The Note: Consensus Reached

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Jo Mannies reports that State Auditor Claire McCaskill's (D-MO) controversial Senate ad featuring Michael J. Fox took in $300,000 on Thursday from the attention and commentator Rush Limbaugh's criticisms. LINK

Mannies also reports that Sen. Jim Talent (R-MO) sent out a release last night accusing McCaskill of "using her family fortune to pay for the Senate race" and "using her family's wealth to further her political career." LINK

McCaskill "continued outpacing" Talent "in the final, furious days of fundraising, but disclosed Thursday that she took out a $500,000 loan to help her campaign buy TV ads," ledes the Kansas City Star's Buzz Blog. LINK

The Kansas City Star's Matt Stearns writes that McCaskill's effort to appeal to voters in more rural areas is useful, but in order to unseat Talent she needs to pick up votes in urban areas. LINK

2006: Senate: Montana:

President Bush will make a campaign appearance for Sen. Conrad Burns (R-MT), Rep. Dennis Rehberg (R-MT), and local Republican candidates at MetraPark in Billings, MT at noon Thursday, Nov. 2. An official announcement has not been issued by the White House, but local Republicans are being offered volunteer VIP passes to the event, in return for helping to get out the vote efforts in Billings according to the Billings Gazette. LINK

2006: Senate: New Jersey:

A New York Times/CBS News poll shows the Senate race in the Garden State is a dead heat. Among likely voters, 40 percent support Bob Menendez (D-NJ) versus 39 percent for Tom Kean, Jr. (R-NJ). LINK

". . . if patterns hold, the race will come down to what is essentially a proxy battle: those who are motivated by national issues, and dislike Mr. Bush, versus those who are motivated by local issues, and who look up to former Governor Kean," write the New York Times' Chen and Connelly.

2006: Senate: Maryland:

The Washington Times highlights a controversial gesture on the part of Rep. Ben Cardin (D-MD) who skipped an NAACP-sponsored debate last night with Michael Steele (R-MD). Per S.A. Miller and Jon Ward: "Debate organizers said they had expected Mr. Cardin to participate but his campaign had not made a firm commitment to appear with Mr. Steele and Kevin Zeese, the nominee of the Green, Libertarian and Populist parties." LINK

2006: Senate: Pennsylvania:

Speaking at the Valley Forge Military Academy, Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) beefed up tough talk on American's defenses towards enemies abroad, he also called his opponent Bob Casey (D) "unready" for the job, per the Philadelphia Inquirer's Carrie Budoff and Jeff Shields. LINK

2006: Ohio:

Despite Sen. Elizabeth's Dole's (R-NY) recent thinly veiled effort to sully the reputation of Adam Nagourney's employer, the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Stephen Koff confirms that the RNC has "notified television stations in Ohio that it will not use time it reserved" for Sen. DeWine "from next Tuesday until the Nov. 7 election." LINK

2006: Senate: Connecticut:

Mark Pazniokas and Elizabeth Hamilton of the Hartford Courant report that Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-CT) got a little help from friend Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) to bolster his "centrist appeal." LINK

Ned Lamont has been promoting his "two opponents" of late in an effort to boost Republican Alan Schlesinger's chances of eating away at Sen. Lieberman's Republican support, reports the New York Times' Confessore. LINK

2006: Governor: Nevada:

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