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Rep. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin is running against former Gov. Tommy Thompson for the U.S. Senate. Their race is important to whether Democrats maintain their majority in the Senate. (Andrew Geraci/The Washington Times)

Baldwin's lead narrows in Wis. Senate race

Democratic Rep. Tammy Baldwin still holds a lead in Wisconsin's U.S. Senate race but her advantage has shrunk over former Republican Gov. Tommy Thompson, according to a poll released Wednesday.

**FILE** Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks on Sept. 26, 2012, in Toledo, Ohio. (Associated Press)

Poll: Voters still favor Romney on handling the economy

While recent polls show that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney may be losing ground in some battleground states, Americans still trust him more than President Obama to rebuild the nation's economy, according to a poll released Wednesday.

**FILE** In these photos from Sept. 26, 2012, President Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney both campaign in the battleground state of Ohio. (Associated Press)

National, Florida, Virginia poll numbers tighten; Obama up 8 in Ohio

Ahead of Wednesday night's presidential debate between President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney, new polls show the national race between the two men tightening slightly and Mr. Romney chipping away at Mr. Obama's leads in Florida and Virginia, while the president still maintains a significant lead in Ohio.

Border Patrol Agent Brian A. Terry (Associated Press)

Romney campaign fundraises off 'Fast and Furious'

Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan sent out a fundraising plea to supporters Tuesday saying that donating to the Romney campaign will help ensure that Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., whose Justice Department oversaw the botched "Fast and Furious" gunwalking operation, will be kicked out of office.

** FILE ** Tim Kaine, left, answers a question during the 2012 U.S. Senate Debate while his opponent George Allen looks on. The two men, who are both vying for the Virginia Senate seat, held their first of three debates on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012, at the Capital One Conference Center in McLean, Va. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Kaine buys $3 million more in ads

Democrat Tim Kaine's campaign announced Tuesday that it has bought $3 million more in ads for the fall stretch run in the neck-and-neck U.S. Senate race in Virginia, bringing the campaign's total ad buys to $7.5 million through Election Day.

**FILE** Rep. W. Todd Akin (Associated Press)

Focus on the Family jumps into Akin race

Focus on the Family's public policy group is mailing out ads on behalf of Rep. W. Todd Akin, adding to the roster of conservative organizations helping out the Republican Senate hopeful as he struggles to make up lost ground against Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.