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President Barack Obama comforts Hurricane Sandy victim Dana Vanzant as he visits a neighborhood in Brigantine, New Jersey, on Oct. 31, 2012.

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President Barack Obama comforts Hurricane Sandy victim Dana Vanzant as he visits a neighborhood in Brigantine, New Jersey, on Oct. 31, 2012.

Obama’s Hurricane Response: 78-Percent Positive in Tracking Poll

While the presidential election, nationally, remains a virtually tied contest, likely voters of all political stripes have blessed President Barack Obama’s response to the storm that lashed the Northeast this week. The ABC News/Washington Post daily tracking, for several days...

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Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock gestures during a news conference in Indianapolis, on Oct. 24, 2012, to explain the comment he made during last night Senate debate. Mourdock said that when a woman becomes pregnant during a rape, "that's something God intended."

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Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock gestures during a news conference in Indianapolis, on Oct. 24, 2012, to explain the comment he made during last night Senate debate. Mourdock said that when a woman becomes pregnant during a rape, "that's something God intended."

Obama Radio Ad Revives Romney Tie to Mourdock

Barack Obama wants Colorado voters to remember a certain Indiana Senate candidate when they pick a president next week. An Obama radio ad in Denver spins through the Richard Mourdock rape comment controversy, using newscasts and a conversation between a...

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Mitt Romney makes a "U" with his hands next to Florida Gov. Jeb Bush during a campaign rally at University of Miami on October 31, 2012 in Coral Gables, Florida.

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Mitt Romney makes a "U" with his hands next to Florida Gov. Jeb Bush during a campaign rally at University of Miami on October 31, 2012 in Coral Gables, Florida.

In The Hunt: Trouble in Campaign’s Final Days

Defense is the last position a politician should be in during the final days of a campaign, Bloomberg’s Al Hunt says in today’s “In the Hunt.” When former President Bill Clinton campaigns for President Barack Obama in Minnesota and Republican...

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A woman holds political literature during a Mitt Romney campaign event at Paramount Printing January 26, 2012 in Jacksonville, Florida.

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A woman holds political literature during a Mitt Romney campaign event at Paramount Printing January 26, 2012 in Jacksonville, Florida.

$6 Billion Election: $700 Mln Increase

Anyone seeing more TV ads or getting more campaign literature in the mail than ever isn’t imagining it. Spending on the 2012 presidential and congressional races will exceed $6 billion, according to an estimate released today by the Center for...

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Mitt Romney supporters attend a rally at Defiance High School, in Defiance, Ohio, October 25, 2012.

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Mitt Romney supporters attend a rally at Defiance High School, in Defiance, Ohio, October 25, 2012.

Ohio Poll: `Photo Finish’

Ohio is close, according to The Ohio Poll. The survey run by the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Cincinnati has a strong track record. Its final snapshot of the race between President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt...

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Florida Governor Rick Scott greets Mitt Romney during a rally at Flagler College, in St. Augustine, Florida, on August 13, 2012.

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Florida Governor Rick Scott greets Mitt Romney during a rally at Flagler College, in St. Augustine, Florida, on August 13, 2012.

Medicare Fraud: Obama-Backing Super-PAC Ties Scott, Romney

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who won election despite a business record including a company engaged in Medicare fraud, is not the most popular politician. The super-PAC backing President Barack Obama is counting on both that and the Medicare voucher plan...

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Damage in the Rockaway neighborhood, on Oct. 31, 2012, where the historic boardwalk was washed away during Hurricane Sandy in the Queens borough of New York City.

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Damage in the Rockaway neighborhood, on Oct. 31, 2012, where the historic boardwalk was washed away during Hurricane Sandy in the Queens borough of New York City.

`Frozen’ Presidential Race Thaws, Heating up for Homestretch

Superstorm Sandy “tended to freeze” the presidential race while Americans focused on the storm, President Barack Obama’s strategist David Axelrod said on a conference call with reporters today. Axelrod, saying he was reluctant to discuss the political impact of an...

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Mitt Romney accepts a food donation from a supporter during a Kettering Storm Relief event on Oct. 30, 2012 in Ohio.

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Mitt Romney accepts a food donation from a supporter during a Kettering Storm Relief event on Oct. 30, 2012 in Ohio.

Romney’s Re-Entry: `Real Change’

With former Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio behind him, Republican Mitt Romney revved up his Atlantic storm-stalled campaign in Florida today. “This is quite a time for the country, as you know — we’re going through trauma in...

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Former Rep. Bart Gordon, a Tennessee Democrat, has joined the K&L Gates' Washington office as a partner in its public policy and law practice.

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Former Rep. Bart Gordon, a Tennessee Democrat, has joined the K&L Gates' Washington office as a partner in its public policy and law practice.

Washington Lobbying Firm’s Point-Counterpoint on Election

With polls showing a virtual tie between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney, two former lawmakers, now colleagues at the lawyer-lobbying firm K&L Gates LLP, offered their own political predictions at a briefing for reporters today. Former Rep....

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