Tom Perriello of Virginia is among a new breed of Democrats competing strongly in places that usually vote Republican.
Russians are flocking back to the Black Sea beaches, although a string of recent bombings exposes the breakaway republic's ongoing tensions with Georgia.
Obrad Savic targets the next generation with a message about breaking accepted Balkan stereotypes.
Tensions are growing as NATO and a resurgent Russia divide over future of breakaway statelets.
Despite Russian and Serbian opposition, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon said Friday the UN would gradually cede its role.
The document, signed Sunday, is seen as key to stability. But many issues remain unresolved.
'I feel nothing bad about Albanians,' he says. 'A man should be judged by his soul, not his nationality.'