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A surly electorate that holds Congress in even lower regard than unpopular President Barack Obama is willing to "keep the bums in," with at least 365 incumbents in the 435-member House and 18 of 28 senators on a glide path to another term when ballots are counted Nov. 4.
With less than 10 weeks to the elections, Republicans and Democrats who assess the midterm contests say the power of incumbency trumps the sour public mood and antipathy toward gridlocked Washington.
"Despite the incredibly low polling, favorable ratings for Congress, it's still an incumbent's world," said Sheila Krumholz, executive director of the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks political money.
The Republican is seeking an open House seat in southeast Pennsylvania, where just 12 percent of GOP voters turned out in the May primary.
The parties' campaign committees and their allied outside groups are spending at a rate certain to exceed the $3.6 billion price tag of the 2010 midterm elections.
The Democratic Party is using reminder pledge cards that say "1 million votes for 2014," which is the number they say decided 65 competitive House races in 2012.
Democrats maintain that they had a shot two years ago, but Obama's miserable performance in his first presidential debate doomed his party's chances.
At a meeting last month with small business owners and workers at a wood fabricating plant in Quarryville, Pennsylvania, Republican Rep.
A state-by-state look at the Common Core standards:
The state school board folded Common Core into the state's College and Career Ready Standards for public schools and has been defending the decision ever since.
Legislators introduced bills in 2013 and 2014 to repeal the standards. The repeal movement drew support from tea party groups, but Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, a Republican, blocked the bills with the support of one of the state's most powerful business groups, the Business Council of Alabama.
By Phillip Rawls.
The state did not adopt Common Core, although several Alaska school districts did.
The president and a former president visit the state, a new ad about a future construction project shows other construction work and a letter with copied wording becomes an issue in the Providence mayor's race.
President Barack Obama was the headliner for a fundraiser in Newport to benefit the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which works to elect Democrats to the House.
A new television ad for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Angel Taveras suggesting work is underway on a project at the South Street Power Station shows something different — construction on another, completely unrelated project.
Providence mayoral hopeful Jorge Elorza is blaming an ex-adviser for copying language from another elected official and using it in a letter to voters explaining a shoplifting arrest nearly 20 years ago.
Department of Labor and Training Director Charles J.
Both the Democratic freshman incumbent, U. S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, and her Republican businessman opponent, Mark Greenberg, have already been targeted by their national parties as candidates that potential donors should watch.
National Democratic groups have already reserved more than $1 million in TV ads to help Esty retain her western Connecticut seat, while Greenberg has already loaned his campaign more than $600,000 and has the resources to contribute even more.
The People's Pledge was created during the 2012 Massachusetts U.
A Democratic legislator still unknown to some Kansas voters is giving Republican Gov. Sam Brownback a tough re-election race, tapping into doubts about tax-cutting that cemented the incumbent's reputation in conservative circles.
 Davis, the state House minority leader, is wooing disaffected GOP moderates and promising a bipartisan administration if elected.
Brownback touts his low-tax, small-government policies as the vanguard of an American revival, but Davis says he doesn't care about the national implications of a Democratic victory in Kansas.
Even a recent internal Brownback campaign poll — released to counter less favorable independent surveys — showed the race as a tossup.
The Democratic challenger made a national splash in July with endorsements from dozens of former moderate GOP officeholders, as well as the state's retiring insurance commissioner.
Former state House Speaker Mike O'Neal, now CEO of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce, said Davis is appealing only to disaffected Republicans "who defected when voters embraced a more conservative agenda" in recent years.
Dennis McKinney, a former state treasurer and Democratic leader in the state House from Greensburg, said his southwest Kansas neighbors don't know much about Davis, other than criticism from television ads.
The Legislature's nonpartisan research staff projects a $238 million budget shortfall for July 2016, but Brownback expects economic growth to eliminate it.
The same author who made "Little House on the Prairie" a must-read for generations of people around the world could help a little state-owned publishing house hit the big time.
Nancy Koupal, the director of the press, said others have tried to publish the rough draft of the memoir in the past, but the press was the first to get approval from the Little House Heritage Trust, which maintains Laura Ingalls Wilder's literary estate.
 Wilder's memoir, which the author wrote for adults but ultimately used as the foundation for her children's books, will draw in national and international fans of the famous series, she said.
Pamela Smith Hill, a young adult author and lead editor on the "Pioneer Girl" project, approached the press several years ago with the idea of trying to publish the memoir.