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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Here are some interesting stories on the midterm campaigns that you may have missed on Wednesday, October 29:

• Democrats’ odds of holding their Senate majority appear to be getting slimmer by the day — but they still have a narrow path to victory. In a new memo, Democracy Corps lays out five factors that could save Democratic candidates: Unexpectedly high turnout by black and Latino voters, a decisive gender gap, the unpopularity of Tea Party governors, and voters caring more about the GOP’s damaged brand than President Obama’s.

• The final Marquette University Law School poll of Wisconsin’s gubernatorial race shows incumbent Republican Scott Walker pulling away from Democratic challenger Mary Burke. Walker now leads by 7 percent among likely voters, up from a virtual tie two weeks ago. Burke trails Walker by only 1 percent among registered voters, however, confirming the obvious: The race will come down to which party can get its base to the polls. Walker leads by 2 percent in the Real Clear Politics poll average.

• Republican David Perdue and Democrat Michelle Nunn are deadlocked at 46 percent, according to a new Rasmussen Reports survey of the race. The poll is the latest in a long series to show the two candidates nearly even; Perdue leads by less than 1 percent in the poll average. Rasmussen had better news for Georgia’s Republican governor, Nathan Deal: He leads Democrat Jason Carter, 49 to 43 percent. Deal is up by 2.6 percent in the poll average.

• Hours after Maine gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler (I) held a press conference encouraging his supporters to vote for Republican governor Paul LePage or Democratic Rep. Mike Michaud if they don’t believe that Cutler could win, one of his most high-profile backers took him up on the offer. Senator Angus King (I-ME) announced on Wednesday that he is switching his endorsement to Michaud, citing Cutler’s long odds for victory. The poll average shows LePage leading Michaud in the volatile race by less than 1 percent, with Cutler trailing 25 points behind.

• And former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice waded back into the midterms on Wednesday, endorsing Iowa Republican Joni Ersnt for Senate. Ernst and Rice make an interesting pair, given that Rice was certain that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction back in 2003 — and Ernst still is. She leads Democrat Bruce Braley by 2.1 percent in the poll average.

AFP Photo/Mark Wilson

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  • Katness Everdean

    In this photo we find a drunken liberal groping his way through domestic policy:

    • JPHALL

      What a bunch of BS.

  • VoiceofReason613

    Democrats can indeed still win if they finally start stressing arguments like the following:

· The Tea Party has shifted the Republican Party so far to the right that Eisenhower, Nixon, and even Reagan would not recognize it or get nominated by 
it today.

· Republicans are promoting policies similar to orworse than those that had such disastrous results during the George W.Bush administration, including converting a three-year major surplus intoa major deficit, creating very few jobs,
and leaving the country on the brinkof a depression, with over 750,000 jobs being lost per month when they left office.

· Republicans have obstructed efforts to get ourcountry out of the ditch they left us in by consistently voting no on and filibustering many Democratic proposals to
improve the economy, some of which they previously supported.

· Republicans support continued tax breaks for major corporations and the
wealthiest Americans, while cutting basic social services.

    · Republicans
are in denial about the dangers from climate
    change, despite the views of
almost all climate scientists and the many wake-up calls we have already received in terms of severe climate events. 

    · A strong majority of Republicans voted against aid for victims of Hurricane Sandy and against background checks for arms purchases.

    * Republicans support: reducing the ability of the government
    to help people, ending Medicare as we know it. restricting women’s access to health care, privatizing Social Security, and other harmful positions.

  • Ms. Ippy

    In my opinion, there’s no material difference between today’s liberals and the socialists, marxists, and communists of yore.