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Daniel Strauss

Daniel Strauss is a reporter for Talking Points Memo. He was previously a breaking news reporter for The Hill newspaper and has written for Politico, Roll Call, The American Prospect, and Gaper's Block. He has also interned at Democracy: A Journal of Ideas and The New Yorker. Daniel grew up in Chicago and graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in History. At Michigan he helped edit Consider, a weekly opinion magazine. He can be reached at daniel@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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Updated: October 31, 2013, 3:32 pm.

A second Virginia newspaper has decided not to endorse any of the three candidates in the Virginia gubernatorial race.

The Roanoke Times published an editorial on Thursday that argued "none of the three candidates deserves an endorsement in this year's gubernatorial contest."

The non-endorsement comes less than a week before Election Day, and polls show Democrat Terry McAuliffe leading Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) by around 7 or 8 percentage points.

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EMILY's List endorsed former Florida gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink (D) on Thursday in the race for the seat left vacant after the death of Rep. C.W. Bill Young's (R-FL).

The endorsement came shortly after Sink jumped into the race for Young's seat and follows EMILY's List reportedly removing Jessica Ehrlich, also running for the seat, from its online list of favored candidates, according to Roll Call on Wednesday. That online list is often a precursor to an endorsement.

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Update: October 31, 2013, 10:08 am. 

Kentucky Republican Matt Bevin released a new radio ad Thursday hitting Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for his involvement in ending the government shutdown.

The ad features clips of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), the third-ranking Democrat in the Senate, praising McConnell for cementing a deal to end the government shutdown earlier this month.

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The two Republican candidates in a special election struggled to remember the name of Treasury Secretary Jack Lew.

The Guardian published an interview on Wednesday covering "a series of touchstone questions" put to former state Sen. Bradley Byrne (R) and real estate developer Dean Young (R). The two candidates contending for the Republican nomination for Alabama's first congressional district were both asked to name the current United States Treasury secretary. Here are their respective answers:

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The first declared high profile Democratic challenger in the Wisconsin gubernatorial race against Gov. Scott Walker ( R) trails by about roughly two percentage points, according to a new Marquette University Law School poll.

The poll found that, if the gubernatorial election were held today, businesswoman and Democratic challenger Mary Burke would get 44.9 percent of the vote while Walker would get 47.1 percent. Four point five percent of those surveyed in the poll said they were undecided.

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Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist is widely expected to jump into the gubernatorial race in a few days -- this time as a Democrat. If he does, he'll face not only incumbent Republican Gov. Rick Scott but also some liberal Democrats who are wary of Crist's candidacy as a Democrat.

Indeed, while Crist is largely seen as the de facto Democratic nominee for governor against Scott, there are still some Florida Democrats on the left who say Crist is only playing a Democrat because that's the politically convenient thing to do.

"I don't trust him, he's an opportunist," Wendy Sejour, the Precinct Committeewoman for precinct 909 in the Miami-Dade area, told TPM. "I mean he switches party affiliations at the drop of a hat. He hasn't really espoused any great change in political philosophy. It's just that it's more expedient for him to change now and I just don't feel it's appropriate to have a Republican at the top of the Democratic party which is what he will be when he becomes the nominee."

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Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott (R) will have to sign an affidavit in order to vote thanks to Texas' new voter identification law.

The GOP-backed voter law requires voters to verify their identity with certain photo identification to a pre-approved voter list. If there are slight discrepancies between the names on the list and the identification presented, voters can sign an affidavit to move forward and vote. 

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