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The result is much closer than those in polls since early September, which have consistently shown Ms. Baldwin as the favorite to replace retiring Democratic Sen. Herb Kohl. A Marquette poll from late September had her with a 4-percentage-point lead.


Senate rivals roll out big-gun endorsements

Both candidates for the Senate seat from Nebraska on Wednesday got a boost from Washington heavyweights.

Republican state Sen. Deb Fischer, who remains ahead in the polls, was endorsed by Sen. John McCain of Arizona, the party’s presidential candidate in 2008. Thirty minutes later, Democrat Bob Kerrey, the state’s former governor and two-term senator, rolled out a high-profile endorsement of his own from Democrat-turned-independent Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut.

Mr. McCain touted Mrs. Fischer’s commitment to trim the federal budget as one of the prime reasons he’s backing her in the hotly contested race.

The Nebraska contest is a key component of Republican hopes to recapture control of the Senate. Moderate Democrat Sen. Ben Nelson is retiring at the end of this term, and Republicans see the conservative state as a golden opportunity to pick up a Senate seat.


Las Vegas ranked No. 1 in nation for political ads

Sick to death of political ads on TV? Here’s hoping you don’t live in Las Vegas, where more such spots have hit the airwaves than any other city in the country, according to a government watchdog.

More than 2,300 political advertisements have been filed to run in Las Vegas since August — far outpacing Norfolk, Va., and Orlando, Fla., the No. 2 and 3 ranked markets, according to a Sunlight Foundation analysis of Federal Election Commission records.

Sin City tops the list of all types of ads filed with the exception of Senate races. That No. 1 spot goes to Pennsylvania, where Democratic Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr. is locked in a re-election challenge from Republican Tom Smith.


Legal travel from Cuba: Easier, still complicated

Cuba’s surprise decision to make it easier for citizens to leave the country doesn’t mean Cubans can book tickets on commercial planes and head for Miami.

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