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And we mustn't forget Congress.

Top GOP tacticians are pacing the floor like expectant parents. The object of interest: September's unemployment rate. It's the last released before the November election. GOP hopes will droop if unemployment - now 9.8 percent - tops 10 percent. Many congressional races are close. A rise to double-digit joblessness - though small when counting the number of additional idle workers - could sway thousands of voters to back Democrats. GOP strategists say an rise in unemployment could help Democrats win at least three more congressional seats.

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In the latest New York Times/CBS News poll, Democrats took top honors when voters were asked to name the party most capable of handling unemployment.

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