We have written here before about Ashwin Madia, the 30-year-old former Iraq veteran running for Congress as a Democrat in Minnesota (our first item was exactly a year ago, we wrote about charges of race- and gay-baiting recently and our latest was about how a Pakistani-American group had endorsed the Indian-American).
With two days to go in the closely-contested race against Republican Erik Paulsen, here's an update. From the Minneapolis Star-Tribune:
The race, for a rare open U.S. House seat in a demographically changing district, has been hotly contested. A poll by Survey USA earlier this week showed Republican Erik Paulsen with 45 percent support, DFLer Ashwin Madia with 44 percent and David Dillon of the Independence Party at 9 percent.
An estimated $8 million will be spent by the candidates and independent groups by the end of the campaign, much of it on television ads and direct mail.
And much of that has been negative, part of the high-stakes clutter that has combined with a well-financed presidential race and a bitter U.S. Senate campaign. But there's been enough to go around in the district by itself.
Recently the Republican congressional campaign committee was accused of darkening Madia's skin tone in an ad (Madia is the son of parents who moved to the United States from India). Republicans have denied it.
Paulsen, a onetime Minnesota House majority leader, has been accused in one ad of being a career politician, looking out for fat cats who are lighting their cigars with dollar bills.
Here is a news report from KARE-TV in Minneapolis:
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