The Note: Wherever the Evidence Leads, Part XV

Claire McCaskill added a little star power to her campaign yesterday with Michael J. Fox's hosting a fundraiser. The St. Louis Dispatch has the story. LINK

Republican Senate hopeful John Spencer accuses opponent Sen. Clinton of aiding Al Qaeda. " 'You don't think that's helpful to the enemy in a time of war, for a prominent and possibly presidential contender to be calling for the head of the secretary of defense?' an incredulous Spencer said during a sitdown with the Daily News Editorial Board." LINK

2006: Governor:

Susan Page of USA Today provides a nice 2006 gubernatorial wrap. LINK

The Detroit News on its latest gubernatorial poll numbers: LINK

"In the first poll taken since a raucous Monday debate, Michigan voters showed they're growing less certain about who'll get their vote in the state's contentious race for governor, a Detroit News/WXYZ-TV poll indicates."

"Gov. Jennifer Granholm leads Republican challenger Dick DeVos 46 percent to 40 percent, the new survey shows. But support for both candidates has dropped over the past month and the percentage of undecided voters nearly doubled, from 7 percent in September to 12 percent this month. Granholm led DeVos 50-42, among all voters, in mid-September."

The Houston Chronicle Notes that the first Texas gubernatorial debate will air tonight and analyzes the candidate gameplans, including that of incumbent Republican Gov. Rick Perry. LINK

Tom Fahey of the Union Leader writes that during the first debate between gubernatorial candidates Gov John Lynch (D-NH) and James Coburn (R-NH) both candidates "stuck to their campaign themes" and discussed taxes, education, and the presidential primary. LINK

2006: downballot:

The New York Times reports on attorney general hopeful Andrew Cuomo's (D-NY) risky, yet profitable, campaign fund strategy. LINK

2008: Republicans:

Rudy Giuliani isn't much interested in reasserting his support for New York attorney general candidate Jeanine Pirro, reports the New York Post. LINK

The State curtain raises Sen. John McCain's trip upstate South Carolina trip today to attend a luncheon for agriculture commissioner candidate Hugh Weathers. LINK

2008: Democrats:

The Associated Press's Brendan Farrington writes that Former Gov. Mark Warner (D-VA) figures his work with Republicans is a great way to secure becoming his party's presidential nominee. LINK

Howard Greniger of the Tribune-Star writes that Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) is using his political clout to back several Democratic candidates including congressional candidate Brad Ellsworth. During a press conference for Ellsworth, Bayh said "I think Indiana can make an important contribution in leading this country in a better direction by sending good people like Brad Ellsworth, and Baron Hill and Joe Donnelly to the United States Congress." LINK

Sen. Bayh also made stops at a union hall and AM General Plant to campaign for congressional candidate Joe Donnelly who is running against Rep. Chris Chocola (R-IN) in Indiana's second district. LINK

Political potpourri:

How many politicians can you fit in a box at Yankee Stadium? The New York Post's Page Six has the answer. . . Apparently: three. LINK

The New York Post also spotted Sen. Lieberman at Yankee Stadium in a more humble situation, waiting in line for the bathroom. LINK

Weekend politics:

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