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Thompson's lead dissolves in Wisconsin

Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) has completely wiped away Tommy Thompson’s lead in the Wisconsin Senate race, according to two polls released Wednesday.

A Marquette University Law School poll shows a 20-point swing from last month, with Baldwin leading by 9 percentage points, 50 to 41. Those numbers were reversed in the same poll last month.

A New York Times/CBS/Quinnipiac University poll also showed Thompson’s lead had been erased, but found both candidates tied in the race at 47 percent, with 6 percent undecided.

Thompson had consistently led in the race up to this date, including in two released shortly after the Wisconsin primary in August. 

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Kaine up and outside margin in two new Virginia Senate polls

Democratic candidate Tim Kaine has taken a significant lead over Republican rival George Allen in their Virginia Senate contest, according to two new polls out this week.

In both polls, the former governor leads the former senator outside the margin of error for the first time.

Kaine leads Allen among registered voters 50 percent to 42 percent and, among likely voters, Kaine is up 51 percent to Allen's 43 percent, according to a Washington Post poll released on Wednesday.

A CBS News/New York Times/Quinnipiac poll, also released on Wednesday, found Kaine leading Allen 51 percent to 44 percent.

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Candidates focus on past scandals in North Dakota Senate race

The race for Senate in North Dakota is heating up as the candidates trade blows on issues unrelated to policy and instead focus in on their opponent's possible past transgressions.

Republicans are hammering Democratic nominee Heidi Heitkamp for contributions she received from a law firm that's supported anti-fracking initiatives in an attempt to focus in on a local issue that could resonate with voters in the state. And Heitkamp's campaign is hammering Republican Rep. Rick Berg for his involvement with a property management firm that violated various safety laws and was poorly managed. 

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McMahon targets Murphy's financial difficulty in new ad in Conn. Senate race

Republican Linda McMahon is hammering opponent Rep. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) with a new ad highlighting what her campaign is framing as a sweetheart loan he received from a bank he supported during his tenure in Congress.

The ad, titled "Dots," attempts to lay out what it characterizes as connections between Murphy's past financial difficulties and funds contributed to his campaign by a bank that issued him a loan at a good rate, despite the fact that he had missed rent and mortgage payments.

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