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Here are some interesting stories on the midterm campaigns that you may have missed on Tuesday, September 16:

• Election law expert Rick Hasen expects the Kansas Supreme Court to remove Democrat Chad Taylor’s name from the ballot. Such a decision would be a big blow to incumbent Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS), who hopes that Taylor ends up siphoning votes away from Independent candidate Greg Orman.

• On a related note, a new poll from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling finds Orman ahead of Roberts in a head-to-head matchup, 46 to 36 percent. With Taylor on the ballot, Orman leads 41 to 34, with the Democrat earning 6 percent. The same poll finds Republican governor Sam Brownback trailing his Democratic challenger Paul Davis, 42 to 38 percent.

• PPP also finds Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC) holding a 44 to 40 percent lead over her Republican challenger, Thom Tillis. Tillis’ record as Speaker of North Carolina’s far-right state legislature continues to hurt his numbers; his favorability is now a net negative 14 percent.

• A poll conducted for the Democratic group Senate Majority PAC finds Senator Mark Begich (D-AK) up 5 percent on his Republican challenger, Dan Sullivan. The numbers should be taken with a grain of salt, however, as Alaska polling is notoriously unreliable.

• Speaking of Senate Majority PAC, it is the biggest-spending SuperPAC of 2014 — and, as The Washington Post’s Matea Gold reports, it is making a big impact in the most hotly-contested Senate races.

• And despite the best efforts of the media — and, often, their own parties — 2014’s most scandal-ridden candidates are thriving in their re-election campaigns.

Screenshot: Orman for Senate/YouTube

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Amy Coney Barrett

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Donald Trump will select U.S. Appeals Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his Supreme Court pick Saturday, multiple news outlets confirmed with White House officials on Friday — and the outlook couldn't be more bleak for reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights, immigration, and the future of health care in the United States.

According to the New York Times, Trump "will try to force Senate confirmation before Election Day."

"The president met with Judge Barrett at the White House this week and came away impressed with a jurist that leading conservatives told him would be a female Antonin Scalia," the Times reported.

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