There were 7.2 million tweets during the second presidential debate on Tuesday night — fewer than the 10 million tweets during the first presidential debate in Denver, according to Twitter.

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"Binders" was trending on Twitter until late Wednesday morning, thanks to Romney's reference to "binders full of women" during the debate.


TOMORROW’S AGENDA TODAY: President Obama will hold a campaign rally in Manchester at 11:35 a.m. He’ll then travel to New York City to tape an appearance on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" and deliver remarks at the 67th Annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner.

Mitt Romney will also address the dinner.

Former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonFamily, friends mourn death of Barbara Bush Dems press for hearings after Libby pardon The Hill's Morning Report: Hannity drawn into Cohen legal fight MORE and singer Bruce Springsteen will hold a campaign rally for Obama in Parma, Ohio. In addition, Clinton will campaign in Steubenville, Ohio, and Springsteen will campaign in Ames, Iowa.

Vice President Biden will hold a campaign rally in Las Vegas at 11 a.m.

Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanFreedomWorks backs Jim Jordan for House Speaker House, Senate GOP compete for cash Some doubt McCarthy or Scalise will ever lead House GOP MORE will be campaigning in Florida with a rally in Ocala at 12:40 p.m. and one in Fort Myers at 7:15 p.m.

Ann Romney will appear on ABC's "The View."

Rick Santorum will be campaigning for Romney in North Carolina. Craig Romney will be campaigning in Colorado. Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) will campaign for Romney in Michigan.


TWEET OF THE DAY: “Catching some of the #Browns practice in Berea today w/@condoleezzarice & @PaulRyanVP” — Sen. Paul Portman (R-Ohio)


QUOTE OF THE DAY: "I love these debates. These things are great." – Mitt Romney


POLL POSITION:

Mitt Romney picked up 2 points overnight among likely voters and now holds a 6-percentage point lead nationally over President Obama, according to Gallup’s daily tracking poll. Romney takes 51 percent support against 45 percent for Obama in the Gallup poll of likely voters, and also leads 48 to 46 percent among registered voters.

Obama’s double-digit lead has vanished in the critical battleground state of Wisconsin, according to a Marquette University Law School poll. Obama leads with 49 percent support over Romney at 48 percent.


AD WATCH:

Mitt Romney's campaign unveiled a new television ad highlighting the GOP nominee’s attacks on President Obama’s economic record during the second presidential debate.

Romney looked to parlay his debate-night story of seeking out female Cabinet members during his tenure as governor of Massachusetts into a new push for women voters in a Web video emailed to supporters.

The main Democratic super-PACs targeting hotly contested House and Senate races released a new spate of ads, intensifying their efforts three weeks before Election Day. Majority PAC, which is working to defend the Democrats' Senate majority, launched an $8.4 million blitz in Arizona, Indiana, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Virginia, Ohio, Connecticut and Nevada, all states in which the group has spent before.


BATTLE FOR THE HOUSE:

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Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) looks like a sure bet to head the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) next year. 

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is targeting Colorado Reps. Mike Coffman and Scott Tipton on women's issues and Wisconsin Rep. Sean DuffySean Patrick DuffyMarch for Our Lives to leave empty seats for lawmakers at town halls GOP lawmaker: 'Of course' Dems will impeach Trump if they take control of House Longtime manager of Bon Iver to run for Congress in Wisconsin: report MORE on taxes with new ads. The attack on Tipton is the DCCC's first ad in that race.

CALIFORNIA: Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.) is running television ads painting opponent Rep. Brad Sherman (D) as “unhinged” and “angry” after an officer had to step in to diffuse a confrontation between the two at a debate last week.

CALIFORNIA: A Public Policy Polling survey commissioned by Democratic group Democracy for America puts Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R) neck and neck with Democrat Raul Ruiz, taking 47 percent support to his 46 percent support.

ILLINOIS: A poll commissioned by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee puts Democrat David Gill ahead of Republican Rodney Davis by 6 points in Illinois's 13th District, with 43 percent support to Davis's 37 percent support. In Illinois's 10th district, another DCCC poll offers a much closer race, with Democrat Brad Schneider leading Rep. Bob Dold (R) by just 1 point.

NORTH CAROLINA: Rep. Mike McIntyre (D) is hitting Republican David Rouzer for his support for "a plan to dismantle Medicare" that features seniors questioning Rouzer's position, with one saying "Mr. Rouzer, keep your hands off my Medicare."

TENNESSEE: The Democrat challenging GOP Rep. Scott DesJarlais says the contest has become a "dead heat" following news that the Tennessee physician had an affair with a patient and urged her to get an abortion. DesJarlais has been a heavy favorite to win a second term against Democratic state Sen. Eric Stewart. But poll numbers released by Stewart's campaign indicate the Democrat has pulled to within 5 points in the wake of the scandal — a statistical tie based on the 4.9 percentage point margin of error.


SENATE SHOWDOWN:

The Club for Growth launched a $1.5 million ad buy targeting Democrats Richard Carmona in Arizona and Rep. Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellyHeitkamp becomes first Dem to back Pompeo for secretary of State Trump checkmates Democrats in sending Pompeo to North Korea Dems walk tightrope on Pompeo nomination MORE in Indiana for what the ads charge is their defense of and record in wasteful spending and earmarks. The conservative group endorsed both Republican candidates in those races during their primaries.

ARIZONA: Rep. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeHeitkamp becomes first Dem to back Pompeo for secretary of State Duckworth brings her baby to Senate vote, drawing a crowd Senate confirms Trump’s pick to lead NASA MORE's (R) campaign released a new ad featuring a female veteran defending him against attacks from Democrats that he's failed to support veterans in Congress. Women's and veterans' issues have become central concerns in the Arizona Senate race, and Flake's ad does double duty in using a woman to come to his defense.

CONNECTICUT: The Connecticut Senate race remains in a statistical dead-heat, with Rep. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyOvernight Cybersecurity: Senators want info on 'stingray' surveillance in DC | Bills to secure energy infrastructure advance | GOP lawmaker offers cyber deterrence bill Overnight Health Care: GOP pushes stiff work requirements for food stamps | Johnny Isakson opens up about family's tragic loss to opioids | Republicans refuse to back vulnerable Dem's opioids bill | Dems offer new public option plan Dems give muted praise to Pompeo-Kim meeting MORE (D) leading Republican Linda McMahon by only 2 points in a new poll. Murphy has 46 percent support to McMahon's 44 percent support in the Siena poll, with 8 percent of likely voters still undecided.

INDIANA: Sen. Dick Lugar's (R-Ind.) office is firing back against a mail piece from a super-PAC backing Indiana state Treasurer Richard Mourdock's (R) Senate campaign. The group, which also worked to help Mourdock beat Lugar in the primary, sent a mail piece saying "Indiana's Lugar Backs Mourdock in Senate Run." Lugar's office disagreed. Rep. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) is out with a new ad using clips of Mitt Romney and President Clinton talking about the need for bipartisanship to hit Mourdock for his stated opposition go bipartisan compromise. 

MASSACHUSETTS: Democrat Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann Warren'Fearless Girl' statue to be moved away from Wall Street bull Sanders, Warren, O’Rourke inspire patriotic small donor waves Overnight Health Care: GOP pushes stiff work requirements for food stamps | Johnny Isakson opens up about family's tragic loss to opioids | Republicans refuse to back vulnerable Dem's opioids bill | Dems offer new public option plan MORE released a new ad that features a local carpenter, Richard Brow, highlighting Sen. Scott Brown's (R) record on jobs in Massachusetts. It charges that Brown voted against a number of jobs bills and to protect taxes for millionaires, and features Brow walking and chatting alongside Warren. Meanwhile, a new Public Policy Polling survey, conducted for the League of Conservation Voters, gave Warren a 9-point lead on Brown.

MISSOURI: Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulHeitkamp becomes first Dem to back Pompeo for secretary of State Senate committee sets Monday vote even as Pompeo appears to lack support Trump checkmates Democrats in sending Pompeo to North Korea MORE's (R-Ky.) political action committee released a new ad this week accusing Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillHeitkamp becomes first Dem to back Pompeo for secretary of State Duckworth brings her baby to Senate vote, drawing a crowd McCaskill outpaces GOP opponent by more than million MORE (D-Mo.) of being a rubber stamp for sending foreign aid to countries with anti-American interests.

MONTANA: Sen. Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterThe Hill's Morning Report: 200 Days to the Election Koch network targets Tester with new six-figure ad buy Senators grill alleged robocall kingpin MORE (D-Mont.) holds a narrow lead over Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.) in a new poll conducted for the League of Conservation Voters, a group backing Tester. The poll had him up by 46 to 44 percent. While partisan polls should be viewed with some skepticism, this is in line with nearly every other poll of the race showing the two neck and neck.

NEBRASKA:
Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) endorsed former Sen. Bob Kerrey (D).

NEVADA: The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee launched a new ad targeting Sen. Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerSenate GOP wary of new tax cut sequel GOP Senate hopefuls race to catch up with Dems Family, friends mourn death of Barbara Bush MORE's record on school funding and his position in favor of cutting the Department of Education. Rep. Shelley Berkley (D) also released a new ad attempting to appeal to seniors by charging that, because of his vote for Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) budget — which the ad charges will end Medicare — he's "really not for you."

PENNSYLVANIA: Republican Tom Smith released an ad charging that Sen. Bob CaseyRobert (Bob) Patrick CaseyDems walk tightrope on Pompeo nomination Overnight Energy: Trump NASA pick advances after drama | White House office to investigate Pruitt's soundproof booth | 170 lawmakers call for Pruitt to resign Senate blocks bill that opponents say weakens water pollution rules MORE (D) voted to cut Medicar, in which he appears at the end insisting he'd protect it, with his mother in the ad to back him up.

WISCONSIN: Rep. Tammy BaldwinTammy Suzanne BaldwinDem senators unveil expanded public option for health insurance Dem senators call on FCC to protect against robocalls GOP Senate hopefuls race to catch up with Dems MORE (D) still leads opponent Tommy Thompson (R) in a new internal poll her campaign released, but her support shrank slightly, down from 50 percent in September to 48 percent this month. Thompson brings in 44 percent support in the poll. Another independent poll, conducted by Marquette Law School, puts Thompson two points ahead of her, with 46 percent to her 44 percent support — a reversal from the previous poll, where Baldwin led Thompson by 4 points.

Thompson spent Wednesday with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) in Green Bay, and both sides debuted new ads in the state, and his campaign is out with an ad describing him as the "architect" of adding prescription drug benefit coverage to Medicare and accuses Baldwin of voting to cut Medicare funding. Meanwhile, Crossroads GPS is spending $1.2 million on a new ad attacking Baldwin for supporting "extreme tax increases" during her time in Congress.


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is forming a super-PAC to spend some of his personal fortune helping centrist candidates win election to Congress.
 
Obama traveling press secretary Jen Psaki said the campaign was "absolutely not" giving up efforts in Florida, North Carolina, and Virginia, three battleground states where the president has slipped behind Mitt Romney.


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