With just three weeks left until primary elections, no punches are being pulled in the push to pick up vital last-minute votes.
West Virginia Governor and Democratic Senate candidate Joe Manchin released perhaps the most aggressive ad of his campaign on Monday, dropping a spot that promises to oppose the Obama Administration and the growth of federal government. In the commercial, Manchin even shoots a hole through a "cap-and-trade" bill with a hunting rifle. He's trying to prevent Republican John Raese from becoming the first GOP Senator from West Virginia in 52 years.
Tea Party-backed Ohio congressional candidate Rich Iott has also taken heavy fire for recent pictures that show him dressed in a Nazi SS uniform. He recently defended himself, saying that the Holocaust was one of the worst things to happen in "the history of man" and maintaining that he was wearing the garb as part of "serious business" meant to "keep the truth alive."
Some of the controversy heating up the election season is more self-inflicted, as with New York gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino, who recently made inflammatory statements about the gay community.