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** FILE ** Jesse Benton, then-campaign manager for Republican presidential candidate, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, arrives at a campaign even in Des Moines, Iowa, Dec. 28, 2011. (Associated Press)

GOP Sen. McConnell’s campaign manager resigns

- Associated Press

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s campaign manager resigned Friday amid fallout from a scandal in Iowa involving a presidential campaign he worked for in 2012. Jesse Benton said he didn’t want to become a distraction as McConnell tries to win a tough re-election campaign in Kentucky.

** FILE ** President Obama as he speaks in the James Brady Press Briefing Room in the White House in Washington, Aug. 18, 2014. (Associated Press)

Obama uses Labor Day holiday to push for higher minimum wage

- The Washington Times

Democrats’ push to raise the nation’s minimum wage has taken a backseat recently to crises in the Middle East and elsewhere, but President Obama on Saturday resumed the effort and accused Republicans of not caring about the standard of living of average Americans.

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ADVANCE FOR USE SATURDAY, AUG. 30, 2014, AND THEREAFTER- File - In this Dec. 3, 2013 file photo, Idaho businessman and school board member A.J. Balukoff, right, announces he is running as a Democrat for governor in front of Hillcrest Elementary in Boise, Idaho. Gov. Butch Otter, who is seeking a third-term, could face a tight race against Democratic challenger Balukoff, a millionaire who has said he'll spend as much as he needs to win. (AP Photo/The Idaho Statesman, Darin Oswald, File)  LOCAL TV OUT (KTVB 7)

Tea party could make race tougher for Butch Otter

- Associated Press

Idaho's red state roots haven't faded, but political infighting inside its Republican Party has left many feeling disenfranchised with the so-called traditional GOP candidates who will appear on this year's election ballot.

Democrat King lags in New Mexico governor's race

- Associated Press

After a summer of bruising television ads in New Mexico's race for governor, Democrat Gary King remains optimistic he can close the gap in an uphill challenge against Republican incumbent Susana Martinez.

FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2005 file photo, State Sen. John Martin, D-Eagle Lake, center, confers with Sen. Bill Diamond, D-Windham, right, and Sen. Philip Bartlett, D-Gorham, left, during a caucus in the Senate President's office at the State House in Augusta, Maine. After a nearly five-decade career that included an unprecedented 10 terms as House speaker, Martin lost in a shocking defeat in 2012. The 73-year-old is among dozens of former lawmakers vying to return in the 2014 midterm election. (AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach, File)

Former Maine lawmakers vying for a seat in Augusta

- Associated Press

After a nearly five-decade career in the Maine Legislature that ended in a shocking defeat two years ago, it would seem that John Martin would be ready to enjoy some peace and quiet.

Strategy, money, luck aid Steve Daines' ascendance

- Associated Press

Steve Daines has rocketed from the unknown to being the face of the Montana Republican Party and the favorite to take a U.S. Senate seat that has been in Democratic control for a century, all before completing a full term in Congress.

Democrat Andrew Romanoff seeks political revival

- Associated Press

In a congressional contest in the Denver suburbs shaping up to be the most expensive in state history, Democrat Andrew Romanoff is trying to knock off three-term incumbent Republican Rep. Mike Coffman.

President Barack Obama greets a legionnaire after speaking at the American Legion national convention in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. Three months after a veterans' health care scandal rocked his administration, President Barack Obama is taking executive action to improve the mental well-being of veterans. The president was to announce his initiatives during an appearance before the American Legion National Convention that is fraught with midterm politics. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Veterans see VA scandal as key in Congress races

- Associated Press

Late summer means back to school, so the leather waiting room chairs at the community college veterans center are full of former service members seeking help with course mix-ups, education benefits and any other obstacle to a degree or new job qualification.

5 things to know about Maine's upcoming election

- Associated Press

Maine candidates are heading into the final stretch and all eyes are on the battle for the Blaine House. While the tight three-person race for governor is likely to get the most attention this fall, the contest for Maine's open 2nd Congressional District seat and local races that will determine which party controls the state House and Senate are also sure to be highly competitive.

GOP challenger tries novel tactics against Brown

- Associated Press

Republicans finally have the kind of gubernatorial candidate they need to be competitive in overwhelmingly Democratic California - a young, second-generation social moderate who has financial expertise and is comfortable on social media.

5 things to watch in North Carolina's elections

- Associated Press

North Carolina government has undergone a dramatic shift to the right. How voters feel about Republican control should shade Election Day results for the U.S. Senate and on down the ballot.

5 things to know about Kentucky's Senate race

Associated Press

Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes is locked in a tight race with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell as the GOP tries to retake the chamber. Grimes is seen as an opportunity to not only hold off a Republican takeover, but also a chance to knock off a longtime GOP lawmaker. Here are five things to know about Kentucky's U.S. Senate race:

5 things to know about the Florida election

- Associated Press

Florida's governor's race will be a nationally watched contest between unpopular Republican Gov. Rick Scott, who won office during the tea party surge and now advocates for more government spending, and former Gov. Charlie Crist, who used to call himself a Ronald Reagan Republican and now cozies up to President Barack Obama. And it will be brutal.

Late New Hampshire primary can turn focus to Nov.

- Associated Press

New Hampshire's late state primary leaves relatively little time for the winners to pivot toward the general election, so some candidates and parties are already thinking about November.

Senate candidates focus on military, veterans

- Associated Press

Iowa is a state with a relatively small number of veterans and no military bases, yet the hotly contested Senate race here is heavily focused on the military.

In this Aug. 14, 2014 photo, U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis shakes hands with people attending the Republican Day rally at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield. Davis faces Democrat Ann Callis, the former chief circuit judge in Madison County, in his re-election bid in the November election. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

GOP sees gains in Illinois voters tuning out

- Associated Press

The candidates for Illinois congressional seats heard all about it during visits with voters in August: Disgust with Washington. Dismay over accusations and negative advertising in Illinois' state races. Lack of interest in the Nov. 4 election.