Welcome back to Hotline Sort. The Seattle Times' parent company gets involved in the Washington gubernatorial election, Bloomberg forms a super PAC, Nelson and Mack tangle in their only debate, and Newsweek will end its print edition.
14) Newsweek will end its print edition at the end of the year.
13) You probably missed New York's Senate debate -- but BuzzFeed reports that an actual debate question was "Have you read Fifty Shades of Grey?"
12) In a New Mexico Senate debate last night, Republican Heather Wilson stood while Democrat Martin Heinrich sat.
11) Bruce Springsteen sent out an email endorsing President Obama, and gave shout-outs to Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio.
10) The Seattle Times Co. launched an $80,000 IE campaign to promote GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna as well as the referendum to legalize gay marriage. The move drew criticism.
9) ICYMI: Check out our rundown of Senate fundraising winners and losers.
8) Former Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle's campaign says she's lagging Democratic Rep. Mazie Hirono by just four points in the state's Senate race in an internal poll conducted for her campaign. The poll shows Hirono with 47 percent to Lingle's 43 percent. The poll, conducted for Lingle's campaign by Jan van Lohuizen from Oct. 9-16, surveyed 1200 likely voters and has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 2.8 percentage points.
7) A University of Connecticut/Hartford Courant poll
shows Democratic Rep. Chris Murphy
leading GOP opponent Linda McMahon
in Connecticut's Senate race, 44 percent to 38 percent -- and the poll shows 17 percent of voters still undecided. The poll, conducted Oct. 11-16, surveyed 574 likely voters and has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 4 percentage points.
6) New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is starting
his own super PAC to support candidates including Independent former Maine Gov. Angus King
5) Sen. Scott Brown
, R-Mass., apologized Wednesday night for saying earlier in the day that Warren paid actors to appear in ads as asbestos victims. The Boston Globe
Three of the people in the ads said in statements provided by the Warren campaign that they were neither paid nor actors. They said they had lost loved ones to asbestos-related illness and that Brown's accusations were offensive.
4) Things got feisty in the one and only Florida Senate debate last night. The Tampa Bay Times
Florida's sleepy U.S. Senate race saw a jolt of energy Wednesday night as Connie Mack IV came charging at Democrat Bill Nelson in their first and only televised U.S. Senate debate.
Mack accused Nelson of chronic tax-raising, of taking President Barack Obama's side over Florida Medicare beneficiaries, and even using cows to exploit a tax loophole. The 45-year-old Fort Myers congressman looked confident, stayed firmly on message and rarely let facts get in the way of his attacks on the 70-year-old incumbent senator.
3) A new Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee IE spot in Montana hits
GOP Rep. Denny Rehberg
on voting to raise his own pay and against raising the minimum wage.
2) Obama plans
to hold his election night rally indoors, at Chicago's McCormick Place convention center.
1) In this week's "On the Trail" column, Reid Wilson
looks at the importance of Virginia
in the elections.