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Afternoon Fix: NRSC on the air in Alaska; NRCC up in 45 districts; DCCC out with new polls; and it's debate time

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* The National Republican Senatorial Committee is up with a coordinated ad buy in Alaska's Senate race. The TV ad introducing Joe Miller to the general electorate is being funded by both Miller's campaign and the NRSC, which can spend up to $174,000 in coordination with the candidate.

* A new poll commissioned by the League of Conservation Voters and the Service Employees International Union shows Rep. Tom Perriello (D-Va.) and state Sen. Robert Hurt (R) in a virtual tie. The poll shows Hurt at 44 and Perriello at 43 - much better for Perriello than other recent surveys.


* The National Republican Congressional Committee is up with ads in 45 districts this week, spending big money ($4.4 million) and doing it much quicker than the wealthier Democrats.

* The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is highlighting some solid new internal polls. The DCCC's independent expenditure unit has polls showing Rep. Bobby Bright (D-Ala.) leading by nine and Rep. Scott Murphy (D-N.Y.) leading by 13. Internal campaign polls show Rep. Mike McMahon (D-N.Y.) up 18, Rep. Chris Carney (D-Pa.) up eight and Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) up 25.

* Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel (D) began his campaign for mayor of Chicago today with a listening tour.

* The Republican Governors Association is up with another new ad attacking Michigan Democratic candidate Virg Bernero.

* Pennsylvania GOP governor candidate Tom Corbett is going negative with his latest TV ad, attaching Democrat Dan Onorato to unpopular Gov. Ed Rendell (D).


* Former Rep. Rob Portman (R) and Ohio Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher (D) will take part in a Senate debate at 7 p.m. eastern time in Toledo. The debate will be carried live on C-SPAN.

* Connecticut Senate candidates Richard Blumenthal (D) and Linda McMahon (R) will hold their first debate tonight in Hartford, as a new Public Policy Polling (D) survey shows Blumenthal upping his lead to 12. A taped version of the debate will air on C-SPAN at 10 p.m. eastern time.

* Quinnipiac University releases its next poll of the Ohio governor's race on Tuesday morning. Can Gov. Ted Strickland (D) maintain the momentum he has gained in recent polls?

* Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's (R) Wednesday rally in Miami will be postponed, with a new date coming soon.

* ABC News will host debates in Florida (Wednesday), Colorado (Oct. 15), Illinois (Oct. 19) and Pennsylvania (Oct. 20).


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By Aaron Blake  | October 4, 2010; 5:00 PM ET
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