Jerry Brown was already getting plenty of media coverage in his bid for governor against republican Meg Whitman in the months leading up to the election. But the candidate's campaign generated even more attention when someone on his campaign got caught calling Whitman a "whore."
The previously little-known Nevada Senate candidate is attempting to unseat one of the most powerful lawmakers in Congress - and if poll numbers are any indication, she might just win. But Sharron Angle has generated attention, too, for her controversial positions on health care, education, social security, and the suggestion that "second-amendment remedies" could serve as a plausible path for governmental reform.
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New York gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino has a history of generating controversy - but he invoked more controversy this month after making anti-gay comments during an appearance at a New York synagogue.
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The former WWE CEO and Republican Senate candidate has spent $40 million of her personal wealth in the contest against Democrat Richard Blumenthal for Connecticut's open Senate seat.
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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi doesn't face strong opposition in her bid for re-election, but as one of Congress's most influential power-brokers - and a strong ally of President Obama - she has faced increased scrutiny and criticism from Democrats and Republicans alike.
Florida Governor Charlie Crist is embroiled in a tough three-way Senate race with Tea Party star Marco Rubio (who CBS rates the probable victor of the contest) and Democrat Kendrik Meek. Just last week, the race heated up as the allegation emerged that former President Bill Clinton had asked Meek to drop out of the race in order to improve Crist's chances.