Paul RyanPaul RyanObamaCare gets new lease on life Ellison to Dems: Don't gloat, get ready for round 2 Trump blames Democrats for ObamaCare defeat MORE will be campaigning in Wisconsin with an 8:45 a.m. event in Eau Claire, a, 11:15 a.m. event in Green Bay and a 2:45 p.m. event in Racine.
TWEET OF THE DAY: “I don't give a damn about Election Day after what has happened here. I am worried about the people of New Jersey. #Sandy” — N.J. Gov. Chris Christie (R)
Polls show the already tight presidential race is getting even closer just a week before Election Day. A handful of polls released Tuesday show President Obama and Republican Mitt Romney either tied or within 1 percentage point of each other. None of the polls show either candidate hitting the 50 percent mark.
Hurricane Sandy is wreaking havoc on polls by making it more difficult to reach voters in some of the key states that could decide the election. Gallup will suspend its daily national polling on account of the storm, and many voters in the battlegrounds of Pennsylvania, Virginia and New Hampshire could be out of reach of pollsters just days before the election.
A new survey from American Research Group gives Romney a slight 1-point edge over Obama, 48 percent to 47, in Colorado.
Restore Our Future, the super-PAC that supports Mitt Romney, plans to spend $20 million on its final ad barrage against President Obama before the election. The super-PAC is airing the ad in Colorado, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin — all swing states with the potential to tip the election.
Romney's campaign unveiled a television ad that claims "Pennsylvania coal paid the price" for Obama's policies.
BATTLE FOR THE HOUSE:
The Congressional Leadership Fund (CLF) and its affiliated nonprofit American Action Network are launching their final pitches in six races, targeting five challengers and one incumbent with a smattering of ads in the final week before the election. CLF is launching its first and only ads against challengers Kyrsten Sinema in Arizona's 9th District, Brad Schneider in Illinois's 10th District and Gary McDowell in Michigan's 1st District, as well as against Rep. John BarrowJohn BarrowDem files Ethics complaint on Benghazi panel Barrow thanks staff in farewell speech The best and the worst of the midterms MORE in Georgia's 12th District, and is running its final pitch against Pete GallegoPete P. GallegoVulnerable Texas GOP lawmaker survives rematch 5 races for tech to watch Vulnerable House freshmen passed most bills in decades, analysis finds MORE in Texas's 23rd District. AAN is targeting Democrat Val Demings, running in Florida's 10th District, with its final ad in that campaign.
The House Majority PAC, a Democratic super-PAC, is out with ads in nine districts in what it describes as its "final arguments" in the races. On the target list: Reps. Brian Bilbray (R-Calif.), Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.), Chip Cravaack (R-Minn.), Francisco "Quico" Canseco (R-Texas), the opponent of Rep. John Barrow (D-Ga.), and Republicans in new or open seats in Arizona, Illinois and Indiana.
KENTUCKY: Republican Andy BarrAndy BarrThe Hill's Whip List: 36 GOP no votes on ObamaCare repeal plan A guide to the committees: House How we can boost the economy through foreign direct investment MORE released a Halloween-themed ad featuring a child dressed up in a mask resembling Rep. Ben Chandler (D). "I wanted to be something really scary for Halloween this year, so I decided to be Congressman Ben Chandler," the child says. The rest of the ad features him scaring an elderly woman and tossing candy in the air with another trick-or-treater dressed like President Obama, "taking people's money, like it's candy!" Barr has seen an opening in recent weeks as an internal poll gave him a slight lead over Chandler.
MASSACHUSETTS: Republican Richard Tisei released a rather unorthodox ad that has no attacks, and no closing pitch — no politics to speak of. Instead, it features a serene clip of Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester, Mass., with the caption "... because you need a break from all the campaign ads." Tisei led incumbent Rep. John Tierney (D) by 6 points in a Boston Globe poll earlier this month.
The GOP outside groups American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS are combining to spend $10.5 million on 10 Senate races in the final week of the campaign. Their target list includes some surprises: $420,000 in Nebraska, a seat most expected, until recently, to be a lock for state Sen. Deb FischerDeb FischerLawmakers share photos of their dogs in honor of National Puppy Day Senators demand Pentagon action after nude photo scandal GOP rep scolds Gillibrand for tearing into Marine general over nude-photo scandal MORE (R), as well as $512,000 in New Mexico, where the group hasn't been spending and where Rep. Martin HeinrichMartin HeinrichThe Hill’s Whip List: Where Dems stand on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Senators demand Pentagon action after nude photo scandal Dem senator wants Manafort to testify before Intelligence Committee MORE (D-N.M.) has had a solid lead in most public polls. They're also spending $333,000 in Maine on a race most other groups have given up on.
ARIZONA: The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee launched a new ad featuring a breast cancer survivor, Nadine, sharing with voters her fight with cancer and speaking directly to Rep. Jeff FlakeJeff FlakeOvernight Regulation: Senate moves to strike Obama-era internet privacy rules Overnight Tech: Senate votes to eliminate Obama internet privacy rules | FCC chief wants to stay out of 'political debate' on fake news | Wikileaks reveals new CIA docs Senate votes to block internet privacy regulations MORE (R). "You voted to let insurance companies kick women like me out of the hospital on the same day we had our breasts removed," she says, and closes with, "you shouldn't be our Senator." Meanwhile, Mark Kelly, husband of former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords and co-chairman of the Veterans for Carmona group, issued a fundraising plea for Democrat Richard Carmona on Tuesday.
INDIANA: Rep. Joe DonnellyJoe DonnellyThe Hill’s Whip List: Where Dems stand on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Senators introduce new Iran sanctions Senate Dems: We won't help pass additional health bills MORE's (D-Ind.) campaign is out with a new ad attacking Indiana state Treasurer Richard Mourdock (R) with a "greatest hits" compilation of the Senate candidate's controversial statements.
OHIO: Club for Growth Action launched a new ad against Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod BrownThe Hill’s Whip List: Where Dems stand on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Senators war over Wall Street during hearing for Trump's SEC pick Sanders to oppose Gorsuch's nomination MORE (D) that charges he voted to raise taxes and increase his own pay, while not paying his own taxes. It's part of an $800,000 buy from the group in the Columbus area, announced last week.
MASSACHUSETTS: Democrat Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenThe Hill’s Whip List: Where Dems stand on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Senators war over Wall Street during hearing for Trump's SEC pick Senators demand Pentagon action after nude photo scandal MORE has opened up her largest lead yet over incumbent Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.), according to a Suffolk University poll. Warren takes 53 percent support over Brown at 46 percent support, an increase from her 4-percentage-point lead in a September poll.
NEVADA: The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is out with an ad accusing Sen. Dean HellerDean HellerRed-state Dems in Supreme Court pressure cooker This week: House GOP faces make-or-break moment on ObamaCare Shutdown politics return to the Senate MORE (R-Nev.) of "selling out Medicare for millionaires," while Heller released an ad featuring his parents and attacking Washington, D.C. The Progressive Campaign Change Committee has also started phone banking for his opponent, Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.), citing her opposition to any changes for Medicare and Social Security.
WISCONSIN: Rep. Tammy BaldwinTammy BaldwinOvernight Finance: Senators spar over Wall Street at SEC pick's hearing | New CBO score for ObamaCare bill | Agency signs off on Trump DC hotel lease The Hill’s Whip List: Where Dems stand on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Dem senator to reintroduce ‘buy American’ legislation MORE (D-Wis.) released an ad featuring former President Bill ClintonBill ClintonWe must act now and pass the American Health Care Act Trump's message: Russia First or America First? Senate Democrats should grill Judge Gorsuch on antitrust. Here's how. MORE endorsing her and criticizing former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson, saying "she stood up to the special interests and he stood up for them." Thompson put out two new spots, one criticizing Baldwin's economic record and the other featuring Thompson's wife, Sue Ann, touting his work on healthcare. The ads are the first in weeks from either candidate that aren't purely negative attacks.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:
The presidential campaigns locked horns on Tuesday over the competitive status of key battleground states that will determine who has the more likely path to victory through the Electoral College.
Mitt Romney briefly addressed supporters at a "storm relief" event outside of Dayton, Ohio, thanking them for donating emergency supplies for victims of Hurricane Sandy. "I appreciate your generosity. It's part of the American spirit, the American way to give to people in need," Romney told the assembled crowd, adding that they gathered "with heavy hearts, as you know, with all the suffering going on in a major part of our country this morning."
Trying to promote early voting in the swing state of Colorado, the Obama campaign enlisted the help of "Man Men" star Jon Hamm to give a step-by-step explanation of the early-voting process.
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