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Maeve L. Reston
Candidates in hottest races make final appeals: 'Your vote matters'
Candidates in hottest races make final appeals: 'Your vote matters'

Hopscotching across fiercely divided terrain, candidates in the country's hottest contests made their final urgent appeals Monday in a midterm election that will determine control of the U.S. Senate and the size of the Republican House majority. After record spending of about $4 billion and an avalanche of mostly negative ads, Republicans seemed certain to gain seats in the Senate, the key question being whether they win the six necessary to seize control from Democrats. The GOP was also expected to bolster its numbers in the House by a small number of seats. President Obama, who has been of little utility to fellow Democrats owing to his weak standing in polls, stayed largely out...

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