Welcome back to Hotline Sort. New fundraising numbers from Senate races, the DCCC outraises the NRCC in September, Arlen Specter passes away, and Brad Sherman isn't that worried about the debate video.
13) Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., got a lot of attention for his near-altercation with opponent and fellow Democratic Rep. Howard Berman in a debate Thursday night, but he's not all that concerned about it: "This may cost me the votes of 300 people," he said.
12) Trouble for Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., who has been receiving treatment for bipolar disorder. The Wall Street Journal:
Federal prosecutors and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are in the final stages of a criminal probe into allegations that Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. misused campaign money to decorate his house, according to people familiar with the matter.
11) Former Sen. Arlen Specter died on Sunday at 82 after battling non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. A high-profile figure on Supreme Court nominations and other judicial issues, he served as a Pennsylvania senator from 1980 to 2011, making him the state's longest-serving senator.
10) In New Hampshire's gubernatorial race, Democrat Maggie Hassan leads Republican Ovide Lamontagne by 6 points in a Democratic internal poll released early Monday.
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
6) Sen. Claire McCaskill
, D-Mo., is up with a new TV ad
touting her work standing up to China on trade laws.
5) VoteVets.org 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.