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November 5, 2006 3:00 AM

Rhode Island race could prove critical

It has come to this: If Republicans are to hold onto the U.S. Senate, they may need to do it by way of their most liberal member and one of President Bushs most difficult nemeses, Sen. Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island. Yet for Chafee to win, he must repudiate Bushs policies in Iraq in the strongest terms, persuading skeptics that hell retain the independence Rhode Islanders admire without succumbing to GOP pressure on Iraq or a host of other issues.

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