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September 14, 2011
6) Republican Linda McMahon is scheduled to announce her entry into the Connecticut Senate race next Tuesday, Greenwich Time reports. 5) Things are heating up in the West Virginia governor's race, with just three weeks to go until Election Day. My colleague Julie Sobel reported Tuesday on acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's first negative ad, the latest sign of a tightening race. The Charleston Daily Mail, meanwhile, has a recap of Tuesday's debate -- the only televised one of the campaign -- between Tomblin and GOP businessman Bill Maloney: The candidates talked about a host of issues, but had few sharp disagreements and failed to offer many specific proposals. 4) Just a third of Americans approve of the job President Obama is doing with the economy, according to a new Bloomberg News poll out early Wednesday. A majority thinks Obama's jobs package won't help lower the unemployment rate. One decent piece of polling news on what is a terrible news morning for the White House: According to a new CNN/ORC International poll, more Americans trust Obama over congressional Republicans to handle the economy. 3) Democrat Elizabeth Warren officially declared her Massachusetts Senate candidacy Wednesday morning, releasing a video and beginning her day greeting morning commuters at a MBTA station in Boston. "We have a chance to help rebuild America's middle class," said Warren. Don't forget the presence in the Democratic race of Alan Khazei and Setti Warren, who aren't ready to roll over yet. Khazei has some money, but Elizabeth Warren remains the favorite. 2) It was a blowout in NV-02, where Republican Mark Amodei's final tally over Democrat Kate Marshall was 22 points, 58 percent to 36 percent. Amodei even won the key swing county of Washoe (Reno) by ten points, 52-42 percent, and that doesn't bode well for Democrats. 1) The morning's top story: Republicans went two for two in House specials Tuesday as Republican Bob Turner pulled off the upset in NY-09. Jessica Taylor, who was on site in the district Tuesday: Just before midnight, the AP called the race for Turner, a cable television executive with no prior political experience. "I am the messenger," Turner said as he claimed his victory. "This message . . . will reverberate into 2012." Turner's stunning win is an ominous sign for the president. ... Obama won NY-09 by an 11-point margin in 2008 but his weak poll numbers there now appear to have dragged down his party's nominee. Turner becomes the first Republican to hold the Queens and Brooklyn-area seat since 1923. -- Steven Shepard contributed to this post
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