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Post-Standard: Clinton to 'Cuse


Former President Bill Clinton will campaign for Rep. Louise Slaughter and Dan Maffei, both locked in tight upstate races, according to The Post-Standard.
Rep. Slaughter, D-Fairport, faces Republican Maggie Brooks. Mr. Maffei, a Democrat, faces Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle, R-Onondaga Hill.
And what about the poor ol' north country congressional race? In 2009, Vice President Joe Biden campaigned for Democrat Bill Owens, who went on to win. In 2010, Mr. Clinton made his own visit.
Mr. Owens hasn't brought any high-profile Democrats to the district — yet. There's still time left.
Republican Matt Doheny, Mr. Owens' opponent on Nov. 6, has had plenty of high-ranking national attention. Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., and Rep. Pete Sessions, the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Campaign, have all come to the north country to stump and fundraise for him.
According to the last independent poll, by the Siena College Research Institute, Mr. Owens had a 13-point lead over Mr. Doheny in September.
The absence of major Democrats in the north country could be a sign of confidence from the party. Or it could be a matter of scheduling.

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