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Mr. Cuomo’s Manhattan event on Sunday will announce new bipartisan chairmen, presumably including Republicans and independents. The campaign calls it a “big tent” of New York leaders backing reform of Albany.

Meanwhile, the state Democratic Committee that Mr. Cuomo directs released a statement calling one of Mr. Paladino’s recent campaign ads demeaning and inappropriate.

The ad puts Mr. Cuomo’s face on a man in a shower trying to clean “Special Interests” and other dirt away.

There was no immediate comment from Mr. Paladino.

SENATE

Murkowski defends write-in bid

Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska says her write-in effort to re-enter the race to retain her seat in the Senate isn’t undermining the Republican Party.

Speaking in an interview Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Mrs. Murkowski said she received countless phone calls, e-mails and faxes urging her to stay in the contest.

In mounting the write-in bid, she says she’s “listening to my constituents” and is “going to give them a choice.”

Mrs. Murkowski says that suggestions by the GOP’s nominee, Joe Miller, to do away with Medicare, Social Security and the Education Department are too radical for most Alaskans.

She acknowledges, however, that a write-in campaign is going to be tough.

HAWAII

Abercrombie wins Democratic race

HONOLULU | Hawaii Democrats have chosen former U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie in their bid to take back the governor’s office after eight years of Republican control.

Mr. Abercrombie defeated longtime political rival ex-Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann in a bitterly contested campaign that focused on character and leadership experience.

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