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Florida GOP ad targets Reno's Democratic opponent

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Campaign news from around the country, compiled by CNN Political Unit staff.

  • Florida Republicans have unleashed a new ad against Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill McBride. The spot targets McBride with claims that he mismanaged his law firm and is using "trick accounting" at his campaign. McBride has a ready response. In his own new ad, McBride says Republicans are attacking him because they know "I'd be the toughest Democrat to beat." Polls have shown McBride trailing Janet Reno among Democrats, but he maintains that he would make a stronger candidate against Gov. Jeb Bush.
  • Republican sources tell CNN that President Bush is expected to speak with Louisiana Gov. Mike Foster Thursday to urge Foster to run for the Senate against incumbent Democrat Mary Landrieu. The governor is said to be considering a last-minute entry into the race. The filing deadline is this Friday. Three Republicans already have announced plans to run against Landrieu, but all three are trailing the senator in the opinion polls.
  • Lamar Alexander, the former Education Secretary from Tennessee, is calling on the biggest names in the GOP to assist his campaign for the Senate. A new ad for Alexander is up and running. It features the man Alexander hopes to succeed, Sen. Fred Thompson. Next month, President Bush is expected to attend an Alexander fund raiser in Nashville. Just a day later, the president's father, the nation's 41st president, will campaign with Alexander in Knoxville.
  • Meantime, the race for Maryland governor continues to tighten. According to a new poll, Democrat Kathleen Kennedy Townsend leads Republican Robert Ehrlich 47 percent to 43 percent among likely voters. Five weeks ago, Townsend held a seven-point lead over Ehrlich.
  • And an Arkansas poll finds an extremely tight Senate race between Republican Tim Hutchinson and Democrat Mark Pryor. Hutchinson, the incumbent, has 45 percent; Pryor 42 percent. The Zogby survey was taken more than a week ago for "The Arkansas Democrat Gazette."


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