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: 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
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