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  • Sestak catching the wind?

    We told you about that DSCC poll showing Joe Sestak's bow edging ahead of the U.S.S. Toomey -- nautical metaphors are obligatory when writing about the admiral's campaign. Now our pal, the trusty lookout Tom Fitzgerald of the good ship Inky, ahoys us with...
  • Toomey heads to the bar

    In his latest ad -- not sent out to the media, but a Pittsburgh TV viewer alerted the Inquirer -- Pat Toomey plays up his experience helping his brothers run a chain of bar/restaurants in Allentown. This is the part of his background that he likes most to...
  • Sausage party!

    In case you needed any more evidence of how campaigns coordinate their messages with the national party -- and there are rules on this kinda thing, you know -- an email erroneously forwarded by the John Raese senatorial campaign this afternoon takes you r...
  • Ras: WVa Sen a "near tie"

    Rasmussen Reports -- which last week had John Raese up by 6 points in the WVa Senate race -- is joining the crowd saying this thing is getting tighter, and has reversed course in its opinion that the seat is leaning Republican. From Ras: Democratic Gove...
  • Vets ad attacks Toomey

    The left-leaning Vote Vets -- the same group that distributed the flyers comparing Pat Toomey to Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad two weeks ago -- is up with a tough new ad criticizing the former congressman for voting against bonuses for those fighting in the ...
  • Breaking news potpurri

    A couple of breaking news items worth a look: The state Senate panel is moving toward approval of two Common Pleas Court judges, over budgetary objections from Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald Castille. Pittsburgh City Council voted tentatively today ...
  • Hafer sued

    We spent a lot time on the former version of this blog talking about Barbara Hafer's brief entry into the race for the 12th District Democratic nomination to Congress (the one eventually captured by Mark Critz). In case you missed it, she's now back in th...
  • Circle the date, Mountaineers

    Those of us watching the nationally-noticed US Senate race in West Virginia might want to circle Tuesday, Oct. 12, if things keep going in Joe Manchin's direction. We saw yesterday that the PPP poll showed voters swinging back to the Democratic guv (just...
  • Dems: Sestak up 2

    If you click the "Political Turf" button at the top of the Early Returns homepage, it'll take you to the Pollster poll averages in PA, and right at the top is the Senate race, in which every poll has shown Pat Toomey leading -- click on the map and it w...
  • NRSC's first ad on Sestak

    From the folks you brought you the hick-y ad, it's . . . a new National Republican Senatorial Committee spot on Joe Sestak. Actually, it's the NRSC's first "IE" or independent expenditure for an ad targeting the Democrat, and really, there was no rush, w...
  • Dahlkemper: NYT wrong

    The Dahlkemper campaign is pushing back hard on this morning's report in the NYT that the DCCC was pulling its ads out of the PA-3 race. The explanation: the GOP was pulling ads from the Youngstown market (which bleeds into Mercer County), so the Dems adj...
  • New Sestak ads on social security

    The Sestak camp has two new ads out hitting Pat Toomey on Wall Street and privatizing (see the fight over that word here) Social Security. Not much new ground here and if you've missed the Democrats pounding the drum on thi...
  • Get em while they're hot

    A couple reminders to fans of this site: Yesterday we told you about the new feature on our homepage that lets you sign up for daily lists of our politics blog posts and stories. (A picture of the box is above.) We hope you'll try it -- it only sends o...
  • New Chamber ad on Sestak

    The union-friendly legislation dubbed card-check -- which has been stillborn for several months now -- had a big role early in this Senate campaign, when it was one of the factors that caused Arlen Specter to lurch rightward and then leftward into the Dem...
  • Manchin back up 3: PPP

    Joe Manchin has stopped the bleeding in the US Senate race in WVa, according to Public Policy Polling, and now leads 48-45%. It was PPP that really set off alarm bells about Manchin's set-to with Republican John Raese three weeks ago, when they found Man...
  • State troopers back Toomey

    Republican Pat Toomey has picked up the backing of the Pennsylvania State Troopers Association for his Senate bid against Joe Sestak. From the release: Below are statements from Pat Toomey and Bruce Edwards, the president of the Pennsylvania State Troope...
  • Doyle banks PAC funds

    Forest Hills Democrat Mike Doyle had $337,490 in the bank at the end of September, as he goes for a ninth term in Congress. The 14th District incumbent raised $74,805 during the third quarter and spent $56,348. Almost all the fundraising was from PACs. ...
  • Critz ad goes inside steel mill

    Rep. Mark Critz is up with a new television ad in his PA-12 race against Republican Tim Burns, in which he's shown hanging out in a steel mill -- playing up his "independent voice," support for keeping manufacturing jobs stateside, and his NRA endorsement...
  • NRA goes after Sestak

    The National Rifle Association has been a help to some Democrats this cycle, but Joe Sestak is not on the list. Via Politico's Ben Smith, here's the ad the NRA is spending $400,000 to air in the 'T' (Erie, Scranton-Wilkes Barre, Johnstown, Harrisburg and ...
  • New GOP ads on Manchin

    The National Republican Senatorial Committee is hitting back at WVa Senate candidate Joe Manchin again with radio and newspaper ads tying him to Obama. From the WashPost: In a new full-page ad funded by the NRSC and running in four of the biggest newspa...