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AFL-CIO targets candidates in six states

The AFL-CIO is launching a direct mail campaign for Senate and gubernatorial races in six states.

Next week, direct mail pieces from the nation’s largest labor federation will go to more than 180,000 union households. It will be the first round of mailings that the AFL-CIO will be sending every week from now up to Election Day.

{mosads}All the mail pieces target Republican candidates, including those running for the Senate, like Sen. Scott Brown in Massachusetts, Linda McMahon in Connecticut and Richard Mourdock in Indiana. GOP gubernatorial candidates targeted by the mail campaign are Rick Hill in Montana, Ovide Lamontagne in New Hampshire and Rob McKenna in Washington.

“Working families trust the information they get from their unions,” said Mike Podhorzer, the AFL-CIO’s political director, in a statement. “This election we’re drawing a hard line between those who will stand up for the middle class and those who are throwing them under the bus.”

The AFL-CIO has endorsed President Obama but is also expected to play a part in several congressional races. Labor, a key Democratic ally, will rev up its get-out-the vote operation to help get people to the polls for the party’s candidates this November.

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