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Midterms: Social Security battle in AR

ARKANSAS: Blanche Lincoln releases a new ad claiming opponent Bill Halter supports raising Social Security taxes and cutting benefits, which the Halter camp called a "flat lie," writes the Arkansas blog Tolbert Report.

ILLINOIS: Alexi Giannoulias got his hug from Obama, NBCChicago reports.

NEVADA: The Hill: "Nevada Senate candidate Sue Lowden has seen her momentum slow in recent weeks as she has struggled to defend her claim that a bartering system -- such as paying doctors with chickens -- can lower the cost of healthcare." She said, "Before we all started having healthcare, in the olden days, our grandparents, they would bring a chicken to the doctor. I'm not backing down from that system." And: "The quote has left Washington-based Republican strategists scratching their heads."

NORTH CAROLINA: "The two leading Democratic candidates in the North Carolina Senate race are entering the final weekend before the primary with more of a whimper than a roar, while party operatives are coming to terms with the prospect that a resource-draining runoff appears likely," Roll Call reports.