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Tim Kaine, a former Virginia governor running for Senate, said his remarks at a candidates’ debate in McLean on Thursday were not advocating for a tax increase, but rather stating that he was open to considering a minimum tax. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** In this Feb 18, 2012, file photo, Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin, R-Missouri, waves to the crowd while introduced at a senate candidate forum during a Republican conference in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)

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Rick Berg, the Republican Senate candidate in North Dakota, speaks in Bismarck, N.D., during a debate with Democratic candidate Heidi Heitkamp. Ms. Heitkamp and Mr. Berg are running for the seat being left open by the departure of incumbent Democrat Kent Conrad, and Mr. Berg is seen as crucial to GOP hopes of capturing control of the Senate. (Associated Press)

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Rick Berg, the Republican Senate candidate in North Dakota, speaks in Bismarck, N.D., during a debate with Democratic candidate Heidi Heitkamp. Ms. Heitkamp and Mr. Berg are running for the seat being left open by the departure of incumbent Democrat Kent Conrad, and Mr. Berg is seen as crucial to GOP hopes of capturing control of the Senate. (Associated Press)

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Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md. leads an address by the Women of the Senate at the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Andrew Geraci/ The Washington Times)

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Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md. leads an address by the Women of the Senate at the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Andrew Geraci/ The Washington Times)

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** FILE ** In this Feb 18, 2012, file photo, Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin, R-Missouri, waves to the crowd while introduced at a senate candidate forum during a Republican conference in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)

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Rep. W. Todd Akin, Missouri Republican, talks with reporters about his Senate candidacy. He has apologized for insensitive remarks about rape but the Republican Party still wants him to drop out of the race. (Associated Press)

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Rep. W. Todd Akin, Missouri Republican, talks with reporters about his Senate candidacy. He has apologized for insensitive remarks about rape but the Republican Party still wants him to drop out of the race. (Associated Press)

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Alaina Carnan of Lexington, Ky., works Aug. 21, 2012, in the Senate campaign office of Rep. Todd Akin, Missouri Republican, in Chesterfield, Mo. Akin has come under pressure to abandon his Senate campaign after his comments that women's bodies can prevent pregnancies in cases of "legitimate rape." (Associated Press)

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Alaina Carnan of Lexington, Ky., works Aug. 21, 2012, in the Senate campaign office of Rep. Todd Akin, Missouri Republican, in Chesterfield, Mo. Akin has come under pressure to abandon his Senate campaign after his comments that women's bodies can prevent pregnancies in cases of "legitimate rape." (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** In this Feb 18, 2012, file photo, Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin, R-Missouri, waves to the crowd while introduced at a senate candidate forum during a Republican conference in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)

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** FILE ** In this Feb 18, 2012, file photo, Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin, R-Missouri, waves to the crowd while introduced at a senate candidate forum during a Republican conference in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)

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** FILE ** In this Feb 18, 2012, file photo, Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin, R-Missouri, waves to the crowd while introduced at a senate candidate forum during a Republican conference in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)

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** FILE ** In this Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012. file photo, Senate candidate John Brunner speaks to the other candidates during a forum at a Republican conference in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)

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** FILE ** In this Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012. file photo, Senate candidate John Brunner speaks to the other candidates during a forum at a Republican conference in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)

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Sen. Max Baucus, Montana Democrat, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee pauses following final votes as the Senate leaves for a five-week recess, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012. (Associated Press)

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Sen. Max Baucus, Montana Democrat, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee pauses following final votes as the Senate leaves for a five-week recess, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012. (Associated Press)

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In this Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012 file photograph, senate candidate Sarah Steelman speaks during a forum at a Republican conference in Kansas City, Mo. In the Aug. 7, 2012 primary, voters will decide who will challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)

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In this Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012 file photograph, senate candidate Sarah Steelman speaks during a forum at a Republican conference in Kansas City, Mo. In the Aug. 7, 2012 primary, voters will decide who will challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)