Washington (CNN) - Hours before President Barack Obama holds a town hall simulcast on MTV, CMT, and BET as part of the Democratic party's drive to motivate younger voters to cast ballots in the midterm elections, the Democratic National Committee released a new ad to coincide with the president's event.
"Two years ago, you defied the conventional wisdom in Washington. You proved that the power of everyday people... was stronger than the forces of the status quo," says Obama in the commercial.
New York (CNN) - Ohio Democrat Steve Driehaus is trying to turn losing his party's financial support into a winning message.
The freshman House Democrat learned this week that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee was pulling resources out of his re-election campaign, a sign national Democrats consider it a losing battle.
Editor's Note: In the final 100 days before Election Day, CNN has been profiling one race at random each day from among the nation's top 100 House races, which we've dubbed "The CNN 100." Read the full list ">here. Today's featured district is:
DE-AL: Rep. Mike Castle is retiring
Primary: September 14, 2010
Location: State of Delaware
Days until the election: 19
It's one of the few districts in which Democrats are on offense. The open, at-large seat from Delaware could switch parties for the first time in 17 years.
Republican Rep. Mike Castle, who lost his party's nomination for the Senate to Christine O'Donnell, has represented the first state in the House since 1993. Now, Democrat John Carney is fighting hard to replace him and buck the national trend leaning towards a possible Republican majority in Congress.
Las Vegas, Nevada (CNN) - Both Sen. Harry Reid and Sharron Angle know a lot is at stake tonight with their one and only debate. Each candidate has something to prove and also needs to try to dispel some negatives as polls show this race - one of the most hotly contested Senate races in the country - neck and neck.
So far what voters here have mostly seen is a continuous loop of attack ads both by the campaigns and by outside groups going after everything ranging from the candidates' positions on immigration to the future of Social Security and Medicare to their votes on providing Viagra or mammograms. Tens of millions of dollars have been spent on ads in the Senate race, according to the Campaign Media Analysis Group, CNN's consultant.
11:15 a.m. - The White House will look a little different Thursday evening after the North Portico is lit in pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month.
The change in lighting will happen at 6:30pm eastern time according Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton, who made the announcement on Twitter.
(CNN) - In the battle for the open Senate seat in Connecticut, a new poll indicates that longtime Democratic state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal maintains a double digit lead over Republican nominee and former pro-wrestling executive Linda McMahon.
According to a Quinnipiac University survey released Thursday, 54 percent of likely voters in Connecticut back Blumenthal, the Democrat's Senate nominee, with 43 percent supporting McMahon, who along with her husband Vince McMahon, managed World Wrestling Entertainment for two decades, with three percent undecided.
(CNN) - First lady Michelle Obama cast an early vote ballot in her home city of Chicago Thursday.
Obama cast her ballot at the MLK Community Center on the South Side of Chicago while she there as part of a campaign swing for Democratic candidates, her office confirmed Thursday morning. Early voting in Illinois began Monday.
(CNN) - The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) says they raised $11.2 million in the month of September.
"For the past seven weeks, the NRCC has outspent the DCCC on the air and we will continue to do everything within our power to retire House Speaker Nancy Pelosi," Ken Spain, NRCC Communications Director said.
(CNN) - Hours before Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican challenger Sharron Angle face off in a debate for the first time, two new polls indicate that Nevada's Senate battle remains tied.
According to a Las Vegas Review-Journal and 8NewsNow survey conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling, 47 percent of likely voters support Angle, with 45 percent backing Reid, four percent undecided, two percent supporting other candidates and two percent saying they will vote for "none of the candidates," which is allowed in Nevada. Angle's two-point advantage is within the poll's sampling error.
(CNN) - Could Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour be talked into running for Republican National Committee chairman next year, instead of seeking the White House?
Not a chance, a Barbour insider told CNN Thursday, responding to a report in Politico that "a handful of well-known Republicans" are planning to ask Barbour after Nov. 2 to seek the RNC post "for the good of the party."