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Afternoon Fix: DSCC goes on air in Nevada, cancels final week of Missouri ads; Feingold hits Johnson on Social Security

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* The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has canceled its final week of ads in Missouri and is going up with its first ads in Nevada, according to ad buyers and GOP sources. The moves could be seen as evidence that Democrats took notice when Nevada GOP Senate candidate Sharron Angle announced Tuesday that she raised $14 million in the third quarter, and also that they are more pessimistic about their chances in Missouri. It's important to note, though, that the DSCC has canceled time in Missouri before, only to buy back some of that time and remain on the air.

* A new GOP poll conducted by Wilson Research Strategies for the Concerned Taxpayers of America shows Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) dipping below the 50-percent mark. DeFazio leads chemist Art Robinson (R) 48 percent to 42 percent among likely voters in the survey.

* The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is canceling all of its remaining ad reservations in Rep. Steve Kagen's (D-Wis.) district, according to sources. The committee thinks it is able to pull the buys because of existing ad reservations from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and the America's Families First Action Fund. "We are fully invested in Steve Kagen's voter contact efforts and remain confident he will win on election night," DCCC Chairman Chris Van Hollen tells The Fix.


* The National Federation of Independent Business is going up with $3 million worth of ads in 10 key House districts this week, hitting Democrats on excessive spending. The new spots target Reps. John Salazar (Colo.), Jerry McNerney (Calif.), Russ Carnahan (Mo.), John Hall (N.Y.), John Boccieri (Ohio), Chris Carney (Pa.), John Spratt (S.C.), Ron Kind (Wis.) and Bill Owens (N.Y.) as well as the open seat race in West Virginia's 1st district.

* Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) is up with a new TV ad hitting businessman Ron Johnson (R) on Social Security.

* A new Suffolk Poll shows Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid taking 46 percent to Angle's 43 percent among likely voters.

* Forty-seven percent of likely voters say that they are less likely to vote for a candidate if his or her campaign was aided by advertising paid for by anonymous business groups, while 41 percent say it would not matter, according to a new Bloomberg poll.


* The DCCC spent $6.3 million in 38 districts, according to reports filed late Tuesday with the Federal Election Commission. The DCCC spent its first money in one new district -- Rep. Earl Pomeroy's (D-N.D.) -- and has now spent $18.6 million total in 50 districts, including four in which they have now pulled all future spending. Republicans have spent $19.7 million in 56 districts.

* Rep. Scott Murphy's (D-N.Y.) new TV ad slams retired Army Col. Chris Gibson (R) for wanting to repeal the national health care overhaul. Murphy's spot makes him one of the first Democrats we've seen this cycle to go on offense on health care. Is this the ad Democrats should have been running all along, or is it a gambit that puts him at risk?

* Tonight's marquee showdown is the Delaware Senate debate between marketing consultant Christine O'Donnell (R) and New Castle County Executive Chris Coons (D), slated to air on CNN at 7:30 p.m. Eastern. But debates are also taking place in the North Carolina and Arkansas Senate races and the Colorado, Maine, Vermont and Connecticut gubernatorial contests. As always, The Fix's 2010 Debate Guide has the latest.

* Quinnipiac University releases its latest poll in the Connecticut Senate race tomorrow morning.

* Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) will campaign for Wisconsin gubernatorial nominee Scott Walker (R) on Oct. 18.


Have a nice trip.

With Felicia Sonmez and Aaron Blake

By Felicia Sonmez  | October 13, 2010; 5:00 PM ET
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