Welcome back to Hotline Sort. Obama and Romney meet for their second debate tonight, guest stars appear in new campaign ads, a new poll shows New Hampshire's gubernatorial race tied, and McGovern has moved into hospice care.
14) It's the same tracker and a new issue with GOP Ohio Senate nominee Josh Mandel's campaign.
13) Former Sen. George McGovern, the one-time Democratic presidential candidate, has moved into hospice care near his home in South Dakota.
12) The Republican Governors Association's 527 outraised the Democratic Governors Association's 527 during the third quarter, $14.8 million to $7.6 million.
11) Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., raised $1.4 million in the third quarter and finished September with $2.6 million on hand. Despite her huge lead in her reelection race, Gillibrand has actually been spending heavily: She had $10.5 million in the bank at the end of June.
10) Virginia Democratic Senate nominee Tim Kaine was endorsed by the Washington Post.
9) A new Suffolk Univ./WHDH-TV poll
out late Monday night showed the New Hampshire gubernatorial race tied, with Democrat Maggie Hassan
at 41 percent, to 38 percent for Republican Ovide Lamontagne
8) Arizona Democratic Senate nominee Richard Carmona
is up with a new ad
running statewide today, featuring him talking about his mom and the things she taught him growing up. "I didn't realize it, but she's probably the best education I got in my life," he says.
The ad comes after last week's attack ad from GOP Rep. Jeff Flake
accuses Carmona of having issues with women, anger, and ethics.
The two candidate sparred over the recent ads in a debate last night that the Arizona Republic reported
"teetered on the edge of nasty."
7) In Indiana's Senate contest, Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly
and GOP Treasurer Richard Mourdock
debated last night for the first time. Here's the Indianapolis Star
Republican Richard Mourdock and Democrat Joe Donnelly painted each other as the personification of Washington dysfunction, as the three Senate nominees met Monday in their first of two debates before the Indiana election.
Meanwhile, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee released a new television ad
saying Mourdock will "add to the gridlock in Washington" and calling him a "tea party zealot." Like previous ads, it uses clips of past Mourdock comments.
6) A new spot
out from Florida GOP Senate nominee Connie Mack
stars Mack's mom. "Who would have thought he wants to change the world," she says. "But he does." Mack's dad, the former senator, also appears in the ad.
5) And two big guest stars in new Nevada Senate race ads:
appears in the latest commercial
for Democratic Rep. Shelley Berkley
. The ad uses clips from Clinton making a campaign speech on Berkley's behalf.
And GOP Gov. Brian Sandoval
cut a new ad
for Sen. Dean Heller
. Sandoval says the election is "about who we trust" to fight for the state, and touts Heller's "character" and "integrity."
Heller and Berkley met for a final debate last night, on Jon Ralston
's TV show, which will air in two parts. The first part aired last night.
4) And there were a bunch of other Senate debates last night:
In Connecticut, Democratic Rep. Chris Murphy
and former WWE CEO Linda McMahon
faced off again, and things got heated. The New Haven Register
The U.S. Senate candidates differed on allowing corporations to be defined as persons as well as almost everything else Monday as the spirited crowd at the Garde Arts Center turned the third debate into something closer to a rowdy wrestling match than an exchange of ideas.
North Dakota featured a debate between GOP Rep. Rick Berg
and former Democratic Attorney General Heidi Heitkamp
, and the two sparred
over Medicare and the country's health care law.
3) Mark Leibovich
of Paul Ryan
2) Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said
she's responsible for the diplomats' security and what happened in Benghazi.
1) President Obama
and Mitt Romney
will face off in their second debate tonight at Hofstra University on Long Island. Read up
on what each candidate needs to do.
And check out this New York Times primer
on the debate format.
-- Steven Shepard contributed.