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In this photo taken Oct. 4, 2012, Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks in Denver. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Romney wins NRA backing

The National Rifle Association on Thursday endorsed Mitt Romney minutes before the Republican presidential nominee prepared to speak to a loud crowd in the Shenandoah Valley full of NRA supporters.

** FILE ** U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, speaks at the National Clean Energy Summit at the Bellagio in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, Jessica Ebelhar)

Reid misquotes Romney to make immigration attack

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has become the chief attack dog against his co-religionist Mitt Romney, but on Wednesday that attack went even further when his official Senate office released a statement that attributed a quote to Mr. Romney, even though he said the exact opposite.

Kaine outraises Allen in third quarter

Democrat Tim Kaine raised $4.5 million over the last three months for his campaign in the U.S. Senate contest in Virginia, while his opponent, Republican George Allen, took in about $3.5 million, bringing the total hauls for the two campaigns to about $15 million and $11.6 million, respectively.

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Axelrod: Romney dishonest; Obama focused during debate

President Obama's top campaign adviser on Thursday accused Republican challenger Mitt Romney of being dishonest during the first presidential debate, and also downplayed assertions by many observers and liberal pundits that the GOP nominee won the first matchup between the candidates.

**FILE** Rep. Allen West, Florida Republican, speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington on Feb. 10, 2012. (Associated Press)

Patrick Murphy slams Rep. West's military record

Democratic House candidate Patrick Murphy of Florida hit back at opponent Rep. Allen West with a new ad challenging the incumbent's military record, accusing the Republican of criminal activity in an incident regarding an Iraqi prisoner.