'Banking Caucus' member aims for Senate
Republican candidate for Senate U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito defends little banks but big banks benefit too.

Poll: Economy, health care eclipse social issues

FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2014 file photo, Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., left, and his Republican opponent, Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., face off during a televised debate at 9News in Denver. As a season of campaigning enters its final, intense weekend, a new Associated Press-GfK poll illustrates the challenge ahead for candidates and their allies trying to rally voters around traditional wedge issues such as abortion and gay marriage. This fall, voters just have other matters on their minds. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)DENVER (AP) — As a season of campaigning enters its intense final weekend, a new Associated Press-GfK poll illustrates the challenge ahead for candidates and their allies trying to rally voters around traditional wedge issues such as abortion and gay marriage. This fall, voters just have other matters on their minds.

AP PHOTOS: Small Alaska town welcomes big politics

Campaign worker Gabe Tegoseak carries a clipboard with a list of registered voters along an icy road in Barrow, Alaska, as he goes door to door as part of the re-election campaign of Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. Tegoseak works for the Alaska Democratic Party and hopes to send Begich back to Washington. His Republican opponent is former state attorney general Dan Sullivan, and he’s got a ground game, too. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)PETERSBURG, Alaska (AP) — When U.S. Sen. Mark Begich and his Republican challenger Dan Sullivan greet cheering supporters in downtown Anchorage on Election Night, their thoughts may turn to days of boots-on-the-ground campaigning in more unforgiving and far-flung parts of this remote and rugged state.

Sen. Landrieu's remarks on race anger Republicans

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., participates in a Senate race debate with fellow candidates Republican candidate and Tea Party favorite Rob Maness and Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La., on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge, La., Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Republicans are calling on Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu to apologize after she suggested Thursday that President Barack Obama's deep unpopularity in the South is partly tied to race.

'Wistful' Obama launches last-gasp campaigning for elections

U.S. President Barack Obama waves at a campaign event for the U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, who is running for Governor of Maine, while at the Portland Expo in MaineBy Steve Holland PORTLAND Me. (Reuters) - Wistful about fighting his last campaign, President Barack Obama touted a burst of U.S. economic growth on Thursday to try to limit Democratic losses in next week's elections, in a speech at one of the few voter rallies he is attending. Obama seized on government figures that said the U.S. economy grew at a rate of 3.5 percent in the third quarter to suggest his policies are working and that electing Democrats will help the middle class. But with polls showing Republicans poised to gain seats and possibly seize control of the U.S. ...

Crucial Iowa Senate race tied; Romney, Clinton lead for 2016: Reuters/Ipsos poll

U.S. Rep. Braley questions GM CEO Barra during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy Gabriel Debenedetti WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The high-profile U.S. Senate race in Iowa is a dead heat, with Democratic Representative Bruce Braley and Republican state Senator Joni Ernst each garnering the support of 45 percent of likely voters, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll. Braley and Ernst have been locked in a tight race that has seen an influx of outside money and appearances from prominent national figures on both sides of the aisle. ...

Kansas State football coach endorses Sen. Roberts

In this image from his television ad provided by the Roberts campaign, Republican Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts, right, talks with Kansas State University football coach Bill Snyder. Roberts' campaign launched a statewide spot Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 with Snyder endorsing the three-term incumbent just five days before the election, which has Roberts locked in a tough contest with independent candidate Greg Orman. (AP Photo/Pat Roberts Campaign)TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Beloved Kansas State University football coach Bill Snyder on Thursday endorsed Sen. Pat Roberts for re-election and is appearing in a television ad for the three-term Republican incumbent, potentially giving the GOP a boost in a race with national implications.

Roberts' primary foe urges Kansans to vote for him
LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts gained a somewhat reluctant endorsement Thursday from his former Republican primary challenger, Milton Wolf, who urged Kansans to vote for the long-time incumbent despite their misgivings.

H. Gary Morse, who built senior utopia, dies at 77
Harold Gary Morse, who transformed his father's cluster of a few hundred mobile homes in central Florida into the gigantic retirement utopia The Villages and made it a must-stop on campaign trails with his funding of Republican politics, has died. He was 77.

Emerging threats, Senate shift could change U.S. budget debate: Boeing

The Boeing logo is seen at their headquarters in ChicagoWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Emerging threats such as Islamic State extremism and a possible switch to Republican control of the U.S. Senate could accelerate debate about the need to halt or ease mandatory cuts in the U.S. defense budget, a top Boeing Co executive said on Thursday. Boeing was still urging U.S. lawmakers to reverse the cuts, which are due to resume in 2016, while at the same time working to reduce its own costs and prepare for further cuts, Chris Chadwick, chief executive of Boeing Defense Space and Security division, told Reuters in an interview. ...

GOP senators urge Obama to hold off on immigration
WASHINGTON (AP) — The three Republican senators responsible for comprehensive immigration legislation, which remains stalled in Congress, on Thursday urged President Barack Obama to hold off on any steps to shield millions of people from deportation.

Senate control could turn on 2 independents' moves

FILE - In this Aug. 18, 2014 file photo, Sen. Angus King, I-Maine speaks in Portland, Maine. After millions of Americans vote next week, after billions were spent to win those votes, could it be that control of the Senate ultimately comes down to the whims of ... Angus King? Or a Senate rookie named Greg Orman? Both are independents, and if the math falls just right on Election Day, which party they decided to side with in the chamber will decide which party takes control in the next Congress. (AP Photo/Joel Page, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — After millions of Americans vote next week, it's possible that one or two men will decide which party controls the Senate.

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