Welcome back to Hotline Sort. Obama outraises Romney in August, the NRCC launches a new ad blitz, Heather Wilson lags in a new poll, and Obama and Biden make new friends on the campaign trail.
11) California Gov. Jerry Brown is standing by his fitness challenge to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
10) Shenanigans on the campaign trail: President Obama gets picked up at a visit to a Florida pizzeria. Meanwhile in Ohio, Vice President Biden gets cozy with a biker.
9) More speculation that Newark Mayor Cory Booker wants to run against New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in 2013. The New York Post:
The hard-charging Newark mayor spent the Democratic National Convention trying to build support among party leaders for an expected run against incumbent Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie next year.
Twice in recent months, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, who heads the Democratic Governors Association, has rebuffed Booker's requests for the association to intervene in the New Jersey governor's race -- a rare tactic designed to clear potential competitors from the field.
8) Democratic Rep. Bill Owens holds a double-digit lead over Republican challenger Matt Doheny in New York's 21st Congressional District, according to a new Siena College poll released early Monday.
7) It's looking tough for Heather Wilson: Democratic Rep. Martin Heinrich has a significant lead over her in the New Mexico Senate race, according to a new poll released Sunday by the Albuquerque Journal. Heinrich leads Wilson 49 percent to 42 percent among likely voters, with 8 percent undecided.
6) In the Indiana Senate race, Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly is releasing a new ad Monday, highlighting GOP nominee Richard Mourdock's comments that bipartisanship should mean "Democrats coming to the Republican point of view." The ad shows Paul Ryan disagreeing with the comments in an interview.
5) The focus has been on September 25 as the deadline for GOP Senate nominee Todd Akin
to drop out of the race -- but is it actually several days earlier? The St. Louis Beacon
Although Sept. 25 is attracting attention as the legal deadline for Republican U.S. Senate nominee Todd Akin to seek a court order to drop out, Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan says that other legal deadlines actually kick in a few days earlier.
She explained that, by federal law, Missouri paper ballots to be mailed to eligible voters in the military and overseas must be sent out by Sept. 22. Because that's a Saturday, she expects most local election authorities to send out the ballots by Friday, Sept. 21.
As a result, any post-Sept. 21 decision by Akin to go to court to drop out by Sept. 25 would mean that his name would remain on the military and overseas ballots. And any new ballots sent out with his replacement's name would then violate the Sept. 22 requirement.
4) Tammy Baldwin
is launching her latest ad
in the Wisconsin Senate race, a spot that hits Tommy Thompson
on "cutting a sweetheart deal with drug companies" while working for George W. Bush
. "Then, Tommy made millions working for a lobbying firm that represents drug companies," intones the narrator.
3) The NRCC launched a big ad blitz, targeting 11 GOP-held districts and 10 Democratic-held districts, plus the member-versus-member seat in Iowa in its latest round of spending. Read more on the buy here
2) On NBC's "Meet the Press," Mitt Romney said he would keep
some element's of Obama's health care bill -- a notable shift.
1) Obama outraised
Romney in August -- the first time since April the president has done so. The Obama campaign and DNC raised over $114 million, while Romney and supporting GOP committees brought in $111.6 million.