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The Delaware elections commissioner told the Christine O'Donnell campaign to get their supporters to quiet down outside polling places, after receiving complaints that their pro-O'Donnell chants could be heard inside.

The elections commissioner, Elaine Manlove, tells TPMmuckraker that the O'Donnell campaign is sending out "advance teams" of supporters to polling places where the Senate candidate is scheduled to appear as part of a voter-greeting tour.

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A member of the New Black Panther Party was spotted by a local Fox station today at the same polling location at which he was videotaped two years ago. His presence at that facility in 2008, along with a nightstick-wielding colleague, led to a controversial voter intimidation case that has dogged the Obama administration for over a year and a half.

Fox provided a photo of the individual and reported that he was seen outside the polling place "wearing a pin that indicated his party affiliation, along with a black hat, sunglasses and leather coat." The polling location, Guild House West, is located in a majority African-American neighborhood in northern Philadelphia.

The individual appears to be Jerry Jackson, who had a poll-watching certificate back in 2008 and was originally named in the civil voter intimidation case bought in the waning days of the Bush administration. The Obama administration did not pursue the case against Jackson or the national party, but did obtain an injunction against fellow NBPP member King Samir Shabazz, who carried a nightstick.

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World Wrestling Entertainment Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon starred Monday night in a comedy sketch on WWE about the political campaign of his wife and business partner Linda McMahon, the Republican nominee for Senator from Connecticut.

In the sketch, Vince's "Mr. McMahon" character, the evil boss who has been in a coma during the show's recent story arc, wakes up and is horrified to discover that Linda has spent $50 million of their money on the campaign.

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In Hennepin County, Minnesota -- one of the counties where conservatives groups have implemented an anti-voter fraud campaign called Election Integrity Watch -- election judges have had firm exchanges with overly aggressive poll watchers who did not seem to know their the role.

"I think we were very firm, we had to be very firm with some of the polling place challengers who wanted to have more range in the polling place than the law permitted them to," County Elections Manager Rachel Smith told TPMMuckraker. She said challengers were "having some questions" about where in the polling place they were allowed to stand.

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The Kansas attorney general has opened an investigation into reports that voters across Kansas have received calls giving them a slew of false information about the election: That the election has been moved to Wednesday, that they need to bring their voter registration cards to the polls and that they need proof of homeownership to vote.

"That's a felony," AG spokesperson Gavin Young tells TPMmuckraker. Young said the complaints were not concentrated in a specific area, but came from all over the state. Contrary to original reports of robocalls, Young said many of the voters said they received live calls from real people.

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From the moment "Tom Campbell"'s eyes glowed red in Carly Fiorina's "Demon Sheep" ad, we knew this campaign season was going to be chock-full of bizarre and memorable memes. And we were right -- sheep, witches, and chickens were just a few of the iconic moments from the 2010 midterm elections.

[TPM SLIDESHOW: Stranger Than Fiction? TPM Casts The 2010 Midterms Movie]

So here are TPM's favorites...

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The tea party-backed Joe Miller's victory over Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski in the Alaska Senate primary gave Democrat Scott McAdams an opportunity to make a name for himself, and a narrow shot at victory. But it's also given Democrats across the state an opportunity to use Miller and his enormous disapproval ratings against other Republicans.

Case in point: a new ad running in Alaska for dark horse gubernatorial candidate Democrat Ethan Berkowitz, that ties Republican Sean Parnell to Miller and Sarah Palin.

"They gave Alaska its largest tax increase, the most spending in state history, declining oil investment, higher unemployment, a $500 million giveaway to TransCanada and Exxon," the ad's narrator says. "And they gave us Joe Miller. With four more years of Sean Parnell, do you really think we'll be any closer to building a gas line?"

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House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said in a last-minute fundraising e-mail for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee that Democrats have "already had disturbing reports about the Republicans trying to depress voter turnout in Democratic areas."

The DCCC will "have eyes and ears already on the ground, looking out for anything suspicious," Hoyer said in the e-mail. "They also have legal teams ready to be dispatched at a moment's notice any place where a recount is likely so we can decisively challenge all irregularities," he added.

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Here's a fun last-minute scrap in Campaign 2010. B.J. Lawson, the Republican candidate against North Carolina Democratic Rep. David Price, ran a TV ad that featured a voiceover that sounded like Morgan Freeman. Then the campaign said it was Morgan Freeman -- and then Morgan Freeman, who has in the past supported Democratic candidates such as President Obama, made it quite clear that it wasn't him.

Freeman's press agents sent Ben Smith a statement: "These people are lying. I have never recorded any campaign ads for B.J. Lawson and I do not support his candidacy. And, no one who represents me ever has ever authorized the use of my name, voice or any other likeness in support of Mr. Lawson or his candidacy."

The Lawson campaign said that they were "tricked" -- that the ad company they contracted with promised them Morgan Freeman. Lawson campaign spokesman Martin Avila told CNN: "We're apologizing to Congressman Price, to the voters, and most of all to Morgan Freeman because this is not the campaign we wanted to run, and not the campaign we have run."

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Tea Partiers -- or supporters of any political cause or candidate -- will be allowed to wear their gear to the polls in Maricopa County, the Arizona Republic reports.

After a federal judge decided on Monday that "'tea party' T-shirt or any apparel that does not express support for or opposition to" a candidate, proposition or political party on the ballot should be allowed, a Maricopa County election official said she would not be able to retrain poll workers less than a day before the election. So Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell told the Arizona Republic she'll let any apparel in.

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