Welcome back to Hotline Sort. New House Race Rankings, Mourdock trails badly in a new poll, a survey shows Love beating Matheson by double digits, and Biden talks love in the voting line.
10) The Simpsons character nuclear-power plant owner Mr. Burns endorses Mitt Romney in a video.
9) Vice President Biden appeared on David Letterman's "Late Show" to give the top 10 reasons to vote early. Here's one: "Single and looking to mingle? Find that special someone in that early voting line."
8) In New Jersey's 3rd District, Roll Call reports that Democrat Shelley Adler pulled a radio ad comparing Rep. Jon Runyan, R-N.J., to Hurricane Sandy.
7) In New Hampshire's tight gubernatorial race, Democrat Maggie Hassan and Republican Ovide Lamontagne met for a 12th (and final!) debate last night. The Concord Monitor:
During the hourlong televised debate, both candidates said they favor legalizing medical marijuana, want to repeal the state's death penalty (though Lamontagne said he'd favor keeping capital punishment for the murder of a police officer) and oppose requiring motorcycle riders to wear helmets.
But in a particularly pointed exchange, they clashed over education policy and the issue of public kindergarten.
6) A Billings Gazette polls shows a tight gubernatorial race in Montana: Republican Rick Hill has 49 percent support to Democrat Steve Bullock's 46 percent.
Hill was recently ordered to cease spending a contested $500,000 contribution from the state GOP.
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.
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