The Note: A Ballet Being Fought Out in the Alley

In a must-read, the Washington Post's Jeffrey Birnbaum and Zachary Goldfarb report that GOP incumbents in highly competitive House races "have a substantial cash advantage going into the final weeks before the midterm elections." LINK

According to a Washington Post analysis, "Democrats spent more heavily over the summer and early autumn than their Republican rivals in pivotal House districts, leaving themselves at a disadvantage of more than 2 to 1 in money on hand."

GOP candidates hold an average cash advantage of $450,000 in 25 of the most competitive districts, according to an NRCC memo given to the Washington Post by a Republican.

USA Today focuses on the somewhat less pertinent 3rd quarter fundraising figures and reveals that Democratic candidates in nearly half of the most competitive races raised more 3rd quarter money than their Republican counterparts. Jill Lawrence adds up the numbers. LINK

On "Good Morning America," ABC News' Claire Shipman looked at the efforts to get single women to the polls in November and potential record breaking numbers of women serving in Congress. "Women stand to play an enormous role this election, both as candidates and as voters," reported Shipman. In her report, Shipman included Republican pollster Kellyanne Conway saying, "Female candidates are looked upon by both sexes as being more ethical."

Kristen Mack of the Houston Chronicle profiles Republican money man Bob Perry's and writes that his $8 million in donations makes him the top GOP-leaning donor this year according to Congressional Quarterly. Perry, a Houston home builder has financed such groups as the Economic Freedom Fund, the Free Enterprise Fund, and most recently, Americans for Honesty on Issues. LINK

The recent GOP scandals are rallying the Democratic troops, writes Thomas Fitzgerald of the Philadelphia Inquirer: "A Democracy Corps poll released Friday surveying 1,200 likely voters in 49 competitive Republican-held House districts found Democrats with a 49 percent to 45 percent lead. It also found greater intensity among those who intend to vote Democratic, with 66 percent saying they were "very interested" in the elections, compared with 56 percent of Republicans." LINK

The New York Sun's Josh Gerstein reports that Patrick Rooney's America's Pac "began running ads last month in more than two dozen congressional districts. The campaign discusses issues ranging from warrantless wiretapping to school choice, but the most inflammatory spots pertain to abortion." LINK

"'Black babies are terminated at triple the rate of white babies,' a female announcer in one of the ads says, as rain, thunder, and a crying infant are heard in the background. 'The Democratic Party supports these abortion laws that are decimating our people, but the individual's right to life is protected in the Republican platform. Democrats say they want our vote. Why don't they want our lives?"

Rockefeller Republicans to the rescue! A group of former and current CEO's and corporate lawyers have formed a new group called "Republicans Who Care," which has raised $385,000 through September 30 for moderate Republican candidates. Michael Forsythe of Bloomberg News has the story. LINK

The Way to Win:

It is easy to write a book that is attacked by the Right. It is easy to write a book that is attacked by the Left.

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