Welcome back to Hotline Sort. Obama raised big money in September, a slew of new ads are out, Brown hits Warren on her work for Travelers Insurance, and Susana Martinez takes charge.
11) The Cory Booker of New Mexico? KRQE:
Gov. Susana Martinez made a stop at a Santa Fe Walgreens Wednesday and saw something that she thought was off.
It was a 1-year-old child all alone strapped into a car seat in an unlocked and running car with her parents no where to be found.
That is when the governor stepped in.
After seeing the toddler Martinez went into Walgreens and had a clerk get on the intercom to find the parents. Meanwhile her security detail called the police.
Soon after the child's dad came out and got a lecture from the governor.
10) Paul Ryan gets outraised... in his congressional race. His Democratic challenger Rob Zerban brought in about $770,000 in the third quarter to Ryan's $566,000. But Ryan had over $4 million in the bank, much more than Zerban will report.
9) Paul Ryan's fundraising numbers headlined a list of third-quarter House figures released Wednesday, though he was actually outraised by 1st District opponent Rob Zerban. Ryan raised over $560,000 in the third quarter to about $770,000 for the Democrat, though Ryan maintains a huge cash advantage, with over $4 million in the bank. In Florida, GOP Rep. Bill Young's $408,000 third quarter haul could help put his race to bed. And New York Democratic Rep. Kathy Hochul will need every bit of her good $730,000 haul to keep her GOP-leaning upstate seat.
A few challengers for open seats also posted strong numbers Wednesday. Roll Call reports that Arizona 9th District Democratic nominee Kyrsten Sinema raised $775,000 in the third quarter and will start with a cash on-hand figure of above $275,000 after a bruising primary. After a tough primary of his own, Republican Connecticut 5th District nominee Andrew Roraback raised about $554,000 in the third quarter, including about $518,000 since the August primary, according to a Register-Citizen report. Democrat Elizabeth Esty raised about $100,000 more for the quarter.
8) According to Nielsen, 67.2 million viewers watched the first presidential debate on television at home. It was the highest number for a first presidential debate since 1980.
7) She doesn't have much of a race on her hands, but that hasn't stopped Sen. Maria Cantwell
, D-Wash., from fundraising: Her campaign brought in
more than $1 million in the third quarter and finished the period with $2 million in the bank.
6) Rep. Allen West
, R-Fla., and Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy
are engaged in a nasty ad war, but the Palm Beach Post reports
that their debate last night "produced few fireworks," though Murphy did hit West on being extreme.
Elsewhere on the debate front, Sen. Bob Menendez
, D-N.J., faced off with GOP opponent Joe Kyrillos
in a debate last night. The Bergen Record
U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez and his Republican challenger, Joe Kyrillos, characterized one another as ideologues who support policies that have hurt the economy and traded barbs on abortion, Medicare and international relations during a debate Thursday night.
Kyrillos said that the middle class has struggled under President Obama's administration and policies supported by Democrats like Menendez. Menendez countered that Kyrillos has voted for tax breaks for the wealthy and favors policies that would hurt the middle class, including a Republican plan that he said would drastically alter Medicare.
5) New Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee ad up in Indiana, attacking Richard Mourdock
for saying his plan calls for eliminating the Department of Education.
And Votevets.org is going up with a one-week, $300,000 buy in Indiana ad today, featuring
a veteran saying Mourdock doesn't have our backs. "Mourdock sued to stop the Chrysler bailout," he says. "He would have killed thousands of jobs here. Jobs that returning veterans like me could use."
4) Sen. Scott Brown
, R-Mass., pivots from attacking Elizabeth Warren
on claims of Native American heritage to hitting her for her work with Travelers Insurance, saying she "not telling the truth about her career," in a new ad
"Warren helped Travelers Insurance restrict payments to victims of asbestos poisoning," says the ad's narrator. "The results were disastrous for victims. The insurance company saved millions, and Elizabeth Warren got paid forty times what they paid victims. Elizabeth Warren is just not who she says she is."
3) Sen. Jon Tester
had a solid fundraising quarter, bringing in $2.3 million. He finished the quarter with $1.3 million in the bank. Not numbers yet for GOP Rep. Denny Rehberg
Meanwhile, Tester has a new ad
going after Rehberg for suing the city of Billings after a fire broke out on his land. "The lawsuit was dropped because it had no merit," says a retired Billings firefighter in the spot. "But not before costing us 10 of thousands in legal fees, which should have been spent on libraries and police instead."
And a new DSCC ad up in the state also hits
Rehberg on the lawsuit.
2) Seeking the capitalize on post-debate momentum, Mitt Romney
's campaign released
three new television ads today focused on his economic plans.
1) President Obama
had his best fundraising month
of the year in September, and is expected to report more than $150 million raised.
And Obama's campaign has spent more than
$300 million on television advertising, putting him on track to nearly double his record-breaking spending from the 2008 campaign.
Scott Bland contributed