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The midterms: House playing field expands

USA Today: “The battle for control of the Senate focused on a handful of tossup races Tuesday, even as the fight for the House expanded into more Democratic districts.”

Hotline adds, “The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is making a last ditch effort to survive a GOP wave by blanketing the airwaves in more than 60 districts in the final week of the campaign. According to FEC filings late Tuesday, the DCCC purchased $21.6 million worth of air time in 66 districts. The ad buys represent the breadth of the GOP 's momentum. Among those 66 districts, many were once considered safe Democratic seats, including those held by Reps. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Bruce Braley (D-Iowa) and Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.). Only three of the seats in which Democrats are advertising are held by Republicans.”

Based on its latest round of district polls, The Hill has this headline: "Midterm blowout: 50 or more Dem seats set to fall in the election." From its story: "Of the 42 districts polled for The Hill, all but two of which are currently Democratic, 31 had Republicans in the lead. Democrats were up in just seven, and four were tied. In addition, there are some 15 Democratic districts that are so far into the GOP win column that they weren’t polled. That would suggest at least 46 GOP pickups, plus whatever the party gets out of another 40 or 50 seats that some experts believe are in play."


And it finds: "Longtime Democratic incumbents are a seriously endangered species. ... Budget Committee Chairman John Spratt (D-S.C.) is down 10 percentage points, while Reps. Allen Boyd (D-Fla.) and Chet Edwards (D-Texas) are each losing by 12. Rep. Paul Kanjorski (D-Pa.), who is serving his 13th term, is trailing by five."

Despite the GOP’s outside-group advantage, the New York Times reminds us that Democratic candidates have the spending edge over their GOP counterparts. “Even with a recent surge in fund-raising for Republican candidates, Democratic candidates have outraised their opponents over all by more than 30 percent in the 109 House races The New York Times has identified as in play. And Democratic candidates have significantly outspent their Republican counterparts over the last few months in those contests, $119 million to $79 million.”

ALASKA: "Alaska GOP Senate hopeful Joe Miller was suspended for three days and referred to an employee assistance program after admitting to improperly using three government computers, then cleaning the caches to cover up the activities, according to personnel records released Tuesday under court order. The personnel records were obtained by The Associated Press, the Alaska Dispatch, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner and the Anchorage Daily News, under open records requests and a subsequent lawsuit. Miller had until Tuesday afternoon to appeal the release, but chose not to."

"The Alaska Division of Elections has come under fire for providing a list of certified write-in candidates to voters at polling places, an unprecedented move that critics suggest was done to aid Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who is running as a write-in," Roll Call reports. "The state Republican and Democratic parties have joined to sue the Division of Elections to force the agency to stop providing the list, the Anchorage Daily News reported Tuesday."

CONNECTICUT: The AP looks at state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal's wealth. His wife's family is part owner of the Empire State Building. Their fortune is estimated to be between $55.3 million and $107 million. (Blumenthal's opponent, Linda McMahon has already spent more than $40 million of her own money on the Senate bid and has vowed to give $50 million.

KENTUCKY: Is that an apology? Rand Paul supporter Tim Profitt, who stomped on the neck and head of a MoveOn.org supporter said of his actions: “I’m sorry that it came to that, and I apologize if it appeared overly forceful, but I was concerned about Rand’s safety,” Profitt told the AP. And, per Roll Call: "He said the video made the confrontation appear worse than it was." The man has been banned from future Paul events.

NEVADA: Angle's using decoys now? "Sharron Angle used a decoy to dupe a pack of reporters who were waiting for the Senate candidate outside a campaign event in Nevada on Monday," The New York Daily News writes. "As Angle wrapped up a closed-to-the-press appearance at the Microsoft Licensing office in Reno, a campaign staffer in a car near a group of assembled reporters was overheard saying loudly into a phone, 'She’s ready? She’s coming out now?' the Las Vegas Sun reported. Two women then got into the car while Angle apparently slipped away through another exit, avoiding the reporters, The Sun reported."

WEST VIRGINIA: The Boston Globe sums it up: "Governor Joe Manchin is running what seems to be a classic Republican campaign for the US Senate in West Virginia."