Afternoon Fix: Marco Rubio releases two-minute closing ad; Pennsylvania Senate race in a dead heat
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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED
* Former state House Speaker Marco Rubio (R) is up with a two-minute closing ad in the Florida Senate race, warning that "if we stay on this road Washington has us on right now, we will risk the essence of what makes us exceptional."
* A new Reuters/Ipsos poll shows former Rep. Pat Toomey (R) and Rep. Joe Sestak (D) tied at 46 percent in the Pennsylvania Senate race.
* In a new ad, Rep. Earl Pomeroy (D-N.D.) says, "I know I've disappointed you with a vote here or there, but you can always count on the fact that I do what I do for the right reason." Perhaps more interesting? The setup of the ad is remarkably similar to a 2008 ad in which embattled Rep. Tom Feeney (R-Fla.) apologized for going on a trip paid for by convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
* The National Republican Congressional Committee has pulled its remaining ad buys in Rep. Chet Edwards's (D-Texas) district, believing that it is in a strong position to win the race. Other districts where that's the case: Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper (D-Pa.), Rep. Suzanne Kosmas (D-Fla.), Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.), Rep. Steve Driehaus (D-Ohio), Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy (D-Ohio), Rep. Dina Titus (D-Nev.), and open seats in Tennessee's 8th district, Kansas's 3rd and Indiana's 8th.
* New independent polls show Rep. Chris Carney (D-Pa.) leading Republican Tom Marino by 6 points and Rep. Scott Murphy (D-N.Y.) trailing Republican Chris Gibson by 9 points. Meanwhile, the DCCC released a poll showing Rep. Jim Costa (D-Calif.) leading Republican Andy Vidak by 6 points.
* Former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina (R) was admitted to a hospital earlier today due to an infection following her reconstructive surgery for breast cancer. Fiorina's chief of staff said in a statement that Fiorina "is upbeat and her doctors expect her to make a quick and full recovery and be back out on the campaign trail soon."
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* Sen. Jim DeMint's (R-S.C.) Senate Conservatives Fund has spent $5.2 million this cycle on behalf of conservative candidates in 14 campaigns; DeMint himself has also transferred $1.8 million from his re-election committee to state Republican parties.
* The Florida Senate hopefuls spar tonight in a CNN/St. Petersburg Times debate, two days after their contentious showdown on "State of the Union." Meanwhile, the Minnesota, New Hampshire and Nevada gubernatorial candidates face off as well. As always, find all the latest in The Fix's 2010 Debate Guide.
* President Obama will visit Charlottesville on Friday to stump for freshman Rep. Tom Perriello (D-Va.), who's locked in a tight battle against state Sen. Robert Hurt (R).
* Alaska Senate nominee Joe Miller (R) will not appeal a judge's ruling that Miller's unemployment records must be released; the records are slated to be released at 8 p.m. Eastern.
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