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6) Florida Gov. Rick Scott's disapproval rating is at 50 percent according to a new Quinnipiac survey. Just 37 percent of Sunshine State voters approve of the job Scott is doing. Scott's approval rating has climbed from 29 percent in a May survey and 35 percent in August. Asked if they like Scott as a person, voters are split, with 37 percent saying they do and 37 percent saying they don't like him. That's also an improvement from August when 45 percent said they didn't like him and 34 percent said they did. 5) Could Rep. Jerry Costello, D-Ill., soon be getting a GOP challenger? Jason Plummer, who was the GOP's nominee last year for lieutenant governor, will be in DC for a conference and political meetings according to a GOP source, as he weighs a challenge to the longtime Democrat, who the National Republican Congressional Committee believes could be vulnerable in redistricting, and has already targeted him with an ad earlier this year. 4) The St. Louis Beacon reports that an aide to Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., said the senator plans to make an effort to join President Obama during his Oct. 4 visit to St. Louis, and reports to the contrary are inaccurate. 3) The latest sign that a fraud case involving a Democratic campaign treasurer is creating turbulence in California: Politico reports Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., will put $5 million of her own money into her campaign. 2) Early voting kicks off Wednesday in West Virginia, where a tightening race between acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and businessman Bill Maloney heads down the homestretch. Early voting ends on Oct. 1, in advance of the Oct. 4 election. Turnout is expected to be low in several areas. The Charleston Daily Mail points out that if Maloney pulls off the upset, could have as little as about a week, to transition from the campaign trail to the Governor's Office, depending on how fast it takes the Secretary of State's Office to certify election results. 1) Yet another new poll shows President Obama's favorability falling, particularly among independents -- a troubling sign for his re-election campaign. This poll, from ABC News/Washington Post, pegs the percentage of Americans who view Obama favorably at 47 percent, just one percentage point higher than his unfavorable rating. But Texas Gov. Rick Perry (23 percent favorable/31 percent unfavorable) and Romney (33 percent favorable/31 percent unfavorable) don't fare much better. The news organizations promise us a weekly look at this measure through the campaign, so the trends will be quite telling. --Jessica Taylor and Steven Shepard contributed to this post

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