The Note: Charlie Brown Holds His Own Football

Per Kristen Mack of the Houston Chronicle on Texas 22: "Democratic candidate Nick Lampson has more than four times as much cash to spend between now and Election Day as Republican write-in candidate Shelley Sekula-Gibbs, according to campaign finance reports filed Sunday. Lampson has $1.7 million in the bank compared with Sekula-Gibbs' $403,000." LINK

The Associated Press reports that the House GOP incumbents of Connecticut are out-fundraising the Democrats. In district 4, "U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays raised $840,000 in the third quarter, outperforming Democrat Diane Farrell, who raised $580,309. Shays' campaign has more than $1.6 million in cash on hand, about double the $812,117 reported by Farrell." Rep. Rob Simmons (R-CT) reports having $955,527 on hand for the next three weeks, while his opponent Joe Courtney (D-CT) has about $209,000 due to a large media buy. And Rep. Nancy Johnson (R-CT) has about $1 million on hand. Her challenger Chris Murphy (D-CT) raised less money in the third quarter but has more money on hand, about $1.9 million. LINK

"Democrat Michael Arcuri has seized the fundraising advantage for the first time from Republican Raymond A. Meier in the highly competitive battle for a House seat representing part of the Southern Tier and Central New York," writes John Machacek of the Binghamton Press. Arcuri raised $1.2 million for the entire campaign, versus Meier's $1.07 million. As for cash on hand in the homestretch, Arcuri has $462,105 while Meier has just $379,000. LINK

2006: Senate:

According to the latest numbers, Senate hopeful Tom Kean, Jr. has out-fundraised Sen. Bob Menendez, the Newark Star Ledger reports. But Joe Donohue points out that Menendez still has more money stashed away in reserve than Kean. LINK

James O'Toole of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Notes that the two debates between Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) and Bob Casey (D-PA) today "offer what may be the last clear opportunity to shift political dynamics that seem to have settled into an ominous equilibrium for the Republican incumbent," whose support has stayed around 40 percent for months. LINK

Janet Hook of the Los Angeles Times writes of many social conservatives rallying for their champion Rick Santorum (R-PA), whose chances for reelection continue to look bleak. LINK

Bill Nichols of USA Today reports on potential record breaking ground for women in the Senate depending on the outcome of the Minnesota and Missouri races. Note, too, scholar Dennis Simon discussing how women candidates excel in environments where scandal is front and center. LINK

And don't overlook the prospect of a record number of women in the House too.

On Sunday, the New York Daily News looked at John Spencer's uphill battle to defeat Hillary Clinton. Spencer claimed to have been promised millions of campaign dollars last year by NRSC Chairwoman Sen. Dole, but that when he went to collect some national GOP help last week in Washington, DC, he was rebuffed. LINK

In the Washington Post, Spencer Hsu calls Rep. Mark Kennedy's (R-MN) "Meet the Press" debate performance "a snapshot of Republican troubles nationwide." LINK

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