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On Sunday, the New York Times Magazine will profile the heated Senatorial campaign in South Dakota. Sheryl Gay Stolberg writes that conservatives around the country are trying to knock off Senator Tom Daschle, a man the Club for Growth's Stephen Moore says "is seen as the Darth Vader of American politics by conservatives."

ABC News Vote 2004: battleground states:

Reporters in Michigan live to talk to Tait Sye's mother. In this clip, she rubs the Buddha. LINK A former Republican Party official in New Hampshire accused of plotting to jam Democratic phone banks on election day 2002 — when Republican Rep. John Sununu beat outgoing Democratic Gov. Jeanne Shaheen for U.S. Senate — will plead guilty today. LINK

Like all the other swing states, Arkansas is basking in its glory as both campaigns work tirelessly to court its voters. LINK Vice President Dick Cheney will visit Reno Saturday morning, marking BC04's third trip to Republican friendly Northern Nevada in seven weeks. LINK

The controversial — and politically significant — Yucca Mountain project took center stage at the Democratic convention yesterday, reports the Las Vegas Review-Journal. LINK This on the same day that a new poll finds support among Nevada voters for fighting the Yucca Mountain project is growing. LINK

The read in Detroit is that the Democratic platform adopted yesterday is made to appeal "directly to Michigan's status as a labor union state, an embattled manufacturer and a crossroads of world trade." LINK

Chris Andrews in the Lansing State Journal continues the convention-shows-how-important-Michigan-is theme, writing that it's "the little things here that tell you that Michigan is big in Democrats' plans to elect Massachusetts Senator John Kerry president." LINK

Look what makes headlines in West Virginia during the Democratic Convention: "W.Va. can be [terror] target, U.S. attorney warns." LINK

New jobs created, old jobs destroyed in North Carolina: Network Appliance, Inc. will bring more than 360 new jobs to the Research Triangle, with an average salary of $115,000; at the same time, State Farm said it will cut at least 500 jobs in the Mid-Atlantic states. LINK and LINK

The Hill looks at Senator Kerry's prospects in Missouri and makes the claim that Kerry cannot win the state without winning St. Louis County; and he can't win the County without County Executive Charlie Dooley's help. LINK

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