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15) Instant classic tweet from Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa: "Fred and I hit a deer on hiway 136 south of Dyersville. After I pulled fender rubbing on tire we continued to farm. Assume deer dead". And don't worry, the deer already has a Twitter account.
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13) Mitt Romney surrogate John Sununu suggested on CNN that former Secretary of State Colin Powell endorsed President Obama because of race. "Frankly, when you take a look at Colin Powell you have to wonder if that's an endorsement based on issues or whether he's got a slightly different reason for preferring President Obama," he says.
Piers Morgan prods him on what that reason is. "Well, I think when you have somebody of your own race that you're proud of being President of the United States, I applaud Colin for standing with him," former New Hampshire governor and top Romney surrogate John Sununu told Piers Morgan.
12) The Seattle Times' parent company is running ads supporting GOP gubernatorial nominee Rob McKenna -- and the Seattle Times fact-checked them. They rated them "Half true."
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10) Here's Democratic Rep. Mazie Hirono is up with a new ad in Hawaii's Senate race, touting her record on education.
9) Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and GOP Treasurer Josh Mandel squared off in their final debate last night. In nearly every answer, Mandel relentlessly characterized Brown as a creature of Washington, while Brown frequently argued Mandel was dutifully reading off talking points, but had little understanding of the issues before Congress.
Meanwhile, Ohio GOP Gov. John Kasich cut a radio ad for Mandel in the final stretch of the campaign.
8) In North Dakota, GOP Rep. Rick Berg and his Democratic opponent Heidi Heitkamp debated again as well.
7) Democrat Tammy Duckworth
leads Rep. Joe Walsh
, R-Ill., by 10 points, according to a new poll
conducted for the Chicago Tribune
and WGN. Duckworth took 50 percent and Walsh 40 percent in the independent poll of Illinois's 8th District. Republicans had gained confidence of competing in the Democratic-leaning district over the past few months, but this is now the second consecutive live-caller poll showing Duckworth with a large lead. A League of Conservation Voters poll conducted just prior to this one showed Duckworth ahead, 54 percent to 39 percent.
6) The National Republican Senatorial Committee has been dark in Maine since October 16, Politico reports
. Crossroads GPS is still up hitting Independent former Gov. Angus King
in the state.
5) GOP Sen. Dean Heller holds a slight lead
over Democratic Rep. Shelley Berkley
in a NBC News/Wall Street Journal
/Marist poll released Thursday. Heller has 48 percent support in the poll to Berkley's 45 percent, and 6 percent of respondents say they remain undecided in the closing weeks of the election.
4) In Wisconsin's Senate race, Democratic Rep. Tammy Baldwin
is launching a new television ad
, hitting former Gov. Tommy Thompson
on business ties to Iran.
3) Indiana GOP Senate nominee Richard Mourdock
says his controversial comments on pregnancies caused by rape being God's intention actually helped him to gain support. "I know we did," he said
2) A new Richard Carmona ad
in Arizona Senate race uses very positive testimony from Arizona Republican Sens. John McCain
and Jon Kyl
during Carmona's 2002 confirmation as U.S. Surgeon General -- and the state's two senators, who both back GOP Rep. Jeff Flake
in the race, aren't too pleased about it.
McCain, in the ad: "Dr. Carmona's inspiring story is the living embodiment of the American Dream. ... Our nation will gain an invaluable leader." Kyl, in the ad: "One might call him a man for all seasons."
McCain and Kyl issued a joint statement: ""In a deeply dishonest new TV ad, Richard Carmona implies that we support his campaign for Senate. We do not."
1) Romney outraised Obama by $21 million during the first half of October, the Washington Post reports
. Romney and the Republican National Committee raised $111.8 million from October 1-17 and had close to $170 million in the bank. Obama and the Democratic National Committee raised $90.5 million in that period and had $125 million on hand.
-- Scott Bland contributed.