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The midterms: Palin takes aim at Murkowski

ALASKA: "Sarah Palin took aim at U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski as she sought to rally Alaskans Thursday for Murkowski's beleaguered GOP rival, Joe Miller," the AP writes. "Palin avoided using Murkowski's name in addressing the hundreds of people gathered in Anchorage for a "Change D.C." rally but it was clear who she meant. In describing Miller's two chief rivals in the race, she said one is an 'out of touch liberal' and the other was mayor of Sitka. The latter is Democrat Scott McAdams."

CALIFORNIA: The latest Field Poll shows Barbara Boxer (D) leading Carly Fiorina (R) by eight points among likely voters, 49%-41%.

Fiorina was on ABC this morning criticizing Boxer for "a record of voting against military appropriations on 'many, many occasions,' including for funding that would have provided body armor, extended family leave and treatment for brain trauma and PTSD for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans;" and said "she was 'shocked' that Boxer had become a multimillionaire while in the U.S. Senate, saying the senator had voted herself a '40 percent pay increase. You can only do that in Washington, D.C.'" Fiorina, former CEO, is a multimillionaire, who got a $21 million Golden Parachute after she was fired from HP. On why Sarah Palin hasn't campaigned for her (despite endorsing her very early on, going against the Tea Party's wishes): "Well, I don't know why you're asking about her in particular," Fiorina replied. "I mean, there are many people who have endorsed me that I agree with on some things and not others … ." Fiorina also skipped a California rally with Palin and RNC Chairman Michael Steele.

CONNECTICUT: Vince McMahon's fed up and he's not gonna take it anymore: "Fed up with what he called 'malicious and misleading attacks,' the bombastic 65-year-old McMahon recently launched an Internet campaign called 'Stand up for WWE,'" the New York Post reports. "He won a court order Wednesday allowing WWE fans to come to the polls in wrestling clothing. And on Saturday, the WWE is staging a fan-appreciation event in Hartford just three days before Linda McMahon hopes to rally enough voters to defeat Democrat Richard Blumenthal for the seat being vacated by Democratic Sen. Christopher Dodd." He said in a post online, "Certain members of the media, they're a little less likely to write untruths. Elitists, a little less likely to be looking down their noses at us."

DELAWARE: "Republican Christine O’Donnell has parted ways with yet another campaign treasurer and appointed her campaign manager to the position, making her the fifth since launching her bid for Senate last year," AP reports. "Campaign finance specialists say the turnover is highly unusual and could raise questions at the Federal Election Commission about her financial reporting."

Anti-establishment? "Senate Republican Conference Chairman Lamar Alexander will travel Friday to Delaware to campaign for tea party favorite Christine O’Donnell in her uphill Senate race against Democrat Chris Coons," Roll Call reports (because what Delawareans respond to is a senator from Tennessee).

FLORIDA: “Florida's U.S. Senate race turned into late-night political theater, as Democratic Senate candidate Kendrick Meek scrambled at his Miami Gardens campaign office Thursday to quash reports that his mentor and most important political ally, former President Bill Clinton, urged him last week to quit the race,” the Miami Herald reports.

The Washington Post: Clinton told the congressman that he could make a greater impact if he quit the three-way race and endorsed Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (I), a Clinton official confirmed Thursday. But Clinton himself would not elaborate in an interview with CNN on the specifics of his conversations with Meek, a longtime friend. ‘I knew it was being discussed, people had discussed it on and off. . . . It was no secret,’ Clinton told CNN.”

The New York Times: "The Senate contest in Florida is a critical one for President Obama and his administration as Democrats struggle to avoid a Republican takeover of the chamber on Election Day. A victory by Mr. Crist, who has said he might choose to vote with Democrats in the Senate, could help offset expected Democratic losses elsewhere. Officials familiar with the private discussions said Mr. Crist had made it clear that he would support Democrats in the Senate if he won. Aides to Mr. Clinton said the White House was not involved in the discussions. Politico reported that the White House was aware of the conversations between Mr. Clinton and Mr. Meek but that it did not initiate them. Asked about the discussions, the White House press secretary, Robert Gibbs, said in an e-mail, 'Don’t know anything about it.'"

LOUISIANA: Charlie Melancon (D) has an ad out against Senate opponent David Vitter (R) with an announcer saying, "Our money paid for serious sin."

NEVADA: Mason-Dixon has Sharron Angle (R) up 49%-45%.

NORTH DAKOTA: Rep. Earl Pomeroy lambasted a Crossroads GPS ad against him because it claims, “North Dakota’s economy is reeling and Congressman Earl Pomeroy is making it worse." Except, "The only problem is the Peace Garden State is having an economic boom. Unemployment in North Dakota is less than 4 percent," Roll Call writes.

PENNSYLVANIA: "Governors Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota, Haley Barbour of Mississippi and Chris Christie of New Jersey are starting Friday with a rally in Reading for GOP gubernatorial nominee Tom Corbett and Senate candidate Pat Toomey," AP writes. "Then they're heading to Lancaster County Airport for another rally. ... Former President Bill Clinton stopped Thursday in Erie and Philadelphia for Democrat U.S. Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper and gubernatorial nominee, Dan Onorato. President Barack Obama visits Philadelphia for another rally Saturday."

WASHINGTON: "The National Education Association has expanded its independent expenditure program exponentially since the last midterm election in 2006, building upon its member-to-member and ballot initiative efforts," CQ Politics. "While the NEA spent just $1.6 million on independent expenditures in 2006, it is spending $17 million on IEs during the 2010 cycle. Karen White, who has worked as the union's national political director since early 2007, said the group is targeting four Senate races and eight House races with IEs, all in support of Democrats. It's spending the most for Washington Sen. Patty Murray, who faces Republican former state Sen. Dino Rossi. The group is spending $2.1 million independently for TV and radio ads, one direct mail piece and coalition activities in Washington."

WEST VIRGINIA: The Hill (from Princeton, WV): "Manchin finds footing, but keeps sliding away from his party." Of President Obama, he said, "Absolutely the president needs to move to the middle and his administration needs to move to the middle."