Campaign update: Grayson's shocker, Corzine closes

Above: Even we as keen watchers of the man are shocked by Rep. Alan Grayson’s (D-Fla.) latest. Forward to the two-minute mark. Ta-da -- now Republicans have something to fight back with when they are accusing of fear-mongering on health care reform.

A new Quinnipiac poll out this morning has Gov. Jon Corzine (D) closing the gap on former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie (R), trailing 43-39. More details to come…

Outlier alert? SurveyUSA has GOPer Bob McDonnell reopening a huge lead in the Virginia governor’s race, 55-41, while other polling has shown the race about 10 points closer in recent days. 

Former Virginia Gov. Linwood Holton (R) backs Democrat Creigh Deeds for the office. Yeah it’s cross-party, but Holton has been supporting Democrats for a while, and is current Gov. Tim Kaine’s (D) father-in-law.

Nevada state Sen. Joe Heck (R) could move from the governor’s race to the race against Rep. Dina Titus (D-Nev.), now that the GOP candidate in that race has dropped out.

The Vito Fossella comeback rumors make a … comeback.

California governor candidate Meg Whitman steals a former state GOP chairman from primary opponent Steve Poizner.

Bill Clinton pitches for Ohio Senate candidate and Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher (D).

Former Sen. Bob Smith (R-N.H.), who is running for the upper chamber again in Florida, is trying to pump up his Senate campaign. We’ll see if his third-quarter report matches his rhetoric.

Sen. Al Franken’s (D-Minn.) approval rating is plus-11.

Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox (R) holds a 45-32 lead over Lt. Gov. John Cherry (D) in a hypothetical 2010 matchup for governor. But he leads Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.) just 30-23 in the primary, which is not bad for a congressman representing 1/15th of the state.

Former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan (R) won’t run in the special election for Sen. Ted Kennedy’s (D-Mass.) seat, leaving state Sen. Scott Brown as the likely GOP nominee.

Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman has Fred Thompson, the Club for Growth, the American Conservative Union and the Susan B. Anthony List in New York's special election. Republicans Ded Scozzafava now has the Republican Main Street PAC. Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) says: “Now more than ever, as Democrats have racked up record deficits and are now pursuing a trillion dollar government takeover of healthcare, we must elect thoughtful Republican candidates like Dede Scozzafava to rein in out of control spending and return the government back to the people.”