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Daily Fix Poll: What is the nastiest race of 2010?

By Aaron Blake

It's officially the political silly season with salacious charges being lodged daily against candidates across the country in hopes of bring them down a few notches in the polls.

Some of the charges have merit, some are on shaky ground and some are being declared outright lies by fact-check organizations like Politifact.

With the nastiness factor rising everywhere, we've highlighted seven of the worst (or best, depending on your perspective).

* Kentucky Senate: State Attorney General Jack Conway (D) went after ophthalmologist Rand Paul's college exploits in a debate (and a new ad), and Paul then publicly announced that he would refuse to shake Conway's hand. A good three-minute summary of the nastiness can be found here.

* Colorado Senate: Sen. Michael Bennet's (D-Colo.) first ad of the general election savaged Republican Ken Buck for his "extreme" positions. And third-party groups (who rarely hesitate when it comes to getting dirty) have made this the most expensive campaign in the country.

* Illinois Senate: Chicago Sun-Times columnist Lynn Sweet recently remarked that, if you only saw the ads in this race, you would think it was between a "mob banker" -- Democrat Alexi Giannoulias -- and a "serial embellisher" -- Rep. Mark Kirk (R).

* Nevada Senate : Republican Sharron Angle has accused Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of taking part in a "love triangle" with President Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). More recently, Angle has been criticized for an ad featuring Hispanic-looking men lurking next to a fence and saying Reid supports "illegal aliens."

* Tennessee's 4th district: Rep. Lincoln Davis's (D) campaign and the national Democratic Party have dredged up court filings from Republican Scott DesJarlais's ex-wife in which DesJarlais is labeled "unfaithful" and "violent". This week, Republicans have sought to push innuendo about Davis and a pair of unknown women.

* Florida's 8th district: Rep. Alan Grayson (D) has raised millions of dollars by being an outspoken liberal, and he's used that money to flood the airwaves with some -- ahem -- interesting commercials. The most notable calls his opponent "Taliban Dan" and engages in some very creative editing to make it seem like former state Sen. Daniel Webster (R) was promoting the biblical passage that wives should "submit yourself to your own husband." In his full remarks, Webster was actually urging the opposite.

So what do you think? What's the muddiest of the muddy? Vote below.

By Aaron Blake  | October 19, 2010; 3:45 PM ET
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