Washington state support for gun control measure strong before vote

SEATTLE (Reuters) - A ballot measure to tighten background checks for gun buyers in Washington state, which is reeling from a deadly school shooting last week, was drawing strong support ahead of a Nov. 4 vote, a poll showed on Wednesday.
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Obama Is Costing Dems the Senate

Josh Kraushaar, National Journal
White House officials are preemptively spinning a midterm defeat, and they're using their own fantasies to do it. They're starting to blame candidates for not supporting President Obama enough. As a top White House official told The Washington Post's Karen Tumulty, "He doesn't think they have any reason to run away from him. He thinks there is a strong message there." This is pure delusion. Read More (Opens In A New Tab)

In N.C. Senate Race, It’s Obama’s Record vs. Legislature’s

Caitlin Huey-Burns, RealClearPolitics
CHARLOTTE -- North Carolina helped Barack Obama make history six years ago, when the Illinois senator became the first Democratic presidential candidate to win here since Jimmy Carter. That same year, Democrat Kay Hagan defeated Republican incumbent Elizabeth Dole, a victory the challenger said reflected voters’ “hunger for change.” Four years later, the president and thousands of other Democrats descended upon this Southern city, hoping its demographic diversity would help deliver the state once again. Instead, voters backed Mitt Romney for president -- and a Republican for... Read More (Opens In A New Tab)

Kerry wants Keystone pipeline decision ‘sooner rather than later’

OTTAWA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday during a visit to Canada that he would like to make a decision soon on TransCanada Corp's Keystone XL crude oil pipeline.

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Shaheen Popular, But Struggles With D.C. Albatross

Scott Conroy, RCP
BERLIN, N.H. -- A smattering of French could be heard inside a local senior center cafeteria on Monday as diners waited to be served their subsidized lunches in this city of fewer than 10,000 residents, which sits on the Androscoggin River about 40 miles from the Quebec border.With just a week to go until Election Day, Jeanne Shaheen worked her way around the tables to chat with each and every person in attendance, handing out campaign brochures like Halloween candy.This was the face-to-face electioneering that Shaheen has honed over the last four decades. And it has worked well in the... Read More (Opens In A New Tab)

In Blue Rhode Island, Why Is Governor Race Close?

David Byler, RealClearPolitics
Rhode Island is one of the bluest states in the country. In 2012 President Obama won there with nearly two-thirds of the vote, and the state’s entire congressional delegation is Democratic. Democrats dominate down the ballot, holding over 80 percent of the seats in both houses of the legislature. Despite this Democratic ascendancy in the state, Republican gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung has kept the contest with Democratic opponent Gina Raimondo relatively close, trailing by just four percentage points in the RCP polling average. (A Brown University survey released Tuesday shows a... Read More (Opens In A New Tab)