The Note: CGI Friday

Harwood Notes, however, that "attempts to leapfrog veterans would trigger infighting and look unlikely." The Arizona Republic's Jon Kamman reports that the NRCC has cancelled $1 million in planned advertising for Republican congressional candidate Randy Graf.  Kamman also Notes a recent partisan poll released by Democratic candidate Gabrielle Giffords showed her with a 19 point advantage. LINK

In the latest installment of their Ohio River Ramble, the Washington Post's Chris Cillizza and Jim VandeHei look at Rep. John Hostettler's (R-IN) "Mayberry-style" campaign (supplemented, of course, by "north" of $1 million on ads so far) and juxtapose it with the Democratic machine that is helping the pro-life, pro-traditional marriage Sheriff Brad Ellsworth.  LINK

2006: Senate:

The Hillary Clinton vs. John Spencer debate showdowns are set for Friday October 20 in Rochester on NY1 News (and other Time Warner cable news channels across the state) and Sunday October 22 in Manhattan on WABC-TV. LINK

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The Honolulu Advertiser previews tomorrow's Democratic Senate primary. LINK

The Wall Street Journal's Harwood reports: "Though Democrats face an uphill climb for six-seat gain" in the Senate, "Republican strategists fear" the DSCC's "$12 million cash edge heightens chances of an upset." Defenders of NRSC Chair Elizabeth Dole (R-NC) "cite cash competition from 2008 presidential wannabes Frist and McCain."

Harwood also reports in the Washington Wire that Democrats believe Sen. Menendez is "their only incumbent at risk, though they dismiss talk of replacing him on ballot with Rep. Andrews."

Be sure to tune into C-SPAN's "Newsmakers" on Sunday at 10:00 am ET (or be sure to record it if it conflicts with "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" in your market) to catch Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine telling the New York Times' Sheryl Gay Stolberg that she's heading to the Nutmeg State in October to campaign with Sen. Joe Lieberman.

STOLBERG: "You've worked closely with Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut. A little birdie told me that you're guy is going to campaign for him, that he's asked you to and you've said yes, is that true?"

COLLINS: "Yes, it's true. You have your usual good sources. In October, I'm going to be going in to Connecticut and I really hope that Senator Lieberman is reelected. We don't agree on every issue but we have a wonderful working relationship that's allowed us to produce so much bipartisan legislation out of the Homeland Security committee and that really benefits our country."

STOLBERG: "Do you think it's going to help him to have you campaign for him?" COLLINS: "I think it will. I asked him that and he said yes. I told him that I would come in for him. I would do that or if it helped to say bad things about him, I'd do that too. I think this is very important. I think he serves the people of Connecticut very well but also the people of our country."

According to the Associated Press Mel Sembler, a former RNC finance chairman, helped organize a reception that raised a "couple of hundred thousand dollars" for Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT). LINK

The AP reports on Pennsylvania frontrunners, in both the Senate and gubernatorial races, maintaining their sizable leads amid new advertising and poll numbers from the region. LINK

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