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September 6th, 2010
09:22 PM ET

Trail Running: John King and Joe Sestak


Editor's note: Trail Running will be the source for field updates from CNN's anchors, correspondents and producers spread out across the country covering politics on the campaign trail. As always, the CNN Political Ticker is your source for up-to-the-minute political news– now even more so.

1247 p.m. ET: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – Walked some of the Labor Day parade with Congressman Joe Sestak, the Democratic Senate nominee. He acknowledges he's down "single digits" against Republican opponent Pat Toomey but says he's confident he can win. Says his key is proving he is "an independent voice who happens to believe in Democratic principles." Whatever you think of his politics, he's an energetic campaigner – running from side to side to glad hand during the parade.

September 6th, 2010
09:19 PM ET

Trail running: John King on union turnout


Editor's note: Trail Running will be the source for field updates from CNN's anchors, correspondents and producers spread out across the country covering politics on the campaign trail. As always, the CNN Political Ticker is your source for up-to-the-minute political news – now even more so.

6:32 p.m. ET: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – Good union turnout for the Labor Day parade in Pittsburgh. Traditional campaign kickoff – and this week the AFL-CIO kicks its voter contact/turnout operation into gear.

Jack Shea, the veteran Allegheny County Labor Council president, says he knows it's a tough year and many conservative union workers probably thinking of voting GOP. But he says they will get between eight and 12 contacts over next eight weeks – phone calls, work site visits etc. – and he predicts when they hear the "full story" turnout will be strong and vote strongly Democratic.

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Be in the know: Today's political bullet points

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Greetings from Pittsburgh today. Both the Post-Gazette and Tribune-Review have front page stories on new Obama economy push, plus stories on the governor and Senate races. Visited the Labor Day parade – turnout critical if Dems to erase GOP leads.

Bullet points: Erick reflects conservative confidence heading into the stretch. Mario's third point is telling: the left would like some confrontation with the GOP on econ issues pre election, but many conservative and vulnerable Dems want no part of any tough votes. – John King

RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

– Ken Buck leads in Colorado. Pat Toomey leads in Pennsylvania. Rand Paul leads in Kentucky. Marco Rubio leads in Florida. Mike Lee leads in Utah. Sharron Angle is tied in Nevada. If the "fringe" is winning, does that still make them fringe?

– Democrats are starting to consider "fire walls" to hang out to the House of Representatives. It has gotten that bad for them. The GOP has less money in the bank, which is giving Democrats some comfort. Of course, they had more money in the bank in Virginia, New Jersey, and Massachusetts and that still didn't help them last year.

– Barack Obama wants more spending at a time when voters are tired of Washington spending. It looks more and more like Mr. Obama has just moved on to 2012 already.

Talk Show Host and Online Editor of MyLatinoNews.com Mario Solis-Marich:

– Loyal Agent: Secretary Hilda Solis hits the road to help sell the Presidents new economic stimulus program underlining the indispensability that she has crafted for herself.

– Double Agent: The Denver Post turns sour on Colorado Senator Bennet and after championing his campaign against challenger Andrew Romanoff they slam him on economic issues and focus on the “solutions” of his GOP opponent.

– Get Smart: The US Senate hangs in the balance and some Democrats are arguing behind the scenes that they want to take the hard votes after the election still not realizing that America wants to see them get tough on the “Party of No” before November.


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