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Afternoon Fix: Dueling TV ads in Kentucky Senate; Bill Clinton endorses Jerry Brown

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* The National Republican Senatorial Committee is up with its first TV ad in Kentucky, slamming state Attorney General Jack Conway (D) for supporting the federal health care overhaul. Conway is up with a new TV ad of his own charging that ophthalmologist Rand Paul (R) is soft on crime.

* Former President Bill Clinton has endorsed California Attorney General Jerry Brown's (D) bid for governor, saying in a statement that "the tough campaign we fought 18 years ago is not relevant to the choice facing Californians today."

* Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said that he will support marketing consultant Christine O'Donnell if she wins today's Delaware Republican Senate primary. Meanwhile, National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn said that if O'Donnell wins, his committee would need to "have a little powwow" to decide whether to fund her bid.

* A new Reuters/Ipsos poll shows Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid taking 46 percent of likely voters and former state Assemblywoman Sharron Angle (R) taking 44 percent, a gap within the survey's 4.6 percentage point margin of error.

* Former GOP Rep. Tom Tancredo, who is running for Colorado governor under the banner of the American Constitution Party, has launched his first TV ad, a 30-second spot that bashes Republican nominee Dan Maes.


* Polls close tonight at 8 p.m. in Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and the District and 9 p.m. in New York, Rhode Island and Wisconsin. Join us for our live blog at The Fix, starting at 6 p.m.

* Republican Reps. Eric Cantor (Va.), Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) and Paul Ryan (Wis.) are throwing a launch party for their "Young Guns" book tonight at Johnny's Half Shell. Meanwhile, the Alliance for Retired Americans holds a protest rally outside at 5:45 p.m.

* If Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) doesn't cut a deal with the state Libertarian Party (and it looks pretty certain that she won't at this point), we'll know by tomorrow: it's the deadline for political parties in Alaska to switch out candidates on their tickets. Murkowski's other option is to pursue a write-in bid -- a decided longshot, but something she has indicated is not out of the question.

* Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) has hired a full-time Iowa staffer, becoming the first potential 2012 presidential candidate to do so. Which other White House hopefuls will follow suit?

* Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan (D) and Rep. Roy Blunt (R) have agreed to a Senate debate on Oct. 15.


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