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October 15, 2012
9) The National Republican Congressional Committee's IE arm launched 16 ads Friday, backed by more than $6 million. 8) Third quarter fundraising numbers from the Nevada Senate race: GOP Sen. Dean Heller raised $1.9 million and finished the period with $1.9 million on hand. Democratic Rep. Shelley Berkley raised $1.65 but finished September with just $925,000 on hand. Meanwhile, Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., raised a whopping $4.6 million for the quarter, per a campaign source. Former Gov. Tommy Thompson hasn't released his fundraising numbers yet, although a campaign source told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel last week that he raised between $2 million and $3 million for the quarter. And Hawaii Senate fundraising numbers: Since late July (the candidates filed pre-primary reports) Democratic Rep. Mazie Hirono raised more than $1.2 million. Former Republican Gov. Linda Lingle brought in about $822,000. But Lingle had over $1.2 million at the end of the quarter to Hirono's about $688,000. A few other fundraising numbers: In Nebraska, former Democratic Sen. Bob Kerry announced raising nearly $1.7 million. The campaign hasn't announced how much money they ended September with. In Maine, Democratic nominee Cynthia Dill raised $57,000 and finished September with $10,000 on hand. 7) And the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee outraised the National Republican Congressional Committee in September, bringing in $15.3 million. 6) Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., is up with a new TV ad touting her work standing up to China on trade laws. 5) Action Fund and the National Education Association are launching a TV buy in Arizona's Senate race. The $315,000 buy will air the ad that ran for two weeks last month, hitting GOP Rep. Jeff Flake on veterans issues. 4) New Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee ad in Virginia, saying Republican George Allen's plan would cost the state 700,000 jobs, help big corporations, and devastate the middle class. 3) Two new polls show Democrats ahead in Southwestern Senate races. Rep. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., holds a 9-point lead in an Albuquerque Journal poll released on Monday, up from 7 points last month. And a poll from the Phoenix-based Behavior Research Center shows Democrat Richard Carmona leading GOP Rep. Jeff Flake by 4 percentage points in Arizona's open Senate race. 2) From the North Dakota Senate race, a new ad from Democratic nominee Heidi Heitkamp. The ad features Heitkamp in a batting cage, talking about all the outside spending against her by "a few billionaires who want to keep their tax breaks for shipping jobs overseas." She concludes that she's "just getting warmed up." Heitkamp will also report raising nearly $1.6 million in the third quarter. Her campaign has not yet released the cash-on-hand. 1) A new ABC News/Washington Post poll shows rising GOP enthusiasm after the first presidential debate, but Mitt Romney doesn't gain ground on the ballot test, as the percentage of voters who say the nation is on the wrong track fell to its lowest point in nearly three years. The poll shows President Obama leading Romney 49 percent to 46 percent among likely voters. -- Steven Shepard contributed.
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