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Jul 5, 2010 12:25 PM by Matt Stafford

Sides gearing up for November elections

As November draws nearer, Democrats and Republicans are framing the election in vastly different ways. And the stakes couldn't be higher: all 435 House seats, 36 seats in the Senate and 37 governorships are up for grabs.

Accordingly, Republicans want to have voters view this election as a referendum on President Barack Obama, and would like nothing better that to paint Democrats as the party of rising deficits and bank bailouts.

On the other hand, Democrats say all politics is local, and point to the May 18th victory of Mark Critz in Pennsylvania, the candidate that Republicans tried to lump with President Barack Obama and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. It didn't work.

If Republicans win enough seats, they could retake control of Congress and stop the Obama agenda dead in its tracks.

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