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Rancor is the word in Ohio's border states

By Doug Published: October 27, 2010

Ohio's neighbors are experiencing tough elections that include lots of money, attack ads and polling that shows rapidly changing dynamics. Polling shows Republicans to be gaining the upper hand.

In Pennsylvania
From the Philadelphia Inquirer:

THE DEMOCRATIC nominees in the races for U.S. Senate and governor insisted yesterday that they are in dead heats with their Republican opponents, despite two polls that showed them losing ground with voters.

In West Virginia
The U.S. Senate seat, once thought safe for Democrats, is no longer a given.
Run for a Seat Thought Safe Turns Into a Battle, New York Times

From the Charleston Gazette, coverage of the 3rd Congressional District debate:

BECKLEY, W.Va. -- U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall and Republican challenger Elliott "Spike" Maynard pummeled each other during a bare-knuckle debate Tuesday night over everything from mudslinging TV ads to coal mining.

In Kentucky
The tough fight between Tea Party Republican Rand Paul and Jack Conway for the U.S. Senate appears to be headed again in favor of Paul. Polling showed Conway to be building steam until he attacked the religion of his opponent, according to Politico. That was before a Paul backer stomped on the head of Paul heckler Monday night and created an uproar.

In Michigan
Detroit Free Press: Sarah Palin endorses U.S. Rep. John Dingell, the Dearborn Democrat and longest serving member of Congress.

Detroit Free Press: Retiring Democrat Bart Stupak's Congressional seat may go Republican.

Dr. Dan Benishek, a political newcomer who rode the tea party wave to win the Republican nomination in Michigan's vast 1st Congressional District, holds a slight edge over his Democratic opponent in the closely watched race, a Free Press poll shows.

Rasmussen poll shows Republicans have a lock on the governor's race.

Republican businessman Rick Snyder holds a 20-point lead over Lansing's Democratic Mayor Virg Bernero in the contest to be Michigan's next governor. It's the widest gap in the race to date.

In Indiana
Republicans are hoping that Congressional victories in the Hoosier State give them a good bump towards gaining control of the House.

From the Indianapolis Star is this story about the traditional Democratic district that includes Terre Haute:

Republicans are hoping Indiana will give them three of the 39 seats they need to take control of the House. Political handicappers say the GOP has its best shot in the southwestern Indiana district, where Democratic Rep. Brad Ellsworth is giving up the seat to run for the Senate.

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