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Afternoon Fix: More allegations of skulduggery in Mass. governor's race; Brown confronts campaign's use of slur; Marino shows lead

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* A new Tarrance Group poll from the campaign of former U.S. Attorney Tom Marino (R) shows him leading Rep. Chris Carney (D) 47 percent to 42 percent. The Tarrance Group poll stands in contrast to a Lycoming College Poll this week that showed Carney at 43 and Marino at 40.


* Massachusetts governor candidate Tim Cahill's (I) former running mate is accusing Cahill's campaign of coordinating with Gov. Deval Patrick's (D) campaign and playing spoiler for Republican Charlie Baker. Cahill has filed a lawsuit accusing his campaign advisers of conspiring with Baker.

* California Democratic Governor candidate Jerry Brown is dealing with the fallout after a voicemail recording caught he and his aides talking about calling GOP candidate Meg Whitman a "whore."

* The Cook Political Report says Republicans now have a better chance of gaining more than 45 House seats than they do of falling short of a majority. It now lists 22 Democratic-held seats as leaning toward or likely to flip to the GOP.

* A new poll from the DSCC shows businessman Ron Johnson (R) at 44 and Sen. Russ Feingold (D) at 42. But a media poll today showed Johnson up 49 percent to 41 percent.

* Nevada GOP Senate candidate Sharron Angle is on tape suggesting Sharia law is taking hold in certain cities in the United States.


* NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions seized on the new jobs numbers this morning, saying they frame "the national political debate from now until Election Day." The GOP sees the numbers as the beginning of its closing argument - particularly in the hard-hit Midwest.

* C-SPAN airs a trio of top debates tonight: Connecticut Senate at 8 p.m. eastern time, Wisconsin Senate live at 9 p.m. and North Dakota's at-large House seat at 10 p.m.

* Connecticut Senate candidates Linda McMahon (R) and Richard Blumenthal (D) will both be on ABC's This Week on Sunday, while Illinois Senate candidates Rep. Mark Kirk (R) and Alexi Giannoulias (D) will debate on NBC's Meet the Press.

* Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine has asked former Bush adviser Karl Rove to release all donors to American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS, in order to prove Rove's contention that he has not funded the groups. The ball is in Rove's court, but we wouldn't hold our breaths for any disclosures.

* Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) will campaign for Colorado GOP Senate candidate Ken Buck on Oct. 12.


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With Felicia Sonmez and Aaron Blake

By Aaron Blake  | October 8, 2010; 5:15 PM ET
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