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Delaware candidates for Senate Christine O'Donnell and Chris Coons debate at Widener Law School in Wilmington on Tuesday. At one point, Ms. O'Donnell questioned whether the First Amendment stipulates separation of church and state. (Associated Press)

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BOXER REBELLION: Polls show Carly Fiorina, Republican candidate for Senate from California, is within striking distance of the incumbent. (Associated Press)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2010 file photo, Democratic Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias talks to reporters at a news conference in Chicago.

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Associated Press Sen. Charles E. Schumer, whose campaign-finance reform bill died recently in the Senate, reported raising $23.2 million.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. talks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010. prior to the Senate vote on the defense authorization bill.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTOGRAPHS Sen. John McCain (center) leads a news conference on Capitol Hill on Tuesday prior to the Senate vote on the defense authorization bill. From left: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Sen. Lamar Alexander, Sen. John Cornyn, Sen. John Thune and Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTOGRAPHS Sen. John McCain (center) leads a news conference on Capitol Hill on Tuesday prior to the Senate vote on the defense authorization bill. From left: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Sen. Lamar Alexander, Sen. John Cornyn, Sen. John Thune and Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl.

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Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona, the chamber’s Republican whip, said he sent a classified letter in June to the House and Senate intelligence committees asking them to investigate the incident and report back to members. (Associated Press)

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Associated Press CREW SOCKS: Christine O'Donnell, Delaware GOP nominee for Senate, is under fire by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

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**FILE** Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner told the Senate banking committee in September that he would use "all the tools available" to balance trade practices. He warned about the "risk" of passing legislation designed to penalize China. (Associated Press)

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Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell addresses supporters after winning the Republican nomination for Senate in Delaware, Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010, in Dover, Del. O'Donnell upset Rep. Mike Castle.. (AP Photo/Rob Carr)

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Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell jokes with a supporter while waiting to be interviewed at her election-night party on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010, in Dover, Del. (AP Photo/Rob Carr)

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Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell smiles while addressing supporters after winning the Republican nomination for Senate in Delaware, Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010, in Dover, Ms. O'Donnell upset Rep. Mike Castle. (AP Photo/Rob Carr)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTOGRAPHS Sen. George V. Voinovich, Ohio Republican (left), and Sen. George S. LeMieux, Florida Republican (right), broke with their party Tuesday to help Democrats advance President Obama's small-business assistance bill in the Senate. A final Senate vote is expected later this week. Then the bill must go back to the House for final approval.

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Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell chats with voters in Wilmington, Del., on Tuesday. Ms. O'Donnell took on nine-term Rep. Michael N. Castle in the Republican primary for a U.S. Senate seat. (AP Photo)

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Rep. Michael N. Castle, who has held elective office in Delaware since the mid-1980s, finds himself unexpectedly behind "tea party" favorite Christine O'Donnell in the Republican primary for the Senate. (AP Photo)

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Kelly Ayotte, a former New Hampshire attorney general who won the endorsement of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, defeated Senate rival Ovide Lamontagne. (AP Photo)

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Sen. Jack Reed, Rhode Island Democrat, thinks the Senate will have a "serious debate" on the so-called Bush tax-cut extension, but he will not speculate on an agreement. House Democratic leaders say they want to see what the Senate does before acting. (Associated Press)

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Former Rep. J.D. Hayworth has not publicly come out for Sen. John McCain after falling short in his challenge in the Senate primary in Arizona. ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTOGRAPH

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Associated Press photographs 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."