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Senate races

No help for Akin from RNC

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus expressed confidence that Republicans can win a majority in the Senate but maintained that they won't be supporting embattled candidate Todd Akin.

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DSCC outraises NRSC for August, has more cash on hand

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has out-raised the National Republican Senatorial Committee in August, bringing in $7.7 million to the NRSC's $6.1 million.

{mosads}The DSCC also has a slight cash on hand advantage heading into the campaign's homestretch, with $31 million to spend to the NRSC's $28.9 million.

The NRSC narrowly out-raised the DSCC in July, but the Democrats have been outpacing their Republican counterparts in most months this year.

Both sides spent nearly as much as they took in as the Senate campaigns shifted gears in August. The DSCC spent $9.2 million during the month, while the NRSC spent $4.4 million.

This post was updated at 2:15 p.m.

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Baldwin leads Thompson in new poll

Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) leads former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson (R) in their Senate race in a new poll, the latest to show her with momentum in the state.

The poll shows Baldwin leading Thompson by 48 to 46 percent in a poll conducted for NBC News and The Wall Street Journal by Marist College. Two other nonpartisan public polls released this week showed the race tied and Baldwin up by 9 points, a big shift from one month ago, when Thompson led in all public polling by a comfortable margin.

Baldwin has been able to outspend Thompson on the air since he clinched the GOP nomination because he spent most of his campaign funds to win the August primary, and Thompson himself admitted he'd slipped in the polling earlier this week, partly blaming his financial disadvantage and partly blaming Mitt Romney for his standing. Romney trails President Obama in the same NBC poll by 5 percentage points despite having home-state Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on the ticket.

"The presidential thing is bound to have an impact on every election," Thompson told Madison TV station WKOW on Wednesday when asked about recent polling that showed him slipping behind Baldwin. "You know, whether you're a Democrat or Republican, if your standard-bearer for the presidency is not doing well, it's going to reflect on the down ballot."

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Thompson blames Romney for his poor poll numbers in Wisconsin

Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson (R) thinks Mitt Romney is dragging him down in his Senate race.

"The presidential thing is bound to have an impact on every election," Thompson told Madison TV station WKOW on Wednesday when asked about recent polling that showed him slipping behind Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.). "You know, whether you're a Democrat or Republican, if your standard-bearer for the presidency is not doing well, it's going to reflect on the down ballot."

{mosads}Two polls out in recent days show Thompson and Romney losing ground in Wisconsin, the home of Rep. Paul Ryan, Romney's running mate. Thompson was tied with Baldwin in one poll and trailed her by 9 points in another. Both pollsters had him up comfortably after his primary win six weeks ago.

Romney was similarly struggling in the state, falling behind Obama by more than the poll's margin of error. That's a big change from polling conducted right after he chose Ryan.

Thompson also said having to "regroup" financially after the primary contributed to Baldwin's edge. Baldwin was able to raise a lot of money while Thompson spent his smaller fundraising haul on an expensive primary, and she has been able to dominate the airwaves in recent weeks.

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