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WASHINGTON – Bracing for Monday's final burst of campaigning, US President Barack Obama implored voters to remember that GOP policies failed to prevent the recession, while top Republicans said the public will deliver a harsh verdict on his stewardship of an anemic recovery.
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Alaska was shaping up as the most unsettled state in the midterm election's closing act. Democrats said it's conceivable they could score an upset Senate win there.
Desperate to minimize game-changing losses around the country, Democrats put their biggest weapons on the road Sunday.
Obama and US Vice President Joe Biden rallied about 8,000 supporters in
Cleveland, urging them to keep Governor Ted Strickland and a clutch of
imperiled House Democrats from being ousted.
Former president Bill Clinton, still a popular and energetic campaigner,
stumped for Democrats Sunday in Maine, Connecticut, New Hampshire and
"I'm pleading with you," Clinton told an audience in Nashua, New Hampshire, "give
John Lynch a massive victory." Lynch, the three-term governor, faces a
strong challenge from Republican John Stephen.
Republicans went to their own rallies and talk shows, almost giddy with
the expectation of regaining the House majority, and not ruling out
claiming the Senate against long odds.
Sarah Palin, the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee, told Fox News Sunday
that voters will say: "You blew it, President Obama. We gave you the
two years to fulfill your promise of making sure that our economy starts
roaring back to life again."
Obama, ending a two-day, four-state campaign swing, flew home from
Cleveland on Sunday in time to welcome trick-or-treaters to the White
House. Aides said he planned no more campaign travel before Tuesday's
elections, but he might do radio interviews.
The president told the crowd at Cleveland State University that
Republicans want voters to forget the economic recession that hit during
a GOP presidency.
"It's up to you to remember that this election is a choice between the
policies that got us into this mess and the policies that are leading us
out of this mess," he said.
Democrats were hoping a late scramble in Alaska might help them head off
chances of a GOP Senate takeover. With GOP nominee Joe Miller
stumbling, and incumbent Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski making a rare
write-in effort after losing the primary to Miller, little-noticed
Democrat Scott McAdams might find a way to sneak through to victory. The
Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has poured more than $160,000
into the once-ignored race.
"We believe that Scott McAdams actually has a real chance of winning
this race," committee chairman Senator Robert Menendez, Dem-New Jersey,
Republican leaders said they had not abandoned Miller.
The Democratic National Committee was airing a new ad featuring Obama
that warns of record cuts in education and rollbacks in financial
accountability if Republicans take control of Congress.
Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele dismissed concerns
of government gridlock if GOP lawmakers refuse to compromise with
Democrats on issues such as deficit spending and taxation.
In many races, large numbers of voters have made their choices. In Ohio,
where Democrats could lose up to six House seats, more than 721,000
votes have been cast. California officials already had in hand almost
2.5 million ballots, and Florida officials had almost 1.7 million.
More than 13.5 million votes have been cast early, either at ballot
boxes or by mail. Four years ago, during the last congressional midterm
election, some 19 million people voted before Election Day.