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Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Linda McMahon, left, shakes hands with Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Chris Murphy at the end of a live televised debate in Rocky Hill, Conn., Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. Democrats are counting on their New England friends to help them pick up Republican-held Senate seats on Nov. 6 and construct a barrier against losses in Nebraska and elsewhere that could erase their majority. Republican hopes of swiping the seat in Connecticut are fading. Murphy has steadied his campaign against McMahon, who spent $50 million on an unsuccessful bid in 2010 and $42.6 million and counting this year. McMahon's less-than-stellar debate performances and the state's Democratic tilt have undercut the GOP candidate's prospects. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

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