Obama holds double-digit lead over Romney in Wisconsin, poll shows

October 3, 2012

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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:

* A new Marquette Law School poll of likely Wisconsin voters shows that President Obama continues to hold a double-digit advantage over Mitt Romney in the Badger State. Obama leads Romney 53 percent to 42 percent in the survey, after leading Romney 54 percent to 40 percent in the previous Marquette poll, conducted in mid-September. In the Wisconsin Senate race, Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D) holds a slight lead over former governor Tommy Thompson (R). Baldwin leads Thompson 48 percent to 44 percent, after leading 50 percent to 41 percent in the previous survey. 

* Former surgeon general Richard Carmona (D) raised $2.2 million for his Arizona Senate campaign during the third quarter, a haul that is double what he brought in last quarter. His opponent Rep. Jeff Flake (R) hasn't yet released his third quarter number. 

* Romney pitches himself as the better candidate on economic issues in a new TV ad. “We should measure our compassion by how many of our fellow Americans are able to get good paying jobs, not by how many are on welfare,” says Romney, who addresses the camera directly.

* A new Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee ad ties Rep. Rick Berg (R-N.D.) to a property management company that the ad's narrator says "ignored fire codes and hounded tenants."

WHAT YOU SHOULDN'T MISS:

* A Chipotle restaurant manager says excitement prompted the facial expression made in a Monday photo with Romney that received widespread attention. "It’s a facial expression I do when I’m excited,” he explained. I [did that] when I met Nicki Minaj. It’s like, ‘Ah, it’s them, right there in front of you! They’re not from another world.’”

* Former vice president Dick Cheney will attend a Romney fundraiser on Oct. 11, the same day as the debate between Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Vice President Biden.

* So what fueled former Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm's (D) high-energy speech at the Democratic National Convention? A democracy high, as it turns out. “I did not have any Red Bull. I was not, I didn't have any, you know, medication. I was high on democracy," Granholm said

* Good news for Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio): The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is scrapping its $240,000 TV buy in the Cleveland media market. Businesswoman Joyce Healy-Abrams (D) is challenging Gibbs in the 7th District. 

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