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Early voting alters campaigns' strategies, costs
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- For over 1 million Californians, the Nov. 4 election is over. That's because they've already voted....

US to recognize same-sex marriage in 6 more states
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The federal government is recognizing gay marriage in six more states and extending federal benefits to those couples, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Saturday....

NJ Gov. Christie back again in Iowa; 2016 on mind?
AKRON, Iowa (AP) -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie returned to Iowa on Saturday to headline one of the biggest events on the state's political calendar and seize the chance to meet with Republican activists and fundraisers who could propel a potential White House bid in 2016....

Obama: Science, not fear, key to Ebola response
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says the U.S. must be guided by science - not fear - as it responds to Ebola....

Excitement mounts among Colorado GOP
HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. (AP) -- The quiet murmur of several dozen Republican activists crammed in a small office in this Denver suburb was broken Saturday morning by a jocular cry: "Hey, everybody, what's going on?"...

Marine dies in noncombat incident in IS campaign
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Pentagon says a Marine who died Thursday in a noncombat incident in Baghdad was the second U.S. military death associated with the campaign against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria....

Roberts scarcely mentions long ag record in Kansas
LIBERAL, Kan. (AP) -- One would hardly know from Republican Sen. Pat Roberts' campaign speech that he is revered as a champion of Kansas' all-important farm economy....

Hillary Clinton rallies NC Democrats for Sen Hagan
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Former Secretary of State of State Hillary Rodham Clinton urged North Carolina Democrats on Saturday to work to re-elect Sen. Kay Hagan, stumping for the incumbent in a race that will help decide which party controls the U.S. Senate....

House Democrats on defense in Nevada
WASHINGTON (AP) -- National Democrats are buying ad time to protect a suddenly vulnerable, first-term Nevada congressman as a handful of House races turn more competitive within days of midterm elections....

Debate over compromise shapes Georgia Senate race
MCDONOUGH, Ga. (AP) -- Democrat Michelle Nunn of Georgia has made her willingness to work with Republicans a central theme as she campaigns across the state for a key seat in the fight for control of the Senate....

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