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Here are some interesting stories on the midterm campaigns that you may have missed on Friday, September 19:

• Democrat Chad Taylor is officially off the ballot in Kansas, leaving the Senate election as a head-to-head matchup between Republican incumbent Pat Roberts and Independent Greg Orman. The latest poll of the race, from Rasmussen Reports, finds Orman up 5 percent.

• Terri Lynn Land, the Republican Senate candidate in Michigan, released a cheesy new ad slamming Washington, D.C. But she’ll need more to pull herself back into the race; she trails the Democratic nominee, Rep. Gary Peters, by 5.4 percent in the Real Clear Politics poll average.

• National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) believes the GOP can expand its House majority to as high as 245 seats.

• The Senate Majority PAC released a new ad warning that Iowa Republican Joni Ernst would try to privatize Social Security if she wins election to the Senate. The attack lands on the same day as a Rasmussen poll finding Ernst and Braley deadlocked at 43 percent (mirroring the Real Clear Politics average).

• Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke (D) is at least the fourth 2014 candidate to be caught in a plagiarism scandal. But Brian Beutler writes in The New Republic that Burke is only guilty of extreme message discipline.

Photo: Crazy George via Flickr

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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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