The Note: Keep You Safer

"In the past, states often would support one party for president while sending members of the other party to Washington as one or both of their senators. But in a highly polarized era, more voters are supporting Senate candidates who are in the same party as their choice for president," writes Brownstein.

The New York Times takes a closer look at some voters in Anoka, MN -- an electoral battleground home to a competitive House, Senate, and gubernatorial race this year -- and finds voters are craving substance, not politics. LINK

Tom DeFrank and Ken Bazinet of the New York Daily News chat up some GOP operatives who appear quite concerned about their party's position four weeks out from Election Day. LINK

"'I'm a lot more concerned today than I was four weeks ago. We're defending the morality mantle, and that's something I did not think we would have to do,' said Republican pollster Kellyanne Conway, referring to the GOP's traditional strength on social issues."

The Hill's Alexander Bolton reports that Karl Rove has raised upwards of $12 million this election cycle, more than any aide or White House staffer in history. LINK

While DNC Chairman Howard Dean and DCCC honcho Rahm Emanuel (D-IL) ended their "feud" recently, Emanuel is openly questioning whether the DNC spent enough money targeting "drop-off voters"—people who vote in presidential election years but not in between. The Hill's Jonathan Kaplan has more. LINK

2006: House:

The upstate New York battle between Rep. John Sweeney (R-NY) and Democratic challenger Kirsten Gillibrand is getting nastier, reports Raymond Hernandez of the New York Times. LINK

"The attacks by Ms. Gillibrand are just the latest example of how Democrats have tried to use ethics issues to club Republicans, after a string of damaging revelations, particularly that Republican leaders failed to act on initial signals that a colleague was sexually harassing male teenage pages."

Per Josephine Hearn of The Hill, Reps. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Steny Hoyer (D-MD), and Jack Murtha (D-PA) are jet-setting around the country in a fervor to support candidates while Republicans "hastily cancelled campaign events" with Hastert. LINK

Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) said that he believes our country is "waiting for leadership" while stumping for Democratic House candidate Chris Carney in Pennsylvania. LINK

Todd Mason of the Philadelphia Inquirer profiles congressional candidate Joe Sestak. LINK

2006: Senate:

Thomas Fitzgerald of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that despite the GOP money advantage, the results of a new battleground poll show that "Republicans are swimming against the current" and he breaks down the issues in competitive senatorial races. LINK

The NRSC has put together a web video of Democrat Bob Menendez acknowledging the investigation on This Week. The NRSC calls it: Watch The Menendez Bob And Weave

The Hill's Blana Schor describes the contrasting advertising approaches of the DSCC and the NRSC, where Democrats have launched a new ad to support Jim Webb in Virginia while Republicans are waiting to go on the air for Tom Kean Jr. in New Jersey. LINK

Beth Rucker of the Associated Press reports on the senatorial debate in Tennessee where Democratic candidate Harold Ford Jr. continually described his opponent as a "rubber stamp" for the Bush administration. LINK

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