chris Dodd, who is retiring and has had to deal with a mortgage scandal involving Countrywide. So her new salvo to attack Dem state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal is...Chris Dodd's mortgage?

In fact, the new one-minute ad ties Blumenthal to Dodd and Countrywide, for a settlement that Blumenthal worked out with Countrywide that this ad charges was so lenient that it was itself corrupt.

"It was the mortgage scandal that devastated our economy, created by greed and corruption at the highest levels. We know about Chris Dodd and his sweetheart deal with Countrywide. But did you know about Dick Blumenthal? Blumenthal cut a deal with Countrywide that let the mortgage giant off the hook for billions. A deal that raided the retirement funds of teachers, firemen, policemen and state employees. Blumenthal protected Countrywide, said the deal was 'in the best interest of investors.' That it wouldn't cost taxpayers a dime. But it did. Even worse, turns out Blumenthal is an investor in the mortgage giant. Billions in ransacked pensions, billions in taxpayer bailouts. Dick Blumenthal, he took care of Countrywide -- and took care of himself, just like Chris Dodd."


The TPM Poll Average gives Blumenthal a lead of 51.5%-43.6%.

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A new ad funded by the group of Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC), who is supporting Joe Miller in the Alaska Senate race, attacks Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) for her stance on abortion. "There are three Senate candidates. But only one choice to defend the unborn. Republican Joe Miller is pro-life," the ad says.

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True the Vote, the Tea Party affiliated organization that was founded explicitly to combat what they say is the widespread issue of voter fraud, posted a message on their website on Wednesday responding to allegations that poll watchers intimidated voters.

"Claims by partisan operatives and bloggers with an agenda that voter intimidation was conducted by True the Vote are false and libelous, and they should be retracted immediately," said the statement. "True the Vote has never, and will never, condone or promote voter intimidation at a polling place."

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