Afternoon Fix: Rubio raises $5 million; Christine O'Donnell down big; DCCC spending money on Salazar, Marshall and Donnelly
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The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has gone up with its first ad buys in districts held by Reps. John Salazar (D-Colo.), Jim Marshall (D-Ga.) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), according to Federal Election Commission reports. Its biggest new buys are in districts held by Salazar and Reps. Harry Mitchell (D-Ariz.) and Bobby Bright (D-Ala.).
WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED
* Florida Senate candidate Marco Rubio (R) raised more than $5 million in the third quarter, setting a new record for a candidate running this cycle.
* Two new polls show New Castle County Executive Chris Coons (D) up big on Christine O'Donnell (R). Fairleigh Dickinson University (O'Donnell's alma mater!) has Coons up 17, and the University of Delaware has him leading by 19.
* The National Republican Congressional Committee is reportedly targeting Salazar and four other new Democrats: Reps. Tim Walz (Minn.), Phil Hare (Ill.), Sanford Bishop (Ga.) and Zack Space (Ohio). Democrats have already spent money defending Hare and Bishop.
* The DCCC has pulled back on its ad buys in districts held by Reps. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), Betsy Markey (D-Colo.), Harry Teague (D-N.M.), Chet Edwards (D-Texas) and Suzanne Kosmas (D-Fla.), as well as open seats held by outgoing Reps. Dennis Moore (D-Kan.) and Brad Ellsworth (D-Ind.).
* The Hill newspaper is out with a series of new polls in a dozen of the most vulnerable Democratic-held House districts. The polls, from Penn Schoen Berland, show Democrats trailing or tied for all 12 seats. Markey is down by 3 percent, Teague is down 4, and Reps. Debbie Halvorson (D-Ill.) and Kathy Dahlkemper (D-Pa.) both trail by double digits.
WHAT YOU SHOULDN'T MISS
* Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) will do his first campaign appearance for the man who beat him in a primary, Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.), on Monday.
* New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch (D), previously thought to be safe, is up with his third attack ad in three days. The Republican Governors Association appears to be putting another Democratic-held seat very much in play.
* Speaking of new seats potentially in play: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) is going negative in a new ad against former Rep. Joe DioGuardi (R) - a move that suggests he might be more competitive than once thought. Democrats have placed a premium this cycle on defining opponents early, and Gillibrand is doing just that.
* Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) will raise money for the Florida Republican Party at a dinner "honoring" GOP governor candidate Rick Scott (Scott doesn't need the money; he's a self-funder).
* Democrats continue to send the big guns into the Connecticut Senate race. After the national party bought another $1.2 million in ad time in the state this week, Democrat Richard Blumenthal's campaign announced Wednesday that First Lady Michelle Obama will campaign with him Oct. 18.
THE FIX MIX
Don't call it a comeback.
With Felicia Sonmez and Aaron Blake