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7) In Hawaii's Senate race, Democratic Rep. Mazie Hirono is up with a new ad hitting back at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce ads attacking her. "What they've brought to our islands in shameful," says the announcer. "News media call the Chamber's president 'Obama's tormentor.'" It highlights a clip of former GOP Gov. Linda Lingle saying she's "proud" the Chamber has focused on the race. 6) Turns out Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., was actually arrested three times at abortion protests in the '80's, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Meanwhile, Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., on Tuesday canceled her campaign events for the rest of the week to spend time with her "critically ill" mother. 5) The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is up with two new IE ads attacking Republicans. In Wisconsin, their latest spot hits former GOP Gov. Tommy Thompson on his lobbying career, saying he "sold out," and "wants to give tax breaks to his millionaire friends." In North Dakota, the new commercial says GOP Rep. Rick Berg tried to block a rule that would have forced property managers to improve fire safety while a firm he was associated with was cited with fire code violations. 4) A Quinnipiac poll out this morning shows Democratic Rep. Chris Murphy leading GOP opponent Linda McMahon by 6 points in the Connecticut Senate race. And in Massachusetts, a new WBUR-FM poll also shows Democrat Elizabeth Warren leading GOP Sen. Scott Brown by 6 points. 3) In Ohio's 16th District, GOP Rep. Jim Renacci -- running against Democratic Rep. Betty Sutton -- canceled his braodcast TV reservations through Election Day, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports, and will focus on cable. His campaign was up for weeks before Sutton. He finished the third quarter with $1 million in the bank to her $1.2 million. 2) Des Moines Register editor Rick Green writes that he spoke to Obama but can't reveal what he said, because it was off the record:

The conference call lasted nearly 30 minutes and was an incredibly informative exchange of questions, answers and an insightful glimpse into the president's vision for a second term. He made a genuine and passionate case for our endorsement and for reelection. Just two weeks before Election Day, the discussion, I believe, would have been valuable to all voters, but especially those in Iowa and around the country who have yet to decide between the incumbent Democrat and his Republican opponent. Unfortunately, what we discussed was off-the-record. It was a condition, we were told, set by the White House.

1) Romney is distancing himself from Indiana GOP Senate nominee Richard Mourdock after comments the Treasurer made about pregnancy resulting from rape being something "God intended to happen." "Gov. Romney disagrees with Richard Mourdock's comments, and they do not reflect his views," said Romney spokesperson Andrea Saul. The DNC released a web video using clips of Mourdocks' comments, Romney's pro-Mourdock ad, and Romney campaigning for Mourdock over the summer.

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