US Election at a glance: 20 Oct

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Day in a Nutshell

President Barack Obama flew to Portland to help campaign for Oregon gubernatorial candidate John Kitzhaber. Meanwhile, the White House announced the president would appear on an episode of the Daily Show with Jon Stewart next Wednesday.

Bill Clinton travelled to the University of Central Florida in Orlando to campaign for Democratic Senate candidate Kendrick Meek.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People released a report claiming that the anti-establishment Tea Party movement has links to extremist groups with racist viewpoints.

Despite Democratic Representative Joe Sestak's efforts to narrow the gap between himself and Republican Pat Toomey in Pennsylvania, Republicans have a projected 8% lead over Democrats among those requesting absentee ballots.

The Republican candidate for Massachusetts governor, Charles Baker, told a crowd of about 600 that unless the state cuts taxes, those who fall in the middle-income financial bracket will move away.

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"I think a handshake is something that honourable men do," said Kentucky Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul, adding that he still would not shake the hand of Democrat Jack Conway because he "lacks honour". Mr Paul refused to shake Mr Conway's hand after a debate on Sunday.

"I'm not a witch... None of us are perfect, but none of us can be happy with what we see all around us - politicians who think spending, trading favours, and backroom deals are the ways to stay in office," Delaware Tea Party darling Christine O'Donnell said in a video message posted on YouTube.

Key numbers

A new Gallup poll finds that a mere 21% of Americans are satisfied with the way things are going in the US. If the figure does not improve in the next two weeks, it would be the lowest rating for US satisfaction Gallup has measured during the mid-term election season.

An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows that in the 92 most competitive House districts, the Republicans' lead among registered voters is 14 points.

Daily Picture

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Arkansas Republican Senate candidate John Boozman rallied supporters in Hot Springs with less than two weeks to go before mid-term elections