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Afternoon Fix: Christine O'Donnell launches new ad; Rossi raised $4.4 million in third quarter; NRSC pulls 'hicky' ad

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* In her second ad of the general election, Delaware GOP Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell rehashes her "I'm You" slogan and notes that she "didn't go to Yale" and didn't "inherit millions like my opponent."

* Washington Republican Senate candidate Dino Rossi announced today that he raised $4.4 million in the third quarter - the third-biggest quarterly haul of the cycle. Meanwhile, New Hampshire GOP Senate candidate Kelly Ayotte raised $1.3 million.

* The National Republican Senatorial Committee has pulled down an ad in West Virginia after it was revealed that the casting call for the ad sought actors who appeared "hicky".

* Independent Massachusetts governor candidate Tim Cahill has filed a lawsuit claiming his top advisors sabotaged his candidacy by feeding information to Republican rival Charlie Baker and the Republican Governors Association. The state treasurer is foundering in the polls and recently saw his running mate defect to Baker.

* A new Mason-Dixon poll confirms other surveys showing former Florida state House Speaker Marco Rubio (R) has opened a double-digit lead on Gov. Charlie Crist (I) and Rep. Kendrick Meek (D). Rubio is at 42 percent, Crist is at 27 and Meek is at 21.


* New York GOP governor candidate Carl Paladino has bought TV time to address his various controversies at 5:13 p.m. eastern time today.

* A new American Research Group poll shows Rep. Paul Hodes (D) closing to within five points in the New Hampshire Senate race, even as the Cook Political Report moves the race from "toss up" to "lean Republican." Does another poll verify Hodes's momentum?

* Debates for Rhode Island Governor, Ohio Governor, Iowa Governor, Colorado Senate, Tennessee Governor and Nevada Governor will all be held tonight. If you didn't know that, you need to check out The Fix's new debate guide.

* President Obama and Vice President Biden will both be in Delaware on Oct. 15 to campaign for New Castle County Executive Chris Coons's (D) Senate campaign.

* Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will make a joint appearance on behalf of Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland (D) on Oct. 17.


Take your time, clear your mind, do the Leo Strut.

With Felicia Sonmez and Aaron Blake

By Aaron Blake  | October 7, 2010; 5:06 PM ET
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