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Power Play: What to Watch Tuesday... A Week and Counting

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Down to the Wire

Turns out Kentucky Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul will go ahead and appear at the final TV debate tonight, despite a nasty ad by opponent Jack Conway that questioned Paul's religious faith. Now Conway has his own questions to answer. There are allegations swirling that he tipped off his brother about a drug investigation. Conway says that's not at all how it went down - all he did was tell his brother Matt to seek legal advice. Mike Tobin will round up the debate and see who has the most going for him heading into the final week.

Who's Laughing Now?

After giving his former party an ultimatum earlier this year - Republican-turned-third party candidate Tom Tancredo is on the cusp of actually winning the Colorado gubernatorial race. One poll shows he's virtually tied with Democrat John Hickenlooper, while another says he trails by 10 points. But all polls can agree that Republican Dan Maes doesn't have a prayer. Maes is currently only pulling in about nine percent of the vote, and that deplorable showing could mean big repercussions for the Republicans in the future. Colorado law defines the party of any gubernatorial candidate who receives less than 10 percent of the vote as a "minor" party - which will affect ballot placement and funding in the future. Alicia Acuna breaks it all down.

Attempting a Firewall

Democrats continue to put on their happy face leading up to the election next week, insisting there's still fight in them and not all is lost. While Republicans are all but assured to pick up the 39 necessary seats to get a majority, Democrats are expanding their battlefield in hopes of ousting GOP incumbents who have been able to fly under the radar. Pennsylvania has one of those seats, and the state finds itself in a Red-Blue tug-o-war. Carl Cameron is on the ground, getting the dish from PA voters.

Si Se Puede... Maybe

A new Pew Hispanic Center poll shows it's a complete toss-up as to whether or not Latino voters nationwide will head to the polls next week, despite assumed anger over Arizona's immigration law. Democrats and (some Republicans) played up their anti-SB1070 sentiments, thinking it would help them out in November, but only 51 percent of Latinos plan to cast a vote - compared to 70 percent of all voters. Nowhere could that have such an impact than in the neighboring West Coast state of California. Latinos make up one-fifth of the state's electorate, a massive swing vote. While the bloc tends to vote for Democrats, gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman and Senate candidate Carly Fiorina are mounting aggressive campaigns - aimed at bringing Hispanics under the Republican tent. Anita Vogel looks at each party's prospects.