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In this Oct. 7, 2012, file photo U.S. Senate candidates for Connecticut, Republican Linda McMahon and Democratic Rep. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., shake hands after a live televised debate in Rocky Hill, Conn. In the lineup of ticket-splitting races to watch, the race between McMahon an Murphy is one of the biggest surprises and promising opportunities for the GOP in the closing weeks of the campaign. Former professional wrestling executive McMahon, in her second Senate bid, is running even with three-term Murphy in the Democratic-leaning state.

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Voter ticket-splitting could determine next Senate

The close race for majority control of the Senate comes down to whether Republican candidates in Massachusetts and Connecticut can win over President Barack Obama's voters and Democrats from Indiana to Arizona can impress Mitt Romney's GOP backers.

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