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11) Sal Pace, the Democratic nominee in Colorado's 3rd District, released an ad showing him helping his father around the house -- but the Denver Post reports that it's not actually his dad's house. The onscreen tag line on the ad: "Real life."
Speaking of misleading advertisements, Republican Andy Barr, who's out with an ad featuring coal miners protesting President Obama's coal policies. Only problem: One of the coal miners is actually a coal executive.
10) Hmm. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum are joining in a campaign in Iowa to oust a judge who ruled for same-sex marriage in the state.
Both Republicans are considered potential 2016 presidential candidates if Mitt Romney loses.
9) If you were wondering where Tommy Thompson has been lately: The Wisconsin GOP Senate nominee said his campaign was "broke" after the August 14 GOP primary, forcing him to spend a lot of time raising money over the past weeks.
8) A new University of Connecticut-Hartford Courant poll of the Connecticut Senate race shows Democratic nominee Chris Murphy leading GOP nominee Linda McMahon 37 percent to 33 percent, inside the poll's margin of error. The poll found a large number of voters -- 30 percent -- still undecided 7 weeks out from Election Day.
Meanwhile in Connecticut -- the New London Day has a McMahon bankruptcy story from the 1970's:
7) A new Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee ad in North Dakota hits GOP nominee Rick Berg on Medicare, saying his plan would immediately raise prescription costs for seniors and replace guaranteed benefits for others with a voucher.
6) Tim Kaine releases two new ads in the Virginia Senate race this morning -- and George W. Bush makes an appearance: One touts the fact that Kaine worked with both Bush (as governor of Virginia) and President Obama. The other emphasizes the "middle ground" he seeks between Obama and Virginia GOP Senate nominee George Allen on the Bush tax cuts.
And a new survey dropped in the race today: A new Quinnipiac/New York Times/CBS News poll of the Virginia Senate race shows Kaine leading Allen by 7 points -- a result that differs from other recent polls of the race showing the two contenders in a dead heat. (The poll has an unusually Democratic sample of +11, potentially explaining the discrepancy.)