Welcome back to Hotline Sort. Christie praises Obama's storm response, Donnelly ad hits Mourdock on the rape comment, Clinton campaigns for Heitkamp, and the Oregon ballot initiative to legalize marijuana is struggling.
10) Levi Johnston got married. And he's leaning toward voting for President Obama.
9) A poll conducted for the Portland Oregonian shows an initiative to legalize marijuana in the state is struggling with 49 percent opposed to it and 42 percent in favor. The same poll showed a surprisingly competitive presidential contest in Oregon, with President Obama leading Mitt Romney, 47 to 41 percent.
8) Another damaging story for Rep. David Rivera, R-Fla., in the Miami Herald:
A former congressional candidate at the center of an FBI probe tied to Rep. David Rivera has filed blank federal campaign-finance reports and a letter saying he would remain silent to avoid incriminating himself.
7) Rep. Chris Gibson, R-N.Y., holds a modest lead over Democratic challenger Julian Schreibman, but the gap between them has narrowed dramatically in the past month, according to a new Siena College poll released Tuesday. The poll shows Gibson leading 48 percent to 43 percent.
6) Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly is up with a new spot in the Indiana Senate race -- and like the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee ad last week, this one hits directly on GOP Treasurer Richard Mourdock's comments that pregnancy caused by rape is something God intended. It also casts him as extreme on other issues.
5) American Crossroads is going on the air
in Nebraska's Senate race for the final week of the election.
4) In a new television ad
, Democratic North Dakota Senate candidate Heidi Heitkamp
talks about her upbringing in North Dakota, and how she learned "that we vote for the person, not the party."
Meanwhile, Bill Clinton campaigned for
Heitkamp Monday, calling her "bipartisan" and "common-sense."
3) And in Wisconsin's Senate race, Clinton is the star of a new Tammy Baldwin ad
. The spot features Clinton speaking about Baldwin's record and contrasting it with Tommy Thompson
Thompson is also up with a new commercial
, where he speaks to the camera about his upbringing and record, and hits Baldwin.
And "The Fix" reports
on another new Thompson ad
attacking Baldwin on debt and spending.
2) The final Massachusetts Senate debate, scheduled for tonight, is apparently off
due to Sandy. Sen. Scott Brown
, R-Mass., pulled out Monday, and Elizabeth Warren
later did as well.
1) New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie
thanked Obama in a tweet
for his assistance during Sandy.
"The president has been all over this and he deserves great credit," said Christie on MSNBC's "Morning Joe". "(He) told me to call him if I needed anything and he absolutely means it and it's been very good working with the president and his administration."