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POLL: Romney rises in favorability; Obama's pushback is intensity

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After lagging for months at historic lows, Mitt Romney's personal popularity has advanced in the final weekend to its highest of the 2012 campaign, rivaling Barack Obama's. But Obama pushes back with greater enthusiasm among his supporters – and the race itself remains a tie. Full story...
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POLL: Romney leads in confidence on recovery, but Obama escapes most economic blame

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More likely voters think the economy would improve under Mitt Romney than under Barack Obama – but they disproportionately blame Obama's predecessor for its troubles in the first place, an example of the mixed sentiments that undergird the deadlocked 2012 election. Full story...
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VOTE 2012: Washington Post blogger thinks Walter Jones is ripe for losing

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Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC): If there’s one guy who’s ripe for a conservative primary challenge, it’s Jones. Jones frequently votes against his party on the major issues of the day, the most recent being Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) budget. In fact, it’s a wonder he’s escaped serious opposition in recent years. That could change this year, with former New Bern Police Chief Frank Palombo running against him and the Campaign for Primary Accountability targeting him. We’ll see if Jones is actually threatened, but he’s a ripe target. Full story...
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Lost class ring in Wrightsville Beach surf turns up a month later

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In late June, Brian Neumann, a 22-year-old from Bethesda, was throwing a football in the surf at Wrightsville Beach, N.C., when he watched in horror as his Virginia Tech class ring slipped from his finger and tumbled into the Atlantic. Full story...
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WASHINGTON POST: Can Ilario Pantano get to Congress?

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The question for Pantano is whether he can go beyond the headlines -- and the controversies that surrounded him during his 2010 race -- and win a rematch against North Carolina Rep. Mike McIntyre (D) next November. Full story...
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