CO-Sen: In today's theater of the absurd, NARAL Pro-Choice America is running a radio ad blaming future condom shortages on Cory Gardner because he wants to "ban birth control." (Gardner, of course, has made making the Pill available over the counter a central tenet of his campaign, and probably wouldn't be leading if he hadn't staked out that position early on.) The only universe in which this makes sense is if NARAL is spending its money to troll us.
IA-Sen: A female military officer who built her career from the ground up went to Iowa to attack a woman who built her entire career on her husband's achievements for holding the women's movement back. Oh, wait, I have that backwards--it was Hillary Clinton who attacked Joni Ernst for being part of the war on women.
LA-Sen: I wish VA-Gov had turned out differently last year for two reasons: One, so we wouldn't have Gov. McAuliffe, and two, so Ken Cuccinelli would have better things to do than spin drivel like this.
NH-Sen: Rand Paul, backed by the Chamber of Commerce, cut a late ad for Scott Brown, appealing directly to the state's crucial libertarian bloc.
CA-24: Is Lois Capps this year's surprise target? The DCCC is making a $100K buy on behalf of the veteran Dem, who was redistricted from a safe seat into a light blue one in 2012. Capps easily defeated ex-LG Abel Maldonado last cycle and wasn't expected to have trouble with businessman Chris Mitchum this year, but early voting numbers have been encouraging for the GOP thus far.
LA-05: Ted Cruz endorsed Zach Dasher, the "Duck Dynasty" cousin who is one of several Republicans running against Kissin' Rep. Vance McAllister (R) and Jamie Mayo (D) in the jungle primary. Dasher has support from the whole host of national conservative grassroots groups, which could help him gain separation from the other GOP candidates and earn a runoff spot, presumably against either McAllister or Mayo.
NE-02: Doink. After Rep. Lee Terry (R) ran a Willie Horton-type ad connecting his opponent to the release of a murderer from prison, that very murderer decided to endorse Terry during a court appearance regarding his competency to stand trial. The fact that I just had to write that should tell you why Terry is trailing in the polls despite sitting in a reddish district in a reddish year.
NY-01: Lee Zeldin (R) picked up a helpful and somewhat surprising endorsement from Newsday, the left-leaning daily that serves Long Island and has endorsed Rep. Tim Bishop (D) in his past races. This will likely be the closest race in New York (whatever chaos unfolds in NY-11 nonwithstanding).
NV-04: Republicans dominated early voting here once again yesterday, and the DCCC is now moving in with a $360K buy (which is barely a third of what Crossroads is spending here) to save freshman Rep. Steven Horsford, who appears to have been caught completely flat-footed. Republicans are winning early voting in Dem-heavy Clark County, which contains over 75% of the districts voters, many of whom are urban minorities sitting the year out. That's big trouble for Horsford, as the rest of the district is blood-red desert.
ME-Gov: Here's the other shoe from yesterday's weird Eliot Cutler press conference: Sen.
King Angus I Angus King (I) switched his endorsement from Cutler to Mike Michaud, on the grounds that Cutler can't win. Cutler said as much himself yesterday, urging his supporters to "vote their conscience," and Michaud should stand to gain after seeing his poll numbers soften down the stretch.
WI-Gov: Two of Mary Burke's (D) fellow former executives of Trek Bicycles claim that Burke's own family pushed her out of the company for underperformance. Burke and her family are obviously denying the allegations. Either way, not the headlines Burke wants heading into the final weekend, and probably not a good Thanksgiving dinner subject for the Burkes this year!
NV-Legislature: Democrats simply aren't showing up for early voting, and Nevada political guru Jon Ralston is projecting significant GOP gains in both houses of the legislature. He categorizes the Senate as "likely gone" and the Assembly, thought for most of the cycle to be Safe D, as "in play."
Impeachment: Remember this buzzword from--I don't even remember, was it March? April? (Actually, it was July.) At some point the Democrats realized that banging the impeachment drums wasn't going to goad Republicans into making mistakes, and gave up on it...until yesterday, when Harry Reid made it a centerpiece of a final fundraising push for Begich, Udall, and Braley.