Five Senate races to watch this November

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The Other Campaigns: Five Senate races to watch

With Election Day approaching, Senate races around the country are drawing attention. Here are some of the more interesting races.

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With Election Day approaching, Senate races around the country are drawing attention. Here are some of the more interesting races.

Missouri: McCaskill v. Akin

Csmonitor
Incumbent Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill has a very conservative challenger in Rep. Todd Akin, the embattled Republican who made national news when he said that women can’t get pregnant when they have suffered “legitimate rape,” an idea which has no basis in science. Although many national Republicans abandoned Akin in an attempt to convince him to drop out, he’s seen some support trickle back in now that the deadline has passed to take his name off the ballot. 
Where It Stands: Washington Post: Leans Democratic. New York Times: Tossup. Roll Call: Leans Democratic. Stuart Rothenberg: Leans Democratic. Charlie Cook: Likely Democratic. Larry Sabato: Leans Democratic. 
Today @JimDeMint and @RickSantorum announced they are supporting our campaign. Will you? https://secure.piryx.com/donate/2uBcBkAC/Todd-Akin-for-U-S-Senate/demint-and-santorum #MOSenTodd Akin
Today in St Louis Newt said Todd reminded him of Harry Truman!?! I believe Harry would have a few choice words for Newt Gingrich.Claire McCaskill

Massachusetts: Brown v. Warren 

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Coming off the heels of staunch support from the Tea Party movement in 2010, incumbent Sen. Scott Brown replaced the longtime “Lion of the Senate” Ted Kennedy, who died in 2009 after a battle with cancer. His challenger is Elizabeth Warren, the Harvard law professor who gained national attention for her efforts to establish the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and outspoken stances on financial services oversight. Warren has proven a formidable fundraiser, beating out Brown earlier in the race by about $3 million between April and June.
Where It StandsWashington Post: Tossup. New York Times: Tossup. Roll Call: Tossup. Stuart Rothenberg: Tossup. Charlie Cook: Tossup. Larry Sabato: Tossup. 
Proud @CFPB is standing up for working families by holding credit card companies accountable for deceptive practices http://ow.ly/dX8lUElizabeth Warren
New Bedford again named top dollar port in America. Congratulations to all of the hard working fishermen who made this happen.Scott Brown

Virginia: Allen v. Kaine

Zimbio
History has come back to haunt both candidates for the open Virginia senatorial seat. In one corner, Democrat Tim Kaine, former chairman of the Democratic National Committee and former governor, has embraced his connections to the Obama administration, which the Republican Party has attempted to use against him. And in the the other corner, Republican George Allen has seen the race as a chance to get back into the game after he lost his 2006 Senate re-election in part due to the infamous “macaca” gaffe.
Where It StandsWashington Post: Tossup. New York Times: Tossup. Roll Call: Tossup. Stuart Rothenberg: Tossup. Charlie Cook: Tossup. Larry Sabato: Leans Democratic. 
Everywhere @SusanBAllenVA and I travel in VA, sm business owners tell us they need Washington to stop standing in the way of success. #vasenGeorge Allen
My opponent voted to privatize Social Security funds & cut Medicare. VA seniors deserve better. Check out “Shift”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GObScEAbYPk&feature=youtu.beGov. Tim Kaine

Maine: Dill v. King v. Summers

Dailycaller
Maine, perhaps one of the more enigmatic and eclectic battlegrounds this election, has a crowded ballot in the aftermath of Olympia Snowe’s retirement. Independent Angus King, a former governor, has led in polls leading up to election day, but has yet to declare which political party he will caucus with, though most observers think he’s leaning toward the Democrats. He is running against Republican Charlie Summers, Maine’s Secretary of State, and Democratic Rep. Cynthia Dill.
Where It StandsWashington Post: Leans Democratic. New York Times: Tossup. Roll Call: Likely Independent. Stuart Rothenberg: Democrat Favored. Charlie Cook: Tossup. Larry Sabato: Leans Independent/Democratic.
"We need to send King to Washington, and hope that other states are lucky enough to have similarly minded candidates." LTE via @kj_onlineAngus King

Wisconsin: Baldwin v. Thompson

Salon
Democratic Rep. Tammy Baldwin’s campaign against Republican Tommy Thompson has embroiled the two on issues from Medicaid to immigration. The race holds significant importance to the Democratic Party, which is looking to protect the seat left open by retiring Sen. Herb Kohl. Baldwin and Thompson have remained neck-and-neck in the polls. If Baldwin is elected, she will become the first openly gay senator in the United States.
Where It StandsWashington Post: Tossup. New York Times: Tossup. Roll Call: Tossup. Stuart Rothenberg: Tossup/Tilt Republican. Charlie Cook: Tossup. Larry Sabato: Tossup.
Soon you will have an important choice to make between two very different visions for America: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=saZKZtLw5M8&feature=plcp. #wisen #wirightTommy G. Thompson
Your hard work & dedication has propelled this campaign from down in the polls to pulling ahead–Let’s keep it up http://bit.ly/QFXh8r #WISenTammy Baldwin

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