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Campaign Circus: 'Heat' is on for Kendrick Meek

By Ed Hornick, CNN
Basketball star Dwyane Wade, left, walks with Florida Democratic senatorial candidate Kendrick Meek Thursday to vote early.
Basketball star Dwyane Wade, left, walks with Florida Democratic senatorial candidate Kendrick Meek Thursday to vote early.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Campaign scratch-and-sniff mailer in California district has a stench
  • A top NBA player endorses Kendrick Meek
  • George W. Bush loves his iPad, wife says

Are nasty political attacks what it takes to win an election? A "Dirty Politics" special investigation on "AC360°" tonight at 10 ET on CNN.

Washington (CNN) -- As Election Day gets closer, the rhetoric gets more intense, interesting and, shall we say, passionate. Here are some things you might have missed.

Kendrick Meek gets some Heat

Florida Democratic Senate hopeful Kendrick Meek received an endorsement recently from Miami Heat basketball star Dwyane Wade. Meek needs to have a better performance than the Heat, which lost its season opener to the Boston Celtics this week.

What's next? Chocolates?

Nevada Republican Sharron Angle, hoping to take down incumbent Democratic Sen. Harry Reid, has taken the high road after comedian Joy Behar -- a co-host of ABC's "The View" -- called her a "bitch." Angle's response? She sent Behar flowers with the greeting "Joy, raised $150,000 online yesterday, thanks for your help. Sincerely, Sharron Angle."

Video: Sharron Angle thanks Joy Behar
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Name that smell

Voters in Santa Ana, California, may notice a garbage-like smell in their mail. Republican House candidate Van Tran recently sent a garbage-scented scratch-and-sniff mailer to voters aimed at his opponent, Democratic Rep. Loretta Sanchez. Needless to say, she's not amused.

There's an app for that, Dubya

Perhaps the reason former President George W. Bush hasn't hit the campaign trail this cycle is because he's too busy on his iPad. According to his wife, Laura, he "loves" the Apple product. His favorite app? Scrabble.

Photo of the day: Wrangling that bull

Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate in New York's gubernatorial race, is taking his "Wall Street Rodeo" campaign quite literally in this AFP/Getty Images photo.

Jay Leno an independent?

In his monologue Wednesday night, NBC "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno joked that "Election Day is less than a week away. ... I was thinking about that. It's a shame that either of these parties has to win."

Handler-ing the women's vote

Late-night comedian Chelsea Handler weighed in on the so-called Year of the Woman, when it comes to the number of women running for office. But don't expect E!'s sarcastic maven to endorse any of them. On her show, "Chelsea Lately," she said: "We have a lot of female candidates this year, and most of them are terrifying."

Say what?

Kristin Davis, notably known as the Manhattan madam, is the long-shot candidate in New York's gubernatorial race. She's now hitting hard against Democrat Andrew Cuomo, saying, "Vote homo, not Cuomo." She said he isn't doing enough to legalize same-sex marriage in the state, even though Cuomo recently said he will do everything he can to legalize it.

Fox likes marijuana -- in California

Vicente Fox, the former president of Mexico, has come to the aid of Prop 19 supporters, who want the state to legalize marijuana. Fox remarked, "How great it would be for California to set this example. May God let it pass."

'Top Ten' problems for Democrats

CBS "Late Show" host David Letterman weighed in recently on the midterm elections -- specifically the problems Democrats are facing this year. In his "Top Ten" list, here's what he really thinks:

10. Obama's slogan "Yes We Can" changed to "Thought We Could"

9. Joe Biden asked to see the president's birth certificate

8. Only running campaign commercials in Mexico

7. Their top adviser -- the "rent is too damn high" guy

6. They got a "Hang in there" text from Brett Favre

5. Gave up campaigning to go see "Jackass 3-D"

4. Replaced old playbook with "They call me Baba Booey" by Gary Dell'Abate

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3. Only cheered up by Barney Frank's hilarious Buddy Hackett impression

2. Nancy Pelosi found in hotel room drunk and naked with Charlie Sheen

1. Even Fox News feels sorry for them

 
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