The Note: Stay on the Offense

Leonard Fleming of the Philadelphia Inquirer writes of the efforts by Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Tom Kean Jr. (R-NJ) to win undecided voters in "what has been one of the most bitter, competitive races in the country." LINK

2006: Senate: Maryland:

With less than a week left to go, Republican nominee Michael Steele has made the Maryland Senate race quite a fight. A group of prominent African American Democrats in a Washington D.C. suburb in Maryland have endorsed Steele. Maura Reynolds of the Los Angeles Times Notes how the black Democrats -- who feel ignored by their party and angry by Kweisi Mfume's primary defeat to Ben Cardin (D-MD) -- are affected what should be a safe seat for Democrats. LINK

2006: Senate: Pennsylvania:

Kimberly Hefling of the Associated Press reports that in a Quinnipiac University poll of 933 voters with a 3% margin of error, "Casey led Santorum by 10 points, 52% to 42%." LINK

2006: Senate: Connecticut:

Andrew Miga of the Associated Press states that Ned Lamont has "narrowed the gap" with Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-CT) in the new Quinnipiac University poll reporting that Lieberman now has a 49-37% advantage, down from his previous 52%. The poll director believed that while it was good that Lamont cut Lieberman's lead by 5 points, "If Lamont has an October surprise, he'd better check his calendar." Lieberman also leads with a 73-6% margin among Republican voters, while the GOP candidate, Alan Schlesinger only has 19%. LINK

2006: Governor: Massachusetts:

The final Bay State gubernatorial debate will be held tonight in Boston and moderated by ABC News' Cokie Roberts. LINK

2006: Governor: Pennsylvania:

Peter Jackson of the Associated Press reports that Gov. Ed Rendell (D-PA) widened his lead over opponent Lynn Swann in a Quinnipiac poll with 58% as compared to Swann's 35%. Rendell's campaign warned voters however that "polls never tell accurate stories." LINK

2008: Democrats:

The New York Times' Marc Santora Notes Sen. Clinton's suggestion of a "phased redeployment" of American troops out of Iraq starting this year. LINK

The Washington Post's David Ignatius spent the day with Sen. Clinton and gets her to define the "pragmatic center" thusly: "'Americans are primarily pragmatic,' she said. 'We are both conservative and progressive. In the pragmatic center, you get people together; you listen, you learn; you don't draw lines in the sand.'"

When asked by the New York Times' Anne Kornblut how important experience ought to be for a President, Sen. Obama replied, "What I think is more important is judgment." Kornblut describes the Senator as a "powerful tool" in the closing days of the midterms. LINK

Note Obama stealing a metaphor from David Axelrod!!!

The New York Times' columnist Maureen Dowd praises Sen. Obama for his "audacity to hope" and points to how experience touted by the Bush camp can actually make the world dangerous. LINK

2008: Republicans:

In a must-read, the Washington Post's George F. Will argues that Sen. Allen's fumbles in 2006 are Gov. Romney's gain for 2008. LINK

". . . with Allen much diminished and perhaps out of contention, and with Rudy Giuliani not yet doing serious ground work for a national campaign, the Republican field is already down to two. That is good for only one of them: Romney."

Will also uses his column to mock Sen. Allen for seeming to "blush like a fictional Victorian maiden" about sexual passages in his Democratic opponent's "six fine novels."

Media:

The Wall Street Journal's Brooks Barnes reports that the midterm elections "offer rookie anchors new battleground" in a piece that Notes ABC's Charles Gibson will get more on-air time because of "Nightline."

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