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Afternoon Fix: National Republicans plan Oct. 5 fundraiser for six Senate contenders; DCCC has bought time in 24 districts

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* National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn and Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) will host a $5,000-per-person fundraiser for Republican Senate nominees Sharron Angle (Nev.), Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), John Boozman (Ark.), Dan Coats (Ind.), Dino Rossi (Wash.) and Marco Rubio (Fla.) on Oct. 5 in Washington, D.C.


* The DCCC placed ad buys today in 10 additional districts: Arkansas's 1st district (D), Rep. Harry Mitchell (D-Ariz.), Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-Ga.), Illinois's 10th district (R), Rep. Frank Kratovil (D-Md.), Rep. Ike Skelton (D-Mo.), Rep. Paul Kanjorski (D-Pa.), Rep. John Spratt (D-S.C.), Washington's 3rd district (D) and West Virginia's 1st district (D). The committee has now bought time in 24 districts. The DCCC has also filed a report for $19,000 on mail in Rep. Gerry Connolly's (D-Va.) district.

* New CNN polls show Republicans leading in the Florida Senate race, while Democrats lead in the California Senate and gubernatorial races. The Illinois Senate and gubernatorial races as well as the Florida gubernatorial race are in a dead heat, and the Alaska Senate race is a statistical tie between Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) and attorney Joe Miller (R).

* A former housekeeper for California gubernatorial nominee Meg Whitman (R) claims that Whitman knew she was in the country illegally seven years ago and subjected her to "emotional and financial abuse"; Whitman has denied the accusations.

* Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has transferred $1 million to the NRSC.

* Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) endorsed former Washington state senator Dino Rossi's (R) bid against Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.).


* Rep. Kendrick Meek's (D-Fla.) new TV ad in the Florida Senate race is the latest to use Gov. Charlie Crist's (I) own words against him. How many more such ads will Crist be able to withstand?

* Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina (R) debate beginning at 4 p.m. Eastern (rebroadcast at 10 p.m. Eastern). Listen live here.

* Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) praised former Alaska governor Sarah Palin (R) today, telling host Don Imus that Palin "has helped us all." Hatch, incidentally, may face a tough primary challenge in 2012. What other potential tea party targets will follow suit?

* Is Rep. Charlie Melancon's (D-La.) brutal new two-minute ad against Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) a game-changer? It's a hard-hitting spot, but if Louisiana voters haven't held Vitter's prostitution scandal against him thus far, why would they change now?


I believe I can fly.

With Felicia Sonmez and Aaron Blake

By Felicia Sonmez  | September 29, 2010; 5:22 PM ET
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