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Quite enough matters Islamic for one day, frankly.

Meanwhile, some more from across the pond. Not a huge amount of movement on the senate race, but Betfair are now offering prices on seven races: CT, MO, MT, NJ, OH, PA and RI. None of those races seem to be offering the prospect of free money (shame), but it looks like Joe Liebermann is good to hold Connecticut as an independent - he's on 50% to the 40% for Lamont and 6% for the Republican challenger. He can be had for 1.15 at the moment, and this is the only race of the seven attracting anything like serious money.

Looks a lot like tactical voting to me. A friend with roots in those parts has a sister who still lives there tells me said sister suffered something like half a dozen automated 'Vote Liebermann' phone calls in the nomination campaign, and that was enough to make her vote Lamont. I can't help thinking that the Daily Kos inspired campaign to dump Liebermann is now looking extraordinarily foolish, although the more principled / one-eyed of all political allegiances do tend to put ideological purity above practicalities - after all, was Liebermann really just going to go back to practicing law? Special props to Joe for having been involved in black voter registration drives in Mississippi in the 60s.

Looking at CT's electoral history, the last Republican senator was defeated by Liebermann in '89, having held the seat for the thick end of two years. It has 3 dems to 2 reps in the House of Representatives, and has voted for Democrats in the last four presidentials. Only one county voted Bush in 2004. Fans of coal black irony will be amused that Ann Coulter lives in the state.

(with thanks to Wikipedia for all sorts of nifty facts and figures)
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