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Embattled Rep. Hill's (D-Ind.) fate is likely to be decided by a narrow margin Tuesday, with the third-party candidate key.


Garrison Keillor passes fundraising hat for Bachmann's House challenger

Radio personality Garrison Keillor may be best known for his work on "A Prairie Home Companion," but he went political on Thursday with a fundraising appeal for Rep. Michele Bachmann's (R-Minn.) Democratic challenger, Tarryl Clark.

In the letter, he called Clark a "hard worker in the Amy Klobuchar tradition" and emphasized her "honesty about the challenges we face." 

"Her well-financed opponent is from the new breed of politicians who get caught again and again making wildly false statements — and never say they're sorry," Keillor wrote. "That's why Bachmann holds the 'All False/Pants-on-Fire' record from the Pulitzer Prize award-winning fact-checking organization PolitiFact.

"[Bachmann] is not a witch, but she does something which we were all brought up not to do." 

Keillor went on to invoke Lake Wobegon, the fictional, idiosyncratic town he made famous on "A Prairie Home Companion." 

"I take a personal interest in the 6th district since Lake Wobegon is there and I think the good people of the 6th deserve able and honest representation," he said.

The race is the House's most expensive this election cycle, with Bachmann and Clark, a state senator, raising a total of $15 million between them.

Polling from the summer has Clark trailing Bachmann by nine points.


Rep. Perriello appears on 'Colbert,' billed as 'rare-breed' Dem

Freshman Rep. Tom Perriello (D-Va.) braved an interview Wednesday night with comedian Stephen Colbert.

"You're a rare breed, you're actually campaigning on the Democrats' record," Colbert said introducing Perriello, who appeared on the "Colbert Report" remotely from the 5th district. "Why are you trying to hurt yourself like this?"

Perriello gamely defended his party's record.

"I think people are smart enough out there to understand that results take time," he said. 

Looking to get Perriello off his talking points, Colbert asked the Democrat for his position on legalizing medical marijuana. "I'm not supportive," Perriello said, chuckling.

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Michigan Democrats are filing a complaint against the Republican running for retiring Rep. Bart Stupak's (D) seat.


Rep. Kilroy responds to 'red-baiting' ad

Ohio Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy (D-Ohio) is up with a TV ad refuting her Republican opponent's claim that she helped create jobs in China.  

"How dare Steve Stivers question Mary Jo Kilroy's patriotism," the announcer says in Kilroy's ad. 

Her camp had earlier complained to the Ohio Elections Commission about Stivers's spot, saying it was disseminating "false" statements because it accuses Kilroy of helping to create jobs in China by voting for the stimulus bill.

The Stivers camp refused to take the ad down, calling her complaint "frivolous."

Kilroy's ad, titled "Ludicrous," comes as recent polling has shown her trailing Stivers by 9 percent in a district President Obama carried by 9 points in 2008. In The Hill 2010 Midterm Election Poll, 91 percent of Democrats said they approve of the president's performance, 59 percent of independents disapprove — the same voters who are backing Stivers by almost a 2-to-1 margin.