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On Thursday’s NewsHour…

LATEST POLL NUMBERS | Recent poll numbers show that Democrats are in trouble and the economy is a determining factor. But the Obama administration is holding on to hope that the Democratic Party will retain its majority in Congress. Jim Lehrer talks to Andrew Kohut, president of the Pew Research Center, and J. Ann Selzer who is president of Selzer & Co.

CALIFORNIA’S CLOSE SENATE RACE| The race in California between Democratic incumbent Senator Barbara Boxer and Republican challenger Carly Fiorina is tight. Judy Woodruff reports.

FORECLOSURES RISE IN METRO AREAS | A new report shows that 133 out 206 American metropolitan areas had an increase in foreclosure activity this summer. Ray Suarez looks at the numbers with Patchwork Nation Director Dante Chinni and Rick Sharga of Realty Trac.

MORE KILLINGS IN MEXICAN DRUG WAR | Another deadly week in the drug war: Margaret has the latest on the recent victims and talks to Nicholas Casey, a correspondent for The Wall Street Journal in Mexico City.

JAZZ BASS AND SINGER ESPERANZA SPALDING | Jeffrey Brown profiles Esperanza Spalding, the young jazz phenomenon who pulls double duty on stage by playing the bass and singing. The classically-trained bassist has made appearances at the White House and is currently on a world-wide tour.

Thursday’s anchors are Jim Lehrer and Judy Woodruff. Kwame Holman has the day’s other top news stories and look at Web features. On the Art Beat, watch more of Jeffrey Brown’s interview with Esperanza Spalding and a performance. Also, browse Patchwork Nation’s maps and foreclosure data and ask questions to Project Director Dante Chinni on the Rundown.

Plus, Spencer Michels weighs in from San Francisco on how the city has gone wild for baseball as the Giants take on the Rangers in the World Series.

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