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If the Senate is tied, independent Joe Liebrman could become a key player

Today America goes to the polls in the long-awaited midterm elections. With the Republicans bent on wresting control of both houses of congress from the Democrats, the two parties have been spending money like never before. The midterms are on course to cost $5bn (£3bn)—making them the most expensive US elections in history, dwarfing the $1bn spent on the 2008 presidential election.

There are grim omens for the Dems. Barack Obama has crossed an…

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