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Afternoon Fix: Biden says outside groups may jeopardize Dems' House majority; Internal Dem Senate polls show gains in West Virginia and Louisiana

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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED

* Vice President Joe Biden says in an interview with Bloomberg's Al Hunt that is set to air at 7 p.m.: "We will keep control of the Senate for certain, and I believe we'll keep control of the House." Biden adds a caveat, though, suggesting outside spending makes it hard to predict with too much certainty.

* West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin's (D) Senate campaign released a poll Friday showing Manchin leading Republican businessman John Raese, 48 percent to 43 percent, while Louisiana Rep. Charlie Melancon's (D) campaign has a poll showing him within the margin of error against Sen. David Vitter (R).

* The Democratic National Committee outraised the Republican National Committee $11.1 million to $4.2 million in the first 13 days of October. In the House and Senate, the GOP won the fundraising battle $5.2 million-to-$4.9 million and $6.2 million-to-$5.7 million, respectively.

* Republican challengers outraised vulnerable House Democrats in 34 of the 56 most competitive races over the same span.

* Indiana State University political handicapper Carl Klarner predicts Republicans will win take over 11 state legislative chambers this year, which would mean both parties would control roughly half of the 98 state legislative chambers nationwide.

WHAT YOU SHOULDN'T MISS

* California GOP governor candidate Meg Whitman (R) has now self-funded $163 million for her campaign - the biggest self-funder of all time. The next question is: Does she reach $200 million?

* A new group called Our Future Ohio today sunk $2.3 million into helping Gov. Ted Strickland (D) win reelection, after Strickland raised nearly half a million dollars Sunday with President Obama. Does the added money give Strickland a shot in the arm down the stretch as he attempts a come-from-behind victory?

* Kentucky GOP Senate candidate Rand Paul will take part in his final debate with Democrat Jack Conway on Monday. Paul had been threatening to boycott, citing Conway's attacks on his college days.

* DEBATES on C-SPAN tonight: Rep. Joe Sestak (D) and former Rep. Pat Toomey (R) hold their second debate this week at 7 p.m. eastern time, while Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) tries to make up ground against challenger Ron Johnson (R) at 10.

* The Republican Governors Association has booked more than $400,000 worth of TV time in Rhode Island, where fighting between state Treasurer Frank Caprio (D) and GOP-turned-independent former Sen. Lincoln Chafee may be opening the door to underfunded Republican John Robitaille. The GOP has new hope here.

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By Aaron Blake  | October 22, 2010; 4:46 PM ET
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