REPUBLICANS STRUGGLE IN FINAL WEEKS. With just over a month left until the general election, Republicans’ early failures to capitalize on a favorable map, recruiting lackluster candidates, and an unpopular agenda are coming back to bite them. From Politico:
Our take: “We have a very tough political map, but momentum continues to move our way,” Sen. Chris Van Hollen, chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, said in an interview. “There is a credible path to a Democratic majority. It is a narrow path, but getting wider by the day.”
Cook Political Report Senior Editor Jennifer Duffy joined MSNBC’s Meet The Press Daily to discuss Republicans’ Senate recruitment failures. Watch:
GOP CANDIDATES “PAY THE PRICE” FOR HEALTH CARE SABOTAGE. The Washington Post reports that Republican Senate candidates are paying “the price for attempts to kill Obamacare and its guarantee of coverage for preexisting conditions” and it is playing out across the map:
HAWLEY STILL WANTS TO ELIMINATE PROTECTIONS FOR PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS COVERAGE. As Josh Hawley continues to mislead voters by claiming he supports protections for pre-existing conditions coverage, the St. Louis Dispatch questioned how he could support those protections while pushing “a Texas lawsuit that would end the federal Affordable Care Act, which requires insurers to cover pre-existing conditions.”
WI SEN. JON ERPENBACH OP-ED: ON HEALTH CARE, LEAH VUKMIR HAS CONSISTENTLY SIDED WITH INSURANCE COMPANIES. In an Op-Ed for the Cap Times, Wisconsin State Senator Jon Erpenbach took Leah Vukmir to task for selling out Wisconsinites to please special interests:
HEITKAMP STUNS IN Q3 FUNDRAISING. Heidi Heitkamp released stunning Q3 fundraising results with Politico reporting that she raised “more than $3.8 million during the third quarter this year, doubling her fundraising from the previous three months and breaking the record for the highest ever single-quarter haul for a North Dakota Senate candidate.”
SMITH ED BOARD ENDORSEMENT. Tina Smith earned an endorsement from the Post Review which cited “Smith’s depth of knowledge of the issues and her breadth of experience in government, business, healthcare and advocacy that places her above her opponent” and dinged Karin Housley for being “vague” and offering “few details in addressing future deficits in Social Security and Medicare as well as foreign policy issues.”
HEADLINE: RENACCI CALLS WITH SUAREZ CAME AT KEY POINTS IN CRIMINAL CASE. Congressman Jim Renacci’s entangled history with convicted felon Ben Suarez has made headlines again as a new report from the Columbus Dispatch outlines how “an analysis of the nearly 50 phone calls between the two indicates that many — including some of the most lengthy — happened at key times in the investigation of suspicious political contributions from Suarez’s employees to Renacci and Josh Mandel, who at the time was the state treasurer and running for the U.S. Senate.”
Don’t miss this episode of Good Luck America featuring the #OHSen race and detailing how Renacci wants to eliminate Medicaid expansion.
SCOTT’S AGEIST SMEARS OFFEND SENIOR FLORIDIANS. Florida Politics reports that Self-Serving Rick Scott’s ageist attacks on Bill Nelson have angered “more than 188,000” retirees who are calling on Scott to “quit suggesting Sen. Bill Nelson‘s age makes him unfit for office.”
HuffPost highlighted how Scott’s wealth may not be enough to buy him a Senate seat. Despite having “an enormous financial advantage,” Scott has been bogged down by his terrible record as governor and “three Florida-specific issues that appear to be hurting” him:
Politifact detailed how many of Scott’s claims during the Tuesday #FLSen debate were untrue:
DEM AD WATCH
MT – Jon Tester’s new ad “Eagles Crossing” slams Matt Rosendale for broken promises to Montanans.
NV- Jacky Rosen’s new Spanish language ad, “Lo que pasa en Nevada” highlights how she will be a check and balance against harmful policies impacting Nevada’s Latino community.
ND- North Dakota Democratic-NPL new digital ad “Empty Promises,” hits Kevin Cramer for failing to stand up for North Dakotans with pre-existing conditions.
WV – A West Virginian nurse says Joe Manchin is taking concrete steps to stem the opioid crisis, while Patrick Morrisey has made money through the epidemic, in the ad, “Opiate Crisis.”
IN THE STATES
IN-WBIW: Donnelly Provisions To Combat Opioid Epidemic Pass Senate As Part Of Bipartisan ‘SUPPORT Act’
MI-Up North Live: Stabenow announces extension of essential air service to northern Michigan airports
MI-MLive: Why Debbie Stabenow has staying power with Michigan farmers
OH-Crawford Source: Crawford Co. resident shares experience at Sen. Brown’s annual Women’s Leadership Summit
WI-Urban Milwaukee: Senator Baldwin’s Reforms to Protect Rights of Disabled Airline Passengers Pass Congress
FL-Red Green and Blue: Senators Nelson and Rubio host red tide briefing with CCL, Ocean Conservancy
MO-Ozarks First: McCaskill Drone Bill Heads to Trumps’ Desk
ND-AM1100 The Flag: Heitkamp Helps Pass Bipartisan Faa Bill To Support Rural Airports And Boost Uas Development In ND
WV-Fairmont News: Capito, Manchin support renaming NASA IV&V after W.Va. icon Katherine Johnson
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