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Lugar will not campaign for Mourdock in Indiana Senate race

Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) will not campaign for Richard Mourdock, the GOP candidate who toppled him in Indiana's Senate primary, the lawmaker said in an interview with a conservative Indiana blogger.

During the interview, first reported by The Associated Press and conducted by Abdul Hakim-Shabazz, Lugar said that the only support he planned to offer Mourdock was during his concession speech earlier this year, during which he said that he hopes Mourdock "wins in November to help give my friend Mitch McConnell a majority."


Connecticut Dems highlight WWE footage that was scrubbed from Web

The Connecticut Democratic Party is highlighting Linda McMahon's (R) record as CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc., in an attempt to tie her to what the party frames as questionable business practices — an attack that helped undermine her 2010 bid for Senate. The company has since requested that video, as well as videos on other sites, be removed from the internet in what Connecticut Dems say is a clear bid to hide her record from Connecticut voters.

The party on Monday released a video showcasing particularly risque WWE clips, including sketches in which wrestlers simulate sex in the ring and one in which a wrestler appears to simulate sex with a corpse. That video has since been removed from video-sharing site Vimeo because of, according to the site, "a third-party notification by World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. claiming that this material is infringing" on copyright claims.


Donnelly poll puts Democrat ahead of Mourdock in Indiana Senate race

According to an internal poll out from Democrat Joe Donnelly's campaign, he leads Republican challenger Richard Mourdock in the race for Senate in Indiana.

Donnelly holds a lead of 3 percentage points over Mourdock, with 45 percent to 42 percent support. The campaign put out a polling memo that highlighted a possible opening among undecided voters for Donnelly, as that group supports President Obama by a 6-percentage-point margin.


Two new polls give Warren a lead in Mass. Senate race

Two new polls show Elizabeth Warren establishing a lead over Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) in one of the tightest Senate races in the nation, suggesting that as voters continue to tune into the race, she could have the advantage in deep-blue Massachusetts.

One poll, conducted by the Western New England University Polling Institute, with two local Massachusetts papers, gives Warren a 6-point lead over Brown with likely voters, 50 percent to 44 percent support.


Allen, Kaine tied in latest poll

Former Sen. George Allen (R-Va.) and former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine (D) are tied in the latest poll of the race.

Allen and Kaine are tied among likely voters with 46 percent support apiece, according to a new Marist poll conducted for NBC and The Wall Street Journal. The two, well-known commodities, have been neck and neck in polling throughout the year in what has been a remarkably stable race.

The same poll showed President Obama leading Mitt Romney by 49 to 44 percent in the state. Most political observers predicted early on that Kaine would run slightly ahead of Obama on Election Day, so it's notable that he has consistently lagged the president by a few points in polls.

The last poll Marist conducted of the race, in May, had Kaine up six points. Allen and his allies have outspent Kaine and his over the summer.

The poll of 1,509 likely voters was conducted from Sept. 9-11 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

This post was updated at 11:25 a.m.


New Warren ad indicates shift in media strategy following criticism from fellow Dems

Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren (D) released a new ad on Thursday with a different tone than her previous commercials after facing criticism from fellow Democrats about her advertising strategy.

The ad, "Fighter," features Art Ramalho, owner of the storied West End Gym that was featured prominently in the film "The Fighter," which told the story of a working-class man from Lowell, Mass., who worked his way up to become a boxing champion.

In the ad, Ramalho can be seen training boxers in his gym and discussing Sen. Scott Brown's (R-Mass.) record.


Berg calls for Heitkamp to pull 'false political assault' ad

Rep. Rick Berg (R-N.D.) slammed Democratic challenger Heidi Heitkamp on Thursday for what he called a "false political assault" in a new ad from her campaign that attacks his business record, calling for her to remove the ad from the airwaves.

Berg flew back from Washington, where Congress is currently in session, to North Dakota on Thursday — the same day the ad was released — to address the claims made in the ad.

“North Dakotans know that political campaigns are hard-fought, but expect them to be fought fairly. Heidi Heitkamp’s claims are 100 percent false. I’m disappointed in Heidi, as I’m sure so too are the people of this state,” Berg said during a press conference held Thursday morning to address the ad.


In Ohio Senate race, Mandel ad highlights Brown's missed votes

Republican Josh Mandel's campaign is out with a new ad in his fight for Sen. Sherrod Brown's (D-Ohio) Senate seat, this time attacking the senator's attendance record during his tenure in Congress.

The ad points out that Brown missed more than 350 official votes, a tally that comes from the site GovTrack, which keeps records of all congressional votes. It also highlights his votes in favor of bills that would result in a pay raise for members of Congress.

The 30-second spot characterizes Brown's absences as evidence that he's "living by different rules than us," and features — as do most of his ads — a short clip of Mandel speaking to a crowd of supporters about his beliefs on government.