The Note: Spending All the Time in the Vanity Factory

Peter Canellos writes in his Boston Globe column that the Virginia Senate race has a lot of weight. "The race would have been merely an exclamation point on a national election marked by over-the-top negative campaigning, but now it appears likely that the Virginia seat could determine the balance of the Senate." LINK

Pamela Stallsmith, Bill Geroux, and Carlos Santos write in today's Richmond Times Dispatch that the DSCC is "pumping almost $2.5 million" into statewide television and radio advertising for the final week. Last week, the NRSC "bought $1.4 million of airtime for an ad blasting Webb for past comments that the GOP contends demean women." LINK

Per the Virginia Pilot, Sen. John Warner (R-VA) is once again lending his support to his counterpart, Sen. George Allen (R-VA), this time at a campaign stop in Virginia Beach. Tom Holden and Warren Fiske write about the influence that Warner has on Allen, citing the Junior Senator's shift in tone on Iraq after the elder statesman's visit to the country earlier this month. LINK

Dale Eisman of The Virginia Pilot examines the "gender gap" in the Virginia Senate race writing that Sen. George Allen (R-VA) and his opponent Jim Webb (D-VA) are tied among women voters, both holding 45 percent in a recent Virginia Pilot poll. Allen has been able to woo more women voters than most Republicans by focusing on Webb's "past writings on gender integration in the military and sexually explicit passages in Webb's novels." LINK

The AP reports that an Opinion Research poll conducted for CNN shows Jim Webb (D-VA) ahead of Sen. George Allen (R-VA), 50 percent to 46 percent. Four percent of respondents said they were undecided. LINK

2006: Senate: Missouri:

According to the AP, White House spokesman Tony Snow was in the St. Louis area fundraising for Sen. Jim Talent (R-MO) yesterday. In his speech, Snow affirmed that the war in Iraq is a chance to spread democracy. Talent's opponent Claire McCaskill (D-MO) begins a statewide RV tour today, while Sen. Bill Frist (R-TN) campaigns for Talent. LINK

2006: Senate: New Jersey:

Donna De La Cruz of the Associated Press writes up the latest Quinnipiac University poll numbers showing Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) with a five point edge over opponent Tom Kean Jr. -- 49 percent to 44 percent. LINK

Newark Star Ledger's Joe Donohue and Jeff Whelan write of the "Sopranos knock off campaign ad" attacking Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) which is funded by the same person who was responsible for the "Swift Boat" ads which questioned Sen. Kerry's record in 2004. LINK

2006: Senate: Montana:

A Republican media consultant and friend of indicted Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff recently wrote a letter to a Montana newspaper describing Sen. Conrad Burns' staff's connection to Abramoff. The letter is expected to come out in print on Thursday. The Billings Gazette has the details. LINK

Buying newspaper plastic bags and putting pro-Burns ads on them is the latest form of advertising that will be tried by the NRA. The NRA hopes to reach between 120,000 and 150,000 people in Montana this way. The AP has the story. LINK

Per Charles S. Johnson of the Billings Gazette: "The National Republican Senatorial Committee, which hadn't been on the television airwaves in Montana for 12 weeks, is buying $310,000 worth of ads to help Sen. Conrad Burns." LINK

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