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US Election at a glance: 19 Oct

Day in a Nutshell

US President Barack Obama's former chief of staff Rahm Emanuel issued a fundraising plea for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, in a bid to help party candidates in tight races throughout the US.

Mr Emanuel headed the group in 2006 when Democrats took control of the House.

A prominent liberal activist and campaign director for the Daily Kos, Chris Bowers, launched a campaign against 98 House Republican candidates by asking Daily Kos readers to dig up controversial news stories using internet search engines.

Former Bush strategist Karl Rove credited the Tea Party movement with bringing new energy to the Republican Party but said the group had little in common with the "Reagan Revolution", which helped the conservative movement in the past.

The Canadian ambassador to the US asked Tea Party darling Sharron Angle, a Republican running for Nevada's Senate seat, to take back a statement she made to a group of Hispanic students last week that terrorists had come into the US through its northern border.

Quote - Unquote

"Where in the Constitution is the separation of church and state?" said Delaware Republican Senate hopeful Christine O'Donnell after interrupting Democrat Chris Coons, who argued the Constitution does not allow public schools to teach religious doctrine, during a debate in Wilmington.

"The Republicans want to retake Congress. Well, let me tell you, I've seen this movie before and if it keeps going, it's going to have a really bad ending," former US President Bill Clinton told an audience in St Petersburg in the US state of Florida.

Key numbers

An ABC News/Yahoo! News poll indicates that 55% of Americans surveyed think the Tea Party can "effectively bring about major changes in the way the government operates". The poll also suggests that 37% of the Americans polled disagree.

Alternatively, a new poll from Politico.com indicates that only 11% of Washington insiders believe Tea Party candidates will be able to bring change to the capital.

Daily Picture

Image caption Delaware Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell faced off against Democrat Chris Coons at Widener University Law School in Wilmington

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