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Warren off to fast start in campaign

First-time candidate Elizabeth Warren has eclipsed her five Democratic rivals and emerged as the leading challenger to Massachusetts Republican Sen. Scott P. Brown just three weeks after launching her campaign.

Ms. Warren, a consumer advocate and Harvard law professor, is largely untested on the campaign trail. So her fast start has relieved and energized many Democrats who had been clamoring for a major challenger for months in their hopes to reclaim the seat once held by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy.

Ms. Warren is far outpacing the other Democratic candidates — they poll in single digits while she polled at 38 percent, about even with Mr. Brown in a recent poll.


House candidate with KKK ties drops out

HELENA — A candidate for Montana’s U.S. House seat with ties to the Ku Klux Klan says he is dropping out of the race because he didn’t have enough support.

John Abarr of Great Falls told the Associated Press early Wednesday he is withdrawing his candidacy because the campaign “wasn’t going anywhere.”

The 41-year-old night auditor at a hotel was a former KKK organizer. At the time of his June announcement he said he thought people would back him as part of a backlash to the nation’s first black president.

But leading Montana Republicans either rebuked or ignored him.

Leading state Republicans have already rallied around Bozeman businessman Steve Daines in 2012 as the popular choice to replace Republican U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg, who is running for U.S. Senate.


Obama praises ‘profound’ U.S.-Honduras relations

President Obama is praising what he calls the “profound” relationship between the United States and Honduras.

Meeting with Honduran President Porfirio Lobo in the Oval Office on Wednesday, Mr. Obama said that under Mr. Lobo, Honduras has restored democratic practices and seen a commitment to the country’s reconciliation. Mr. Lobo was elected in 2009 after the previous president was removed from office following a constitutional showdown with the nation’s Supreme Court and Congress.

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