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* In an interview with Fox News, Mitt Romney defended his comments at a May fundraiser about 47 percent of the electorate believes “that they are victims” and will vote for President Obama “no matter what." Romney told Fox: “We were of course talking about a campaign and how he was going to get close to half the vote, I am going to get half the vote, approximately. I hope I am going to get 50.1 percent or more."

* Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) joined Connecticut Republican Senate nominee Linda McMahon in adopting a stance against Romney's "47 percent" comment. "That’s not the way I view the world. As someone who grew up in tough circumstances, I know that being on public assistance is not a spot that anyone wants to be in. Too many people today who want to work are being forced into public assistance for lack of jobs," Brown said.

* In Virginia, Obama leads Romney, 52 percent to 44 percent in the latest Washington Post poll.

* A Web site designed to tout Rep. Todd Akin's (R-Mo.) female support has backfired. The site included a picture of Akin with three women, one of whom was a Democratic tracker who was with Akin to monitor his activities.

* Sen. Orrin Hatch's (R-Utah) Democratic opponent said in a fundraising letter that Hatch "is not a bad guy. But he is an old guy," and that he could "die before his term is through."


* A new TV ad from Rep. Jeff Flake (R) reminds viewers that Obama recruited former surgeon general Richard Carmona (D) into the race. "Jeff Flake is supported by Jon Kyl and John McCain," the narrator of the ad says.

* The Democratic Senatorial Campaign has released a new TV ad in the Indiana Senate race that says Treasurer Richard Mourdock (R) has "radical ideas," while a new National Republican Senatorial Committee ad ties Rep. Joe Donnelly (D) to the "Obama-Pelosi" agenda.

* The Republican Governors Association is up with a new TV ad casting former congressman Jay Inslee (D) as unfriendly to small businesses.

* An internal poll conducted Sept. 9-12 for Democrat Charlie Wilson's campaign shows him tied at 46 percent against Rep. Bill Johnson (R) in Ohio's 6th District race.


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