Democratic strategist Paul Begala: Obama has given up on North Carolina

October 22, 2012

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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED: 

* A new Suffolk University poll showed President Obama and Mitt Romney tied at 47 percent among likely Ohio voters, while a new Quinnipiac University/CBS News survey showed Obama leading Romney 50 percent to 45 percent among those likeliest to vote in the Buckeye State. 

*Romney is heard but not seen in a new ad for Saratoga Springs (Utah) Mayor Mia Love's (R) congressional campaign. Love's ad uses photos of Romney, along with audio of a robocall the Republican presidential nominee cut for her. Love is challenging Rep. Jim Matheson (D) in what polls show is a competitive race. 

* Rep. Todd Akin's (R-Mo.) Senate campaign doesn't appear to be backing away from his weekend comparison of Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) to a dog. Akin spokesman Rick Tyler tweeted: "If Claire McCaskill were a dog, she'd be a" Bullsh--su. Meanwhile, Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) will campaign for Akin next week

* Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D) holds a slight, 49 percent to 44 percent lead over former governor Tommy Thompson (R) in the Wisconsin Senate race, according to a poll conducted for Baldwin's campaign by Diane Feldman. The survey of 801 likely voters was conducted from Oct. 18-21.

WHAT YOU SHOULDN'T MISS: 

* Obama's campaign has given up on winning North Carolina, Democratic strategist Paul Begala, an adviser to the pro-Obama super PAC Priorities USA Action said in an interview Monday. "Yes. I am not supposed to say that Wolf, but I work for, as you mentioned, the pro-Obama super PAC, and I am being paid to help re-elect the president. But if you look at where he is going and where he is spending money -- yes, it looks like Gov. Romney is likely to carry North Carolina." 

* Obama's pre-debate meal is the same as last time -- steak and potatoes. 

* One of the names beginning to circulate as a potential Democratic challenger to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) in 2014 is 33-year-old Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes. Grimes said in an interview that “there has been a lot of encouragement not only here in the commonwealth but also nationally" to run. 

* Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna (R) and former congressman Jay Inslee (D)  are tied at 46 percent, according to a poll conducted by Strategies 360, a Democratic-leaning firm that has conducted independent surveys in the state. The poll of 500 likely Washington voters was conducted from Oct. 17-20. 

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Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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Aaron Blake · October 22, 2012