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The midterms: Murkwski?

Politico notes that Sen. Murkowski’s first ad as a write-in candidate misspells the campaign URL at the bottom of the ad.

Murkowski to the AP: "You've got a situation where people are, they're counting numbers. And if it's a Republican body, that's the body we want," she said in an interview from Anchorage. "Here in Alaska, what I hear so often is, 'I vote for the individual. I look at the person, I don't really get myself tied into the party label.'"

More: "[I]n order to get things done, we take the good ideas from our colleagues that are on the other side of the aisle, we work to advance policies and proposals that are good for everybody, not just the Republicans. ... We all know that Washington, D.C., is far too partisan right now. And I think when we allow the numbers to dominate over quality, I don't think that that helps us."

Stu Rothenberg calls Alaska a "handicapper headache." "Can Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who was denied renomination by Alaska Republicans, win as a write-in candidate in November? Obviously, it’s a long shot, as is any write-in campaign, but is it impossible?" he writes. "I start off skeptical, but I’m not sure."

More: "What’s the easiest scenario to imagine? With McAdams widely regarded as a nonentity, Murkowski could become the de facto Democratic candidate in the contest. Even if that happens, it’s easiest to see Miller winning the Senate seat in November. But until we see a number of reliable polls and how Murkowski proceeds with her campaign, which is likely to be well-funded, there is no reason to rush to judgment. Unfortunately, polling in the state doesn’t have a great history."

CALIFORNIA: The Boston Globe goes to California: "The race is being scrutinized as a bellwether for Republican chances to capture control of the Senate. If a staunch conservative like Fiorina can win on the 'left coast,' then Republicans might ride a wave that delivers the 10 seats they need to take the majority, specialists said."

DELAWARE: “The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed a criminal complaint regarding U.S. Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell’s use of campaign funds for personal expenses,” The Wilmington News-Journal reports. “They also requested an audit by the Federal Elections Commission into her past campaign funds,” the Wilmington News-Journal reports.

In NBC's Kelly O'Donnell's TODAY show spot, Christine O'Donnell denied she spent campaign money from a previous race on personal expenses. "I am confident we have been ethical," she said. "We have not, I personally have not misused the campaign funds."

O'Donnell dismissed the claims as politically motivated and blamed liberals: "They're scared that the person that Harry Reid called his 'pet' is not gonna get the seat. The momentum surrounding this campaign is obvious that's why they're creating baseless accusations."

FLORIDA: “Gov. Charlie Crist, who is running for the U.S. Senate without party affiliation, launched a new commercial on Monday attacking former House Speaker Marco Rubio, the Republican nominee in the race, for backing earmarks and special projects,” Sunshine State News reports. “While Crist had pledged not to go negative, with Rubio leading in the polls by double digits, the governor is now trying to hammer the GOP nominee.”

Mitt Romney will campaign with Republican gubernatorial nominee Rick Scott, the Florida Times-Union writes.

MASSACHUSETTS: In the governor's race, Deval Patrick is up 41%-34% over Charles Baker with Tim Cahill getting 14%, according to a new Suffolk poll.

"In the first two weeks of September, the Democratic Party and ticket spent $1.06 million on ads, Republican challenger Charles D. Baker spent $584,000, and independent challenger Timothy P. Cahill spent $416,000, reports filed yesterday with the state show," the Boston Globe reports.

NEVADA: “Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had an unusual form of praise for New York's junior senator, Kirsten Gillibrand,” at a fundraiser Mayor Bloomberg threw for Reid at the mayor’s townhouse, “referring to [Gillibrand] as ‘the hottest member’ as she sat just a few feet away,” Politico reports.

NEW YORK: "Stung by Carl Paladino's below-the-belt attacks, an angry Andrew Cuomo summoned his war council on Monday to figure out how to fight back against his slash-and-burn GOP rival," the New York Daily News reports. 'If a guy says you have no cojones, how do you punch him back, call him an a--hole?' the Democratic gubernatorial candidate fumed in a secret talk to his team, one insider said. 'We have all this stuff [on Paladino] and we're on the defensive,' Cuomo groused, the insider added." This came after Paladino on Fox News criticized Cuomo's "arrogant, egotistical attitude" and "professional incompetence," and later following up with a letter to Cuomo challenging him to a debate: "Frankly, I dont think you have the cojones to face me and the other candidates in a open debate."

"[T]he Tea Party-backed Republican had circulated a flyer showing Cuomo in the shower, literally washing off the filth of 'special interest $$$,'" the New York Post reports.

OHIO: In a campaign stop for incumbent Gov. Ted Strickland, Vice President Biden “spoke for nearly 40 minutes about the country’s economic problems and how Strickland’s Republican opponent, John Kasich, represented the same Republicans that put the country and economy into “a ditch,” the Dayton Daily News reports.

PENNSYLVANIA: “President Obama, after trying last year to lure U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak out of the Democratic primary race for the U.S. Senate, came to Philadelphia yesterday to try to help him defeat Sestak's opponent, former U.S. Rep. Pat Toomey, on Nov. 2,” the Philadelphia Inquirer writes.

WEST VIRGINIA: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce endorses Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin for Senate, calling him “an invaluable leader.”