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Los Angeles (CNN) - After being dark for two days in the crucial home stretch of the primary campaign because of a shortage of cash, Republican Senatorial Candidate Tom Campbell is back on the air Thursday with a new television ad touting his electability.
"I do have something neither of my opponents can offer. The Los Angeles Times announced a poll that shows me beating Sen. Barbara Boxer by 7 points. Carly Fiorina loses to Barbara Boxer by 6 points. Let's not lose this historic opportunity to replace Sen. Barbara Boxer," says Campbell in his new ad.
However, that Los Angeles Times/USC survey, which was released this past weekend, also indicates that Campbell, who led the field several months ago, now trailing Fiorina in the GOP primary contest 38 percent to 23 percent. Campbell, a social moderate who backs abortion rights, maintains he can attract the more moderate voters that are needed in order for Republicans to convert the seat come November.
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Bowling Green, Kentucky (CNN) - Kentucky Republican senatorial front-runner Rand Paul is hoping he will have a victory to celebrate in a few hours and has chosen a unique place to hold his election-night event: the spacious rolling hills of the Bowling Green County Club, where he is a member.
"I always loved the view ... I thought it would be neat if the weather were nice just for the view. Some people do it in hotel rooms. I think hotels are a little generic and boring," Paul said.
Paul is a favorite of the Tea Party activists in the state, who believe in fiscal discipline and championing the under-represented, but Paul said he didn't think his choice of venue sent an unusual message. "I guess some people could argue that. But I think it is a beautiful place."
One upside for him: He gets free use of the facilities tonight.
Earlier today, after Paul voted in his local precinct, he repeated his message that a victory here would be a mandate for the Tea Party. "I think it shows the power" of the movement, he said. "I think this will be the first big, statewide victory for the Tea Party movement. So I think it's huge."
Tea Party activists in RVs started arriving earlier this week at the rally site, an undeveloped piece of land down a mile-long dirt road. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
(CNN) - Caravans of Tea Party activists will roll into Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's hometown in rural Nevada on Saturday to rally for his defeat in November.
Sarah Palin, who derided big government spending and "the Obama Pelosi Reid agenda" on Friday, will headline the event dubbed "Showdown in Searchlight."
The stop is part of the latest cross-country protest against big government and health care reform. Activists hope the protest will carry a strong symbolic message.
Reid, the four-term Democratic incumbent, is from the small town, which has one gas station and a McDonald's restaurant. Earlier in the week, activists in RVs started arriving at the rally site, an undeveloped piece of land down a mile-long dirt road.
Denver, Colorado (CNN) - The western United States, with its independent streak and growing population, is the terrain both political parties are hoping to mine for electoral gains in the coming years.
With Denver hosting the 2008 Democratic Convention and a more concentrated effort in the region, the Obama campaign was able to capture Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada in last year's presidential election. Some Democrats hoped those results foretold a transformation, but a year later, political experts are saying not so fast.
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The West gives President Obama his lowest approval ratings, and the Democratic Party has a 45 percent approval rating in the area - the only region in the country in which it gets under 50 percent, according to an October 16-18 CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll.
[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/07/23/health.care.council/art.obama.ohio.afp.gi.jpg caption="President Obama tells audience in Shaker Heights, Ohio, on Thursday that current system breeds wasteful spending."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Obama administration is touting a provocative proposal to give a medical advisory council the power to help decide the scope of coverage that would be eligible for reimbursement under Medicare.
Administration officials say the proposed council would improve health care quality and control costs. But some health care industry groups object to the proposal, saying such a council would not be qualified to make those judgments.
This council would consist of doctors and health care experts who make recommendations based on extensive data and analysis of best health care practices, according to administration officials.
Proponents believe the approach would improve care and eliminate some wasteful spending by doctors who are now paid separately for each visit and procedure they authorize. Instead, this council could recommend, for example, a comprehensive approach to treat a patient with chronic heart condition or high cholesterol.