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Afternoon Fix: DNC raised $10.9 million in August, and DSCC outpaced NRSC; Carter says he is a 'superior' ex-president

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* The Democratic National Committee raised $10.9 million and took out a $5 million line of credit in August, giving it $13.4 million cash on hand, according to a committee source. No word on numbers yet from the financially troubled Republican National Committee.


* In an interview taped for NBC Nightly News tonight, former President Jimmy Carter says: "I feel that my role as a former president is probably superior to that of other presidents."

* The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee outraised the National Republican Senatorial Committee $7.4 million to $6.05 million in August, but the DSCC spent more than twice as much, and the NRSC has a $24.5 million-to-$22.9 million edge in cash on hand.

* American Crossroads and affiliated Crossroads GPS raised a combined $14.5 million in August and have now brought in $32 million this year. Their goal is to raise $52 million for November.

* Rep. Earl Pomeroy's (D-N.D.) campaign released a new internal poll that shows Pomeroy and GOP state Rep. Rick Berg statistically tied. The Garin-Hart-Yang poll has Pomeroy at 46 percent and Berg at 44 percent.

* As President Obama campaigns for Senate candidate Rep. Joe Sestak (D) in Pennsylvania today, two new media polls show former Rep. Pat Toomey (R) leading Sestak by nine and four points, respectively.


* Republican Governors Association Chairman and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour will campaign in New Hampshire with GOP gubernatorial candidate John Stephen on Sept. 27. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will do a Stephen event two days prior.

* Supporters are gathering signatures for former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun (D-Ill.) to run for mayor of Chicago. How much deference do candidates wind up giving White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel while he deliberates?

* The Cook Political Report moved the Alaska Senate race from "solid Republican" to the less favorable "likely Republican." Does this emerge as a legit pickup opportunity for Democrats? And how does Sen. Lisa Murkowski position herself on the political spectrum as a write-in candidate?

* August fundraising reports are due by midnight for the House campaign committees and the Republican National Committee.

* New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) will raise money for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) tonight at Bloomberg's home in Manhattan.


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