6) Sen. Claire McCaskill
, D-Mo., hits
GOP Rep. Todd Akin
on the issue of rape victims in a new television ad
The ad contrasts McCaskill's support for giving rape victims the option of emergency contraception with Akin's opposition to offering the option in cases of rape and incest.
5) The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee kicks off
a $600,000 ad buy in Maine today. And Americans Elect has gotten involved in the race with a $500,000 buy on behalf of Independent former Gov. Angus King
4) Virginia Democratic Senate nominee Tim Kaine
gets a boost
from Sen. Mark Warner
, D-Va., in his latest ad.
3) Democrat Elizabeth Warren
continues to hold an apparent edge in the Massachusetts Senate race over Sen. Scott Brown
, according to
a new poll conducted for the Springfield Republican
Warren leads Brown in the poll, conducted by the Western New England University Polling Institute, 50 percent to 45 percent -- and just 3 percent of likely voters are undecided.
Meanwhile, Warren is releasing two new
television ads hitting back at Brown over his accusations that she worked against the interests of asbestos victims.
The ads feature family members of asbestos victims talking about how Warren went to the Supreme Court to fight for them. "Scott Brown has never been there for us," says one. "He's trying to use our suffering to help himself.He outta be ashamed."
2) Mitt Romney
is making a speech today at the Virginia Military Institute. The New York Times:
Mitt Romney is intensifying his efforts to draw a sharp contrast with President Obama on national security in the presidential campaign's closing stages, portraying Mr. Obama as having mishandled the tumult in the Arab world and having left the nation exposed to a terrorist attack in Libya.
In a speech on Monday at the Virginia Military Institute, Mr. Romney will declare that "hope is not a strategy" for dealing with the rise of Islamist governments in the Middle East or an Iran racing toward the capability to build a nuclear weapon, according to excerpts released by his campaign.
1) The Obama campaign and the Democratic National Committee raised $181 million
in September, the best monthly total of the president's re-election campaign.