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