The Note: Weakness Attracts Those Who Are Waiting

"But the war in Iraq has dominated the campaign above all and presented the starkest contrast between the two candidates, just as it has in many races across the country."

2006: House: CT-05:

The latest Hartford Courant/University of Connecticut poll shows Rep. Nancy Johnson (R-CT) trailing her Democratic challenger Chris Murphy by four points, ensuring Johnson's race remains one to watch on election night, Notes the Hartford Courant's Buck. LINK

2006: House: TX-22:

On this day when the President hits the ground in the Lone Star State, the New York Times' Ralph Blumenthal provides an update on the election to replace Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX), and gives frontrunner status to Democratic candidate Nick Lampson. LINK

A Houston Chronicle-11 News poll found that 35 percent of respondents said they would vote for a write-in candidate (most of those votes would be for Shelley Sekula Gibbs) , a statistical tie with 36 percent supporting Democrat Nick Lampson, Notes the Houston Chronicle's Mack. LINK

2006: House: PA-10:

Tracie Mauriello of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette looks at the troubles of embattled Rep. Don Sherwood and the seeming loss of control, as voters in this largely Republican district are straying to his Democratic opponent, Chris Carney. LINK

2006: House: GA-08 and GA-12:

In his column previewing the week's events, the Washington Post's Zachary Goldfarb calls Democratic Reps. John Barrow and Jim Marshall the GOP's "best chance of pickups."

2006: House: IN-08:

For the Political Radar, ABC News' Teddy Davis looks at the television ad by Rep. John Hostettler (R-IN) which touts the Indiana Republican's 2002 vote against the Iraq war. LINK

2006 House: Florida:

Brian Skoloff of the AP reports that Rep. Claw Shaw (R-FL) and Democratic opponent Ron Klein faced off in their final debate before the election, where the candidates clashed over the Medicare Part D plan and Iraq. LINK

The Palm Beach Post's Michael Bender describes the physical similarities between the men vying for former Rep. Mark Foley's seat, Tim Mahoney (D-FL) and Joe Negron (R-FL), but points out their differences in personality and upbringing. LINK

The Palm Beach Post also Notes that Mahoney and Ron Klein are quick to bash President Bush on the stump but "neither Dem has much to say about the national implications of putting Pelosi two heartbeats from the presidency." LINK

2006: House: New York:

Josh Gerstein of the New York Sun discusses the last-minute attempts of Democrats hoping to get Hollywood money and Republicans hoping to tap state party "stalwarts" and local businesses in two upstate races. LINK

2006: House: MN-01:

The Wall Street Journal's David Rogers Notes that "three possible 2008 presidential contenders -- Republican Sen. John McCain and Democratic Sens. John Kerry and Barack Obama -- are all due" in Minnesota "this week. Mr. McCain's appearance, which his camp says is to help re-elect Gov. Tim Pawlenty, not Mr. Gutknecht per se, touches a nerve since Mr. Walz -- a retired National Guard master sergeant -- is a fellow veteran and has been attacked by Mr. Gutknecht for supporting immigration policies akin to the Arizona senator's."

2006: Senate: Tennessee:

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