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Sen. Mark Udall gives his concession speech at the Colorado Democrats' party at the Westin in Denver, Colo., Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Jerilee Bennett) MAGAZINES OUT

Go-to Democratic game plan failed badly in Colorado

- The Washington Times

The so-called “Bannock Street Project,” the Democratic political blueprint for attracting young- single women and turning purple states blue, faces new questions after last week’s stunning loss by incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Udall in Colorado.

** FILE ** Job seekers at a recent Los Angeles career fair were less likely than before the recession to find full-time work. Starting Jan. 1, larger employers must provide health care benefits to those who put in at least 30 hours a week. (Associated Press)

Happier consumers remain disgruntled voters

- The Washington Times

U.S. consumers are feeling more confident than they have since the Great Recession, but that does not provide much advantage to President Obama or the incumbent legislators on the ballot Tuesday, according to recent economic surveys. The severe job and financial difficulties many Americans experienced during and after the recession convinced most that the economy has permanently changed for the worse, and they blame current political leaders in Washington for failing to do much about it.

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Gov. Paul LePage has created controversy by criticizing the federal government's placement of eight immigrants in his state. (Associated Press)

Maine's Gov. LePage on shaky ground despite 'unshakable' core

- The Washington Times

Four years ago, he won office by threading an electoral needle. He has a penchant for going off-color, he has staked out conservative positions dramatically at odds with Maine voters — and now Gov. Paul LePage is one of the most endangered Republican politicians heading into November's elections.

From left, U.S. Senate Republican candidates Joe Miller, Dan Sullivan and Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell prepare for a debate in Eagle River, Alaska, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. The winner of the Aug. 19 primary will advance to the general election and likely face U.S. Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, who faces token opposition in the Democratic primary. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

Alaska Republicans vie for chance to unseat Begich

Associated Press

A whistle-stop tour of the state in an RV. An endorsement from the second man to walk on the moon. Even one of the most polarizing figures in American politics found cause to weigh in on the state she used to lead.

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky is garnering praise by media and some politicians by reaching out to black voters, but some fellow Republicans think his effort is folly. The potential 2016 presidential candidate is taking a big risk by trying to bridge the gap between the party of Abraham Lincoln and a bloc that has overwhelmingly supported Democrats for several decades. (Associated Press)

Rand Paul's pursuit of black voters splits GOP

- The Washington Times

Rand Paul is courting black voters unabashedly, traveling a path not taken by most Republican presidential hopefuls since Jack Kemp blitzed urban America with his message of economic hope and opportunity two decades ago.

Republican gubernatorial challenger Rob Astorino speaks at a news conference in New York, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Astorino was speaking about allegations that Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration meddled with his state anti-corruption commission. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Astorino unveils jobs plan in NY governor race

Associated Press

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Rob Astorino says New York can spur jobs and economic activity by cutting taxes and regulations, permitting hydraulic fracturing for natural gas and promoting agriculture and high-tech start-ups.

**FILE** Incumbent Rep. Frank Guinta, New Hampshire Republican, and Democratic challenger Carol Shea-Porter debate during the 1st Congressional District forum on Sept. 17, 2012, at St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. (Associated Press/The Union Leader)

GOP establishment on a roll in House primaries

- Associated Press

Republicans got their man — and woman — in a half-dozen House primaries as establishment conservatives knocked out right-flank candidates, improving the party's chances of increasing its majority in November. Arizona poses the next test of whether mainstream GOP can extend its streak.

GOP Senate hopeful Mike McFadden speaks to supporters during a victory party at O' Gara's Bar and Grill Tuesday night Aug. 12, 2014 in St. Paul Minn. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Jerry Holt)  MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGS OUT; TWIN CITIES LOCAL TELEVISION OUT

McFadden reverses course on gas tax hike

Associated Press

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden is backing away from remarks supporting a raise in the gas tax to pay for highway repairs.

Wendy Davis, Democratic candidate for Texas Governor, speaks at a campaign stop in Austin, Texas, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, at the Travis County Coordinated Campaign Headquarters. Davis insisted Tuesday she'll break her party's two-decade Texas losing streak and win the governor's race, saying turnout from long-disillusioned voters will be stronger than expected and enough to overcome her opponent's sizeable leads in campaign cash and opinion polls. (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Ralph Barrera)

Wendy Davis questions National Guard on border

Associated Press

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis says that if elected governor she will listen to elected officials in South Texas if they say the National Guard is not needed for border security.

Sens. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul share the stage on behalf of  the Republican Party. Both will speak on conservative strengths at an upcoming summit. (Associated Press)

Ethanol could stymie Cruz, Paul's 2016 Iowa ambitions

- The Washington Times

Sens. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, and Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, are making the rounds in Iowa as they weigh bids for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. However, their opposition to a federal ethanol mandate may pose problems in the corn-rich state's first-in-the-nation caucus, The Hill reports.

Governor makes Newtown response a campaign issue

- Associated Press

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is making a campaign issue of his handling of the 2012 mass school shooting in Newtown, using it as he seeks a second term to highlight his leadership during difficult times.