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1. Sunlight Foundation updated its list of the top donors of 2014 today -- Tom Steyer is way, way out in front.
2. Fact from the Wall Street Journal's story on Republican outreach to black voters: "Of 671 black state legislators, just 13 are Republican, according to the National Black Caucus of State Legislators."
The big news Thursday night was that a new Boston Globe poll in the Massachusetts governor's race showed Republican Charlie Baker leading Democrat Martha Coakley by 9 points.
Coakley, it bears mentioning, previously lost that big 2010 Massachusetts special election that sent Scott Brown to the Senate. So the idea that she could lose another race she was supposed to win pretty easily in dark-blue Massachusetts has caught plenty of attention.
To go or not to go, that is the question.
I am talking, of course, about newspaper editorial boards and the ever-increasing frequency with which candidates skip the chance to sit down with the opinion-makers in their respective city or state. Just this week state Sen. Joni Ernst, The Republican nominee for Senate in Iowa, announced she wouldn't be sitting down with the Des Moines Regster editorial board because she believed that she wouldn't get a fair shake from the organization even if she did. (As Phil Rucker noted over at Post Politics, the Register editorial board had criticized Ernst for her comments about poverty; her stance on "nullification"; and her support as a state senator for a measure that would add a "personhood" amendment to the Iowa Constitution.)
No. 11 in Sen. Tom Coburn's (R-Okla.) 2014 "Wastebook" — a catalog of 100 ways in which the government squandered taxpayer money — does an effective job of demonstrating why the exercise on the whole is worthy of skepticism. And, perhaps, illustrates its hidden dangers.
What is No. 11? "Watching Grass Grow."
If you're anything like us on the Fix, you probably grew up daydreaming about the midterms, and how you wished you could spend every minute of your life thinking about them. No, not only thinking about them. Being them.
Life is too short to just fantasize about becoming a midterm Senate race. Take the quiz below to learn which negative and madly expensive 2014 Senate race you are most like.
If you can't see the quiz below, you can take it here.
Over the next few days, you are going to hear a whole lot about black voters. This happens every two to four years around this time, as pundits and political writers trot out conventional wisdom about the state of the black vote.
But it has been an even-more-intense process of temperature-taking because of President Obama and Democrats' midterm turnout deficit. So I thought it might be handy to put together an explainer on this much-debated, and somewhat-stereotyped Democratic voting bloc.
With the 2016 election looming, the time has come for his quadrennial Not Really Running For President But Pay Attention To Me Please campaign, and The Donald is already on solid ground: Ebola is in America, and President Obama basically brought it here by himself.
To cut to the chase: Polling in Senate and gubernatorial races this year seems to indicate that the demographic political party preferences we've seen for several years are largely intact. Republicans are doing well with men and white people; Democrats are doing better with women and African-Americans.
The Post's graphics team has a great new tool allowing you to compare turnout between presidential election and midterm elections among a whole bunch of different demographics.
We encourage you to play with it here, and below we'll offer a few observations.
For an election very few people are paying attention to, it's turning into a pretty exciting one. There are at least 11 Senate races where the outcome is far from certain with just 11 days left before voters go to the polls on Nov. 4.
That's an unusually high amount of uncertainty this late in an election. Typically, the playing field winnows with every passing week as party committees (and candidates) are forced to make fish-or-cut-bait decisions on races that just don't look winnable. There were 10 races rated as toss-ups by the Cook Political Report in their final ratings before the 2012 election, but only seven such races in 2010 and six in 2008.