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US Election at a glance: 6 Oct 2010

Day in a Nutshell

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Media captionKatty Kay: "Obama has problems hanging on to white voters"

First Lady Michelle Obama urged Democratic voters not to get discouraged and fail to vote on 2 November. "Don't stay home," she said in a conference call. She hits the campaign trail next week.

The political press were enjoying analysing an e-mail spat between Sarah Palin's husband Todd and the Alaska Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller over a supposedly lukewarm endorsement of her presidential credentials.

Quote - Unquote

"We do have to combat, sometimes, people not even thinking I'm a real candidate." - Krystal Ball, Democrat congressional candidate in Virginia speaks about name-related difficulties.

"If I hear one more Republican tell me about balancing the budget, I am going to strangle them" - Comments from Vice-President Joe Biden, according to a pool report from a rally in Minnesota.

"I'm writing to tell you - quarterbacked by John Boehner and Pete Sessions - our Republican Party has an excellent team of limited-government, pro-freedom individuals ready to take the field in Washington and defeat the other team's liberal agenda." Lou Holtz, former Notre Dame football coach, asks supporters to help the Republicans (including minority leader John Boehner and National Republican Committee chairman Pete Sessions) take control of the House of Representatives.

Key numbers

An Associated Press-GfK Poll suggests that white people without four-year college degrees are preferring Republican candidates by twice the margin of the last two elections, when Democrats made significant gains in the House and Senate.

The poll, conducted last month, found this group favouring Republican hopefuls 58% to 36% - a whopping 22 percentage-point gap. In 2008, when Barack Obama won the presidency, they favoured Republican congressional candidates by 11 percentage points, according to exit polls.

California Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown has managed to accumulate $22.5m in campaign cash as he reaches the end of the race against Republican Meg Whitman. Ms Whitman, the former eBay CEO, has given her campaign $119m of her own money, a record for a US candidate.

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Image caption Hillary Clinton receives applause before speaking at the Fortune "Most Powerful Women" summit in Washington