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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)

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Maine Secretary of State Charlie Summers, the GOP nominee for Senate, is counting on former Gov. Angus King and state Sen. Cynthia Dill to split the Democratic vote. (Associated Press)

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Maine Secretary of State Charlie Summers, the GOP nominee for Senate, is counting on former Gov. Angus King and state Sen. Cynthia Dill to split the Democratic vote. (Associated Press)

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Angus King (right), a former independent Maine governor in a third-party bid for Senate, chats with James Sloan at Bath Iron Works shipyard Oct. 1. (Associated Press)

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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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Rep. W. Todd Akin brought home federal dollars for projects in his district but is now an ally of an anti-earmark group, opening himself up to criticism that he has switched to get a campaign donation from the group for his Senate race. (The Jefferson City News-Tribune via Associated Press)

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Rep. W. Todd Akin brought home federal dollars for projects in his district but is now an ally of an anti-earmark group, opening himself up to criticism that he has switched to get a campaign donation from the group for his Senate race. (The Jefferson City News-Tribune via 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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** 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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Republican Deb Fischer, a member of the Nebraska Legislature, has a healthy lead in polls for the Senate seat of retiring Ben Nelson over Democrat Bob Kerrey, the former senator trying to make a comeback after a decade in New York. (Associated Press)

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Republican Deb Fischer, a member of the Nebraska Legislature, has a healthy lead in polls for the Senate seat of retiring Ben Nelson over Democrat Bob Kerrey, the former senator trying to make a comeback after a decade in New York. (Associated Press)

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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)