Tempers Flare in Final Countdown to Election Day

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Election Day is just one week from Tuesday and across the country tempers are flaring, voices are rising and charges are flying. It's almost inevitable as the pressure continues to mount with races coming down the homestretch in many states.

In this final week of campaigning, the rhetoric is getting nastier -- like in Alaska where Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, a write-in candidate, keeps bashing her Republican opponent U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller.

"Joe is not fit to lead," Murkowski said. "I have been leading this state."

A debate in Kentucky was cordial inside.

"President Obama is making a mistake that he thinks government is the answer to everything," said U.S. Senate Republican candidate Rand Paul.

"I'm a different kind of Democrat," said Democratic U.S.Senate candidate Jack Conway. "I think that when you're sitting in places like Fayette County, Kentucky, they're looking at Washington and saying 'Well yeah the government's growing, but jobs aren't being created.'"

President Barack Obama keeps bashing Republican solutions for the economic slump.

"You know, if you're going to talk a big game, then you need to deliver," he said.

The president is still talking like his party is going to crush the Republicans, who he says drove the economy into a ditch and did nothing while Democrats pulled it out.

"We don't mind the Republicans joining us," Obama said. "They can come for the ride, but they have to sit in the back."

The president's ratings are at a record low and polls suggest Republicans have already locked up about 24 of the 39 seats they need to retake the House.

In the California governor's race, Republican Meg Whitman is attacking the polls, at least those done by the Los Angeles Times. Its latest showed her 13 points behind her Democratic opponent Jerry Brown.

"I think that was bunk...that was a very biased poll," Whitman said. "The L.A. Times typically does that before every election. So our internal polls and a lot of polls show the race much closer or even me ahead."

CBN News political analyst John Waage said polling across the country shows many races will become extremely close.

"Those polls are showing the generic Republican advantage is seven points, and that's still a lot," Waage said.

People are already taking advantage of early voting around the nation, but it all wraps up next Tuesday.

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