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Illinois Dems dig deep to keep governor's office
CHICAGO (AP) -- At first blush, Illinois would seem to be a lock for an incumbent Democratic governor: The population leans left. Democrats control most of state government, and this year's race is likely to turn on the Chicago area, one of the few places President Barack Obama can still bring large crowds to their feet....

Georgia, North Carolina midterms: Race matters
ATLANTA (AP) -- With Republicans confident of reclaiming control of the U.S. Senate, Democrats are looking to black voters in two southern states to help preserve their majority....

Medicare weighs paying for end-of-life counseling
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Medicare said Friday it will consider paying doctors to counsel patients about their options for end-of-life care, the same idea that spurred accusations of "death panels" and fanned a political furor around President Barack Obama's health care law five years ago....

Early votes exceed 15 million _ but who benefits?
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Early votes soared past 15 million across 31 states on Friday, an outpouring that is giving hopeful Republicans as well as nervous Democrats cause for optimism heading into the final weekend of a campaign with control of the Senate, the U.S. House and 36 governorships at stake....

AP EXCLUSIVE: Military sex survey draws complaints
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Shocked and offended by explicit questions, some U.S. servicemen and women are complaining about a new sexual-assault survey that hundreds of thousands have been asked to complete....

Mostly treats at White House for Halloween
WASHINGTON (AP) -- There were mostly treats at the White House this Halloween....

Democrats in tight New England governor races
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- Facing a darkening political climate, Democrats are locked in competitive governor races across New England as Republicans push their midterm offensive into one of the nation's last Democratic strongholds....

Baker insists fish tale true, got some info wrong
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) -- After a tight campaign, could the race for Massachusetts governor come down to a fish story?...

Kansas tax collections short as election nears
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Kansas reported Friday that its October tax collections fell short of expectations, potentially complicating conservative Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's efforts to win a tough a re-election race after successfully pushing for large personal income tax cuts....

Democrats in tight New England governor races
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- Democrats are locked in competitive governor races across New England as Republicans push their midterm offensive into one of the nation's last Democratic strongholds....

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