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A new InsiderAdvtange poll shows former Dem Gov. Roy Barnes running even with former Republican Rep. Nathan Deal in the Georgia gubernatorial race.

The latest numbers have Barnes and Deal deadlocked, 42%-42%, with Libertarian candidate John Monds polling at 5%. When InsiderAdvtange polled the race in mid-August, Deal held a four-point lead on Barnes, 45%-41%. A SurveyUSA poll from September 12 produced a very different result, giving the Republican a 49%-38% advantage.

The TPM Poll Average shows Deal on top of Barnes and Monds, 45.3%-40.3%-6.3%.

For more on the race, check out TPMDC's full coverage here.

Some say it's a sign that Mitt Romney is trying to folksy up his rich guy image. Some say it's the perfect video definition of the phrase "don't quit your day job." Whatever your thoughts, it's the sign of things to come.

Addressing the crowd at the Values Voter Summit this morning, Romney banged on President Obama and Democrats in a speech that should probably be seen as a prequel of his 2012 Republican presidential primary stump speeches. To keep the audience engaged, Romney spat out a series of one-liners that felt as pre-written as their delivery was clearly rehearsed. We've assembled them for you here.

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So is Romney funny? Well, this was the funniest joke from his speech today. You be the judge.

"Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Obama," he said. "Their numbers have been going down a chute faster than a Jet Blue flight attendant.

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In a Rose Garden address this afternoon appointing Elizabeth Warren to be a consumer watchdog for the Treasury Department, President Obama again insisted that Republicans allow a vote on middle-income tax cuts.

"We know that a strong middle class leads a strong economy," Obama said. "And that's why as we dig our way out of this recession we've set our sights on policies that grow the middle class and provide a ladder for those who are struggling to join it. And that's why I am urging the leaders of the other party to stop holding middle class tax cuts hostage and extend this relief to families immediately."

Obama's been hitting the same note for more than a week now. Unfortunately for him, House Democrats aren't making his job, or the politics of this fight, very easy.

Have you seen Serpico? Colorado Republican gubernatorial nominee Dan Maes sure has. And even though he's previously admitted that his tales of working undercover with the Kansas Bureau of Investigations back in the 1980s "might have been incorrect," he's now reasserting his version of the events, while comparing his story to the Pacino flick of a good cop fighting the forces of corruption.

"In my mind, all I can see is Serpico. Remember Serpico? He walks up to a door, knocks, and a gun gets stuck in his face," Maes told the Associated Press about the night in 1985 in which he says he met with agents from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. "That did not happen to me, but that's what's going through my mind."

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Kenneth Kratz, district attorney in Calumet County, Wisconsin, sent sexually suggestive texts to a domestic abuse victim last year, during the time he was prosecuting her case against her ex-boyfriend.

Kratz was handling the case of Stephanie Van Groll, 26, in October 2009, after she accused her ex-boyfriend of nearly choking her to death. Van Groll complained that in a two-day span, Kratz sent her "20-plus" texts attempting to start an affair with her. One of the texts said: "Are u the kind of girl that likes secret contact with an older married elected DA...the riskier the better? Or do you want to stop right now before any issues?"

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The opening morning of the Values Voter Summit here in Washington followed a predictable script: President Obama and the Democrats in Congress are destroying America, and they're doing it by making it easier for homosexuals to live openly and for women to exercise their right to choose.

There were attacks on health care, spending and taxes, too, but this is the VVS after all, so the fear of ending Don't Ask, Don't Tell and the specter of government funding for abortion took center stage in a way not seen at most high-profile Republican events this year.

"Washington is assaulting America's values," Mitt Romney told the crowd packed into the ballroom here at the Omni Shoreham hotel. "Values like the sanctity of life and the preservation of marriage."

You can follow my live coverage of the event here. And watch it live here.

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When Republicans attack health care reform, Democrats like to counter by accusing Republicans of wanting to repeal a law that requires insurance companies to cover people with pre-existing conditions. According to Republican Presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee, that's exactly right. People with pre-existing conditions, he explains are like houses that have already burned down.

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Rep. Walt Minnick (D-ID), a conservative Democrat who was elected in a deep-red district in 2008, has employed a new maneuver we don't normally see: A Democrat coming out with an ad attacking his Republican opponent, who is Latino, for working as an immigration lawyer.

"Illegal immigration's good business for Raul Labrador," the announcer says. "Over half of his work is helping illegal immigrants stay in the United States. He even ran, with 'easy to understand' advice for illegal immigrants seeking amnesty.

"What does Raul think of our broken immigration system?" the announcer asks, followed by a quick sound-byte of Labrador speaking: "Now I like it because I make a good living because of it."

As the Idaho Statesman reports, the full context of Labrador's comment shows some clear sarcasm: "Our system is broken and this is where I work with the system all the time. I'm trying to get people to go through the legal immigration system. They have to pay me thousands of dollars just to bring somebody to the United States. That's ridiculous. Now I like it because I make a good living because of it."

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Not content to help Newt and Callista Gingrich warn the entire country about the dangers from radical Islam in a movie screened at the Newseum in D.C. last week, Citizens United is preparing to warn liberals of the danger they face from the conservative movement's Mama Grizzlies in a new movie titled "Fire From The Heartland."

Featuring a variety of conservative pundits (many of whom are based outside of America's heartland) and elected officials like Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), Jean Schmidt (R-OH) and, of course, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, the movie attempts to frame the conservative -- and particularly the tea party -- movement as one fueled by the fire of the women involved.

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Sen. Jim DeMint says he'd rather be in the minority with a bunch of rock-ribbed conservatives than be part of a ruling group of RINOs. He might just get his chance.

Some Senate Republicans have been privately trashing DeMint, whose track record with his Senate Conservatives Fund endorsing long-shot conservatives in this year's tough GOP primaries has been better than leadership's. The argument among some -- in very quiet whispers -- is that DeMint is not their kind of Republican and his candidates might have blown the GOP's chances at retaking the Senate this fall.

It only bubbled to the surface in news reports after this week's stunning Delaware race in which Christine O'Donnell shellacked Rep. Mike Castle, prompting analysts to shift the state back into the Democratic column from the likely Republican pickup it would have been with the far more moderate Castle as the nominee.

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