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October 17, 2011
5) Hotline On Call's third quarter Senate fundraising winners and losers list is up. The big winner is Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts. The big loser? The Florida Republican field, where former Sen. George LeMieux and Adam Hasner were badly outraised by Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., who raised an impressive $1.9 million. In addition, check out our top ten House fundraising standouts. 4) Despite the Tea Party's frustration with Mitt Romney and the angst on the right over the health care law he signed in Massachusetts, Roll Call reports that the former governor is the favorite to get the backing of Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C. -- who backed Romney in 2008. Polls have shown a close Romney-Perry matchup in the Palmetto State. DeMint's endorsement is one of the few that really matters, and if Perry and Romney split Iowa and New Hampshire, the backing of the conservative icon could be very big for Romney headed into South Carolina. 3) Hey big spenders: A New York Times analysis shows that since the beginning of 2011, President Obama's reelection campaign and the Democratic National Committee have spent close to $87 million in operating costs -- that's as much than the entire GOP field combined has raised. Romney's $14.65 million cash on hand, means he has spent more than half of the $32 million he has raised. 2) Romney and Texas Gov. Rick Perry were the clear fundraising leaders during the third quarter, as other candidates ended either in debt or with much lower cash on hand figures. Herman Cain, who has risen rapidly in the polls, raised just $2.8 million in the third quarter and has $1 million cash on hand. 1) Obama is set to make a swing through two important battleground states this week, as he embarks on a bus tour through North Carolina and Virginia. He departs for the Tar Heel State today, where Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue, will likely face a very tough reelection campaign next year. Perdue is on an Asian trade mission to China and Japan, and not in North Carolina. In Virginia, a new poll of registered voters shows that a majority disapproves of how he is handling his job as president. Obama's approval rating in the Old Dominion, according to the Christopher Newport University/Richmond Times-Dispatch poll, is just 44 percent. Meanwhile, the poll also shows a neck-and-neck race for retiring Sen. Jim Webb's, D-Va., seat, with Democrat Tim Kaine leading former Sen. George Allen, R-Va., by a statistically-insignificant two points. -- Steven Shepard contributed
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