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Karl Rove’s American Crossroads super PAC and its affiliate, Crossroads GPS, are making their biggest buy yet in this year’s Senate elections, with a new round of ads costing $8 million that will target Democratic lawmakers in eight states. (Associated Press)

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Independent Angus King, greeting workers leaving Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine, on Monday, is leading the Democratic and Republican candidates for the Senate seat being vacated by Olympia J. Snowe. (Associated Press)

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Russell Means, a leader of the American Indian Movement organization, testifies before a special Senate investigative committee on Capitol Hill in Washington in 1989. (AP Photo/Marcy Nighswander)

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Republican candidate for Senate Linda McMahon addresses her Democratic rival, Rep. Christopher S. Murphy, in an Oct. 7, 2012, debate in Rocky Hill, Conn. The two are vying for the seat from Connecticut being vacated by Sen. Joe Lieberman, an independent. Mrs. McMahon ran unsuccessfully for Senate in 2010. (Associated Press)

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Democratic Senate hopeful Elizabeth Warren campaigns at a senior citizens housing complex in Quincy, Mass., on Tuesday, three weeks before Election Day. (Associated Press)

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Democratic Senate hopeful Elizabeth Warren campaigns at a senior citizens housing complex in Quincy, Mass., on Tuesday, three weeks before Election Day. (Associated Press)

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Democratic former Sen. Bob Kerrey, who is seeking to return to the Senate, at a news conference in Omaha, Neb., on Monday unveils a new television attack ad that focuses on the story of a now-deceased couple who were sued by Mr. Kerrey’s Republican opponent and her husband in a land dispute in 1995. (Associated Press)

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Democratic former Sen. Bob Kerrey, who is seeking to return to the Senate, at a news conference in Omaha, Neb., on Monday unveils a new television attack ad that focuses on the story of a now-deceased couple who were sued by Mr. Kerrey’s Republican opponent and her husband in a land dispute in 1995. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** U.S. Rep. Rick Berg of North Dakota, a Republican candidate for Senate, shakes hands with supporter Nate Todd on June 12, 2012, during a reception at Berg's Fargo headquarters for the primary election. (Associated Press)

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“If Romney wins the presidency, Republicans are likely to take the Senate,” former Rep. Thomas M. Davis III says of Mitt Romney’s importance to Senate races across the county, including in Virginia. (The Associated Press)

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“If Romney wins the presidency, Republicans are likely to take the Senate,” former Rep. Thomas M. Davis III says of Mitt Romney’s importance to Senate races across the county, including in Virginia. (The Associated Press)

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**FILE** Sen. Claire McCaskill, Missouri Democrat, speaks Sept. 21, 2012, during the first debate in the state Senate race, in Columbia, Mo. (Associated Press)

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Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine (right), the Democratic candidate for Senate, checks his watch with his Republican challenger, former Sen. George Allen, before their debate in Richmond on Monday, Oct. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

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Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, the Democratic candidate for Senate, gestures during a debate with his Republican challenger, former Sen. George Allen, in Richmond on Monday, Oct. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

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Former Sen. George Allen, the Republican candidate for a Senate seat from Virginia, gestures during a debate with former Gov. Tim Kaine, his Democratic challenger, in Richmond on Monday, Oct. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

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Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine talks with his communications director, Brandi Hoffine (right), as he prepares for a debate with his Republican challenger for the Senate, former Sen. George Allen, in Richmond on Monday, Oct. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

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Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine (right), the Democratic candidate for Senate, checks his watch with his Republican challenger, former Sen. George Allen, before their debate in Richmond on Monday, Oct. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

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Former Sen. George Allen, the Republican candidate for Senate from Virginia, looks over the setup with his wife, Susan, as he prepares for a debate with his Democratic challenger, former Gov. Tim Kaine, in Richmond on Monday, Oct. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

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Republican candidate for Senate Linda McMahon addresses her Democratic rival, Rep. Christopher S. Murphy, in a debate Sunday in Rocky Hill, Conn. The two are vying for the seat from Connecticut being vacated by Sen. Joe Lieberman, an independent. Mrs. McMahon ran unsuccessfully for Senate in 2010. (Associated Press)

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Republican candidate for Senate Linda McMahon addresses her Democratic rival, Rep. Christopher S. Murphy, in an Oct. 7, 2012, debate in Rocky Hill, Conn. The two are vying for the seat from Connecticut being vacated by Sen. Joe Lieberman, an independent. Mrs. McMahon ran unsuccessfully for Senate in 2010. (Associated Press)