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Massachusetts candidate gets help from Hollywood

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

Damon
Damon  

Two Hollywood leading men have landed cameo roles in Massachusetts politics. Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are helping a high school friend's campaign to be state representative. The actors both hail from Massachusetts. Damon has taped a phone message urging voters to support Marjorie Decker in her September 17 primary challenge to a Democratic incumbent. And Affleck is featured in Decker's campaign literature talking about their days playing together on a Little League team.

Outgoing Maryland Gov. Parris Glendening isn't running for office this year, but that hasn't stopped him from running a campaign ad. Glendening is using leftover campaign money to run a radio ad in the Democratic primary for state comptroller. The race pits incumbent William Donald Schaefer, a longtime Glendening rival, against challenger John Willis. The ad accuses Schaefer of being insensitive to women and to African Americans a claim Schaefer denies.

Davis
Davis  

In California, the race for governor is back to single digits, according to a new field poll. The survey gives incumbent Democrat Gray Davis a 7-point edge over challenger Bill Simon. But voters appear to be unhappy with both candidates: defeated GOP candidate Richard Riordan, the former mayor of Los Angeles, leads Davis by 15 points in a hypothetical match up.

Smith
Smith  

A poll conducted less than a week before the New Hampshire primary shows Rep. John Sununu has expanded his lead over two-term incumbent Sen. Bob Smith in the Republican race for Smith's Senate seat. A University of New Hampshire survey of 344 likely voters found that 56 percent of those polled said they would vote for Sununu, while 34 percent preferred Smith. The poll, conducted August 27-September 3, had a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percentage points. A similar poll conducted in June showed Sununu slightly ahead of Smith, 52 percent to 40 percent, with a margin of error of plus or minus 6 percentage points. Democratic Gov. Jeanne Shaheen is unopposed for her party's nomination.

Democrats hoping to succeed convicted Mayor Vincent "Buddy" Cianci of Providence, Rhode Island, are championing some of the causes that made the mayor tremendously popular and trying to distance themselves from him at the same time. The four hopefuls face off in a primary Tuesday, four days after Cianci is to be sentenced on a federal corruption charge. He faces up to 20 years in prison for his role in a scheme in which city jobs, contracts and tax breaks could be had for bribes. The six-term mayor's would-be successors are backing such causes as urban renewal and gay rights that made Cianci so popular. A recent poll showed state Rep. David Cicilline leading former Mayor Joseph Paolino Jr., state Sen. David Igliozzi and lawyer Keven McKenna among the Democrats. Whoever wins the nomination will be the favorite in November in this heavily Democratic city.



 
 
 
 


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