5) Republican Mia Love has opened up a wide lead over Democratic Rep. Jim Matheson in Utah's 4th District in a new independent poll released Friday. Love leads Matheson 52 percent to 40 percent in the Salt Lake Tribune survey, which was conducted for the newspaper by Mason-Dixon. 4) Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., is up with an ad featuring him speaking directly to the camera. "Today our entire country is climbing back," he says. "And it's why - despite everything that's wrong in Washington - I've been working to bring both sides together. To fight bad trade deals and keep jobs here in America. Tom Smith and I just disagree on where to go from here. I'm working to strengthen Medicare, not end it. And to keep jobs here, not send them overseas." 3) It's all over but the crying? Richard Mourdock's support has collapsed following his comments about rape at a debate last week, and the GOP nominee in the Indiana Senate race now trails by a significant margin, according to a new Howey Politics Indiana/DePauw University Battleground Poll released Friday. The poll shows Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly leading Mourdock, the state treasurer, 47 percent to 36 percent. Libertarian candidate Andrew Horning is at 6 percent, and 11 percent of likely voters remain undecided. The poll was conducted by Democratic pollster Fred Yang and Republican pollster Christine Matthews. "[I]t's all over but the crying," Matthews wrote in a column for the Howey Politics Indiana newsletter. 2) Since the start of the general-election campaign, President Obama, Romney, and the outside groups supporting them have spent an incredible $1,057,276,151 on television advertising, Reid Wilson reports. That's nearly half a billion dollars more than was spent during the 2008 general election, according to a Hotline analysis of advertising-spending data. 1) Don't miss The Hotline's latest House Race Rankings!
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