(CBS) – With two weeks and a day to go, the heat is on for the leaders and challengers in the local political races.

First in New Jersey’s third congressional district, the Republican State Committee has asked the state and federal prosecutors to investigate whether any money changed hands between the John Adler campaign and Tea Party candidate Pete DiStefano, who says the accusation is baloney. But the Republican’s charge that DiStefano was setup to siphon off votes from Jon Runyan.

In Bucks County, Mike Fitzpatrick and Democrat Congressman Patrick Murphy prep for a big debate in the Lower Bucks chamber of commerce on Thursday.

In the Pennsylvania senate race, it’s a critical week for Joe Sestak, who is trying to catch perceived front-runner Pat Toomey. They have two debates scheduled for Wednesday and Friday.

On the national scene, a recently released AP poll reports that 25-percent of Democrats who voted for President Obama in 2008 may defect this year and vote for Republicans.

Reported by Larry Kane, KYW Newsradio

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