Rep. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) is so cheap he wears a hole-filled sweatshirt and hasn’t replaced his washing machine in more than a decade.

That’s not an attack from his Republican opponent, Terri Lynn Land, in Michigan’s Senate race — that’s a brag from Peters in his newest ad.

“The way I was brought up, you don’t spend money you don’t have,” Peters says in the ad, going on to tout his fiscal responsibility in office.

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His ad is the latest example of a pervasive trend on the campaign trail this cycle: candidates — often featuring their families as messengers — touting their frugality at home as evidence they’ll bring those same values to the House or Senate.

At a time when voters rate the national debt as a top concern and are tightening their own belts, it’s no longer shameful to be a cheapskate — at least not on the campaign trail.

 

SENATE SHOWDOWN

GA-SEN (OPEN): The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Action Fund threw its weight behind Democrat Michelle Nunn in the midterm race for Georgia’s Senate seat. Nunn, a former nonprofit executive, would work for sound environmental policies and commonsense measures to protect resources, the group said Tuesday.

KS-SEN (ROBERTS): Sen. Pat RobertsCharles (Pat) Patrick RobertsThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by National Industries for the Blind - Trump seeks to flip 'Rage' narrative; Dems block COVID-19 bill GOP senators say coronavirus deal dead until after election Trump says he'll sign USPS funding if Democrats make concessions MORE’s (R-Kan.) former primary opponent weighed in on Roberts’s reelection fight Tuesday, calling for the Kansas Republican Party to “stop the personal attacks.” Meanwhile, Roberts is getting an assist on Thursday from former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R). And on the campaign trail Tuesday, Roberts warned of impending “national socialism.”

LA-SEN (LANDRIEU): Former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney is heading to New Orleans to raise money for Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.).

NC-SEN (HAGAN), LA-SEN (LANDRIEU), CO-SEN (UDALL), IA-SEN (OPEN): The gun control group bankrolled by billionaire former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) endorsed vulnerable incumbent Democratic Sens. Kay HaganKay Ruthven HaganThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic Unity Taskforce unveils party platform recommendations Democrats awash with cash in battle for Senate The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump's job approval erodes among groups that powered his 2016 victory MORE (N.C.), Mark UdallMark Emery UdallThe 10 Senate seats most likely to flip Democratic presidential race comes into sharp focus Democrats will win back the Senate majority in 2020, all thanks to President Trump MORE (Colo.) and Mary LandrieuMary Loretta LandrieuBottom line A decade of making a difference: Senate Caucus on Foster Youth Congress needs to work to combat the poverty, abuse and neglect issues that children face MORE (La.), as well as Rep. Bruce BraleyBruce Lowell BraleyThe Memo: Trump attacks on Harris risk backfiring 2020 caucuses pose biggest challenge yet for Iowa's top pollster OPINION | Tax reform, not Trump-McConnell feuds, will make 2018 a win for GOP MORE (D-Iowa), who is battling for the seat to be vacated by retiring Sen. Tom HarkinThomas (Tom) Richard HarkinThe Memo: Trump attacks on Harris risk backfiring Ernst challenges Greenfield to six debates in Iowa Senate race Biden unveils disability rights plan: 'Your voices must be heard' MORE (D-Iowa).

 

BATTLE FOR THE HOUSE

FL-2 (SOUTHERLAND): The first debate between Rep. Steve Southerland (R-Fla.) and Democrat Gwen Graham got fiercely personal, with Graham accusing the congressman of lying and Southerland dismissing her attacks. "I wish I could tell you I pay attention to your challenges, but I don't," Southerland said at one point.

NY-21 (OPEN): Republican chances of picking up retiring Rep. Bill Owens’s (D-N.Y.) seat increased this week with Republican Elise Stefanik nabbing the Independence Party nomination and her former GOP primary challenger officially coming off the ballot. Further confirming the GOP’s advantage, Democratic group House Majority PAC canceled a $300,000 ad reservation in the district.

GA-12 (BARROW): The National Rifle Association is backing Rep. John BarrowJohn Jenkins BarrowRepublican wins Georgia secretary of state runoff to replace Kemp The most important runoff election is one you probably never heard of Our democracy can’t afford to cut legal aid services from the budget MORE (D-Ga.), giving the Deep South's last white House Democrat a potentially big boost in his reelection push.

AZ-02 (BARBER): Former Rep. Gabby Giffords's (D-Ariz.) gun control group is pulling down a controversial ad running in her old House district after the candidate it attacked said she supported a proposal it's been championing.

 

AD WATCH

AK-SEN (BEGICH): Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiGOP ramps up attacks on Democrats over talk of nixing filibuster OVERNIGHT ENERGY: House Democrats tee up vote on climate-focused energy bill next week | EPA reappoints controversial leader to air quality advisory committee | Coronavirus creates delay in Pentagon research for alternative to 'forever chemicals' House Democrats tee up vote on climate-focused energy bill next week MORE (R-Alaska) says she's "disappointed with the dishonest attacks" on Republican nominee Dan Sullivan in a new ad from Sullivan's campaign.

KS-SEN (ROBERTS): In its first ad against businessman Greg Orman, GOP outside group Freedom Partners ties the independent to President Obama and the Democratic Party in the Kansas Senate race.

NH-SEN (SHAHEEN): New Hampshire Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown calls Sen. Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenSenate Democrats introduce bill to sanction Russians over Taliban bounties Trump-backed candidate wins NH GOP Senate primary to take on Shaheen Democratic senator urges Trump to respond to Russian aggression MORE (D-N.H.) "confused about the nature of the threat" from Islamic militants in a new ad.

KY-SEN (MCCONNELL): The pro-Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell focuses on confirming judicial nominees with COVID-19 talks stalled McConnell accuses Democrats of sowing division by 'downplaying progress' on election security Warren, Schumer introduce plan for next president to cancel ,000 in student debt MORE (R-Ky.) Kentucky Opportunity Coalition launched a new ad charging that Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes supports “amnesty” for illegal immigrants. Meanwhile, Grimes launched a new ad touting her support for an increase in the minimum wage, fair pay and job-training programs for veterans.

MI-SEN (OPEN): Rep. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) touts how “cheap” he is in a new ad featuring his family. Meanwhile, a new GOP group, B-PAC, is hitting him with an ad on national security.

CO-SEN (UDALL): A Crossroads GPS ad features a woman calling it “insulting” for Sen. Mark Udall (D) to assume “we’re single-issue voters,” while Udall and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee launch a Spanish-language ad aimed at women. The National Education Association went up with a Spanish-language ad as well, featuring Spanish speakers talking about education.

AR-SEN (PRYOR): The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee hits Rep. Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonLoeffler calls for hearing in wake of Netflix's 'Cuties' Health care in the crosshairs with new Trump Supreme Court list Cruz says he wouldn't accept Supreme Court nomination MORE (R-Ark.) on Medicare.

NC-SEN (HAGAN): Carolina Rising, a conservative outside group, has an ad featuring parents of an autistic child saying North Carolina Speaker Thom Tillis (R) “will fight for people like us.”

IA-SEN (OPEN): American Crossroads hits Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa) for his support from an environmental group, suggesting he shifted his position on the Keystone XL oil pipeline to appeal to the group.

AZ-01 (KIRKPATRICK), AZ-02 (BARBER), CA-07 (BERA), CO-06 (COFFMAN), FL-02 (SOUTHERLAND), GA-12 (BARROW), MN-07 (PETERSON), NY-01 (BISHOP), and WV-03 (OPEN): The National Republican Congressional Committee launched ads hitting Democratic Reps. Ann Kirkpatrick (Ariz.), Ron Barber (Ariz.), Ami Bera (Calif.), John Barrow (Ga.), Collin Peterson (Minn.) and Tim Bishop (N.Y.) and attacking Democratic challengers running against GOP Reps. Mike Coffman (Colo.) and Steve Southerland (Fla.) and for an open West Virginia seat.

IA-3 (OPEN): The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee accuses former Hill staffer David Young (R) of looking out for Wall Street over Hartford, Iowa's Wall Street in a new ad.

NJ-3 (OPEN): The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee pulled its ad hitting Republican Tom MacArthur for complaints against his former insurance company, filed for actions it took after he sold it.

IL-10 (SCHNEIDER): Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Ill.) and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee attack former Rep. Bob Dold (R-Ill.), hitting him over Medicare, defunding Planned Parenthood and oil drilling in Lake Michigan.

 

POLL POSITION

AR-SEN (PRYOR): Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) takes 43 percent support to Sen. Mark PryorMark Lunsford PryorCoronavirus poses risks for Trump in 2020 Tom Cotton's only Democratic rival quits race in Arkansas Medicaid rollback looms for GOP senators in 2020 MORE’s (D) 38 percent support in a new survey conducted by Democratic firm Public Policy Polling.

MI-SEN (OPEN): Rep. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) takes 47 percent support to Republican Terri Lynn Land’s 40 percent support in a new survey, conducted by Democratic firm Public Policy Polling for the pro-Peters League of Conservation Voters.

AK-SEN (BEGICH): Former Alaska Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Dan Sullivan (R) leads Sen. Mark BegichMark Peter BegichAlaska group backing independent candidate appears linked to Democrats Sullivan wins Alaska Senate GOP primary Alaska political mess has legislators divided over meeting place MORE (D-Alaska) 42 percent to 40 percent, according to a survey from Democratic-leaning firm Public Policy Polling.

NC-SEN (HAGAN): Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) has 42 percent support to North Carolina Speaker Thom Tillis’s (R) 40 percent support in a new poll from High Point University.

HI-2 (OPEN): Former Rep. Charles Djou (R-Hawaii) leads Democrat Mark Takai 46 percent to 42 percent in a poll conducted for the Honolulu Civil Beat in the notoriously hard-to-poll state.

IA-3 (OPEN): A new poll conducted for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and obtained by The Hill shows former Iowa state Sen. Staci Appel (D) with 47 percent support to former congressional staffer David Young’s (R) 44 percent.

 

2016 RUMBLINGS

Republican politicians rumored to be considering White House bids are throwing their weight behind a proposal to ban abortions at 20 weeks. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and sitting Sens. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioFlorida senators pushing to keep Daylight Savings Time during pandemic Hillicon Valley: DOJ indicts Chinese, Malaysian hackers accused of targeting over 100 organizations | GOP senators raise concerns over Oracle-TikTok deal | QAnon awareness jumps in new poll Intelligence chief says Congress will get some in-person election security briefings MORE (Fla.), Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulSecond GOP senator to quarantine after exposure to coronavirus GOP senator to quarantine after coronavirus exposure The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by National Industries for the Blind - Trump seeks to flip 'Rage' narrative; Dems block COVID-19 bill MORE (Ky.) and Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzLoeffler calls for hearing in wake of Netflix's 'Cuties' Health care in the crosshairs with new Trump Supreme Court list 'Parks and Rec' cast members hosting special reunion to raise money for Wisconsin Democrats MORE (Texas) have written letters of support, according to a recent report by the Christian Broadcasting Network.

CLINTON: Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillicon Valley: FBI chief says Russia is trying to interfere in election to undermine Biden | Treasury Dept. sanctions Iranian government-backed hackers The Hill's Campaign Report: Arizona shifts towards Biden | Biden prepares for drive-in town hall | New Biden ad targets Latino voters FBI chief says Russia is trying to interfere in election to undermine Biden MORE will campaign next month for Charlie Crist, Florida's Democratic nominee for governor. Clinton will attend a "dinner reception" for Crist on Oct. 2 in Miami, according to an invitation posted on Crist campaign Chairman Bob Poe's Facebook page.

CHRISTIE: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is heading back to Iowa. Christie will be in the early-caucus state for a birthday fundraiser for Gov. Terry Branstad (R) on Oct. 25, according to The Des Moines Register. It will be his first visit to the state since July.

BUSH: Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) is heading to South Carolina next month to headline a fundraiser for the state's Gov. Nikki Haley (R), according to CNN. Bush's stop on Oct. 23 would be his first trip to an early primary state this year — South Carolina holds the first presidential primary in the South. Bush is also holding a Senate fundraiser in Tampa tonight for Republicans Tom Cotton (Ark.), Dan Sullivan (Alaska), Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerAirline job cuts loom in battleground states House approves bill to secure internet-connected federal devices against cyber threats Congress needs to finalize space weather bill as solar storms pose heightened threat MORE (Iowa), Joni Ernst (Iowa) and Monica Wehby (Ore.)

WEBB: Former Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) said Tuesday that he is "seriously looking" at the possibility of running for president. Webb is a former Navy secretary and Marine who fought in Vietnam. In comments at the National Press Club, he framed himself as someone able to work with both parties to get things done, and spoke out about the danger of interventions in the Middle East.

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“And while we wish we could support the man who once posed nude in our pages, his policy positions just aren't as solid as his abs were in the '80s. We support Jeanne Shaheen for Senate.”

Cosmo magazine, endorsing Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) for reelection over former Cosmo model and former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown (R)