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Sitting with three of their children, the Santorums said the campaign has been educational for the children, and said they’ve thrived on the encouragement of the voters they’ve met along the way.

NEW MEXICO

Mayoral candidate claims rival sent topless dancer

SUNLAND PARK — A mayoral candidate in a New Mexico border town said a video of a topless woman dancing in his office is a setup orchestrated by political rivals who wanted to force him out of the race.

Gerardo Hernandez’s claims of dirty politics is only the latest scandal to rock Sunland Park, a city seen as so tainted that a House representative has called for the state to take over.

Mr. Hernandez told KVIA-TV this week that he was in his office with his campaign manager and a job applicant when an unidentified woman began to dance for the three of them, topless.

And all the while, Mr. Hernandez said, he was being taped without his knowledge.

Mr. Hernandez maintains he is the target of a setup by his opponent, Daniel Salinas.

Mr. Salinas denied involvement.

CAMPAIGN

Gingrich criticizes apology by U.S. for Koran burning

SPOKANE, Wash. — Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is expressing outrage over a U.S. apology to Afghan authorities for burned Korans on a military base.

Mr. Gingrich lashed out Thursday at the Obama administration for the formal apology. Copies of the Muslim holy book were found burned in a garbage pit on a U.S. air field.

President Obama’s apology was announced Thursday morning. A few hours later, news organizations reported that an Afghan soldier had killed two U.S. troops and wounded others in retaliation for the Koran burning.

Campaigning in Washington state, Mr. Gingrich said Afghan President Hamid Karzai owes the U.S. an apology for the shootings and that the Afghans “do not deserve the apology of the United States.”

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