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Though he has trailed in most recent polling, Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) is within striking distance of Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO), according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released Wednesday evening.

Gardner held a 2-point lead, the new poll found, 47 percent to Udall's 45 percent. It is the pollster's first survey in the race, but some recent polling has shown Gardner with a more sizable lead, including another Wednesday poll from Suffolk University that put Gardner up seven points. Others, though, like a Tuesday Monmouth University poll, found a one-point race.

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The FBI confirmed Wednesday that its investigation into the South Dakota immigration-visa program that has ensnared Republican Senate nominee Mike Rounds remains "active," the Argus Leader reported.

"We have an active investigation," Kyle Loven, chief division counsel for the FBI's Minneapolis division, told the newspaper. "As it is an active investigation, I'm not in a position to provide any details."

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President Obama on Wednesday expressed concern about the shootings in Ottawa, Canada and said that the U.S. is working with Canada to determine whether the shootings were a terrorist attack.

"Just two days ago, a Canadian soldier had been killed in an attack. We now know that another young man was killed today. And I expressed on the behalf of the American people, our condolences to the family and to the Canadian people as a whole," Obama said during brief remarks at the White House.

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Fox News anchor Shep Smith opened his program Wednesday by quoting a member of Canadian parliament who said that the morning shooting in Ottawa "changes everything" in the largely tranquil nation.

A little bit later on his show, Smith offered a powerful rejoinder to that very sentiment, saying "we don't have to change everything about our lives" in the wake of such incidents.

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