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** FILE ** Former President Bill Clinton and President Obama wave to the crowd during a campaign event at the Waldorf Astoria on Monday, June 4, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Clinton goes it alone in new Obama ad

Former President Bill Clinton appears alone in a new ad for President Obama's campaign, touting Mr. Obama's vision as Republican candidate Mitt Romney's campaign continues to use Mr. Clinton's landmark welfare reform during his time as president to attack the current one.

**FILE** Sen. Sherrod Brown, Ohio Democrat (Associated Press)

Ohio Senate fight attracts outsider bucks

President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney each see Ohio as a key toss-up state in their presidential hopes, but super PACs and other outside groups are pouring huge sums of money into the down-ballot U.S. Senate race key to the GOP's quest to regain control of the chamber in November.

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

Akin: 'Uncomfortable' with 'party bosses' trying to dictate race

Missouri Rep. W. Todd Akin said Wednesday he is "uncomfortable" with "party bosses" trying to dictate his U.S. Senate race, while again apologizing for his controversial remarks on rape and pregnancy that have caused top Republicans around the country — including Mitt Romney — to say he should drop out of the race.

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

Democrats fundraise off Akin

Democrats are wasting little time trying to raise campaign money by exploiting Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin's "legitimate rape" comment and the Republican Party's pro-life platform.

** FILE ** Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich smiles during a March 8, 2012, rally in Jackson, Miss. (Associated Press)

Gingrich releases delegates

Ahead of next week's Republican convention, Newt Gingrich on Tuesday officially released the delegates he won during the primary, giving them the ability to vote for Mitt Romney, the presumptive nominee.