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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)

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Rep. Laura Richardson, who is running for the Senate in California, is seen here in a 2012 photograph provided by her campaign. (Associated Press)

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Rep. Laura Richardson, who is running for the Senate in California, is seen here in a 2012 photograph provided by her campaign. (Associated Press)

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Republican Senate candidate George Allen (center) walks through a converted bus called an “AmbuBus,” used as a mass casualty transport and made by First Line Technology, with company president Amit Kapoor (left) in Chantilly on Tuesday. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Republican Senate candidate George Allen (center) walks through a converted bus called an “AmbuBus,” used as a mass casualty transport and made by First Line Technology, with company president Amit Kapoor (left) in Chantilly on Tuesday. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott sports a seersucker suit Thursday evening as he hosts Seersucker Thursday at Occidental Grill & Seafood. Mr. Lott started the tradition in 1996 as a way to promote friendly relations among senators who might disagree on political issues. The Senate canceled the June event, but he staged one anyway. (Ryan M.L. Young/The Washington Times)

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Vice President Joe Biden, in his Constitutional role as president of the Senate, arrives at the Capitol to provide the tie-breaking vote, if needed, on a vote to extend broad tax cuts that will otherwise expire in January, in Washington, Wednesday, July 25, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Vice President Joe Biden, in his Constitutional role as president of the Senate, arrives at the Capitol to provide the tie-breaking vote, if needed, on a vote to extend broad tax cuts that will otherwise expire in January, in Washington, Wednesday, July 25, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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** FILE ** Former Sen. George Allen celebrates with his wife, Susan (left), and daughter Tyler in Richmond on Tuesday, June 12, 2012, after securing a win in Virginia's Republican primary in his effort to reclaim his old Senate seat. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

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Nebraska Republican senate candidate, state Sen. Deb Fischer, left, meets Democratic Senate candidate Bob Kerrey at a July fourth parade in Omaha, Neb., Wednesday, July 4, 2012. Fischer is running against Kerrey for the senate seat vacated by Democrat Ben Nelson. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

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Nebraska state Sen. Deb Fischer (left), a candidate for Republican senate, meets Democratic Senate candidate Bob Kerrey at a Fourth of July parade in Omaha, Neb. Fischer is running against Kerrey for the senate seat vacated by Democrat Ben Nelson. (Associated Press)

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Former Sen. George Allen (pictured) and former Gov. Tim Kaine — rivals for a Senate seat from Virginia — agree on little, other than that their contest will likely go down to the wire in November. (Associated Press)

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Former Sen. George Allen celebrates with his wife, Susan (left), and daughter Tyler in Richmond on Tuesday, June 12, 2012, after securing a win in Virginia's Republican primary in his effort to reclaim his old Senate seat. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

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Bob Kerrey, a Democratic candidate for a Senate seat in Nebraska, tours the Benson neighborhood in Omaha with his wife, former Saturday Night Live writer Sarah Paley, and Henry, his son. Mr. Kerrey has described Ms. Paley as a "comedian." (Associated Press)