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NEW YORK — Tuesday’s presidential debate was a big hit on social media.

The 90-minute nationally televised exchange between President Obama and Republican Mitt Romney generated 12.24 million comments on Twitter and Facebook, according to Bluefin Labs, an analytics firm.

The debate was the top political event of all time in social media and placed third among the top social-media events of any kind, bested only by this year’s Grammy Awards and MTV Video Music Awards. The first presidential debate, on Oct. 3, placed fifth.


Talk-show host King to host 3rd-party debate

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Larry King, the celebrated talk show host accustomed to A-list interview guests, has agreed to moderate a debate featuring a squad of minor-party presidential candidates.

The former CNN giant will guide next Tuesday’s debate in Chicago, which will be broadcast on the Internet. The candidates taking part are the Libertarian Party’s Gary E. Johnson, the Green Party’s Jill Stein, the Constitution Party’s Virgil H. Goode Jr. and the Justice Party’s Rocky Anderson.


Murphy narrowly leads McMahon in Senate poll

Democratic Rep. Christopher S. Murphy is ahead in the Connecticut Senate race — but only by a hair, and well within the margin of error of a new poll released Wednesday.

He led his Republican opponent, Linda McMahon, by 46 percent to 44 percent in a Siena College survey, which has a 4.2 percent margin of error. That’s a smaller lead than most other polls have given the Democratic congressman, indicating Mrs. McMahon may be narrowing the gap in the final weeks before Election Day.


Poll has Thomson, Baldwin deadlocked in Senate race

The U.S. Senate race in Wisconsin has tightened to a virtual tie with less than three weeks left before Election Day, according to a poll released Wednesday.

The Marquette University Law School poll found that Republican candidate, former Gov. Tommy G. Thompson, now leads Democratic opponent Rep. Tammy Baldwin, 46 percent to 45 percent.

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