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Per Factcheck.org, 91% of all Republican ads and 81% of all Democratic ads have been negative this election cycle.

GOP Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's lead in CALIFORNIA continues to grow, the Sacramento Bee notes.  Per a new Field Poll, he's leading Phil Angelides (D) by 49%-33%, "the widest margin in two decades for a California gubernatorial front-runner in the days before a general election." 

NBC's Tim Russert moderates a FLORIDA Senate debate which will air live tonight on MSNBC.  "Everyone has a favorite Katherine Harris story," writes the Miami Herald, which also runs a more favorable profile of her opponent, Sen. Bill Nelson (D). 

Democratic National Committee chair Howard Dean and Sen. Richard Durbin rally College Democrats at DePaul in ILLINOIS.

Profiling MASSACHUSETTS gubernatorial frontrunner Deval Patrick, USA Today says he's "one of a new generation of African-American politicians who are changing old assumptions about what offices black candidates can win.  Unlike senior black members of Congress, they are too young to have joined the civil rights struggles of the 1960s.  They often haven't gone to historically black colleges or launched careers at black churches...  They often advocate pragmatism over ideology and aspire - like white politicians - to the most powerful elected offices in the country." 

Republican National Committee chair Ken Mehlman makes no fewer than six stops in MISSOURI today and another six tomorrow, including some stops with Sen. Jim Talent.

Sen. Bob Menendez campaigns on homeland security with former Sen. Bob Kerrey in NEW JERSEY.

The New York Daily News reports that in December of 2005, the wife of GOP Rep. John Sweeney of NEW YORK, who's facing a tough challenge for re-election, called 911 and told the dispatcher her husband was "knocking her around the house."  The state police arrived and no one was arrested.  The police have refused to release any information about the incident. 

The New York Times front-pages one of the more overlooked contests: the referendum on SOUTH DAKOTA's abortion ban.  "Both sides predict that the outcome of the vote… could send the country's broader debate over abortion rights swerving in new directions, and will set the tone for the fate of similarly strict laws being considered in nearly a dozen other states…  The latest poll shows voters leaning against the ban, but its fate remains uncertain." 

In TENNESSEE, former President Clinton campaigns with Harold Ford in Memphis and Wes Clark campaigns with Ford in Clarksville later in the day.  Pegged to Clinton's appearance, Republican Bob Corker's campaign is up with a new TV ad blasting Ford for not condemning Clinton's pardon of members of the Puerto Rican independence group, FALN.  The ad goes: "Harold Ford, Jr. tough on terrorism?  When Bill Clinton pardoned 16 members of a terrorist group responsible for 150 bombings and 6 U. S. deaths, the Director of the FBI, Mayor Rudy Giuliani, and the Tennessee congressional delegation all opposed the pardons. Well, all but one. Guess who? Harold Ford Jr."

With Republicans looking better in their uphill challenge in TEXAS to elect a write-in candidate to succeed former Rep. Tom DeLay, the Houston Chronicle reports that national Democrats are spending $50,000 in a mailing that promotes another GOP write-in candidate.  Gov. Rick Perry (R), on the other hand, is expected to coast to victory: "What looked like an extraordinary race with an unusual combination of candidates has fizzled.  Nothing has dramatically altered the landscape from January - not even the $52 million spent so far by the four major candidates for governor," laments the Dallas Morning News

And there's been another dust-up in the VIRGINIA Senate race.  At a campaign stop in Charlottesville yesterday, Sen. George Allen (R) was exiting a ballroom, coming to talk to the media, when a protestor started yelling and asking, "Why did you spit on your first wife?"  The protestor wasn't able to get near Allen because he was tackled by three men wearing Allen stickers, presumed to be staffers.  He was pushed and ended up on the floor, and now says he was abused.  Republicans charge that he was working for Democratic nominee Jim Webb, which Webb's campaign denies.  

Republican Senate campaign committee chair Elizabeth Dole, who was present at the event, issued a statement last night: "I found the entire incident disconcerting and it left me uncomfortable with the level that Webb has sunk to in this campaign."  The committee claimed that the man, liberal blogger Mike Stark, "showed up at Senator Allen's event today with deliberate intent to disturb the peace."