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Polls: Kaine outpacing Obama in Virginia

Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine (D) is running slightly ahead of President Obama in the state, according to two new polls.

Kaine holds a narrow 47 to 46 percent lead over former Sen. George Allen (R-Va.) in the Senate race, according to a new poll from NBC, The Wall Street Journal and Marist College, while Obama trails Romney there by 48 to 47 percent. 

In another new poll from Quinnipiac University, CBS and The New York Times, Kaine leads Allen by 51 to 44 percent, a slightly wider gap than Obama's 51 to 46 percent lead. That mirrors other recent polling of the state showing Kaine faring a bit better than Obama in the state.

Virginia is a crucial swing state for control of both the White House and Senate, and both races in the state appear to be coming down to the wire, though Kaine has held a slight lead over Allen in most recent polls. While Kaine's 2-point edge over Obama in both polls isn't a big gap, it could make the difference in what will likely be a very close race.


Poll: Wisconsin Senate race neck and neck

Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) has a slim 2-point lead over former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson (R), according to a new poll in the state's Senate race.

Baldwin leads Thompson by 48 to 46 percent, within the margin of error of the new poll from Quinnipiac University, CBS and The New York Times. That's virtually unchanged from a mid-September poll from the group that showed the race knotted at 47 percent apiece.


AFL-CIO ramps up direct mail campaign

The AFL-CIO and its super-PAC, Workers’ Voice, have launched a new round of direct mail and worksite leafleting in dozens of down-ballot races across the country.

The nation’s largest labor federation sent out mail and leaflets on Wednesday that are expected to reach 500,000 union and non-union voters, according to an AFL-CIO official.  

House races in 12 different states — Connecticut, Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington and Wisconsin — have been targeted by labor. This newest round of mail and leafleting is also aimed at Senate races in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Nevada, Ohio and Wisconsin.

One of the mailers attacks Linda McMahon, a Connecticut Republican who running in a tight race for the Senate, by comparing her to GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

"Mitt Romney and Linda McMahon are not what working families need now. Both made their fortunes taking advantage of their employees. Both are out of touch with the middle class. And both support a political agenda that will make it even harder for working families to get ahead," said the mailer.