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Black lawmakers anchor Democratic Southern voter push

usatoday.com — NEW ORLEANS - After two hours of singing, praying and preaching that rattled the rafters at Beacon Light International Cathedral, Rep. Marcia Fudge took her turn on stage. "You are here to defend the defenseless, to make sure that underdogs get a fair break.

Both parties' bigwigs jump into N.H. Senate race

usatoday.com — MANCHESTER, N.H. - The election coming up in three weeks is not a presidential primary, but sometimes it's hard to tell. Wednesday, former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney greeted an enthusiastic crowd at a metal-fabricating shop where he filmed a TV spot for his run in 2012. Thursday morning, conservative favorite Sen.

The oddest 5 minutes of a political debate you’ll ever see

onpolitics.usatoday.com — The Florida governor's race between incumbent Republican Gov. Rick Scott and his Democratic challenger Charlie Crist, the former GOP governor, has been contentious enough.

Romney returns to bat for Scott Brown in N.H.

onpolitics.usatoday.com — When you deny rumors you're considering a third presidential run, should you really show up in New Hampshire? Mitt Romney came to the "First in the Nation" primary state (as it very much likes to be called) to stump for Senate candidate Scott Brown against incumbent Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.

New poll shows Nunn leading Georgia Senate race

onpolitics.usatoday.com — Our colleagues at WXIA in Atlanta released a new poll today showing Democrat Michelle Nunn up 3 points in Georgia's hotly contested open-seat Senate race. Republican David Perdue, former CEO of Dollar General and Reebok, has held the lead over Nunn, a non-profit executive and daughter of former senator Sam Nunn, in the vast majority of polls in this race.

Warner, Gillespie: My opponent isn’t who he claims to be

onpolitics.usatoday.com — In Virginia, first-term Democratic Senator Mark Warner has a double-digit lead in opinion polls over Republican Ed Gillespie. But their final debate of the election gave Gillespie another chance to capitalize on midterm disenchantment with the party of President Obama.

If not Hillary, who? EMILY’s List has some ideas

onpolitics.usatoday.com — If Hillary Clinton doesn't run for president in 2016 - though there's not a lot of betting that she won't - EMILY's List has a backup plan for Democrats: a woman for veep. "The Democratic ticket should absolutely have a woman on it," says Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY's List, which raises money for Democratic women candidates.

N.H. ad watch: Scott Brown on abortion, contraception

usatoday.com — AD SPONSOR: Scott Brown THE RACE: U.S. Senate STATE: New Hampshire ANALYSIS: Opponents of Scott Brown, the former GOP Senator, have questioned his sincerity on abortion rights and contraceptive access since the first of his three Senate campaigns. In a special election in 2010, Brown defeated Democrat Martha Coakley to take the Massachusetts Senate seat held by legislative legend Ted Kennedy.

Democrats plan bus tours to turn out black voters

onpolitics.usatoday.com — With Democrats counting on African-American voters to put their vulnerable Senate candidates over the top, the Congressional Black Caucus is planning bus tours to mobilize voters in six states. In Louisiana, a bus tour on the weekend before early voting begins Oct. 20 will urge voters to turn out for Sen.

Marriage ruling will impact 2016, not 2014, campaigns

wtsp.com — ( USA TODAY) -- Don't expect political fallout from the Supreme Court's action, or inaction, on same-sex marriage - at least not before next year when presidential campaigns get fully into gear.
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Oct 21, 2014

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Oct 21, 2014

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Oct 21, 2014

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Oct 21, 2014

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Oct 21, 2014

,@RepBobbyScott to black churchgoers in NOLA: "Can't tell you who to vote for — but you know what to do.'' usat.ly/1tDGevZ

Oct 20, 2014

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Oct 20, 2014

With push for @MaryLandrieu Black members of Congress start GOTV in southern states usat.ly/1tDGevZ #lapolitics

Oct 20, 2014

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Oct 19, 2014

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