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2009/2010: Clash of styles

MASSACHUSETTS: Politico looks at the clash of style of personality in the Massachusetts primary between the hard-charge, brash Michael Capuano and Martha Coakley. "Capuano's campaign is predicated on the notion that his aggressive approach to politics, along with his liberal voting record, makes him a far more effective advocate for Massachusetts than Coakley, the state's more polished and refined attorney general. Capuano's earthy language, rolled-up sleeves and roots in local politics — he was the mayor of Somerville -- evoke an old-school ethnic pol. And his directness can sometimes seem jarring. … The notion that Coakley is too timid or cautious overlooks the fact that Coakley has pursued the seat as aggressively as anyone in the state. She raised eyebrows earlier this year when she acknowledged that she had paid a top Washington pollster to test her viability as a Senate candidate. After Kennedy's death, she was the first competitor to jump into the Senate race — a risky decision that came before Kennedy's nephew, former Democratic Rep. Joseph Kennedy II, announced he would not seek the seat."

NEW YORK: "A pair of dueling speeches from Gov. Paterson and Attorney General Andrew Cuomo to Democratic faithful yesterday put the two on a collision course," writes the New York Post. Speaking at the party's annual fall gathering, "Cuomo repeatedly insisted he plans only to seek a second term as attorney general, his speech struck broad, general themes normally considered outside the scope of that office. 'Right now, the power has dissipated; people have watched what has gone on in Albany, and they don't like what they see going on in Albany,'" Cuomo said. Paterson, meanwhile, "blamed his slumping popularity on the state's financial woes, and said he wanted to "stay in the job that I love," despite complaining just last week that he "did not sign up for this."

NEW JERSEY: On the eve of the first debate between gubernatorial candidates Jon Corzine and Chris Christie, the Star Ledger's Paul Mulshine considers what he calls the "single biggest issue" in the debate: the state's property taxes. "Independent candidate Chris Daggett unveiled his property tax plan at a press conference in Trenton on Tuesday. As for Christie, he still hasn't released that property tax plan he promised way back in the winter. … If I were a conspiracy theorist, I might suspect the Daggett candidacy was a clever ploy by the Democrats to siphon off anti-Corzine votes that would otherwise have gone to Christie," Mulshine writes. "Two days before the big debate, Daggett releases a detailed plan to cut property taxes 25 percent. Hmmm. If Daggett were a Democratic plant, what better way to expose the Republican as a fraud? That's especially true when you ponder the fact that the recent Quinnipiac Poll showed 85 percent of New Jerseyans want to cap property taxes."

Christie on Fox News' "Your World With Neil Cavuto" on Tuesday: "From the minute they take their hand off the Bible, they're worried about four more years. I am worried about the four I am being given. And if I make these tough decisions, which I will do, and I am still politically radioactive after four years, send me back home to Morris County. I have got four kids between 6 and 16. I am working the rest of my life anyway. So, it doesn't matter to me."

PENNSYLVANIA: Republican senatorial candidate Pat Toomey now leads Democratic Senator Arlen Specter, 43%-42%. This reverses Specter's 45%-44% lead in July and his 20% margin back in May, right after Specter switched from Republican to Democrat to avoid a primary fight with Toomey. Specter still leads his Democratic challenger, Rep. Joe Sestak, 44%-25%.

VIRGINIA: A new Creigh Deeds campaign video features footage from a campaign stop in Greater Augusta, where Deeds is shot talking to locals at a football game, taking pictures with supporters at a restaurant, and speaking at a rally about his transportation plans.