|PresidentDebate: Of the many debate previews running this morning, Roll Call’s makes the best case for what Romney needs to do: avoid warmongering, attack Obama on Libya without overplaying his hand, and play up the various economic aspects (trade, gas prices, etc.) of foreign policy.
Ryan: Every four years, there comes a time when candidates venture to southeastern Ohio to talk about coal and deer hunting. For Paul Ryan, that time was Saturday. It helps that Ryan is actually an avid hunter.
Florida: The adventures of PPP (D), Respected Independent Media Pollster, continued with them showing Romney up 48-47 in a poll for a Florida news station.
Ohio: PPP (D, and this time on their own): Obama 49, Romney 48. That’s down from a 5-point Obama lead after the first debate. Gravis and Angus Reid both have it tied. Worth noting: 8 years ago this week, Kerry was leading most Ohio polls.
Pennsylvania: It must be late October, because the Morning Call tracker has been dusted off and is up and running. Obama leads by 5 and Bob Casey by 8.
IN-Sen: Romney cuts an ad for Richard Mourdock, the first time we’ve seen him try to extend his coattails this fall (he helped Orrin Hatch out in his primary). How the worm has turned in Indiana in 4 short years.
MO-Sen: PPP (D): McCaskill 46, Akin 40, with the Libertarian candidate drawing 6. As third party candidates almost always underperform at the ballot box, there’s still a path to victory for Akin, although he probably didn’t help himelf by comparing McCaskill to a dog this weekend.
ND-Sen: Time to put this one to bed? Rick Berg (R) is up 50-40 in a local media poll. This pickup opportunity has been far more interesting than the NRSC would have liked, but it looks like once again the top of the ticket will prove decisive.
OH-Sen: After Rasmussen and PPP put out rare, agreeing polls (Brown by 5), Josh Mandel put out an internal by POS that shows him up 44-43. He also claims that he can win regardless of what Romney does atop the ticket, but all the evidence says he needs Mitt to open up a lead for him to have a shot with a last-minute surge.