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Fast and furious, then reflective

The politic pause: On Wednesday, they rest

By John Mercurio, Robert Yoon and Trish Turner
CNN Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The anniversary of September 11 brings an abrupt, if temporary, halt to the partisanship on display in campaigns across the country. Nonetheless, a few key Republicans emerging from this week's "Super Tuesday" primaries are poised to reap some benefits from the political letup.

Indeed, the unique week ahead seems mostly to harm key Democrats, specifically those running in crowded fields to challenge Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Rep. Connie Morella, R-Maryland, and to succeed Sen. Jesse Helms, R-North Carolina. The Democratic nominees in each of those races, tired and cash-drained from tough primary races, are planning to rely heavily on a post-primary bounce to begin their eight-week campaigns, which in this case is likely to be diluted by September 11. (Look for media coverage of Tuesday's primaries, especially after Tuesday evening, to range from minimal to nonexistent.)

The GOP's edge here highlights a broader advantage Republicans enjoy in 2002 -- namely their widespread success recruiting top candidates and minimizing crowded, costly primaries in key races. Such success, due largely to the maneuverings of an extremely political White House, has helped Republicans overcome a key challenge -- the retirements of four GOP senators in competitive states.

The one obvious exception is in New Hampshire, where a Republican Senate nominee (either incumbent Sen. Bob Smith or Rep. John Sununu) will finally emerge, but he'll be hard-pressed to focus voters on his new opponent, Democratic Gov. Jeanne Shaheen, until next week at least.

Al Gore
Al Gore  

Also next week, Al Gore returns to academia and politics, starting classes again in two Tennessee universities and delivering the keynote address to the Congressional Black Caucus's annual meeting in Washington.

The following is a comprehensive look at the week ahead in politics. Enjoy.

Fast and furious, then reflective

September 7

  • Sen. Bob Smith and Rep. John Sununu, who are locked in a tight race for Tuesday's GOP Senate primary, spend the day wooing Granite State voters. Both men will march in the annual parade in Chester and will greet voters at the Old Home Days festivities in Pelham. Smith also will press the flesh in the towns of Merrimack, Bedford, and Derry before ending the day at a fireworks show in Manchester. Sununu will work the crowds in Exeter, Portsmouth and Franklin, before hitting a Republican women's chili festival in a town called Stratham.
  • Mending Fences: Former Vice President Al Gore and Rep. Bob Clement, the Democratic nominee for Senate, will headline the Middle Tennessee Labor Day Celebration. The annual Democratic rally and fund-raiser is held at the Charles Hand Farm. Tickets cost $15. About 2,000 people from across the state are expected to attend, organizers say. The celebration also will host a straw poll on a proposed state lottery, which voters will decide in the November 5 general election. Clement will also attend the Riverfest in nearby Clarksville.
  • Vermont governor and 2004 Democratic presidential hopeful Howard Dean finishes up an Iowa campaign swing with a fund-raising brunch for state Sen. Amanda Ragan in Mason City, and an afternoon fund-raiser for firefighter-turned-state legislature candidate Joe Kelly in Ames. Next stop on the governor's schedule? New Hampshire!
  • Robert Torricelli
    Robert Torricelli  

  • Embattled New Jersey Sen. Robert Torricelli, a Democrat, does some old-fashioned campaigning in hopes of fending off an unexpectedly strong challenge from GOP nominee Doug Forrester -- and also from himself. He participates in a Jersey City firefighters parade and attends picnics in Edison and South Amboy. He ends the day with at the Hoboken Italian Festival at, where else, Sinatra Park.
  • Delaware primary. Not a lot to watch here. Sen. Joe Biden, a Democrat, is headed to a rematch this fall with his 1996 challenger, Republican Ray Clatworthy, who took just 38 percent in that matchup.
  • Colorado Debate Kickoff: GOP Sen. Wayne Allard and his Democratic opponent Tom Strickland go head to head at the Avalon Theater in Grand Junction, Colorado, in the first of 15, count 'em 15, debates of the campaign. The televised event is sponsored by Club 20, an organization of community and business groups in western Colorado.
  • Elizabeth Dole will hold a barbecue in Union County. Dole is heavily favored to win her September 10 primary over attorney Jim Snyder and GOP activist Ada Fisher. State Rep. Dan Blue, a Democratic Senate candidate, holds a rally in his native Robeson County.
  • Robert Ehrlich
    Robert Ehrlich  

  • Maryland Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, who will become the Democratic nominee for governor on Tuesday, has a packed day of picnics and fairs. She starts her morning campaigning on the Baltimore City Trolley, and will spend most of her day stumping for votes in heavily Democratic and predominantly African-American Prince George's County. At night, she'll whoop it up with Parrotheads at the Battle Grove Democratic Club's "Jimmy Buffett Party" outside of Baltimore. Townsend's GOP opponent, Rep. Robert Ehrlich, has no public schedule.
  • Sen. Jean Carnahan, D-Missouri, holds events on health care and bioterrorism in Kansas City.
  • UM vs. UF. Florida gubernatorial candidate Janet Reno attends a football game in Gainesville, between the University of Florida and University of Miami. For his part, attorney Bill McBride, who attended UF on a football scholarship and is locked these days in a tight race with Reno, will also be in Gainesville, holding a pre-game rally near the UF stadium. The man both Reno and McBride want to defeat, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a Republican, will also be on hand in Gainesville. Before the game, Bush will attend a pre-game tailgate party hosted by "Gators for Jeb" and "Canes for Jeb."
  • Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, will start a full day of campaigning in Lewisville at a meeting with the state Fraternal Order of Police. He then heads to Garrett County's Tobacco Festival and GOP events in Spencer and Henry counties later that afternoon. McConnell's Democratic opponent Lois Combs Weinberg will attend a picnic at St. John's Catholic Church in Paducah. The Weinberg camp, which has been trying to cast McConnell a debate-avoider, had billed the Paducah event as the first joint McConnell-Weinberg appearance of the campaign, but McConnell won't be there. No hidden motive, his campaign says, just too many other events to attend.
  • Rep. Melissa Hart, R-Pennsylvania, begins a two-day fund-raising bonanza in her Pittsburgh-area district.

  • In Maryland's hotly contested 8th District, Democrat Chris Van Hollen will be greeting voters at the Bethesda Farm Women's Market before heading to northern Montgomery County for some more pre-primary hand-shaking. Mark Shriver, a Democratic state legislator, starts the weekend with a number of church visits before heading to a birthday celebration for the Montgomery Historical Association, held by the League of Women Voters. Democrat Ira Shapiro is taking the weekend off to observe the Rosh Hashanah holiday until Sunday evening. GOP incumbent Connie Morella spends her weekend tending to official duties around the district. The primary is on Tuesday.
  • Fast and furious, then reflective

    September 8

  • New Hampshire Countdown. Sen. Bob Smith addresses a state firemen's memorial service in Waterville Valley, where he will be presented with a commemorative flag. He'll spend the rest of the day meeting with voters, including a campaign stop at the Dunkin Donuts in Concord. Smith's opponent for the GOP nomination, Rep. John Sununu, will attend the Hillsborough County Fair in New Boston and the 8th Annual Northeast Law Enforcement Expo in Merrimack. Later in the day, he'll greet voters at the Polish Picnic at Pulaski Park in Nashua.
  • Florida Countdown: Democrat Janet Reno travels across central Florida, holding rallies in Tampa in the morning and Orlando in the evening. Her main primary rival, attorney Bill McBride, will hold rallies in Tallahassee and Pensacola. Joining McBride will be a fellow Vietnam veteran, Ralph Quallen. The two will stop by a war memorial in Pensacola. Afterward, McBride will hold a beachfront press briefing on offshore drilling.
  • Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, attends a rally in Baltimore City.
  • Rep. Bob Clement, D-Tennessee, will appear on a local TV political talk show called "Beyond the Spin," on WKRN-TV, Channel 2, the local ABC affiliate.
  • Mark Shriver
    Mark Shriver  

  • It's all Ira, all night!: Democratic House candidate Ira Shapiro, who hopes to win Tuesday's primary for the right to take on GOP Rep. Connie Morella, gears up for a straight 24 hours of campaigning to begin at 9 p.m. Shapiro will spend Sunday night greeting moviegoers as they leave area theaters, schmoozing with potential voters at several late-night diners, and visiting night-shift police officers and firemen. As the sun rises on primary-eve Shapiro will greet Montgomery County bus drivers and early morning commuters before ending a full day of area campaigning with a 6 p.m. walk around the precinct with several local celebs and officials. Elsewhere in the Democratic primary, state Del. Mark Shriver will continue visiting area churches, while state Sen. Chris Van Hollen will share an evening coffee break with the residents of the Leisure World a retirement community in Silver Spring.
  • Colorado's KBDI Channel 12 will air a joint appearance of Sen. Wayne Allard (R) and his Democratic challenger Tom Strickland at 1:30 p.m. local time.
  • Rep. J.D. Hayworth, R-Arizona, holds a $2,500-a-PAC fund-raiser at the Washington Redskins vs. Arizona Cardinals football game at Fed-Ex Field in Landover, Maryland.

    Fast and furious, then reflective

    September 9

    Jean Chretien
    Jean Chretien  

  • President Bush heads to Detroit to meet with Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien on homeland security.
  • Sen. Bob Smith and Rep. John Sununu continue to stump for votes one day before the New Hampshire primary. Sununu rises bright and early for a 6:30 a.m. meet and greet at the Hitchiner Manufacturing facility in Milford. He'll also attend a luncheon in Manchester. Smith spend his day ward-walking in Manchester, and ends the day addressing what's sure to be an exciting meeting of the Raymond Board of Selectmen. The topic: building a wastewater facility.
  • Vermont Gov. Howard Dean also spends the day in New Hampshire. In the morning, he chats with the local paper and radio station in Littleton, and campaigns for local candidates in the afternoon. That night, he heads to Manchester to address the city council. This is his first of two trips to New Hampshire this week.
  • Sen. John Edwards, D-North Carolina, examines the anti-terrorism unit based at Camp Lejune in his home state
  • Janet Reno
    Janet Reno  

  • Democrat Janet Reno holds three major rallies across south Florida. Reno starts with an 11:30 a.m. event in Palm Beach, followed by a 5:30 p.m. event in Broward County. She'll wrap up her wily primary campaign with a rally at 7 p.m. in her native Dade County. Reno's main primary rival, attorney Bill McBride, will do a last-minute fly-around hitting several key constituencies across the state. McBride will touch down in Miami, West Palm Beach, Orlando, Tampa/St. Petersburg and Jacksonville.
  • Sen. Jean Carnahan, D-Missouri, holds an event on national defense in St. Louis.
  • Erskine Bowles, the leading Democratic Senate candidate in North Carolina, holds a rally in Raleigh with former governor Jim Hunt, a Democrat. Hunt, who has endorsed Bowles, will join Bowles for the rest of the day and, aides said, will have a very high profile in the fall campaign. Bowles's main rival for the Democratic nod, state Rep. Dan Blue, rides a bus tour from Charlotte to Winston-Salem/Greensboro/Durham. When they return to Raleigh, there will be a rally at the campaign headquarters.
  • Al Gore returns to academia, teaching a course on family/society/politics at Fisk University in Nashville and Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro. MTSU may open up Gore's first class to the press.
  • Rep. Robert Ehrlich, who is only one day away from becoming the state's GOP nominee for governor, attends the Catholic Charities Golf Classic in Rockville.
  • Louisiana Senate candidates are scheduled to hold a debate at the Baton Rouge Press Club. Three Republicans, elections commissioner Suzanne Haik Terrell, state Rep. Tony Perkins and congressman John Cooksey, are running to challenge Sen. Mary Landrieu, a first-term Democrat.
  • Jim Hodges
    Jim Hodges  

  • Hodges vs. Sanford: South Carolina Gov. Jim Hodges (D) will debate former Rep. Mark Sanford (D) in Newberry, sponsored by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), the nonprofit group that represents people age 50 and older.
  • Rep. Bob Clement, D-Tennessee, accepts the endorsement of the International Association of Firefighters.
  • Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Connecticut, attends the kickoff luncheon at the University Club in New York City for his daughter Rebecca's group, Vote for America, a nonprofit, nonpartisan group focused on increasing voter participation. Joining Lieberman at the luncheon will be former congressman Jack Kemp, R-New York, who like Lieberman ran unsuccessfully for vice president.
  • Bill Clinton will attend a fund-raiser for Rep. Jim Maloney in Danbury, Connecticut
  • Rep. Dan Burton, R-Indiana, holds a $1,000-a-head golf tournament in Leesburg, Virginia.
  • Rep. Phil English, R-Pennsylvania, holds a $1,000-a-PAC fund-raiser for his political action committee, PHILPAC, on Capitol Hill.
  • Rep. Dave Hobson, R-Ohio, hosts a $500-per-individual golf tournament in Reston, Virginia.
  • Rep. Rob Simmons, R-Connecticut, hosts a $1,000-a-PAC twilight cruise on the Potomac River. The cruise is hosted by the National Marine Manufacturers Association.
  • Fast and furious, then reflective

    September 10

  • Today is the "Super Tuesday" of the 2002 midterm elections, the biggest primary day of the year. Primaries are being held in 11 states and the District of Columbia. Here are some highlights and all-important polling hours:
  • Florida: The race for the Democratic nomination for governor includes former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, attorney Bill McBride and state Sen. Daryl Jones. Reno has watched recently as her sizable lead in the Democratic field has disappeared; she is now locked in a dead heat with McBride. Jones is far behind in both the polls and in fund raising. Taking a page from his California counterpart, Democratic Gov. Gray Davis, Gov. Jeb Bush, whose own polls show McBride ahead, has already launched a big TV ad campaign against McBride. Nonetheless, Bush has significant leads over both Reno and McBride in head-to-head matchups, and he sits atop a formidable war chest. Reno's victory party will be held at the Sheraton Bal Harbour in Miami. McBride votes in Tampa at 11 a.m. and will party that night in the Tampa Westshore Marriott. Poll hours: 7 a.m.-8 p.m. EST (most of the polls close at 7 p.m. EST).

    New Hampshire: Republicans, once scorned by incumbent Sen. Bob Smith, are sharply divided over whether to reward him with another nomination or switch horses and back Congressman John Sununu. Smith bolted the GOP in 1999 in a futile effort to revive his presidential bid, and he took to the Senate floor to denounce the Republican Party. "Republicans' commitment to gun rights and to the rights of the unborn is a fraud and everyone knows it," he told his colleagues during a 50-minute floor speech. Smith returned to the GOP, but only after Senate Environment and Public Works Chairman John Chafee died in October 1999, and Smith was in line to take the committee gavel. Sununu, the namesake of the former New Hampshire governor and Bush's (41st) chief of staff, is running a strong race, and polls show he poses a greater threat to the likely Democratic nominee, Gov. Jeanne Shaheen, who ranks on several Democrats' short list of VP prospects. Recent polls had showed Smith was cutting into Sununu's lead, but a poll released last week showed Sununu had opened up a 22-point lead. Poll hours: State law requires that polls are open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. EST. But some individual towns require their polls to remain open longer.

    George Pataki
    George Pataki  

    New York: Almost a year to the day after the terrorist attacks postponed primaries in New York City, Empire State Democrats will choose a challenger to Republican Gov. George Pataki. Pataki's approval ratings rose considerably after September 11, but not to the sky-high levels of Rudy Giuliani or George W. Bush. The suspense in that race disappeared last week, however, when Andrew Cuomo, the Housing and Urban Development secretary under President Clinton, dropped out and endorsed state Comptroller Carl McCall, who if he topples Pataki this November, will become the Empire State's first African-American governor. Poll hours: Open statewide from noon to 9 p.m. EST except in the following localities, where they are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. (New York City, Suffolk, Nassau, Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Putnam and Erie counties).

    Elaine Marshall
    Elaine Marshall  

    North Carolina: Following a four-month delay, Tar Heel voters will nominate Senate candidates to replace legendary Sen. Jesse Helms (R). Little suspense here -- Barring unforeseen circumstances, Republicans will select former Red Cross president and 2000 presidential candidate Elizabeth Dole, while Democrats are likely to choose Erskine Bowles, who served as Bill Clinton's chief of staff during the Monica Lewinsky saga. Dole is widely favored over little-known GOP rivals, including Jim Snyder and Cynthia Parker. Bowles faces North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall and state Rep. Dan Blue, a former House Speaker, who is African-American. Neither Blue nor Marshall has raised enough funds to remain competitive in the closing days of the Democratic race. The North Carolina primary was delayed due to a legal battle over the state's legislative redistricting plan. Poll hours: 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. EST (The state board of elections can extend the poll hours until 8:30 p.m. if it determines that long lines exist at polls at closing time).

    Washington: Although he's a popular incumbent and faces no major opposition, Mayor Anthony Williams may have a suspenseful primary night due to widespread forgeries and other irregularities on his nominating petitions. With that in mind, the local elections board kept him off the Democratic primary ballot. Still, Williams should prevail with relative ease -- A Washington Post poll conducted late last month showed Williams leading Wilson 44 percent to 10 percent. Poll hours: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST.

    Arizona: Competitive GOP gubernatorial primary. Poll hours: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. EST (6 a.m.-7 p.m. PST).

    Connecticut: No competitive primaries. Poll Hours: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST

    Maryland: Competitive Democratic primary in the 8th congressional district. State Del. Mark Shriver, a Kennedy cousin, leads in recent polls, followed by state Sen. Christopher Van Hollen, who recently was endorsed by the Washington Post and Baltimore Sun. Former Clinton administration aide Ira Shapiro and Deborah Vollmer are also running.

    Poll Hours: 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. Key primaries: 8th congressional Democratic primary.

    Minnesota: No competitive primaries. Poll Hours: 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. EST (7 a.m. - 8 p.m. CST)

    Rhode Island: No competitive primaries. Poll hours: All polls open at 7 a.m., except in Hopkinton (9 a.m.), Westerly (9 a.m.), Richmond (9 a.m.), Little Compton (9 a.m.) and New Shoreham (noon). All polls are required to close statewide at 9 p.m.

    Vermont: No competitive primaries. Poll hours: Polls can open between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. EST as determined by the local board of civil authority. All polls must close at 7 p.m.

    Wisconsin: No competitive primaries. Poll hours: Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. CST for cities and towns with more than 30,000 residents. In localities smaller than that, polls open between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

  • Vermont Gov. Howard Dean enjoys a private lunch with political activists in Boston.
  • CBC Foundation's 32nd Annual Legislative Conference -- Conference in D.C. through September 14.
  • Gov. Jim Hodges, a Democrat, and former congressman Mark Sanford attend the campaign's first televised debate. Hodges and Sanford meet at the York Technical College in Rock Hill. Hodges and Sanford will debate again on TV on September 18.
  • Melissa Hart
    Melissa Hart  

    House Majority Leader Richard Armey, R-Texas, and Conference Vice Chairwoman Deborah Pryce, R-Ohio, hold a "Road to Victory" dinner on Capitol Hill. The event is being held to benefit 12 vulnerable House Republicans, including Nancy Johnson of Connecticut, John Shimkus of Illinois, Anne Northup of Kentucky, Connie Morella of Maryland, Mark Kennedy of Minnesota, Felix Grucci of New York, Robin Hayes of North Carolina, John Sullivan of Oklahoma, George Gekas of Pennsylvania, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, Melissa Hart of Pennsylvania, and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia.

    Rep. Tom Reynolds, the heir apparent to National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Tom Davis, joins Davis at a $500-a-PAC fund-raiser for Janice Bowling, a Republican House candidate from Tennessee, on Capitol Hill.

    Florida House Speaker Tom Feeney, a Republican, holds a $1,000-a-PAC fund-raiser on Capitol Hill.

    Rep. David Hobson holds a $1,000-a-PAC dinner at Galileo restaurant in Washington.

    Rep. Tom Latham, R-Iowa, holds a $1,000-a-PAC fund-raiser on Capitol Hill.

    Fast and furious, then reflective

    September 11

    Politicking comes to a halt as candidates across the country take a break from the campaign trail to commemorate the anniversary of the terrorist attacks in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.

    Fast and furious, then reflective

    September 12

  • Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, a Democratic presidential hopeful, returns to New Hampshire for the second time this week.
  • Maryland Rep. Robert Ehrlich, the state's newly minted GOP nominee for governor, addresses three very different groups: the 6th Annual Maryland Children's Action Network convention in Columbia; the Maryland Banker's Association in Ellicott City; and a correctional boot camp graduation in Jessup, home of the state prison. Note to any fun-minded practical jokers at the Ehrlich campaign: imagine the laughs and fond campaign memories if you swapped those speeches!
  • Rep. Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, holds a $2,500-a-head breakfast in Washington.

    Rep. Vito Fossella, R-New York, holds a dinner at Galileo restaurant in Washington with Rep. Mike Oxley, R-Ohio. Oxley, the chairman of the House Banking and Financial Services Committee, also raises funds today for Jim Gerlach, a GOP House candidate in Pennsylvania.

    Fast and furious, then reflective

    September 13

  • Gov. Howard Dean heads to sunny Orlando, Florida to address the Out and Equal Workplace Summit. The gay rights group focuses on workplace equality issues.
  • Continuing a week of academic endeavors, Al Gore travels to Harvard University, his alma mater, to participate in an academic discussion about high-minded current events. Sorry, scribes, it's closed to press.
  • The Georgia Republican Party holds its "Road to Majority" conference in Augusta.
  • Rep. Earl Hilliard, D-Alabama, who was defeated for re-election by a fellow Democrat financed heavily by pro-Israel groups, will hold a roundtable discussion at the Congressional Black Caucus meeting titled "African Americans and the Middle East." The forum is being held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Hillary Rodham Clinton
    Hillary Rodham Clinton  

  • Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-New York, makes a New England political swing, campaigning for Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-Rhode Island, and Chellie Pingree, a Democrat who is running to challenge Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, this fall.
  • Burgers with Bob: Maryland GOP gubernatorial nominee Robert Ehrlich tries to win over the media with another "Burgers with Bob" session, where Ehlrich stuffs local reporters with free burgers until they sing his praises in print. The burger sessions are on-the-record with no campaign staffers present. Just the reporters, the candidate, and free burgers. This is the second "Burgers with Bob" session. There was also a "Bagels with Bob" session earlier this year.
  • Fast and furious, then reflective

    September 14

  • Former President Bill Clinton stumps for Michigan Attorney General Jennifer Granholm, the Democratic gubernatorial nominee.
  • Roger Moe
    Roger Moe  

  • Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, a Democrat, begins a second day of courting gay professionals and activists. The Democratic presidential hopeful keynotes a meeting of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association in Philadelphia. Dean then heads to Minneapolis to address a Human Rights Campaign dinner. The dinner is Dean's third event with gay groups in two days. Dean became a hero to many gay rights groups after signing Vermont's first-in-the-nation civil unions law. While in Minneapolis, he'll also squeeze in some fund raising for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Roger Moe.
  • Missouri Sen. Jean Carnahan marches in the Bon Homme Township parade outside of St. Louis.
  • Former congressman Mark Sanford, the GOP gubernatorial nominee in South Carolina, attends a tailgate party at the University of South Carolina vs. University of Georgia football in Columbia. (Sanford's rooting for USC).
  • Gore Keynote: Former Vice President Al Gore delivers the keynote address at the annual legislative conference of the Congressional Black Caucus. The CBC gala will be widely attended by most, if not all, '04 Democratic presidential hopefuls.
  • Primaries are scheduled in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • September 15

  • Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, a Democrat, heads to Grand Forks, North Dakota, to attend a state Democratic party lunch in his honor. The event will raise money for the state party.
  • Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Connecticut, attends an event in Stamford, Connecticut, for state Rep. Joe Courtney, the Democratic challenger to Rep. Joe Simmons, a freshman Republican.
  • Jim McGreevey
    Jim McGreevey  

    Julie Hofler and Heather Riley contributed to this report.




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