In Washington state, Clint Didier (shown), who lost the GOP senatorial primary to party favorite Dino Rossi despite the support of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, said Mr. Rossi must meet a list of policy demands before he will endorse him. ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTOGRAPH
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West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin III (left), a Democrat, leads in polls for a Senate seat, but his GOP rival, businessman John Raese (right), has closed the gap. One analyst calls it a "race worth watching."
Rep. Michael N. Castle, Delaware Republican, is taking his GOP rival for the nomination for Senate more seriously after a Republican senator was denied renomination by an insurgent in Alaska.
Supporters of U.S. Senate hopeful Linda McMahon (center) celebrate winning the GOP nomination in May. Though early polls showed Mrs. McMahon trailing considerably behind Democratic rival Richard Blumenthal, an August poll shows Mrs. McMahon behind by only 10 percentage points.
CORPORATE CAMPAIGNING: GOP gubernatorial hopeful Rick Snyder, who has shocked many with his sucess, is among the several businesspeople who have entered the political spectrum this year. (Associated Press)
Democratic Sen. Patty Murray is likely to face GOP favorite Dino Rossi in Washington's election for the Senate seat. In recent polls, Mr. Rossi trails Mrs. Murray by about 4 percentage points. (AP Photo)
Karen Moran of West Palm Beach, a member of the "tea party," tries to prohibit Everett Wilkinson, chairman of the South Florida Tea Party, from heckling GOP gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott on Thursday in West Palm Beach.
ASSOCIATED PRESS Republican Party chairman Michael Steele, center, talks with Republican state leaders and volunteers during a visit to the Colorado GOP headquarters in the Greenwood Village south of Denver on Thursday, July 8, 2010.
ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE - In this June 17, 2010 file photo South Carolina Republican gubernatorial candidate, Rep. Nikki Haley, R-Lexington, takes part in a televised debate in Columbia, S.C. Sarah Palin's support and tea party activists helped GOP Haley emerge from a crowded field to capture the GOP nod for governor.