NRCC cancels ad reservations in four districts

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* The National Republican Congressional Committee has canceled ad reservations in four districts, according to a GOP ad buyer. The NRCC has canceled the remainder of its buys in districts held by Reps. Scott Rigell (R-Va.) and Reid Ribble (R-Wis.), both of whom are favored to win reelection. The committee has also pulled reservations in two districts in Iowa — the 3rd, where Reps. Leonard Boswell (D) and Tom Latham (R) face one another, and in the 4th, where Rep. Steve King (R) faces former Iowa first lady Christie Vilsack. Both races are competitive but also have gotten significant investments from the Congressional Leadership Fund, another Republican outside group. The NRCC has not yet canceled its reservation for the final week in King's district.


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* Americans Elect, the group that was originally formed to help elevate a third-party presidential candidate, launched an ad supporting former independent governor Angus King's Maine Senate campaign. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) helped fund the ad. The Maine Republican Party has filed an FEC complaint, citing illegal coordination concerns. 

* National Democrats appear increasingly serious about competing in the Arizona Senate race, where former surgeon general Richard Carmona (D) faces Rep. Jeff Flake (R). The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee reserved an additional $500,000 in airtime there, on top of a previous $526,000 investment. 

* Elizabeth Warren's (D) new TV ad in the Massachusetts Senate race touts her effort to create the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and includes a 2010 quote from President Obama. "President Obama calls her one of the 'fiercest advocates for the middle class,' " says the narrator. Meanwhile, Caroline Kennedy endorsed Warren on  Friday, saying: "I heard about her from my Uncle Ted. She worked with him for 15 years on issues that matter for working families."

* The Commission on Presidential Debates defended the job Jim Lehrer did Wednesday night in Denver. "Lehrer implemented the format exactly as it was designed by the CPD and announced in July," the commission said in a statement. As to Lehrer's take on criticism he's received, the veteran of 12 debates said: "So what?"

* Former General Electric CEO Jack Welch accused Obama of cooking the latest monthly jobs numbers Friday, in a tweet. He doubled down in a later interview, saying, "I wasn't kidding," and told MSNBC he had no evidence for his claim. Welch is a supporter of Mitt Romney. 


* Lifelong Republican Jon Huntsman Sr., father of former Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman Jr., is crossing party lines to endorse Rep. Jim Matheson (D-Utah), who is facing a tough challenge from Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love. Huntsman Jr. defeated Matheson in Utah's 2004 gubernatorial race. 

* New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (R) took action when she saw a toddler left in a running vehicle parked outside a drug store Wednesday. Martinez alerted the store clerk and her security team called the police. Martinez later gave the toddler's father a talking to. 

* Comedian Steve Martin endorses former senator Bob Kerrey's (D) Nebraska Senate candidacy in a web video. He also shows us all how to build a wad of paper. 


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Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.



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