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Fire in Florida-22: This weekend, Allen West, the far-right candidate for representative to Florida’s district 22, home to many Jewish retirees, was hit by a big one: according to NBC’s Lisa Myers, he has ties to a motorcycle gang known as The Outlaws. In an email, West campaign’s called the attack a “political hatchet job.” “West has absolutely no ties to the outlaw bikers club,” the campaign claimed. (MSNBC)

Campaign finance numbers are in for the third quarter — and if Politico’s right, “it doesn’t pay to be a Democratic incumbent in 2010.” Indeed. Lee Fisher, Ohio’s Democratic senatorial candidate, raised $6 million, less than half the amount raised by his opponent, Rob Portman. Tea partier Christine O’Donnell raised $3.7 million. Illinois Democratic senatorial contender Alexi Giannoulias has a quarter of opponent Mark Kirk’s $4.4 million cash on hand. But in California, Republican Carly Fiorina has $1.8 million in the bank, while her opponent Sen. Barbara Boxer has more than three times that at $6.5 milion — although they raised nearly the same amount this quarter. (Politico)

The Youth Vote: Wisconsin senatorial contenders Russ Feingold and Ron Johnson are duking it out — on campus. But Feingold hit his opponent for being a no-show at University of Wisconsin – Madison. (Daily Cardinal)

He’s a practiced mythbuster, anyway: And as if there’s not enough on Barack Obama’s plate these days, POTUS has signed up to appear on the Discovery Channel television show Mythbusters. He will bust or confirm that fabled Archimedes tale about burning a Roman fleet by the power of mirrors and the sun. Associated Press

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