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The midterms: Another ex-WWE wrestler dies

“Republicans lead by 51% to 41% among registered voters in Gallup weekly tracking of 2010 congressional voting preferences,” Gallup reports. “The 10-percentage-point lead is the GOP's largest so far this year and is its largest in Gallup's history of tracking the midterm generic ballot for Congress.”

CONNECTICUT: “Two weeks to the day after a former wrestler died at the age of 29, another one of GOP Senate nominee Linda McMahon's former stars [Gertrude ‘Luna’ Vachon] -- who the company acknowledges it sent to rehab for substance abuse last year -- was found dead Friday,” the Danbury News Times writes.

ILLINOIS: “Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias plans to challenge the budget record of the Republican Party, including rival candidate Mark Kirk,” the AP writes. “The Chicago Democrat is scheduled to deliver a speech Tuesday where he'll blast Republicans for overspending during the last Bush administration and leaving the country with a huge deficit.”

NEVADA: “Some of the most powerful figures in Northern Nevada are hosting a fundraiser for GOP gubernatorial hopeful Brian Sandoval at some private suites in the Eldorado,” the Las Vegas Sun’s Ralston reports.

TEXAS: Democratic gubernatorial nominee Bill White hits Gov. Rick Perry for hosting a fundaiser hosted mostly by registered lobbyists (hat tip: Hotline).