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2009/2010: Here comes Mark Warner

MASSACHUSETTS: A quick primer, per the New York Times, on the MA SEN special election when it comes to fundraising. Dem front-runner Martha Coakley is trying to raise a million dollars by the end of the month (that's tomorrow).

NEW JERSEY: Now it's personal! GOP gubernatorial nominee Chris Christie "hit back" on his opponent Jon Corzine's claims that Christie's proposed policies on health insurance "would not require insurers to follow mandates, leading Corzine to charge that young women could be denied mammograms to detect breast cancer." Last week Corzine released a Web ad "in which Christie heatedly debates the issue with a cancer survivor." That Christie responded to with his own ad "describing his own mother's lifesaving mammogram" and calling Corzine "so deceitful." "The governor's said a lot of things about me all summer," Christie said to a crowd of 40 women at a New Jersey library. "I didn't respond to any of it, because it was trivial. But this was different. ... My mother survived. She survived because she got a mammogram. It's deceitful and now it's personal."

VIRGINIA: Deeds brings in his big gun, former Virginia Gov. (and current Sen.) Mark Warner. In a brand-new TV ad, Warner speaks to the camera about his support for Deeds. "The choice in this election for Governor is really pretty simple," Warner says. "Do we move Virginia forward by continuing the pro-business economic policies that I helped put in place, or do we go backwards with the failed economic approach that ruined our economy? Creigh Deeds knows keeping taxes low and controlling spending is the right way to keep Virginia 'the best place to do business'. And I agree."

This was inevitable… Creigh Deeds is looking for more White House help. "To tap the good will, Mr. Deeds said the campaign is negotiating more visits from Mr. Obama and possibly one from first lady Michelle Obama. Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. is scheduled to campaign for him at least once more."

And Deeds and Bob McDonnell will participate in a debate on Tuesday, Oct. 20th at Roanoke College in Salem, VA. The debate, the last before the Nov. 3rd election, will be broadcast by NBC affiliate WSLS 10.