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Clinton stumps for Mitchell in Maine

PORTLAND | Former President Bill Clinton returned to Maine on Sunday to campaign for Democrat Elizabeth “Libby” Mitchell as she and four other candidates for governor ramped up their get-out-the-vote efforts.

Mr. Clinton’s visit to the Lewiston Armory was his second stop in Maine in five weeks to campaign for Mrs. Mitchell, who’s sagging in polls to third in the five-way race behind Republican front-runner Paul LePage and independent Eliot Cutler. Independents Shawn Moody and Kevin Scott, who lag far behind, round out the field for Tuesday’s balloting.

The former president addressed a standing-room-only crowd in South Portland in late September to drum up support for Mrs. Mitchell.

Sunday’s rally came as the other candidates for the state’s open gubernatorial seat made their final appeals for votes across the state. Activists attending the event featuring Mr. Clinton were asked to sign up for get-out-the-vote volunteer shifts to help Mrs. Mitchell and other Democratic candidates.

Mr. Clinton told a crowd of about 750 to 800 people that Republicans dug the nation into a hole. The GOP is more concerned with Wall Street than Main Street, he said.

MISSOURI

Outside groups spend $12M in Senate race

JEFFERSON CITY | Democratic Missouri Senate candidate Robin Carnahan says special-interest groups are trying to “buy themselves a senator” by spending millions of dollars on ads attacking her and backing Republican Rep. Roy Blunt.

But Mr. Blunt says Mrs. Carnahan, the Missouri secretary of state, is being “hypocritical” and “cynical” when she’s also received help from lobbyists and special interests.

The Sunlight Foundation, which tracks campaign spending, says outside groups have spent more than $12 million on Missouri’s Senate race.

Its figures show about $5.7 million of that has benefited Mr. Blunt, either by attacking Mrs. Carnahan or supporting his campaign. About $4.8 million has benefited Mrs. Carnahan. The remainder went to what the foundation called “electioneering communications,” broadcast communications not otherwise reported as independent expenditures.

Polls show Mr. Blunt leading Mrs. Carnahan in the race to succeed retiring Republican Sen. Christopher S. Bond.

ALASKA

Write-ins flood Senate race list

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