WASHINGTON (CNN) - The latest Keystone Poll from Pennsylvania's hotly contested 6th Congressional District, conducted September 20-25 by Franklin and Marshall College:
Rep. Jim Gerlach (R) 45%
Lois Murphy (D) 38%
Do not know 17%
Sample size: 431 registered voters
Margin of error: +/- 4.7%
For full poll results, including how Senate candidates Rick Santorum and Bob Casey are faring in this important district, click here.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. John McCain of Arizonais lending a hand to fellow Republican and possible 2008 presidential rival Sen. George Allen of Virginia in a new TV ad launching Thursday.
In the ad, produced by Scott Howell and Company, McCain says: "I have a friend in Washington, and he represents the state of Virginia. George Allen works hard. He believes in what he does. He's dedicated. He understands a lot of issues - has the utmost confidence and belief that in this terrible, titanic struggle that is going on now between good and evil in the world that we will and must prevail. And one of the reasons why we prevail is because George Allen's leadership, vision, courage and his ability to stand up for what he believes in."
Allen has a tougher-than-expected re-election bid against Democrat Jim Webb.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Republican National Committee announced Wednesday that Minneapolis-St. Paul would host the 2008 Republican National Convention. Minnesota is an important swing state in presidential politics, but does hosting a convention in a state help you win that state? Here's a look at the track record of past convention host cities:
2004 GOP: New York City (Bush lost New York)
2004 Dem: Boston (Kerry won Massachusetts)
2000 GOP: Philadelphia (Bush lost Pennsylvania)
2000 Dem: Los Angeles (Gore won California)
1996 GOP: San Diego (Dole lost California)
1996 Dem: Chicago (Clinton won Illinois)
1992 GOP: Houston (Bush won Texas)
1992 Dem: New York (Clinton won New York)
1988 GOP: New Orleans (Bush won Louisiana)
1988 Dem: Atlanta (Dukakis lost Georgia)