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AP Top Political News At 1:34 p.m. EDT

Democrats in tight New England governor races
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- Democrats are locked in competitive governor races across New England as Republicans push their midterm offensive into one of the nation's last Democratic strongholds....

Poll: Economy, health care eclipse social issues
DENVER (AP) -- As a season of campaigning enters its intense final weekend, a new Associated Press-GfK poll illustrates the challenge ahead for candidates and their allies trying to rally voters around traditional wedge issues such as abortion and gay marriage. This fall, voters just have other matters on their minds....

Medicare paid for meds after patients were dead
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Call it drugs for the departed: A quirky bureaucratic rule led Medicare's prescription drug program to pay for costly medications even after the patients were dead....

AP PHOTOS: Small Alaska town welcomes big politics
PETERSBURG, Alaska (AP) -- When U.S. Sen. Mark Begich and his Republican challenger, Dan Sullivan, greet cheering supporters in downtown Anchorage on Election Night, their thoughts may turn to days of boots-on-the-ground campaigning in more unforgiving and far-flung parts of this remote and rugged state....

Soldier or civilian, Ebola protocols not the same
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A U.S. soldier returning from an Ebola response mission in West Africa would have to spend 21 days being monitored, isolated in a military facility away from family and the broader population. A returning civilian doctor or nurse who directly treated Ebola patients? Depends....

Hillary Clinton praises possible primary rivals
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- When it comes to potential Democratic primary rivals, Hillary Rodham Clinton is displaying a light touch....

Before midterms, Obama plugs policies for women
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- With an election four days away, President Barack Obama urged women to raise their voices in favor of economic policies that benefit them and against politicians that he said belong in a "Mad Men" episode from a bygone era. Citing his own experiences as the son of a single mom and the father of two girls, he declared: "Some of this is personal."...

Landrieu revisits Hurricane Katrina in Senate race
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Six years ago, Sen. Mary Landrieu's effort to draw billions of dollars in federal disaster aid to Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina helped keep her in office for a third Senate term....

TV space for campaign ads hard to find this late
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- A Democratic super PAC wanted to run a 30-second ad during a Friday evening newscast on New Hampshire's one network station - and was even willing to shell out the $10,000 that the station demanded....

Illinois Dems dig deep to keep governor's office
CHICAGO (AP) -- At first blush, Illinois would seem to be a lock for an incumbent Democratic governor: The population leans left. Democrats control most of state government, and this year's race is likely to turn on the Chicago area, one of the few places President Barack Obama can still bring large crowds to their feet....

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