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North Carolina isn't the only state dealing with robocall headaches. Sam Stein reports that the large volume of calls in the Northeast is disrupting service.

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Who are the most searched-for candides of the 2010 elections? The sometimes surprising answers here.

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The North Carolina Democratic Party just blasted this alert alleging that conservative groups are making misleading robo-calls:

RALEIGH, NC -- With less than 24 hours until the close of polls tomorrow night, the North Carolina Democratic Party is getting reports of disgraceful repeated robo calls to unaffiliated and Democratic voters from conservative interest groups meant to anger voters and suppress turnout.

These unsolicited robo calls, which are coming to a voters sometimes up to eight times in a row, include a Democratic candidate asking for support in tomorrow’s election. Not surprisingly, many people hang up the call before they can hear the full message. The NCDP expects these robo calls to continue being made to unaffiliated and Democratic households into the middle of the night.

“These robo calls are a desperate, despicable, and unfortunately, predictable, attempt by the GOP to keep Democratic voters away from the polls tomorrow,” said Andrew Whalen, Executive Director of the NCDP. “It seems like there is no line Republicans will not cross in order to secure victory. North Carolina voters need to know who is behind these calls, and the NCDP will do everything in its power to ensure these likely illegal calls are stopped as soon as possible.”

These robo calls are not the first dirty tricks Republicans have played in the days leading up to tomorrow’s election. On Sunday, an organization named Americans in Contact PAC (AIPAC) started sending out unsolicited text messages to voters in the districts of Congressmen Heath Shuler and Larry Kissell. These text messages, which could violate FCC regulations, provided a phone number to the Democratic candidates’ campaign offices, leaving voters with the impression that the text messages were sent from their campaigns.

“North Carolinians are sick and tired of shady and anonymous interest groups trying to play games with the democratic process,” Whalen said. “If Republican candidates have any dignity, they will condemn these tactics and call for their immediate termination.”

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A new Hays Research poll in Alaska shows GOP nominee Joe Miller leading with 27% of the vote. Right behind him is Democrat Scott McAdams with 26%. Voters preferring "another candidate you have to write in," most of whom would presumably support Sen. Lisa Murkowski, accounted for 25% of responses. Nearly a quarter of respondents were undecided.

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Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin endorsed Colorado gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo on Monday and recorded a robocall on his behalf.


Read more about the endorsement here.

(PREDICT who will win the Colorado Governor's race.)

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Via ABC World News Senior Washington Editor Rick Klein:

2010-10-26-Twittericon.png@rickklein: .@jonkarl asks if Angle stands by US leaving UN: it's "one of those non-essential places that we really need to look at."

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Dr. Michael McDonald, who crunches election numbers at George Mason University, projects some 90 million people will vote in the 2010 midterm election.

That would be a new midterm record, surpassing the 2006 count of 86 million, MSNBC reports. McDonald bases his claim on early vote numbers and trends in individual states.

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Actor Morgan Freeman is denying that he provided the narration for a Republican candidate's political ad, saying that the campaign is lying when it claims he did.

"These people are lying," said Freeman in a statement sent to The Huffington Post. "I have never recorded any campaign ads for B.J. Lawson and I do not support his candidacy. And, no one who represents me ever has ever authorized the use of my name, voice or any other likeness in support of Mr. Lawson or his candidacy."

Lawson is running against Democratic incumbent Rep. David Price in North Carolina's fourth congressional district. The ad in question is titled, "What is David Price Afraid Of?"


Read the full story here.

-Amanda Terkel

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Former President Bill Clinton spent time in eastern New York state today to campaign for House candidates in tough races.

“You cannot afford to get rid of one of the few members of the House of Representatives who actually understands the economy,” Clinton said in Saratoga Springs about Democrat Scott Murphy, who succeeded Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand in a special election when she was appointed to the U.S. Senate.

“Everybody forgets how bad it was,” said Clinton, describing the economic outlook of the nation as George W. Bush's term ended and President Barack Obama's began.

The Saratogian has video from Clinton's speech in Saratoga Springs here. He also stopped in Watertown to campaign for Rep. Bill Owens.

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New York gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino walked away from a TV interview with CNN affiliate WCAX today after being asked if recent comments he made about Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand were sexist. He had referred to Gilliband as "Chuck Schumer's little girl."


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HuffPost's Amanda Terkel reports, "Toymaker Hasbro has sent Sharron Angle's Senate campaign a cease and desist letter, saying the Nevada Republican never received permission to use the rights to Monopoly for its 'Harry Reid Amnesty Game' website."

Read the full story here.

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What will the pundits say tomorrow? Political scientist and media critic Brendan Nyhan already has some ideas, and he created Election Night Bingo so you can play along!

Get your Bingo card here.

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The First Lady is at Canyon Springs High School in North Las Vegas this morning to rev up support for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and the Democrats, the Las Vegas Sun reports.

The Nevada Republican Party said in response to Michelle Obama's visit:

“It’s awfully nice for the White House to spend the last of their political goodwill rearranging the seats on Senator Harry Reid’s sinking ship, but tomorrow voters will come out droves to hold Senator Reid accountable for his failed economic policies that has resulted in 195,000 unemployed Nevadans and an unemployment rate of 14.4 percent."

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Did a Delaware television station pull the plug on a Christine O'Donnell ad it was supposed to run -- twice? That's what happened according to this report. Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin called the news "outrageous" in a tweet:

2010-10-26-Twittericon.png@SarahPalinUSA: Still getting info on this...not surprising, but outrageous:O'Donnell sez Delaware Station "forgot" to run 30-Min Ad x2

(PREDICT how O'Donnell will fare tomorrow.)

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