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FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2014 file photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie listens to a question as he addresses a gathering at Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack. Republicans in search of clues to the 2016 presidential contest might find them in this year’s governor races. GOP candidates are defending seats in Florida, Iowa, Wisconsin and Ohio and trying to defeat a Democratic incumbent in Colorado. Taken together, the five states account for 72 electoral votes, or more than a quarter of the total needed to win the White House.  (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

“If we’re able to win in Florida it would put the 2016 campaign in a more friendly environment,” said Mitch Stewart, a former Obama campaign strategist, of the governor’s election.

DENVER | First Lady Michelle Obama is the latest political celebrity to get involved in Colorado’s heated Senate race. Obama is scheduled to headline rallies for Democratic Sen. Mark Udall in Denver and Fort Collins on Thursday. Her visit comes two days after former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton held a similar rally in Aurora. […]

In this Oct. 21, 2014, photo, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks to a crowd during a campaign stop to promote Democrats in re-election bids in the east Denver suburb of Aurora, Colo. Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton are the validators-in-chief for Democrats struggling through a bleak campaign season in states where President Barack Obama is deeply unpopular.  (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

“I feel like an old racehorse in a stable and people just take me out and put me on the track and slap me on the rear to see if I can run around one more time,” the ex-president jokes at various stops.

At the Aurora Radisson Hotel where Hillary Clinton stumps for Sen. Mark Udall and Andrew Romanoff in Aurora as the election deadline looms PHOTO BY MARLA KEOWN

About 800 party faithful drew tickets to come to the Aurora Radisson Hotel across from Cherry Creek State Park to see Clinton as she made her second appearance in less than a week to help shore up what pundits say is Udall’s unexpectedly tenuous race. Republican Congressman Cory Gardner is tied or slightly ahead in recent polls

Barack Obama

Last week, Obama twice had to cancel planned campaign trips at the last minute to stay in Washington to focus on Ebola. This week, Obama is hoping to avoid such last-minute cancelations and show he’s singularly focused on the task at hand

It’s Obama’s first major campaign appearance for the 2014 midterm elections. He has attended dozens of Democratic fundraisers, but hasn’t campaigned with candidates in public

FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2014 file photo, an election official checks a voter's photo identification at an early voting polling site in Austin, Texas. A majority of the nation's highest court on Saturday Oct. 18, 2014 rejected an emergency request from the Justice Department and civil rights groups to prohibit the state from requiring voters to produce certain forms of photo identification in order to cast ballots. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

“The greatest threat to public confidence in elections in this case is the prospect of enforcing a purposefully discriminatory law, one that likely imposes an unconstitutional poll tax and risks denying the right to vote to hundreds of thousands of eligible voters,” Ginsburg wrote in dissent.

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