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The midterms: Another Whitman ad

CALIFORNIA: Gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman released another TV ad, laying out her 48 page plan for California.

FLORIDA: "A new poll confirms that Attorney General Bill McCollum has widened his lead over state Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink in the race for governor of Florida. McCollum, the leading Republican in the race, beat Sink, the likely Democratic nominee, by 15 points in the poll -- 49 percent for McCollum to 34 percent for Sink, with 17 percent undecided."

MISSOURI: "A Missouri man is counting on write-in votes -- and racist radio ads -- to catapult him into the United States Senate," The New York Daily News reports. "69-year-old bigot Glenn Miller, a leader of the White Patriot's Party during the 1980s, has paid for a series of offensive advertisements to be played on a local station. And there apparently is nothing the radio station can do about it. … One of the statements Miller makes in his ads includes, 'Jews control the federal government and the media. Surely you don't still believe white men are in control, do ya? It's the Jews, stupid.' In another, he states: 'The future of white children will be a nightmare.'" He also ran in 2006 and got 40 votes. 

NEVADA: Dawn Gibbons, the soon-to-be-divorced wife of Gov. Jim Gibbons, took to the airwaves yesterday for a new radio show, the Reno Gazette-Journal reports. Today, she interviews Republican Brian Sandoval, her husband's primary challenger. "Only in Nevada does a soon-to-be ex-wife interview a man vying for her husband's job," the Gazette-Journal writes.

PENNSYLVANIA: "Businessman Tim Burns (R) is the first candidate to hit the TV airwaves in the special election to fill the late Rep. John Murtha's (D-Pa.) seat. The 30-second spot, 'Storyville,' is a biographical ad showcasing Burns' roots in the southwestern 12th district," Roll Call writes. 

"The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO [yesterday] endorsed Sen. Arlen Specter in the upcoming Democratic primary, a powerful affirmation of how smoothly the five-term incumbent has completed his transition since leaving the Republican Party less than a year ago," the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

SOUTH CAROLINA: "One day after filing for re-election to a 15th term, House Budget Chairman John Spratt (D-S.C.) revealed Tuesday night that he has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease," Roll Call reports. 

TENNESSEE: "With one day to go before Tennessee's filing deadline, its safe to say that Democrats are waving the white flag in the race to hold the seat of retiring Rep. Bart Gordon (D) in Middle Tennessee's 6th district," CQ reports, pointing out that "no top-tier Democrat" has entered the race yet. 

WEST VIRGINIA: "It's unusual for Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-W.Va.) to face opposition from a fellow Democrat," Roll Call writes. "And the rare primary Mollohan is facing this year in the northern 1st district is atypical in that state Sen. Mike Oliverio is challenging him from the right and not the left."