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Murray Mixes Social, Economic Issues to Woo Women Voters

A combination of national surrogates and a state level efforts suggests Democrats and Sen. Patty Murray (D) are making a concerted effort to shore up support from women in the closing weeks of the Washington Senate race.

It's a strategy that Democrats are trying to use in races across the country and is especially important in Washington state, where women compose 53 percent of the electorate.

Posted: Tuesday, October 26, 2010 - 6:03pm

Cook Political Moves Seven Dems Into More Vulnerable Territory

The Cook Political Report on Tuesday moved seven incumbent House Democrats from Solid Democrat to Likely Democrat. They are:

MA-06 Rep. John Tierney
NJ-06 Rep. Frank Pallone
NC-04 Rep. David Price
OH-10 Rep. Dennis Kucinich
OR-04 Rep. Peter DeFazio
TN-05 Rep. Jim Cooper
TX-25 Rep. Lloyd Doggett

Posted: Tuesday, October 26, 2010 - 5:48pm

American Action Network's Ads Pulled From Stations

Updated, 8:22 p.m.

The American Action Network, one of the biggest conservative third party groups, has seen some of its new House ads pulled by local television stations for factual inaccuracies.

In two districts -- one in Connecticut and another in Colorado -- local stations have pulled AAN ads. The group is spending millions on airing ads in competitive races, and any respite is welcome in Democratic camps. 

Posted: Tuesday, October 26, 2010 - 4:49pm

Cook Political Ups Projected Democratic Losses To 48 to 60

The Cook Political Report's pre-election House outlook is a Democratic net loss of 48 to 60 seats, with higher losses possible. A turnover of just 39 seats would tip majority status into Republican hands. The midterm maelstrom pulling House Democrats under shows no signs of abating, if anything it has intensified.

Posted: Tuesday, October 26, 2010 - 3:35pm

New Polls Suggest Sizable GOP Landslide

A new spate of polls this week suggests that the GOP tidal wave Republicans have been anticipating and Democrats have been fearing is beginning to form.

Some of the polls are so striking that next Wednesday, the day after the midterm election, observers may turn to these surveys as a symbol of when the bottom fell out for Democrats.

As always, polling illustrates only a snapshot in time and many factors could cause the dynamic of these races to change in the next week. But that snapshot on Tuesday is looking awfully bad for Democrats.

Posted: Tuesday, October 26, 2010 - 2:14pm

Races To Know: The Map With One Week To Go

THE SENATE: With just six days to go before the votes are cast, the Races to Know become the Races to Watch; the truly close ones that will make the difference for Senate Republicans between a good election night and a great one. Today, there are four races that are within the margin of error. In Nevada, Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican nominee Sharron Angle watch the lead between them see-saw almost daily, and neither is ever up more than a point or two.

Posted: Tuesday, October 26, 2010 - 2:13pm

What We Learned: The Homestretch

What we at The Hotline took away from this week:

Posted: Saturday, October 23, 2010 - 1:08pm

GOP Fundraising Mo': NRSC Outraises The DSCC

The National Republican Senatorial Committee outraised its Democratic counterpart in the first two weeks of October. The NRSC raised $6.2 million from October 1 to 13 while the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee raised $5.7 million.

Posted: Friday, October 22, 2010 - 4:37pm

Pelosi Has Less On Hand Than Rival

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi raised less money for her own re-election bid, and has less money on hand, than a little-known Republican businessman running a longshot bid against her.

Pelosi raised $42,908 between October 1 and October 13 and had $176,738 in the bank. Businessman John Dennis (R) raised $240,764 in those 13 days, according to reports filed with the FEC. Dennis ended the period with $214,877 on hand.

Posted: Friday, October 22, 2010 - 3:25pm

Previewing The Sunday Shows

With little over a week left until Election Day, the Sunday shows are ramping up their coverage of what the electoral map might look like come Nov. 3rd. "Meet the Press" will sit down with Republican National Committee Chair Michael Steele to discuss the GOP's strategy for the next week while CBS will talk with Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chair Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) to examine how the Democrats plan to hold onto the House.

Posted: Friday, October 22, 2010 - 3:04pm