US election at a glance: 25 Oct

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President Barack Obama has jumped back into mid-terms campaigning with a trip to Rhode Island, the smallest state in the US, to back Providence Mayor David Cicilline and other Democrats. However, he has not endorsed the party's gubernatorial candidate, Frank Caprio, sparking a row.

Mr Caprio told a Rhode Island radio station that Mr Obama could "shove" his endorsement for governor. White House spokesman Bill Burton said the president had decided not to endorse a candidate out of respect for his friend Lincoln Chafee, running as an independent.

Linda McMahon, the former World Wresting Entertainment chief executive running for Senate in Connecticut, has been accused of attempting to regulate the wrestling industry by the father of Chris Benoit, a professional wrestler who killed himself and his family in 2007.

West Virginia Democratic Senate candidate Joe Manchin said he might not endorse Harry Reid's bid to continue as Senate majority leader or President Barack Obama's re-election in 2012. Mr Manchin has frequently voiced opposition to Democratic leaders in his close race against Republican John Raese.

An iPhone application called iReport, which allows its users to send in any reports of potential voter fraud to, has been released by the blog.

Quote - Unquote

"While this might not be what the White House intended, the president's refusal to endorse a fellow Democrat in the worst environment since 1994 sends a bad message to everyone who's working to get Democrats elected this year," Nathan Daschle, executive director of the Democratic Governors Association, told POLITICO about Frank Caprio.

"He can take his endorsement and really shove it, as far as I'm concerned," Frank Caprio told a Rhode Island radio station.

"The bottom line is that we don't need money to do this. It's passion, it's fire in the belly, these people are motivated. They are fed up with politics as usual and they are going to turn out the vote. They are working very hard so we are going to see some surprises next Tuesday," Amy Kremer of the Tea Party Express tour told ABC News.

Key Numbers

A POLITICO/George Washington University poll shows that a large number of independents, who have expressed a deep dissatisfaction with Mr Obama's policies and performance, are siding with conservatives on the idea that the government has grown too fast and too large under the president.

A Chicago Tribune/WGN poll suggests the race for Illinois's Senate seat between Republican Mark Kirk and Democrat Alexi Giannoulias could remain close right up to the 2 November vote.

The poll indicated Mr Kirk held a 44% to 41% lead over Mr Giannoulias, with a 3.7% point margin of error.

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo attended a rally during a campaign stop in Buffalo in the US state of New York