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* The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee outraised the National Republican Senatorial Committee during the month of September, bringing in about $16 million to the NRSC's $13 million. The DSCC also outraised the NRSC over the third quarter, hauling $29 million to the NRSC's $25 million. The DSCC ended the period with $27 million in the bank, to the NRSC's $23 million. 

* President Obama and Mitt Romney are running about even in Florida, a new CNN/ORC International poll shows. Romney is at 49 percent in the survey while Obama is at 48 percent support. The survey of 681 likely Florida voters was conducted Oct. 17-18. 

* Obama rolled out a new one-liner against Romney at a campaign rally in Virginia on Friday, charging the Republican's shifting positions suggests he suffers from "Romnesia."

* Fifty-one percent of Americans who watched the second presidential debate judged Obama the winner, according to a new national Gallup poll. Thirty-eight percent said Romney won, a steep decline from the 72 percent who judged him the winner of the first debate. 

* Linda McMahon (R) loaned her Connecticut Senate campaign nearly $15 million during the third quarter, more than half of the $27 million she has lent herself across the entire cycle. 

* Obama released a new TV ad in Ohio that contrasts Obama's support for the auto bailout with Romney's call for a "managed bankruptcy." Romney "would have just let us go under," says a man in the ad. 

* Romney released a new TV ad featuring a clip from the first debate, in which the Republican casts himself as bipartisan. 


* The Tampa Bay Times has endorsed Obama. The endorsement matters because it comes from the biggest paper in the arguably the most important swing area in the country. Romney also scored a Florida newspaper endorsement that matters from the Orlando Sentinel, which backed Obama in 2008

* The Virginia Senate race has attracted $5.4 million in outside spending during the last seven days, topping all other Senate races, according to a report from the nonpartisan Campaign Finance Institute. The Wisconsin race was second, followed by Nevada, Ohio and Arizona. Rep. Brian Bilbray's (R) contest against San Diego Port Commissioner Scott Peters (D) in California's 52nd District topped the seven-day outside spending list on the House side

* Obama leads Romney 51 percent to 43 percent in Nevada, according to a poll conducted by Mark Mellman for the liberal group Americans United For Change. Mellman conducted the survey of 600 likely Nevada voters from Oct. 15-17. 

* House Majority PAC is going after Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.) in a new TV ad featuring news clips about the report that revealed the Republican once tried to pressure a mistress to get an abortion. Before the report, DesJarlais was regarded as a safe bet for reelection against Eric Stewart (D). But Democrats appear to believe the seat is now worth contesting with money. 

* Sen. Robert Casey (D-Pa.) leads Tom Smith (R) 52 percent to 39 percent, according a a poll of 604 likely Pennsylvania voters conducted for Casey's campaign by Garin-Hart-Yang Research from Oct. 15-17. The poll stands in contrast to a recently released Quinnipiac University survey conducted from Oct. 12-14 that showed Casey leading Smith 48 percent to 45 percent. 

* West Virginia Republican Senate nominee John Raese applauded Daily Beast and Princeton Review's recent ranking of West Virginia University as the country's top party school in an Oct. 10 visit to the campus -- days after fires and riots erupted there after a football game. "I was a ‘73 graduate. I should have been ‘72, but I stayed an extra year to work on our party rating," Raese said. "It’s good to know you guys got it back to No. 1."


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