Republican incumbent Rep. Roscoe Bartlett faces a tough re-election in a redrawn congressional district that now favors Democrats. The 86-year-old Bartlett is one of only two Republicans in Congress from the very blue state.
In the past 72 hours, President Obama and Mitt Romney have each released new ads targeting female voters. This follows the latest presidential debate in which work and family issues created heated discussions --both on the stage and among voters.
Third-party candidates could end up affecting the outcome of the presidential race, as Ralph Nader did in Florida in 2000. Libertarian Gary Johnson could siphon votes away from both candidates in several battleground states, and the Constitution Party's Virgil Goode could make a difference in Virginia.
Civil rights groups and Democrats complain that the billboards — many located in black, Hispanic and student-dominated neighborhoods — are meant to intimidate voters. The source of the billboards is an anonymous "private family foundation."
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