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Trend Tracking Midweek: Romney, Perry head in to third debate

Though there will be nine candidates on the stage tonight, the debate is “likely to feature the continuing slugfest between Mitt Romney and Rick Perry.” Here’s what the NY Times Caucus blog thinks are the six things to watch in tonight’s debate.

Republicans in the House are trying to find a way to pass legislation to fund the government through mid-November after a surprise loss Wednesday night on a “measure that would provide $3.7 billion for disaster relief and prevent government shutdown at the end of next week.”

new poll from Suffolk University and 7News(WHDH TV) shows former Massachussetts Governor Mitt Romney with a commanding lead over the rest of the GOP field. At 41%, Romney holds a 27-point lead over his nearest competitor, Ron Paul, who was at 14%. Check out the entire poll here.