Hotline Sort: Clinton Delivers in Clutch
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this post misstated the presidential results in the Connecticut 5th District poll. President Obama led Mitt Romney 50 percent to 46 percent in the survey.
Welcome back to Hotline Sort. The DCCC ties Chris Gibson to Paul Ryan, the RNC argues women just aren't that into the president, the RGA goes negative on Inslee and Clinton delivers a classic at the convention.
13) A week after the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released an internal poll showing Connecticut 5th District nominee Elizabeth Esty leading GOP nominee Andrew Roraback 44 percent to 35 percent, Roraback is countering with his own poll today showing him up by a similar margin, 42 percent to 35 percent over Esty. Connecticut has unexpectedly become a political battleground over the last few weeks as GOP Senate nominee Linda McMahon has drawn even in polling with Democrat Chris Murphy. The 5th District is the least Democratic district in the state, so if McMahon is to perform well she would have to do well in this district, and it's not hard to see how that would help Roraback. Today's Republican poll shows President Obama at 50 percent and Mitt Romney at 46 percent, which would be a six-point drop-off from Obama's 2008 performance.
The survey was conducted by National Research from Sept. 3-4 (meaning part of the sample was collected on Labor Day) and surveyed 400 likely voters. The margin of error is 4.9 percentage points.
12) Count California 24th District Republican nominee Abel Maldonado among the raft of House candidates launching their first ads this week. Maldonado touts his business experience with his family farming operation and intones against Washington, without mentioning his incumbent opponent, Democratic Rep. Lois Capps. Maldonado rose to prominence in the California GOP as a state legislator and then lieutenant governor, but like nearly every challenger so far this cycle, Maldonado makes no mention of his government experience in his first spot.
11) Reindeer rancher Kerry Bentivolio won a special election primary Wednesday night, which will give him a head start in Congress if he defeats Democrat Syed Taj for the Michigan House seat of former Rep. Thad McCotter in November.
Bentivolio will appear twice on the ballot in November - one for the remainder of McCotter's term, and one for the following two years.
10) The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee went up with a new ad against freshman Rep. Chris Gibson - one of the first that features a photo of Paul Ryan himself in an ad to attack a Republican congressman
9) The RGA is up with a new attack ad against Democratic Rep. Jay Inslee, blasting him for supporting tax increases on small businesses.
8) The DSCC is up with a hard-hitting ad in the North Dakota Senate race, accusing GOP Rep. Rick Berg of being "beholden" to the Republican party and supporting changes to Medicare. A woman in the ad says she knows Democrat Heidi Heitkamp will "protect Medicare."
7) Maine Sen. Susan Collins headlined a fundraiser for Maine Republican Senate candidate Charlie Summers, the underdog against independent candidate Angus King.