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During what became a somewhat tense exchange over a state policy that keeps undocumented immigrants from attending some colleges in Georgia, Gov. Nathan Deal (R) seemed to assume that the people confronting him were immigrants who are in the country illegally. That sparked one of the activists to ask if it was because he thought she looked Hispanic.
Iowa state Sen. Joni Ernst, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in her state, and two other top 2014 Republican candidates for U.S. Senate, heaped praise on the political network created by conservative billionaire funders Charles and David Koch during a secretive conference hosted by the wealthy brothers this summer.
As of Wednesday morning, the Republican primary for Arizona's 1st Congressional District was too close to call, with Arizona House Speaker Andy Tobin barely leading oilman Gary Kiehne and state Rep. Adam Kwasman trailing the two other candidates in the primary.
The anti-choice group National Pro-Life Alliance wanted Democratic congressional candidate James Woods to fill out a survey on his support of the "sanctity of life." So Woods, in response, sent back campaign condoms with the words "prevent abortion" on the wrappers.
Sen. Thad Cochran's (R-MS) lawyers called for a dismissal of a lawsuit filed by primary opponent state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) last Thursday, alleging that the tea party candidate filed the challenge after a 20-day limit. McDaniel's lawyers responded Tuesday, saying that limit didn't apply to current Mississippi election law.
Republican Allen Weh's U.S. Senate campaign said a campaign video that featured the image of the masked man that beheaded journalist James Foley did not use Foley's image itself out of respect for Foley's family.