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NRSC Airs First South Dakota Ad (Video)

The National Republican Senatorial Committee launched its first TV ad today in the newest hot race on the competitive Senate playing field, one day after national Democrats released an ad of their own.

The 9 Biggest Candidate Flameouts

Meet the cycle’s biggest candidate disappointments.

White House Defends ISIS War: 'This Strategy Is Succeeding'

Despite gains by ISIS in Syria and Iraq in the face of airstrikes, the White House insists President Barack Obama’s strategy to “destroy” the terrorist group remains on track.

No Attorney General Pick Until After Elections, White House Says

Eric H. Holder Jr. better not pack up his Justice Department office just yet.

Larry Pressler for D.C. Mayor?

If Larry Pressler doesn’t win a Senate seat in November, he might think about running for D.C. mayor. It wouldn’t be the first time.

Twitter's Most Popular Congressional Staffer Gets New Title

Sen. Ted Cruz has a new communications director in his Senate shop, but it’s a familiar face. Amanda Carpenter, the most-followed congressional staffer on Twitter, is getting a title that aligns more with her recent duties.

Senate Odd Couple Seeks Common Ground on Climate Change

POINT JUDITH, R.I. — A visit to the Ocean State’s eroding shoreline didn’t prompt West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin III to change his mind about Environmental Protection Agency regulation of carbon emissions, but his host wasn’t expecting that sort of evolution.

Democrats Hit Alaska Republican on 'Women's Privacy' (Video)

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is launching a TV ad Tuesday hitting Alaska Republican Dan Sullivan on women’s rights issues.

Why Republicans Must Win the Senate in 2014

If next month produces a big Republican year, with the GOP gaining control of the Senate and expanding its majority in the House, it will say little or nothing about 2016, when a presidential electorate and a very different Senate class combine to create the makings of a substantially good Democratic year.

North Carolina: The GOP's Expensive Gamble

The National Republican Senatorial Committee has plans to pour another $6 million into the North Carolina race — already the most expensive this cycle, and a contest that hasn’t shaped up the way the GOP had hoped.

House Majority Pac Shifts Ad Time in New Jersey Race

House Majority PAC, a super PAC that boosts House Democrats, recently delayed a week’s worth of advertising in New Jersey’s 3rd District in the final stretch of the campaign.

Ratings Change: Arkansas Senate

Arkansas Senate polls conducted by Democrats and one media outlet suggest Sen. Mark Pryor leads GOP challenger Rep. Tom Cotton by a couple of percentage points. But most surveys — both public and unreleased — suggest Cotton holds a modest but stable mid-single digit lead in the contest.

Ratings Change: South Dakota Senate

Republican Mike Rounds continues to underperform in what has become a wacky three-way fight (four-way, if you count the Libertarian on the ballot). While the state’s Republican bent could well bail him out in November, and the National Republican Senatorial Committee has allocated money for the race, we can no longer rule out the possibility of a strange outcome.

Ratings Change: Alaska Senate

The Alaska Senate race remains quite close, with incumbent Democrat Mark Begich continuing to run a quality campaign. But the contest has started to better reflect the state’s partisan bent and its attitudes about the president, and GOP challenger Dan Sullivan has moved to a small but significant advantage in the most recent surveys.

DSCC Raised $16 Million in September

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee announced Monday that it raised $16 million in September, leaving it with $14.2 million in cash on hand for the final month before Election Day.

The Leaves of Political Change? | Capitol Quip

If the leaves are falling, it must be the homestretch of midterm election season! Republicans say the wind is at their backs, but Democrats are keeping the faith in their fundraising and ground game. That brings us to this week’s Capitol Quip captioning contest.

Obama Approval Rating Bounces Back in Gallup Poll — But It's Still Bad

A day after recording his worst-ever disapproval rating in the Gallup daily tracking poll, President Barack Obama’s approval rating improved to merely terrible.

Democrats' 10-Foot Obama Pole | Capitol Quip

Thanks to the many readers who contributed captions for last week’s Capitol Quip contest. Here’s the winning entry, as voted by readers of Heard on the Hill.

Record Disapproval for Obama in Gallup Poll (Updated)

Updated 10:15 p.m. | President Barack Obama lodged his worst-ever disapproval Saturday in the Gallup tracking poll — another ominous sign for Democrats scrambling on defense ahead of the midterm elections, which are less than a month away.

NRSC Shifts Resources to Six States

Updated, 9:04 a.m. | TOPEKA, Kan. — With less than four weeks until Election Day, the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s independent expenditure arm is shifting resources to increase its investment in six states, including South Dakota and Georgia.

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