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Hitting Dubie One More Time: The Democratic Governors Association is getting one more jab in on Republican Brian Dubie in the Vermont gubernatorial race -- one of the tightest in the country. The DGA is going up with a new ad on Thursday titled "slick." "Doesn't Vermont deserve better?" the narrator says before pulling lines out of local newspapers. "Brian Dubie is offering a slew of negative fear mongering...a slick and cynical campaign that has no place in Vermont." AD: Giannoulias, Kirk Trade Final Barbs: State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias (D) and Rep. Mark Kirk (R) met for their final debate on Wednesday, and, like the rest of the race, it turned negative quickly. From the Chicago Tribune: "Giannoulias sought to rebut Kirk's repeated use of a list of crime figures who got loans from the Democrat's failed family bank. Giannoulias said the Republican took donations from a host of people who pled guilty to political corruption. 'You know what, I brought my list. If you want to play these guilt-by-association attacks, let's do it," Giannoulias said, ticking off a list of people who pled guilty during the early investigation into disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's administration. 'I can go on and on.' ... Despite the heated rhetoric, the two ended the night by shaking hands...[T]he moderator, noted that Kirk had also shown Giannoulias a note and asked what it said. 'Six more days,' Kirk responded." Wading Into The Florida Senate Race: Trailing by double digits in the Florida Senate race, Rep. Kendrick Meek (D) has turned to one Floridian who certainly has high approval ratings: Miami Heat star Dwayne Wade. Wade endorsed and wrote an endorsement for Meek last Wednesday, cringe-worthy basketball puns and all. "And with just 6 days left, I knew I could make a difference in his final drive to victory," Wade wrote. Yeesh. Helping Hall: Democrats are swooping in to save Rep. John Hall (D-N.Y.), the latest Democrat on the GOP chopping block. On Tuesday, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spent $409,000 on ads targeting Hall's challenger, Republican Nan Hayworth. Another group, Majority Action PAC, has also gone in to the district, buying $125,000 worth of air time. On Monday, A Siena Research Poll showed Hall narrowly leading Hayworth 47 percent to 46 percent. White House Watch: Pres. Obama is off the trail on Thursday but Vice Pres. Joe Biden heads to Bethesda, Md., for a fundraiser for Democratic Rep. Frank Kratovil (D).

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