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Changes to voting laws may complicate key races

usatoday.com — A flurry of court decisions has altered the voting landscape for midterm elections, leading Democrats to fear some voters will be at best confused and at worst unable to vote in states with close races. Recent court decisions have cut the hours of early voting and eliminated same-day registration in Ohio and in North Carolina, where Democratic Sen.

Maine gov. candidate: OK to vote for someone else

onpolitics.usatoday.com — Independent candidate Eliot Cutler, stalled in opinion polls in a three-way race for Maine governor, stopped short Wednesday of dropping out of the race but told his supporters they should switch their votes if they feel he cannot win. Democrats backing Rep. Mike Michaud have accused Cutler of being a spoiler.

Pelosi: Low profile, major figure in 2014 elections

usatoday.com — Looking for Nancy Pelosi as the campaign season draws to a furious close? Best place to find her is in a Republican ad or at a Democratic fundraiser. Pelosi, the House Democratic minority leader and former speaker, has been keeping a fairly low profile on the Democratic campaign trail, much like President Obama.

'Best American' writing in comics, stories, more

usatoday.com — Jennifer Egan, editor Mariner, 325 pp. *** out of four Perhaps it won't surprise a modern reader to discover that the world of the contemporary short story is a grim one. And yet the serious reader may even be cheered by this state of affairs. Who wants lollipops and puppies?

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.
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Oct 31, 2014

RT @motokorich: That New York thing where you are not sure if someone is wearing a costume or not.

Oct 31, 2014

RT @ZacMoffatt: $200m wasted by Congressional campaigns on broadcast ads outside their districts this cycle bit.ly/1tIfyYS pic.twitter.com/uRJQoLcWGX

Oct 31, 2014

Changes to voting laws may complicate key races usat.ly/1wOFSki via @usatoday

Oct 31, 2014

@CableKent.RT @ccamia: Did someone say there's an #SFGiants parade? I may have worn this shirt today in honor. pic.twitter.com/phqIGl2LMy

Oct 30, 2014

RT @HotlineScott: Not only are voters sick of political ads, so are local businesses -- the airtime they usually use is occupied nationaljournal.com/politics/why-l…

Oct 30, 2014

How long till NH Dems have a Sullivan County related ad on the air? Im betting tonight's 11 o'clock news. #nhpolitics

Oct 30, 2014

RT @AP: MORE: Man wanted in trooper ambush was captured by U.S. marshals in an abandoned airplane hangar, officials say: apne.ws/1yKzuuC

Oct 30, 2014

RT @vellicott: Love the phrase "cornucopia of icky" to explain pre-election funk: usatoday.com/story/news/pol…

Oct 30, 2014

@djusatoday @thejoshpit Are you trying to make me pay attention to football? Because it's not going to work.

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