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Trump: At the third presidential debate the Republican candidate for President of the United States refused to state if he would accept the results of the American presidential election if he lost to Hillary Clinton. This was an extraordinary departure from the basic principles that have underpinned American democracy for more than two centuries. The GOP should be ashamed of itself for nominating this man.
Hillary: As part of their efforts to help Donald Trump win the Republican presidential nomination the Hillary Clinton campaign paid agitators to incite violence at Trump rallies during the Republican primaries. The ensuing backlash against the violence the Clinton campaign instigated helped generate attention for Donald Trump and propelled him to victory in the GOP primaries.
McMullin: The latest Emerson College poll of Utah has Evan McMullin winning the state! They have Evan McMullin leading Donald Trump by 4 points, 31% to 27%, with Clinton taking 24%. If McMullin wins Utah it will be the first time in 48 years that a third party candidate has won a state in a presidential election.
FL-Sen: President Barack Obama speaks very bad Spanish in a new ad for
certified public accountant Patrick Erin Murphy (D). The latest polls show Sen. Marco Rubio (R) doing very well with Hispanic voters in Florida. As “immigrant” Patrick Erin Murphy makes clear in an even worst Spanish accent at the end of the ad “Soy Patrick Murphy y aprego este mensaje”. Murphy is paying for this ad himself because the DCCC has pulled out of Florida and has left him on his own with nothing to fall back on other than his daddy’s money and his Saudi straw donors.
NC-Sen: The League of Conservation Voters and LCV Victory Fund announced a $3 million TV ad buy against Sen. Richard Burr (R). Burr was previously endorsed in August by the ClearPath Action Fund which has spent $500,000 on his behalf.
PA-Sen: The Club for Grown reminds us that Katie McGinty is a tax hiking crook with an $800,000 ad buy.
PA-Sen: The Democrat Senate Majority PAC hits Republican Sen. Pat Toomey in their new ad on all of Donald Trump’s talking points, for supporting NAFTA, free trade and “China”. No word yet if this ad means that Democrat Katie McGinty is really a Trumpkin on trade.
NV-Sen: CNN got hold of an audio tape of Rep. Joe Heck (R) explaining why he really wants to support Donald Trump but his conscience won’t let him. Heck’s wife was a victim of domestic abuse during a previous relationship and this issue of sexual assault of women cuts close to home for him.
UT-Sen ’18: In what could be a huge blow to Evan McMullin, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R) is considering reversing his 2012 declaration that he would retire at the end of his current term and might seek an eighth term in 2018.
CA-7: The NRCC’s new ad argues that Rep. Ami Berra (D) is either criminally culpable or completely incompetent for claiming he didn’t know about the campaign finance money laundering scheme that got him elected to Congress and landed his father in jail.
CA-10: The DCCC goes after Republican Rep. Jeff Denham for refusing to disavow Donald Trump.
CA-49: Republican Rep. Darrell Issa’s latest campaign mailer highlights his working with President Obama to pass legislation.
CO-6: All politics are local. Every district has certain unique communities which make certain issues more important than others. The D+1 CO-6 has a growing Ethiopian immigrant community and Republican Rep. Mike Coffman’s latest ad features his outreach to them after an ISIS terrorist attack on Ethiopian Christians.
FL-18: Crooked contractor Randy Perkins (D) new ad tries to tie war hero Brian Mast (R) to draft dodger Donald Trump. Perkins has released a series of negative ads on Mast which all conveniently feature pictures of Mast, who lost both legs serving his country in Afghanistan, from the waist up.
IL-10 & CA-25: Democrats Brad Schneider and Bryan Caforio have become the first House candidates to have Barack Obama cut a general election ad for them. Schneider is running in an D+8 district vs Rep. Bob Dold (R) and Caforio is running in the R+3 CA-25 vs. Rep. Steve Knight (R) . It is kind of amazing to think that we are less than 3 weeks from election day and these are the first two campaign ad we have seen directly staring Obama for any Democrat House candidate. Also of note is the fact that these two ads were cut at the same time. Obama is wearing the same tie and same suit in both ads and they are shot in the same room. Its pretty clear that they just sat the President down and had him read off a bunch of canned endorsements at the same time.
MT-AL: The House Majority PAC is investing $451,000 on behalf of Democrat Denise Juneau in her race against Republican Rep. Ryan Zinke. Zinke’s internals have him ahead by a 49-38 margin and even Juneau’s own internal have Zinke leading by 3 points. Unfortunately Montana does not allow robocalling so public polling has been scare here.
State, Local & Other:
Nassau County Executive: Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano (R) is expected to be charged Thursday with federal corruption. The charges are expected to center on Mangano’s ties to federally-indicted Long Island restaurant magnate Harendra Singh, and will allege that Mangano helped Singh with business deals and in return was treated to free vacations and other perks. Singh is also assisting the feds in an investigation into Democrat New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s campaign fundraising. At this point it is unclear whether these charges are related to that investigation.