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US election at a glance: 28 Oct

Day in a Nutshell

Bill Clinton tried to convince Florida Democratic Senate candidate Kendrick Meek to drop out of the race last week, the former president's spokesman has revealed.

Mr Clinton did not believe Mr Meek could win and so wanted him to abandon his bid and endorse independent candidate Charlie Crist, spokesman Matt McKenna said - but Mr Meek was not to be persuaded.

Delaware Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell, who has garnered attention for declaring "I am not a witch" in a campaign advert, has once again shaken up her campaign staff. Five days before Tuesday's election, Ms O'Donnell sacked her campaign treasurer, in a move likely to attract scrutiny from campaign finance regulators.

A third-party Colorado gubernatorial candidate, conservative former Republican Congressman Tom Tancredo, drew fire from some quarters over his comment that the biggest threat to the US was not al-Qaeda but President Barack Obama. Polls show Mr Tancredo running second, behind Democrat John Hickenlooper.

California Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina was back on the campaign trail after hospital treatment of an infection associated with breast cancer surgery. Ms Fiorina declared herself "completely cancer free" and said she felt "fantastic".

Democratic Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas asked the US justice department to monitor whether conservative Tea Party groups are intimidating black and Hispanic voters in her district.

Quote - Unquote

"If the president took offence at somebody calling him 'dude' - given the names that are hurled around this town - I hazard to guess he'd rarely leave the top floor of the residence every day for being called, 'Hey, guy'. I mean, it's a comedy show, guys," White House Spokesman Robert Gibbs jokes with the press corps about The Daily Show's Jon Stewart addressing President Barack Obama as 'dude' in an interview.

Key Numbers

A Bloomberg poll suggests the Republican Party is poised to win control of the House of Representatives - but without a mandate from voters to implement its policies.

"Voters either are divided about or opposed to the policies and approach that Republicans have said they would offer once in control, particularly on cutting spending," Bloomberg reporters wrote. "Voters also want the parties to work together.

A new poll from Hays Research Group showed Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller slipping to third in the Alaska Senate race. The Tea Party favourite trails a "write-in candidate" - incumbent Lisa Murkowski, who lost the Republican primary to Mr Miller - and Democrat Scott McAdams.

Mr McAdams has seen his position improve amid infighting among the state's Republican voters, while Mr Miller's has slipped amid revelations about a past employment disciplinary action and an incident in which private security guards hired by his campaign handcuffed a journalist.

Daily Picture

Image caption Professional basketball player Dwyane Wade, left, hit the campaign trail with Florida Democratic Senate candidate Kendrick Meek

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