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More midterm mania

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CALIFORNIA gubernatorial candidate Phil Angelides (D) said in an interview with the Sacramento Bee that he opposes constructing a fence along the border, would grant drivers' licenses to illegal immigrants, and would have signed a bill -- vetoed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) -- that would allow illegal immigrant to receive financial assistance to attend the state's universities.  "Angelides also said he still believes he can win the gubernatorial race despite trailing by as much as 17 percent in recent polls… [H]e said he is counting on Saturday's gubernatorial debate to put him back into the race." 

In CONNECTICUT yesterday, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I) denounced Foley.  "But unlike scores of other Democrats, Mr. Lieberman did not call on J. Dennis Hastert, the speaker of the House, to resign...  Mr. Lieberman cautioned against turning the incident into a partisan issue." 

The Lamont campaign quickly issued a statement: "The fact that Joe Lieberman says calling for Hastert's resignation is too 'partisan' demonstrates that he's been in Washington so long that he can't recognize the difference between what's right and what's partisan." 

Republican National Committee chair Ken Mehlman is in IDAHO today rallying support for the party's House candidate in Boise.  Are things that shaky that a Republican in Idaho needs a boost?

Presidential candidate and Sen. Evan Bayh (D) campaigns for his party's top House candidates in his home state of INDIANA.

MASSACHUSETTS Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey (R) is on the offensive in the gubernatorial race with a new TV ad calling her opponent, Deval Patrick (D), a lawyer who defends "cop killers," reports the Boston Herald.  The ad refers to a case in which Patrick helped to overturn the death sentence of an accused killer, and says, "'While lawyers have a right to defend admitted cop killers, do we really want one as our governor?'"  But while Healey "attacks her gubernatorial rival as soft on cons, her administration assigned a Boston cop killer to a light-duty prison clean-up crew," per the Boston Herald.

Muhammad Ali, who suffers from Parkinson's, has endorsed MICHIGAN Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D) because of her efforts to overturn the state's ban on embryonic stem cell research. 

Stem cell research is one of the big issues in MISSOURI's Senate race between Sen. Jim Talent (R) and challenger Claire McCaskill (D): Talent opposes a state ballot measure promoting the science, while McCaskill supports it.  Today, stem-cell advocate Michael J. Fox endorses McCaskill in St. Louis.

In NEW YORK, a "whopping" 73% of voters in a new Quinnipiac poll don't know enough about GOP gubernatorial nominee John Faso to form an opinion about him, the New York Daily News writes.  "Democrat [Eliot] Spitzer is ahead of Faso by 69% to 18%." 

And according to a new Dallas Morning News poll, just 38% support TEXAS Gov. Rick Perry (R) in his bid for re-election. However, the paper points out that Perry "benefits from a fractured field of opponents mired in the teens," including independent candidates Kinky Friedman and Carole Keeton Strayhorn.