Afternoon Fix: Huckabee bashes Conway in new ad and robocall; Democrats' House and Senate committees spread around $20 million; dead heat in Murray-Rossi race
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* Mike Huckabee has recorded a radio ad and a robocall for Kentucky GOP Senate candidate Rand Paul, in which the former presidential hopeful says Democrat Jack Conway should "repent" for a "classless attack" on Paul's religion.
WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED
* The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee spent $6.8 million in eight states, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission on Wednesday. The DSCC put its first $912,000 into Sen. Harry Reid's (D-Nev.) reelection race and also dropped at least $1 million into its two most expensive states -- Colorado and Pennsylvania. Absent from the spending spree? The open seat in Missouri, where it appears the DSCC has pulled out.
* The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spent another $13.4 million on 59 districts, according to reports filed late Tuesday. The committee spent its first money on seats held by Reps. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-S.D.), Rick Larsen (D-Wash.), John Hall (D-N.Y.), Heath Shuler (D-N.C.), Allen Boyd (D-Fla.) and Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.).
* Another Washington state Senate poll shows Sen. Patty Murray (D) and Republican Dino Rossi in a statistical tie. Marist College has Murray at 48 percent and Rossi at 47, with Rossi leading by 21 points among independents.
* A new ad from the National Republican Senatorial Committee tries an interesting tack against popular West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin (D), calling him "a good governor" with "a bad idea." It closes with: "Send Joe Manchin back to Charleston, and send a message to Obama."
* As the NRSC spends its first money on saving Republican nominee Joe Miller in Alaska, Democrat Scott McAdams's campaign announced it has now raised more than a million dollars, including $300,000 in the last three weeks.
WHAT YOU SHOULDN'T MISS
* C-SPAN's coverage of tonight's Illinois governor debate at 8 p.m. eastern time marks the 100th debate the network has aired this year. The Illinois matchup is followed by intriguing debates for Florida governor (9 p.m.), Pennsylvania Senate (10 p.m.) and Connecticut governor (11 p.m.). And remember, even if you missed the big debate, C-SPAN has it archived.
* Tonight's debate is a defining moment for former Rep. Pat Toomey (R), who has had a pretty easy run of things in Pennsylvania until recently. Can he turn the tide? And will a new Quinnipiac poll (due tomorrow morning) continue the string of bad news?
* Former Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich (R) raised an encouraging $2.8 million in the last month and a half, but does he have a chance in a state that continues to strongly approve of President Obama? It'll be tough.
* Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) has self-funded $200,000 and Rep. Jim Oberstar (D-Minn.) spent down $900,000 of his campaign account since July 1 for what are looking more and more like tough reelection races. How many other previously safe longtime incumbents will start sweating now? Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.)? Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.)?
* A new ad from Republican Linda McMahon's Connecticut Senate campaign ties Democrat Richard Blumenthal to Countrywide Financial - the mortgage giant accused of giving retiring Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) a sweetheart deal. With McMahon losing traction, does this new line of attack stick?
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