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In the Homestretch: Scenes From the Final Weeks of the 2012 Congressional Races — PICTURES

photo of Kenneth Chamberlain
October 11, 2012

After months and years of planning, fundraising, debating, and defending, hundreds of congressional campaigns across the country all come down to these final weeks. Below are highlights of House and Senate campaigns throughout the country, updated each weekday until Nov. 6.

Nov. 5: Republican congressional candidate Lee Anderson (left) poses for a cell-phone photo with supporter Scott Lancaster during a campaign stop at Ruth's Family Restaurant. Anderson is opposing Democratic Rep. John Barrow in a highly competitive race for Georgia's 12th Congressional District.(AP Photo/Russ Bynum)

Nov. 5: Democratic Senate candidate Bob Kerrey speaks to journalism students at the University of Nebraska (Omaha). Kerrey is running against Republican Deb Fischer.(AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Nov. 5: Vice President Joe Biden looks on as Senate candidate Tim Kaine speaks at a campaign stop in Roanoke, Va.(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)


Nov. 5: Lance Enderle, Democratic candidate for Michigan's 8th Congressional District, speaks to supporters at a campaign rally at "The Rock" on Michigan State University's campus in East Lansing, Mich.(AP Photo/Al Goldis)

Nov. 5: Early voters cast their absentee ballots at the Minneapolis City Hall under the watchful eye of the statue "Mississippi." About 30 million people voted early in 34 states and the District of Columbia, either by mail or in person.(AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Nov. 5: Kerry Bentivolio (left), a Republican candidate for Michigan's 11th Congressional District, shakes hands at a rally in Livonia, Mich. Bentivolio faces Democrat Syed Taj, a Canton Township trustee, in Tuesday's election.(AP Photo/Paul Sancya)


Nov. 5: Democratic state Rep. Sharon Cissna (left) listens to a question during her debate with Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, in Anchorage, Alaska.(AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)

Nov. 5: Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., waves to motorists on a street corner in Orlando, Fla.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Nov. 5: Senate candidate Rep. Connie Mack IV, R-Fla., accompanied by his father, former Florida Sen. Connie Mack III, gestures during a visit to the Romney-Ryan Victory Headquarters in Tampa, Fla. Mack is running against Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla.(AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)


Nov. 5: Republican Senate candidate George Allen, who is running against Democrat Tim Kaine in Virginia, speaks in advance of an appearance by Mitt Romney in Lynchburg, Va.(AP Photo/David Goldman)

Nov. 5: Voters wait in line outside the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections in Cleveland on the final day of early voting.(AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

Nov. 5: Early voters mark their ballots in the City-County Building in Indianapolis.(AP Photo/Darron Cummings)


Nov. 5: Democratic Senate candidate Heidi Heitkamp speaks during a campaign stop at Granny's Restaurant in Grafton, N.D. She is running against Republican Rick Berg.(AP Photo/LM Otero)

Nov. 5: Priscilla Slaughter, of Seattle, lets out a little cheer and raises her arms in celebration after dropping off her ballot in Seattle. Washington state's all-mail-in balloting requires voters to have their ballots postmarked by Nov. 6 or dropped off at a ballot drop box by 8 p.m. on Election Day.(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Nov. 5: Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., visits with supporters during a stop at a Republican campaign office in Florissant, Mo. Akin is running against incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)


Nov. 5: Rob Sobhani (right), an independent candidate for U.S. Senate, chats with diners Yannika Crowell (far left), Terry Cornish (foreground), and Christopher Simon in a cafe in Baltimore.(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Nov. 5: Rep. Mark Critz, D-Pa., wearing a Pittsburgh Steelers jersey and United Steel Workers hat, introduces former President Clinton at a rally in Pittsburgh to get out the vote for President Obama.(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Nov. 4: Republican Senate candidate Rick Berg listens to a speaker before his introduction during a campaign stop in Fargo, N.D, on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012.(AP Photo/LM Otero)


Nov. 2: Joe Donnelly, the Democratic candidate for Indiana's U.S. Senate seat, meets with supporters at a UAW union hall in Lafayette, Ind., on Friday, Nov. 2, 2012.(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Nov. 2: Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, accompanied by Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass. (right), reaches across the counter to grab a cannoli at Mike's Pastry in the North End neighborhood of Boston, as Brown campaigned for reelection.(AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

Nov. 2: American soldiers, members of the NATO-led peacekeeping force in Kosovo, walk inside a dining facility where posters urge them to vote, at Camp Bondsteel in Sojevo, Kosovo. U.S. peacekeepers cast early ballots in elections.(AP Photo / Visar Kryeziu)


Nov. 2: Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., stumps for Republican Senate candidate Deb Fischer (left) in Omaha, Neb., as Sen. Mike Johanns R-Neb. (second left), Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy (third left), and Rep. Adrian Smith, R-Neb. (right), look on.(AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Nov. 2: People vote at a polling station in Salt Lake City. Friday is the last day for early voting in Utah.(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Nov. 2: Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren shakes hands at The Restaurant in Woburn, Mass.(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)


Nov. 2: Republican Senate candidate Linda McMahon (left) talks with Sally Austin of the Metro Hartford Alliance during a luncheon in Hartford, Conn.(AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Nov. 1: Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas (front), voices her support for Republican Senate candidate Ted Cruz (right) as fellow Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, looks on outside a polling station in Dallas. Cruz faces Democratic candidate Paul Sadler for the seat, which is being vacated by Hutchison.(AP Photo/LM Otero)

Nov. 1: Joe Donnelly (left), the Democratic Senate candidate from Indiana, introduces Brendan Mullen to senior citizens in South Bend, Ind. Mullen is the Democratic candidate for the state's 2nd Congressional District.(AP Photo/Joe Raymond)


Nov. 1: Jackie Walorski (left) talks with Elizabeth Tucker and Brendan Barber at a restaurant in Mishawka, Ind. Walorski is the Republican candidate for Indiana's 2nd Congressional District.

Nov. 1: Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., and his wife, Gail Huff, greet people during a campaign event at a restaurant in Milford, Mass.(AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Nov. 1: Democratic Senate candidate Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., hugs retiring Sen. Herb Kohl, D-Wis., before President Obama's campaign stop in Green Bay on Thursday. Former Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., applauds behind Baldwin.(AP Photo/Tom Lynn)


Oct. 31: The Salt Lake Tribune reported on Wednesday that Utah's 4th Congressional District is the first House race in the state where spending has topped $10 million. This Oct. 2 file photo shows the two candidates in the race—incumbent Jim Matheson, D-Utah, and his Republican challenger Mia Love—in a radio debate at the KSL broadcast center in Salt Lake City.(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Oct. 31: Delivery driver Ralph Nelson pushes a vote-counting scanner into a truck at the Pulaski County Election Commission warehouse in Little Rock, Ark. The commission is delivering scanners, voting machines and signs to polling places for the Nov. 6, election.(AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

Oct. 31: Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla. (left), talks to customers during a campaign stop at the Versailles Restaurant in the Little Havana section of Miami. Nelson, a two-term senator, is running against Rep. Connie Mack, R-Fla.(AP Photo/Alan Diaz)


Oct. 31: Ellen Hoffman (left) and James Gibson cast their ballots at a polling place at the Wicomico County Youth and Civic Center in Salisbury, Md. Early voting resumed in Maryland on Wednesday after two days of cancellations due to superstorm Sandy.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Oct. 31: Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., discusses his platform as the incumbent seeking reelection at the Mississippi Economic Council's annual Hobnob, a casual gathering where industry leaders, their staffs, incumbents seeking reelection, their opponents, and lobbyists eat fried catfish and mingle in Jackson, Miss.(AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Oct. 31: Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., speaks to the media outside Bayless Elementary School in St. Louis County, Mo. She held her first public appearance since the death of her mother on Monday.(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)


Oct. 30: Former Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich (right) listens while Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin speaks during a campaign stop at Bennett Packaging in Lee's Summit, Mo. Gingrich appeared with Akin at a pair of Kansas City-area fundraisers on Tuesday as part of what Akin's campaign hopes will be a $1 million advertising push in the final week before the Nov. 6 election.(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Oct. 30: Voters receive ballots after election inspectors check their identification during the fourth day of early voting in Miami on Tuesday, one week before Election Day.(AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

Oct. 29: Supporters greet former President Bill Clinton after a campaign rally for North Dakota Senate candidate Heidi Heitkamp in Fargo.(AP Photo/Ann Arbor Miller)


Oct. 29: People stand in line to vote in Miami. About 1.9 million Floridians have already cast ballots as of eight days before Election Day.(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Oct. 29: Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin (right) listens to operations manager Randy Boofer (left) as they tour Essex Industries, a supplier to the aerospace and defense industries in St. Louis County, Mo. Akin is running for Senate against Democratic incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill.(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Oct. 28: An unidentified member of the AKA society wears pink tape over her mouth during a demonstration at a Miami early vote site, saying "No Vote, No Voice." On the only Sunday that Florida polls will be open for early voting this election cycle, faith leaders from 44 congregations in six Florida cities lead their congregations to early voting locations in a massive “Souls to the Polls” effort to mobilize faith voters, according to AP.(AP Photo/J Pat Carter)


Oct. 26: Republican Tom Smith (left) and Democratic Sen. Robert Casey shake hands at the end of a debate between Pennsylvania's candidates for the Senate, at the WPVI-TV studio in Philadelphia.(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Oct. 26: Republican Rep. James Lankford (right) listens as Democratic candidate Tom Guild speaks during a political forum in Edmond, Okla. Independent candidates Pat Martin and Robert Murphy also spoke at the forum at Oklahoma Christian University.(AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Oct. 26: Maria Durand (left), of Phoenix, holds up her family's election ballots, as members of Promise Arizona in Action announce their voter-registration drive with Latino youth at a news conference in Phoenix.(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)


Oct. 26: Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo. (right), listens as his Democratic challenger, state Rep. Joe Miklosi, speaks during a debate at Rocky Mountain PBS in Denver.(AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

Oct. 25: Voters cast their votes through absentee ballots for the Nov. 6 election at the town hall in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.(AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Oct. 25: Seth Blank seals an envelope containing his absentee ballot for the Nov. 6 election at the town hall in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.(AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)


Oct. 25: Wisconsin Democratic Senate candidate Tammy Baldwin on lashes out at Republican opponent Tommy Thompson's television ad about the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks as Wisconsin Professional Police Association Director Jim Palmer watches, in Madison, Wis.(AP Photo/Scott Bauer)

Oct. 24: Oliver Solomon, of Davenport, Iowa, and his wife, LaDonna, arrive at the Davenport Public Library before casting their ballot in early voting in Davenport, Iowa. Early voting for the Nov. 6 election likely will set an Iowa record, according to AP.(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Oct. 24: Shelly Ward, of Davenport, Iowa, puts her completed ballot in the ballot box during early voting at the Davenport Public Library in Davenport, Iowa.(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)


Oct. 24: Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock arrives for a news conference in Indianapolis to explain a comment he made during the Oct. 23 Senate debate. Mourdock had said that when a woman becomes pregnant during a rape, "that's something God intended."(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Oct. 24: Rep. Bill Pascrell, D- N.J. (center), stands next to members of the Amalgamated Transit Union during a news conference to rally mass transit commuters and encourage them to vote, in Clifton, N.J.(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Oct. 24: Former Democratic Rep. Lincoln Davis speaks at a press conference announcing the launch of the leadership committee of the Campaign to Fix the Debt Tennessee in Nashville, Tenn., as former Gov. Winfield Dunn looks on. Davis told reporters afterward that he was not the source of a transcript of a conversation between Republican Rep. Scott DesJarlais and a woman whom he urged to seek an abortion.(AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)


Oct. 23: Democratic House candidate Nicole LeFavour (left) talks in her Boise, Idaho, campaign office, with her campaign's field director, Tom Hamilton. LeFavour is running against Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho.(AP Photo/John Miller)

Oct. 23: Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks during a rally at Vermont's Lyndon State College. Sanders said he's held more than 40 such meetings as he seeks reelection to the Senate.(AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

Oct. 23: Supporters of Republican Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock cheer outside the site of a debate between Mourdock, Democrat Joe Donnelly, and Libertarian Andrew Horning in New Albany, Ind.(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)


Oct. 23: Rufolf Broennimann waits patiently as his wife, Virginia, casts her ballot in Salt Lake City, on the first day of early voting in Utah before the Nov. 6 election.(AP Photo/Shannon Dininny)

Oct. 23: Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren jokes with members of the media about sitting in a pickup truck during a campaign stop at Doyle's Cafe in Boston.(AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Oct. 22: Voters wait for a polling place to open in Little Rock, Ark., on the first day of early voting in the state for the Nov. 6 general election.(AP Photo/Danny Johnston)


Oct. 22: Democratic Senate candidate Chris Murphy of Connecticut waves as he leaves a United Food & Commercial Workers Union meeting in Rocky Hill, Conn.(AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Oct. 22: Democratic Rep. Diana DeGette of Colorado casts her ballot as she votes early at the Denver Election Commission.(AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

Oct. 22: Voters check in at the Marion County Clerk's office to cast early ballots in Indianapolis. Early voting is up over 2008 in much of Indiana, forcing campaigns to alter their get-out-the-vote strategies to catch folks earlier.(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)


Oct. 19: Republican Senate candidate Ted Cruz (right) and Democratic candidate Paul Sadler shake hands before their debate at KERA television studios in Dallas.(AP Photo/LM Otero, Pool)

Oct. 19: Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., gestures as he speaks to a group of senior-citizen voters before a campaign speech by Vice President Joe Biden in Sun City Center, Fla. Nelson is running for reelection against Rep. Connie Mack, R-Fla.(AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Oct. 19: Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., speaks during a town-hall meeting on the nation's debt and deficit in Sun City, Ariz., as Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., listens. Flake, who is seeking the retiring Kyl's office, was conducting four town-hall meetings with him across the Phoenix area.(AP Photo/Matt York)


Oct. 18: Republican Rep. Joe Walsh (right) and Democrat Tammy Duckworth, who is vying for his House seat in Illinois, prepare for a televised debate at the WTTW studios in Chicago.(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Oct. 18: Republican Rep. Todd Akin and Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill shake hands before the start of the second debate in the Missouri Senate race in Clayton, Mo.(AP Photo/Emily Rasinski)

Oct. 18: Virginia Democratic Senate candidate Tim Kaine (left) gestures as Republican candidate George Allen listens during a debate at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va.(AP Photo/Steve Helber)


Oct. 18: Wisconsin Republican Senate candidate Tommy Thompson criticizes his Democratic opponent, Rep. Tammy Baldwin, at a news conference in Milwaukee about her House votes on Iranian sanctions.(AP Photo/Dinesh Ramde)

Oct. 18: Before a debate in Hartford, Conn., between Senate candidates Republican Linda McMahon (center) and Democrat Rep. Chris Murphy, McMahon asks moderator Steve Kotchko (left) if notes are allowed.(AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Oct. 18: Senate candidates, Republican Rep. Jeff Flake (right) and Democratic Richard Carmona, shake hands prior to a debate on Thursday in Chandler, Ariz. The two are vying for the open seat that will be left by a retiring Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz.(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)


Oct. 17: Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, (right) looks on as Democratic challenger Scott Howell walks on stage before the start of a debate on Wednesday in Provo.(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Oct. 17: The front yard of a home in central Bismarck, N.D., displays campaign yard signs, including one for Republican Senate candidate Rick Berg.(AP Photo/Dale Wetzel)

Oct. 17: Lois Frankel, Democratic candidate for Florida's 22nd Congressional District, and Republican candidate Adam Hasner answer questions during their debate in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Wednesday.(AP Photo/J Pat Carter)


Oct. 16: Democrat Elizabeth Warren campaigns for the Senate at a senior housing complex in Quincy, Mass., on Tuesday.(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Oct. 16: Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., speaks during a news conference on Tuesday in Boston, where he was endorsed by the State Police Association of Massachusetts and the National Troopers Association. Behind Brown is his wife, Gail Huff.(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Oct. 16: Members of the Oregon Bus Project, which works to register Oregon voters, set up in Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland, Ore., to help residents meet that day's voter-registration deadline.(AP Photo/Don Ryan)


Oct. 15: Candidates for Indiana's U.S. Senate seat—Democrat Joe Donnelly (left), Republican Richard Mourdock (center), and Libertarian Andrew Horning—participate in a debate in Indianapolis.(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Oct. 15: Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio (right), debates Republican challenger Josh Mandel at the City Club in Cleveland.(AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Oct. 15: Democratic Senate candidate Bob Kerrey speaks at a news conference in Omaha, Neb., on Monday. Kerrey introduced his new television ad that focuses on the story of Les and Betty Kime, an elderly couple who were sued by Kerrey's Republican opponent, state Sen. Deb Fischer and her husband, in a 1995 land dispute.(AP Photo/Nati Harnik)


Oct. 15: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (right) and state Sen. Joe Kyrillos greet diners during a campaign event in West Windsor, N.J. The governor hoped to give Kyrillos a boost in his campaign against Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez.(AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Oct. 12: Indiana Democratic Senate candidate Joe Donnelly (second from right) introduces former President Clinton as former Sen. Evan Bayh (right) and Indiana Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg listen, at a "Hoosier Common Sense" rally in Indianapolis on Friday.(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Oct. 11: Democratic Senate candidate Heidi Heitkamp listens to Republican opponent Rick Berg speak at a North Dakota Chamber of Commerce forum on health care and energy at a hotel in Bismarck, N.D., on Thursday.(AP Photo/Dale Wetzel)


Oct. 11: Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev. (left), and Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., wait for the start of their Senate debate with moderator Mitch Fox, in Las Vegas.(AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Oct. 11: GOP Rep. Denny Rehberg campaigns in Big Sandy, Mont., the small and rural hometown of his opponent, Democratic Sen. Jon Tester.(AP Photo/Matt Gouras)

Oct. 11: A truck drives by campaign signs for GOP Rep. Scott DesJarlais and his Democratic opponent, Eric Stewart, near Jasper, Tenn.(AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)


Oct. 11: Wendy Long, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in New York, walks to a news conference with her campaign manager, Robert Ryan, in Albany.(AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Oct. 10: Congressional candidates Republican Sean Bielat (left) and Democrat Joseph Kennedy III participate in a debate at the University of Massachusetts Advanced Manufacturing Center, in Fall River, Mass.(AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Oct. 10: Supporters of Republican Sen. Scott Brown and Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren hold signs outside Symphony Hall in Springfield, Mass., before their third debate.(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)


Oct. 10: To see who speaks first in their debate, Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. (left), reaches for a piece of paper from David Majure (top right), who is the executive producer at Eight/Arizona PBS. Flake's opponent, Democrat Richard Carmona, sits in the foreground in the studio prior to an Arizona U.S. Senate debate.(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Oct. 10: Jim Bridenstine, the Republican candidate for a House seat for Oklahoma, talks with a prospective voter following a candidate forum in Coweta, Okla.(AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

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