Welcome back to Hotline Sort. Romney cuts an ad for Flake, Hagel is endorsing Kerrey, Hassan edges Lamontagne in a poll, and a congressional candidate talks about "the rape thing."
10) Another GOP candidates catching heat for comments about rape: John Koster, the nominee in Washington's 1st District. Koster was secretly taped at a fundraiser. The Seattle Times:
On the tape, an activist with Fuse asks Koster whether there is any situation in which he would "agree" with abortion. He responds that he would make an exception for the life of the mother, but not for rape or incest, and describes his thinking in detail, using the phrase, "the rape thing" twice.
"Incest is so rare, I mean it's so rare. But the rape thing, you know, I know a woman who was raped and kept the child, gave it up for adoption and doesn't regret it. In fact, she's a big pro-life proponent. But, on the rape thing it's like, how does putting more violence onto a woman's body and taking the life of an innocent child that's a consequence of this crime, how does that make it better?"
Abortion and women's health issues have been the crux of the Democratic attacks against Koster.
9) In Washington's gubernatorial race, former Democratic Rep. Jay Inslee reported a "negative account balance" of about $50,000 as of October 29, according to the Associated Press (though he has paid for ads). GOP Attorney General Rob McKenna had $250,000.
8) Rep. Bill Owens, D-N.Y., looks set for a repeat of his close 2010 race this year, as a Siena College poll of New York's 21st District showed him with 44 percent of the vote to 43 percent for GOP nominee Matt Doheny.
7) In New Hampshire's gubernatorial race, Democrat Maggie Hassan leads Republican Ovide Lamontagne, 49 percent to 44 eprcent in a new NBC News/Marist/Wall Street Journal poll. Six percent of voters remain undecided.
6) Big endorsement coming today for former Democratic Sen. Bob Kerrey in the Nebraska Senate race: Former GOP Sen. Chuck Hagel, according to the Omaha World-Herald. The contest has tightened recently, though Kerrey is still decidedly the underdog.
5) And VoteVets Action Fund is announcing three ad buys totaling over $1.2 million -- including a Nebraska Senate ad buy for $300,000.
They're also extending a previous ad buy in Virginia by $750,000 and airing a new Ohio ad for $200,000.
4) In the Massachusetts Senate race, Elizabeth Warren
is up with her closing ad
. "For all the families still struggling, all the people who deserve a decent job, and the women who deserve equal pay. For our kids, crushed by student debt, and our parents, worried about Medicare. Know this: My fight is for you," she says in the ad.
3) Mitt Romney
cut an ad
for GOP Rep. Jeff Flake
in Arizona's Senate race. "He'll fight runaway spending, reduce taxes," Romney says of Flake. "Get our fiscal house in order. The stakes are high, Arizona."
Romney has also cut general election ads for two other Senate candidates: Richard Mourdock
and Denny Rehberg
2) President Obama
's new ad
features his endorsement from former Secretary of State Colin Powell
, and will air in Colorado, Florida, Ohio, Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, North Carolina, Virginia, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
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