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The midterms: Witchy Woman

ALASKA: “”Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) acknowledged on Sunday that her write-in general election campaign will be an uphill fight,” The Hotline wrote. “The Alaska Republican also took issue with Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC), who sent out a fundraising email for Miller on Saturday that called Murkowski a ‘big-tent hypocrite’ for running a write-in campaign.” http://bit.ly/axAoM6

The Hill: “Republican strategist Karl Rove said on ‘Fox News Sunday’ that Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) is going to lose her Senate bid and that her decision to wage a write-in candidacy is ‘sad and sorry.’”

DELAWARE: “On Friday night, Bill Maher, the host of ‘Real Time’ on HBO, broadcast a 1999 clip in which Ms. O’Donnell said she had ‘dabbled into witchcraft’ -- though she said, ‘I never joined a coven.’ ‘One of my first dates with a witch was on a satanic altar, and I didn’t know it,’ she said. ‘I mean, there’s a little blood there and stuff like that. We went to a movie and then we had a little midnight picnic on a satanic altar.’”

More: “On Friday night and on Saturday morning, Ms. O’Donnell’s campaign canceled planned appearances on the Sunday morning news programs ‘Face the Nation’ on CBS and ‘Fox News Sunday’ on Fox. To have a guest back out of a Sunday show interview is rare. The campaign cited scheduling conflicts, but the two television hosts were skeptical. Bob Schieffer of CBS noted that the timing of the cancellation coincided with the ‘Real Time’ segment on her ‘witchcraft’ comment, and he broadcast her remark about going on a date at a satanic altar.”


“O'Donnell is making light of comments she made more than a decade ago about having dabbled in witchcraft when she was in high school,” the Washington Post adds. "’There's been no witchcraft since. If there was, Karl Rove would be a supporter now,’ O'Donnell jokingly assured the crowd,” at a GOP picnic in Delaware on Sunday.

HAWAII: “Former U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie rolled to victory last night in the Democratic primary for governor as voters eagerly embraced his call for change,” the Honolulu Star-Advertiser writes.

ILLINOIS: “The NRCC began airing new ads in a dozen congressional districts over the weekend, including the GOP-held seat of outgoing Rep. Mark Kirk,” Politico writes. “Democrats view the 10th District as one of their best pickup opportunities this year.”

KENTUCKY: The Boston Globe goes to Kentucky and finds a Rand Paul who's softened his tone: "Paul is ahead in most polls in the Kentucky race for US Senate. But in campaign appearances across the state, he is being forced to reckon with allegations by Democrats -- including his opponent, Attorney General Jack Conway -- that he is extreme, insane, dangerous, or all of the above. It is a dynamic in Senate races featuring candidates supported by the Tea Party movement across the country. Buoyed by successful primary runs, the GOP’s boisterous newcomers are repackaging their staunchly libertarian fervor for broader audiences, mostly by trying to tone it down. Democrats are countering with a barrage designed to scare voters about their goals -- and their mental faculties."

More: "Paul has imposed tighter message discipline on himself after a disastrous television appearance in May, when he was pilloried for expressing doubts about parts of the Civil Rights Act. He is shunning nearly all interviews with out-of-state media. Unfriendly bloggers have been ejected from news conferences. Taking the stage with a subdued demeanor at the Owensboro picnic, he never mentioned his proposals for dismantling government agencies such as the departments of education and energy. But he did draw cheers from the crowd by railing against the federal deficit and declaring: 'Enough’s enough. We’ve come to take our government back.'"

PENNSYLVANIA: “President Barack Obama heads to Pennsylvania on Monday to raise money for Democratic Senate candidate Joe Sestak, who is locked in a tight race for a seat considered a must-win for the president's party,” the AP writes.

Rep. Charlie Dent (R), who is a perpetual Democratic target, is up 49%-38% in PA-15, according to a new Allentown Morning Call-Muhlenberg College poll.