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Last Day of Campaigning in Va. Gov. Race; Crist Unveils Fla. Gov. Bid; Maine's Michaud Says He's Gay

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  • The Senate this week could achieve a legislative milestone on gay rights if it passes a major civil-rights bill that would bar employers from discriminating against gays, lesbians, and transsexuals in the workplace. (National Journal Daily)
  • A new Quinnipiac University poll of VA GOV LVs, conducted Oct. 29-Nov. 3, shows former DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe (D) leading Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, 46-40%, with Robert Sarvis (L) at 8%. In the previous poll, conducted Oct. 22-28, McAuliffe led Cuccinelli and Sarvis, 45-41-9%. (release)
  • "McAuliffe planned to campaign Monday" with Vice President Biden, one day after President Obama headlined a GOTV rally in Arlington. Cuccinelli, meanwhile, will campaign Monday with Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and "planned his final campaign rally" with former Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), "a hero of the libertarian wing of the GOP." (AP)
  • As part of "direct coordination between campaigns and outside groups ... the McAuliffe camp and its outside-group backers are working hand in glove on a sophisticated field program: each participating group feeds its voter contact information into the same database every day, along with the campaign, and a daily report goes out documenting everything that’s been accomplished in the field." (Politico)
  • A new Quinnipiac University poll of NJ GOV LVs, conducted Oct. 30-Nov. 3, shows Gov. Chris Christie (R) leading state Sen. Barbara Buono (D), 61-33%. In the previous poll, conducted Oct. 21-27, Christie led Buono, 64-31%. (release)
  • A new Rutgers-Eagleton poll of NJ GOV LVs, conducted Oct. 28-Nov. 2, shows Christie leading Buono, 66-30%. In the previous poll, conducted Oct. 7-13, Christie led Buono, 59-33%. (release)
  • Christie will be joined Monday by New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (R) at campaign appearances throughout the state. (Newark Star-Ledger)
  • A new WNBC-TV/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll of New York City mayoral LVs, conducted Oct. 29-Nov. 1, shows Public Advocate Bill de Blasio (D) leading former MTA chairman Joe Lhota (R), 65-24%. In the previous poll, conducted Oct. 6-8, de Blasio led Lhota, 67-23%. (release)
  • A new Suffolk University/Boston Herald poll of Boston mayoral LVs, conducted Oct. 29-31, shows state Rep. Marty Walsh (D) leading city Councilor John Connolly, 46-43%. In the previous poll, conducted Oct. 3-6, Connolly led Walsh, 41-34%. (release)
  • "Political observers give the get-out-the-vote advantage to ... Walsh, a longtime union leader whose campaign has been fueled in large part by money and muscle from organized labor." But Connolly "has mobilized his own army that he said will make up in smarts and flexibility what it lacks in raw numbers." (Boston Globe)
  • In the Charlotte mayoral race, Mayor Pro Tem Patrick Cannon (D) "said he is been going door to door and making calls to voters," while former city Councilor Edwin Peacock (R) "is targeting Republicans, unaffiliated voters, and even Democrats who vote frequently," given Democrats' registration advantage. (News 14 Carolina)
  • In the Cleveland mayoral race, Mayor Frank Jackson "should benefit from strong name recognition and ties to the party's rank and file." But "he has met a vigorous and sometimes-quirky challenge" from businessman Ken Lanci, "who has pumped more than $400,000 into his campaign." (AP)
  • In the Detroit mayoral race, Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon and former Detroit Medical Center CEO Mike Duggan "made the rounds at churches across Detroit" on Sunday. (Detroit Free Press)
  • In the Houston mayoral race, former City Attorney Ben Hall "preached Sunday about his humble roots," while Mayor Annise Parker "worked alongside volunteers at her headquarters as she attempts to avoid a runoff and win a third term." (Houston Chronicle)
  • In the Minneapolis mayoral race, "turnout in the city's first open ... race in a generation could be heavily dependent on each campaign's get-out-the-vote operation. It's also the city's biggest test of ranked-choice voting, in which voters select three candidates in order of preference." (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
  • In the Seattle mayoral race, supporters of Mayor Mike McGinn (D), who trails state Sen. Ed Murray (D) in the polls, are pinning their hopes on "the much hyped McGinn get-out-the-vote effort." (Seattle Times)
  • In the FL-13 Special, former St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker (R) "announced Saturday he won't run ... depriving Republicans of the candidate some considered their strongest potential competitor for the position." Lobbyist David Jolly (R), "who was counsel" in late Rep. Bill Young's (R) office and "later lawyer for the Young family," said he would run and "immediately receiving backing from the longtime representative's widow, Bev Young." (Tampa Tribune)
  • Atlanta Dream co-owner Kelly Loeffler (R) "says she's not running" for GA SEN. (
  • In IN-02, University of Notre Dame administrator Joe Bock (D) "is expected to announce Monday" that he will run against Rep. Jackie Walorski (R). (South Bend Tribune)
  • In FL GOV, former GOP Gov. Charlie Crist (D) filed to run ahead of "a formal announcement at 10 a.m. Monday" in St. Petersburg. (Tampa Bay Times)
  • In ME GOV, Rep. Michael Michaud (D) responded to rumors that he is gay. Michaud: "Yes, I am. But why should it matter?" (Bangor Daily News)
  • Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) used Saturday's Iowa Democratic Party's Jefferson Jackson dinner "as the platform for his endorsement" of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D) for president. Schumer: "She's a virtual guarantee to deliver victory for our party in 2016." (Des Moines Register)


Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day


• Obamacare is looking like it's becoming toxic even for some Democratic members of Congress running in Democratic primaries. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, the only member of Congress running in the Pennsylvania gubernatorial primary, sent out an e-mail criticizing the Obama administration for "inexcusable and unacceptable mistakes" with the law's implementation.

• Michaud's ability to make history as the country's first openly gay candidate to win a gubernatorial race could complicate things for independent candidate Eliot Cutler (I), who is running for the second time after losing to Gov. Paul LePage (R) by just 2 points in 2010. Part of Cutler's strategy is to convince progressive voters in and around Portland that Michaud, who hails from the state's more conservative 2nd District, compiled a checkered voting record on social issues throughout his more than 30 years in Congress and the state legislature. That task becomes more difficult after Michaud's announcement, and the liberal downstate voters Cutler covets may be attracted to the barrier-breaking potential of Michaud's bid.



  • "In a warning shot to outside conservative groups," the NRSC last week informed Jamestown Associates, "a prominent Republican advertising firm," that "it would not receive any contracts with the campaign committee because of its work with Senate Conservatives Fund, "a group that targets incumbent Senate Republicans." (New York Times)
  • "S.C.F. has been wandering around the country destroying the Republican Party like a drunk who tears up every bar they walk into. The difference this cycle is that they strolled into Mitch McConnell's bar and he doesn't throw you out, he locks the door." -- McConnell chief of staff Josh Holmes (New York Times)
  • "Congress Needs to Pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act" -- Title of a Huffington Post op-ed penned by Obama
  • "That's the closest I've come to getting into a fist fight with a head of state." -- Jimmy Carter, on the time he says he almost punched then-South African President Thabo Mbeki over Mbeki's refusal to let South African women be treated for HIV/AIDS (Johannesburg Sunday Times)
  • "Vowing to stay in office and to run in the next election," Toronto Mayor Rob Ford "apologized Sunday for past public drunkenness" -- including acknowledging "that he was 'hammered'" at a street festival in August and "'a little out of control' on St. Patrick's Day in March of last year, when he was 'running around city hall with a half-empty bottle of brandy'" -- "and promised to 'make changes' in his life -- but declined to offer any explanation for the bombshell drug-related revelations that threaten his career." (Toronto Star)
  • "Mark Gilbert goes from White Sox (in 1985) to Obama nominee for U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand" (Yahoo Sports)
  • Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) "has fired two congressional staffers after disclosures that both made prohibited contributions to his campaign," the "latest in a string of controversial episodes that have dogged Stockman's political campaigns over the past two decades." (Houston Chronicle)
  • "I realized how lonely I had been and realized how much a part of life he really was. That's when it got really hard. ... I just realized how easier life was when he was there and how empty it is when he's not." -- South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R), on life without her husband Michael, who is serving in Afghanistan with his South Carolina National Guard unit (USA Today)
  • "Robert Shogan, a former Los Angeles Times national political correspondent who covered Washington for more than 30 years and wrote more than a dozen books on topics as diverse as the New Deal, violence in West Virginia's coal fields and the nature of presidential leadership, died" last Wednesday at a Washington hospital. (Los Angeles Times)


Failure to Launch



  • Today's weather, from the National Weather Service: Sunny. Highs in the upper 40s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph.
  • The House is out this week, but the Senate will reconvene at 2 p.m.
  • Biden's event with McAuliffe in Annandale, Va. (9 a.m.)
  • Rubio campaigns with Cuccinelli and the Va. GOP ticket in Warrenton, Va. (Stoneridge Events Center, 11:30 a.m.)
  • Obama welcomes the 2013 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks to the White House. (2 p.m.)
  • The Bears and Packers square off on the not-so-frozen tundra of Lambeau Field. (ESPN, 8:30 p.m.)
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  • James Buchanan enlisted in the military without ever becoming an office, serving during the War of 1812.
  • The winners are Geoff Burgan and Steve Bassermann, and here's their Swizzle Challenge: "Who were the two vice presidents to resign the Office of the Vice Presidency?" The 2nd correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.


  • We have a prize set aside for the Wake-Up Call! reader who most closely predicts the results of the three big races on Tuesday. To enter, send your name and predictions in Virginia, New Jersey and New York City by 5 p.m. Tuesday. You should give us the winning candidate and his/her vote share. For example: McAuliffe 48%, Christie 63%, de Blasio 66%. Predictions not made to the nearest whole percentage point will be rounded to the nearest whole percentage point.


    "That may seem like a big announcement to some people. For me, it's just a part of who I am, as much as being a third-generation millworker or a lifelong Mainer." -- Michaud (Bangor Daily News)


    "My #gaydar missed it, but happy to welcome @RepMikeMichaud to team #lgbt!" -- Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), in a tweet. (Twitter)

    Josh Kraushaar, Editor-in-Chief

    Steven Shepard, Executive Editor


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