The Note: Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda, Part III

Outside groups have spent more than $1 million thus far in New York State this election season, per the New York Post's Bishop. LINK

Despite sagging approval numbers and Republican scandal, President Bush has still managed to raise $180 million for the Republican Party and individual candidates report Jim Rutenberg and Adam Nagourney of The New York Times. LINK

2006: House:

The New York Daily News reports that the NY-20 is heating up with Rep. John Sweeney (R-NY) calling in First Lady Laura Bush and challenger Kirsten Gillibrand importing actor David Strathairn to replay his Edward R. Murrow role in a online video comparing Sweeney to " Communist witch hunter Sen. Joseph McCarthy." LINK

First detailed public poll in Connecticut's 4th District shows Rep. Chris Shays (R-CT) leading Democrat Diane Farrell 44 to 40 percent, Notes the Hartford Courant's Pazniokas. LINK

The Philadelphia Inquirer's Todd Mason reports that Comcast has pulled a cable-television ad that Democrat Lois Murphy claimed was false and misleading. LINK

The ad, prepared by the NRCC, said that Murphy opposed a bill that would provide body armor to troops in Iraq. But Murphy could not have participated in the vote since "she doesn't hold office, and has stated she supports funding for body armor, said James Lamb, her attorney in Washington."

The Washington Post's Peter Baker reports that the President raised $360,000 for Republican Dean Heller on Monday. According to the latest poll by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Heller was leading Democrat Jill Derby "by just 45 percent to 42 percent in a district where Republicans outnumber Democrats by a margin of nearly 3 to 2." LINK

The Wall Street Journal's Washington Wire reports that a new poll for the partisan Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund with a margin of error of 4.9 percent shows the race for California's 11th congressional district remains "neck and neck." LINK

"The telephone survey of likely voters put Democratic Challenger Jerry McNerney two points ahead of incumbent Republican Rep. Richard Pombo (48% to 46%), with only 6% undecided."

2006: Senate:

Sen. Rick Santorum enlists Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Se. Jim DeMint (R-SC) to take over key duties as Senate Republican Conference Chairmen so that he can focus more on his re-election campaign, per Roll Call.

Carrie Budoff of the Philadelphia Inquirer writes that "In Pennsylvania alone, special interests have poured more than $5 million in TV ad money into the race, favoring Santorum by a 4-to-1 ratio over Democrat Bob Casey Jr." LINK

To get a sense of where Virginia residents stand amid the allegations of GOP Sen. George Allen is a racist, the Los Angeles Times talked to voters like Carol Miller who told the paper, "I don't approve of Allen's comments, but it would not be enough to make me vote for the Democrats in this race." LINK

New Jersey Republicans call for Sen. Bob Menendez to return tens of thousands of dollars his campaign collected from convicted contributors, per the Star-Ledger's Joe Donohue. The Star-Ledger reports that Menendez received $150,000 over the past 19 years from 18 donors with a criminal record. LINK

Bonna De la Cruz of the Nashville Tennessean reports that Senate candidate Bob Corker (R-TN) is focusing his campaigning on Nashville's suburbs. LINK

Gordon Towbridge of the Detroit News profiles Sen. Debbie Stabenow. LINK

Q&A with Sen. Stabenow: LINK

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