Midterm election latest: Narrow tracks for Democrats after Biden and Obama start campaign

Barack Obama campaigns for Gretchen Whitmer in Michigan

With a week to go until the last day of midterm election voting, control of the US Senate is still in the balance as new polls show Democrats leading or tied in key states.

According to a new survey by The New York Times and Siena College, Mark Kelly of Arizona, John Fetterman of Pennsylvania and Raphael Warnock of Georgia are all ahead of their rivals by 3-6 points. If all three won, that would represent a net gain of one seat for the Democrats.

However, if Mr Warnock finishes with less than 50% of the vote after November 8 – as expected based on current polls – he and Mr Walker will be forced into a January run-off.

Meanwhile, former President Barack Obama continues his late-night tour of crucial states as Democrats try to boost voter enthusiasm and turnout among their base. Many in the party fear Joe Biden’s low approval rating is a sign that voters who broadly agree with his administration’s agenda are unmotivated to vote on Nov. 8, raising the possibility that Republicans can win key races through an “enthusiasm gap.”

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“We don’t need a walker, we need a runner”

Pastor Jamal Bryant railed against Herschel Walker in a fiery speech at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Stonecrest, Georgia, east of Atlanta.

Gustaf Kilander reports on the pastor’s sermon.

Olivier O’ConnellOctober 31, 2022 9:30 p.m.

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Watch: Leslie Jones teams up with Lincoln Project against voter intimidation

Olivier O’ConnellOctober 31, 2022 9:00 p.m.

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Johnson: ‘Pretty rich’ for Obama to call him ‘out of touch’

Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin responds to former President Barack Obama’s attacks on Johnson: “It’s rich enough for a former president who splits his time between Martha’s Vineyard and Washington DC…to say I’m out of touch.”

Here is what the former president said about Mr Johnson:

Olivier O’ConnellOctober 31, 2022 8:42 p.m.

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New poll: Democrats advance slightly in Nevada

Just days before early voting ends in Nevada, top Democratic incumbents, including Sen. Cortez Masto and Gov. Sisolak, hold a narrow lead over their Republican opponents, according to a new Nevada Independent/OH Predictive poll of likely voters.

Olivier O’ConnellOctober 31, 2022 8:27 p.m.

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Country shocked by Pelosi attack amid threats to democracy

An America that may already feel like it is hurtling towards political disintegration has been rocked yet again, this time by the violent attack on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband less than two weeks before Election Day.

Olivier O’ConnellOctober 31, 2022 8:00 p.m.

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Lindsey Graham Defends Herschel Walker From ‘Mean’ Obama Criticism, He’s Unqualified

Olivier O’ConnellOctober 31, 2022 7:40 p.m.

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Pelosi attack suspect DePape faces federal charges

Charges of assaulting an immediate family member of a federal official and attempted kidnapping of a federal official were outlined in a criminal complaint filed by an FBI agent in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on Monday afternoon, three days after 42-year-old Mr. DePape was charged with breaking into the couple’s Pacific Heights home and assaulting 82-year-old Mr. Pelosi.

Reporting by Johanna Chisholm.

Olivier O’ConnellOctober 31, 2022 7:20 p.m.

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Is Lauren Boebert struggling in Colorado?

Colorado Congresswoman Lauren Boebert is a MAGA frontrunner, but her Democratic challenger has won support from unlikely sources as he climbs the polls and garners donations.

He says his “angertainment” has turned voters off and many say The Independentit is Sheila Flynn They agree.

Olivier O’ConnellOctober 31, 2022 7:05 p.m.

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Kansas secretary of state warns against election misinformation

Kansas Secretary of State Scott Schwab released a statement asking Kansans to beware of election misinformation, including text messages that direct voters to incorrect polling places.

Olivier O’ConnellOctober 31, 2022 6:35 p.m.

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Could a Trump-backed Republican soon lead New York State?

Dozens of Republican candidates who embraced the former president and contested the 2020 results are running in the midterm elections this fall in the United States. But New York gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin is likely the only major contender to stand in a close election in a state where voters have vehemently rejected Mr Trump’s agenda.

Mr. Trump gave his “full [and] full endorsement” of Mr. Zeldin in his run to become New York’s first Republican governor in 20 years, marking a sharp reversal of the state’s Democratic leadership, upended by a campaign focused on voter perceptions of crime rates uncontrollable.

He faces Democratic incumbent Kathy Hochul, who is expected to remain in office by relatively slim margins as the state’s first female governor. And critics are already accusing the Democratic Party and Ms. Hochul’s campaign of taking the state’s largely Democratic voter base for granted.

Alex Woodward provides an update on Mr. Zeldin’s chances.

Andrew NaughtyOctober 31, 2022 6:05 p.m.

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