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President Obama has recorded a robocall for Democratic candidate Martha Coakley in the Massachusetts special Senate election, imploring recipients to get and out for Coakley, and make sure everyone else will know there's an election, too.

"We know where Martha Coakley stands," Obama says. "As your attorney general, Martha has taken on Wall Street's schemes, insurance company abuses and big polluters on your behalf. She represents the best progressive values of Massachusetts. She'll be your voice and my ally."

"But a lot of people don't even realize there is an election on Tuesday to fill the unexpired term of Ted Kennedy. They don't realize why it's so important. So please, come out to vote for Martha Coakley. And make sure everyone you know understands the stakes for their families, Massachusetts and our country."

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A new Marist poll on the New York Senate race has good news for both Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and the man actively considering challenging her for the Democratic nomination this year, former Tennessee Rep. Harold Ford, Jr.

Among Democratic voters surveyed, Gillibrand leads Ford in a hypothetical matchup 43-24. It's a sizable lead for the less-than-popular Gillibrand, who Marist found has just a 31% approval rating among Democrats in New York. A full third of surveyed Democrats are undecided in the race, however, leaving Ford a lot of room to move up should he decide to run for the nomination.

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Republican candidate and state Sen. Scott Brown doesn't want President Obama to come to Massachusetts to campaign for his opponent, state Attorney General Martha Coakley.

"He should stay away and let Martha and I discuss the issues one on one," Brown told the Boston Herald this week. "The machine is coming out of the woodwork to get her elected. They're bringing in outsiders, and we don't need them."

The White House has said Obama will not campaign for Coakley in the Bay State, but he did cut a web ad and send an email to supporters urging them to get out and support the Democrat.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has a new TV ad in the Massachusetts special election, attacking Republican candidate Scott Brown for opposing President Obama's proposed fees on major financial institutions, and tying him to Wall Street.

"Republican Scott Brown opposes President Obama's plan to reform Wall Street," the announcer says. "That's right, Scott Brown actually opposes the plan to crack down on the greed and corruption that nearly destroyed our economy."

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The two-man team of Florida political activists who are claiming the rights to the "Tea Party" name have been accused in the past of engaging in political trickery for profit, including allegedly pressing opposing candidates to pay for the endorsement of their candidate.

In August, Orlando lawyer Fred O'Neal registered the "Tea Party of Florida" (TPOF) as an official political party. Since then, as we reported yesterday, he and his close ally, GOP political consultant Doug Guetzloe, have asserted rights to the Tea Party name, and tried to strong-arm some local groups to drop the well-known moniker.

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National Security Council Spokesman Mike Hammer issued a statement today on the conclusion of National Security Advisor Jim Jones' week-long trip through the Middle East. Read the full text after the jump.

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A new Rasmussen poll in Minnesota suggests that Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-MN), a potential Republican presidential candidate in 2012, would have a very hard time picking up his traditionally Democratic state in the general election.

The poll asked: "Suppose Governor Tim Pawlenty runs for President in 2012 and wins the Republican nomination. If Pawlenty was the Republican Presidential candidate, would you vote for him?" The answer was only 37% yes, 46% no. This down from a 42%-46% margin, when Rasmussen previously asked this same question of Minnesotans two months ago.

I asked Alex Conant, spokesman for Pawlenty's Freedom First PAC, for comment on whether Pawlenty would have difficulty carrying his home state, and whether he would intend to compete there. "It's absurdly early to be contemplating, let alone polling, the 2012 landscape," said Conant. "Gov. Pawlenty is focused on balancing Minnesota's budget, finishing his term strong, and helping elect Republicans in this fall's elections."