The Note: Weakness Attracts Those Who Are Waiting

The Philadelphia Inquirer's Thomas Fitzgerald took a Sunday look at the Republicans' "microtargeting" voters to tighten the gap between Bob Casey Jr. (D-PA) and Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA). LINK

James O'Toole of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes that Sen. Santorum charged Casey with being "AWOL on the war on terrorism," enabling Santorum to combine two of his campaign themes: ". . . that combating terrorism should be a central issue in this race and his assertions that Mr. Casey was generally derelict in attending to his duties as treasurer." LINK

2006: Senate: Ohio:

The Columbus Dispatch's Torry, Siegel, and Riskind report that Sen. Mike DeWine (R-OH) has had a hard time compiling a solid image of himself and his record despite serving in the Senate for 12 years, which is likely to affect how many conservatives march to the polls on his behalf. LINK

2006: Senate: Connecticut:

Mayor Bloomberg plans to officially endorse Sen. Lieberman today. USA Today has a quick preview. LINK

2006: Governor: Nevada:

Chrissy Mazzeo has decided to press forward and request that authorities investigate her allegations against Nevada gubernatorial candidate Rep. Jim Gibbons (R-NV), Notes the Review-Journal's McCabe and Ball. LINK

2006: Governor: Ohio:

The Columbus Dispatch's Hallett and Niquette Note that "the winds of change are blowing," as a resigned GOP in Ohio haplessly watches Ted Strickland (D-OH) expand his lead over Kenneth Blackwell (R-OH). LINK

2006: Governor: New York:

"It is not even November yet, but with Attorney General Eliot Spitzer holding as much as a 50-point lead in polls in the governor's race, the planning for a transition team and an administration has begun," ledes Danny Hakim of the New York Times on Mr. Spitzer's early move to construct a cabinet.LINK

2006: Governor: Iowa:

Ken Fuson and Jonathan Roos of the Des Moines Register report that the historically conservative Western part of Iowa could determine who wins the gubernatorial race. LINK

Dan Gearino writes in the Quad-City Times that in order for Rep. Jim Nussle (R-IA) to win, Republicans must turn out voters in Iowa's Sioux County, the county that handed the state to President Bush in 2004. LINK

The Des Moines Register's Thomas Beaumont writes that both Rep. Jim Nussle (R-IA) and Chet Culver (D-IA) spend a lot of time talking about their leadership skills and their opponent's lack thereof. LINK

Over the weekend, the Des Moines Register endorsed Democrat Chet Culver for Governor because "he seems to have a better temperament for the job" and, unlike Rep. Jim Nussle (R-IA), is not connected to a "Republican inner circle infamous for all-out partisan warfare and fiscal irresponsibility." LINK

2006: Ballot measures:

The Washington Post's Metro section looks at efforts on the part of Virginia's Catholic leaders to sway the solid majority of the state's Catholic voters -- 60 percent -- who said that gays "should 'be allowed to form legally recognized civil unions,' compared with 38 percent who said they shouldn't," according to a Washington Post poll conducted this month. LINK

The Washington Times' Valerie Richardson Notes that voters in Colorado will vote both on a ban on same-sex marriage and on a ballot measure that would create civil unions for gay and lesbian couples. LINK

Politics of lobbying:

USA Today's Thomas Frank examines the influence of beer on Capitol Hill, and it's not just the goggles. LINK

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