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More Midterm Mania

The Wall Street Journal examines how candidates in top races are putting potentially damaging video of their opponents on YouTube. 

The Washington Post looks at how Democratic candidates in upper South states and districts are showing promise "by shrewdly combining biography, personal style and artful positioning on divisive social issues." 

The Sacramento Bee says the Foley scandal is even reverberating in the congressional contest in CALIFORNIA between Rep. John Doolittle (R) and challenger Charlie Brown (D).  Doolittle, the paper notes, has criticized Foley's behavior but has refused to return past campaign donations he's received from Foley. 

Democratic officials and operatives worry not only that gubernatorial nominee Phil Angelides failed to damage Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) in their one and only debate last Saturday night, but that Angelides will drag down the party's whole statewide ticket. 

The New York Times spotlights the Senate and gubernatorial races in MICHIGAN, where the state's poor economy has become the number-one issue. 

The Los Angeles Times takes a long look at the effort to overturn SOUTH DAKOTA's abortion ban, the strictest in the country, which makes it a crime for doctors to provide abortions except to save the life of the mother.  Polling has shown stronger support for the referendum than for the ban itself, though the gap is narrowing.  

In WASHINGTON STATE, shortly after vulnerable GOP Rep. Dave Reichert welcomed Republican National Committee chair Ken Mehlman to his district last Friday, Reichert's campaign put out a release titled, "Reichert Recognized for Boldly Defying Bush," based on National Journal's vote ratings.  The first line: "Congressman Dave Reichert puts the interests of Washington's Eighth Congressional District first, regardless of where the Administration or House leaders are on an issue."