Time to Face the Music: After months of speculation about control of congress, the midterm elections are upon us. Tomorrow, the country will take to the polls and determine its legislative future. But on the eve of the action itself, Gallup offered a warning to Democrats on Sunday night, with a poll indicating that Republicans had a 15-point generic ballot lead among likely voters, with 55%. The pollsters themselves say the gap is “unprecedented and could result in the largest Republican margin in House voting in several generations.” (Gallup)
Ohio Looking Very, Very Red: While several election battles are waging in Ohio, the fight appears to be over for one Democrat: Senatorial candidate Lee Fisher, the state’s Jewish lieutenant governor. Even after boosts from actors Matthew Morrison and Martin Sheen, Fisher turned over his small lump of $100,000 in campaign cash over to the Democratic party. Fisher maintains this doesn’t mean he’s quitting. Polls show Republican opponent Rob Portman a good 17 points ahead. (Talking Points Memo)
These Days, Is Anything Safe?: With three weeks left to this campaign season, it’s looking like seats considered safe by Democrats are getting risky: “As Republicans made new investments in at least 10 races across the country, including two Democratic seats here in eastern Ohio, Democratic leaders took steps to pull out of some races entirely or significantly cut their financial commitment in several districts that the party won in the last two election cycles,” the Times reports. (The New York Times)
This could be the biggest single injection of Jewish organizational money into the mid-term campaign so far.
Former congressman Robert Wexler has been out of politics for nearly a year, but in his home state of Florida he still has a say, especially with the state’s large Jewish community.
Florida Heat: According to Politico’s Alexander Burns, Gov. Charlie Crist, running in Florida’s senatorial contest as an independent, is about to get “the full Arlen Specter treatment” as the state’s Democratic party supports an ad from Democratic opponent Kendrick Meek that points to Crist’s Republican — no less, his “Jeb Bush Republican” — past. It includes footage of Crist praising Sen. John McCain for choosing Sarah Palin as his 2008 running mate. (Politico)