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FIRST ON THE FIX:
* Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.) holds a slight, 42 percent to 39 percent lead over Sen. Dean Heller (R), according to a poll conducted for her Senate campaign by Mark Mellman. The survey of 600 likely voters was conducted Oct. 8-10.
EARLIER ON THE FIX:
WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:
* Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) is reportedly the subject of a federal investigation that focuses on “suspicious activity” involving the congressman’s finances related to his House seat and the possibility of inappropriate expenditures. The probe was reportedly active in the weeks before Jackson took leave from the House in June to seek treatment for bipolar disorder.
* President Obama slams Mitt Romney over his personal taxes in a new TV ad featuring an exchange from a “60 Minutes” interview in which the Republican’s 14 percent tax rate in 2011 comes up. “Lower tax rates for him than us. Is that the way to grow America?” asks the narrator of the Obama ad, which will air in Colorado, Iowa, North Carolina, Nevada, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin.
* Former congresswoman Heather Wilson (R) raised $2.2 million during the third quarter for her New Mexico Senate bid against Rep. Martin Heinrich (D). Wilson ended the period with about $1 million in the bank. Heinrich’s campaign announced he raised nearly $2 million during the quarter and ended with about $1 million in the bank.
* A super PAC supporting former senator George Allen’s (R) Virginia Senate bid received $1 million worth of contributions from wealthy Texas homebuilder and prominent GOP donor Bob Perry.
WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T MISS:
* Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.), the subject of a Wednesday report detailing pressure he applied on his former patient and mistress to get an abortion, says the woman was never pregnant. ”I don’t mind telling people that there was no pregnancy, and no abortion,” DesJarlais said.
* The writer/director of the “Friday Night Lights” film and TV series isn’t a fan of Romney’s use of the phrase “Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose” (which is from FNL). Romney’s been saying it on the stump, and now writer/director Peter Berg is accusing him of plagiarism. “The only relevant comparison that I see between your campaign and Friday Night Lights is in the character of Buddy Garrity — who turned his back on American car manufacturers selling imported cars from Japan,” Berg wrote in a letter to the Romney campaign.
* Former surgeon general Richard Carmona (D) released a new TV ad in the Arizona Senate race Friday that pushes back against Rep. Jeff Flake’s (R) commercial ad alleging that Carmona had issues with anger and working for a female boss. “Rich treats everyone with respect,” Kathleen Brennan, Carmona’s former SWAT team commander, says in the Democrat’s ad.
* Rapper Chamillionaire appeared to appreciate the story ABC’s Martha Raddatz told Thursday night about her cellphone going off during a White House press briefing with the ringtone “Riding Dirty,” thanks to her son. He tweeted: “Can’t lie. That just made my night. Appreciate it. @MarthaRaddatz Keep it gangsta.”
THE FIX MIX:
With Aaron Blake