(CNN) - A political group of gay conservatives will begin airing ads against a handful of Democratic candidates on Monday, including a spot against openly gay Congressman Barney Frank of Massachusetts.
In a statement, GOProud declares that this is "the first time ever a national gay organization is airing a television advertising campaign going after Democrats."
(CNN) - Hispanic voters will be hearing President Barack Obama's voice urging them to vote in the final days leading up to the November 2nd election, thanks to new television and radio ads paid for by the Democratic National Committee.
The ads, which will air nationally on the Spanish media network Univision, are part of a $1 million campaign by the DNC to reach out to Hispanic voters.
(CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton's advice to voters in Maryland? Treat this election like a sports game.
"If you look at the facts, if you treat this like it's a report on ESPN instead of the crazy food fight financed by secret special interests," Clinton said. "(If) you look at the facts, the tale of two governors leads you to the inevitable conclusion: I think we ought to keep Martin O'Malley."
(CNN) - Big Republicans are coming out for Ohio Republican gubernatorial candidate John Kasich next week. Governors Haley Barbour of Mississippi, Chris Christie of New Jersey and Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota will headline a rally on October 29.
The three governors are also considered potential 2012 presidential candidates. Another possible 2012 candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, will campaign for Kasich next Tuesday.
Seattle (CNN) - As President Obama stumps here in the West for several Senate incumbents in deep trouble, Democratic officials revealed Thursday he will shift his attention to the Midwest and Northeast in the final weekend of the midterm election.
Obama will headline four major rallies for the Democratic National Committee in the final stretch, starting Saturday Oct. 30 in Philadelphia and Bridgeport. Pennsylvania and Connecticut have Senate battles that are simply too close to call, as well as competitive gubernatorial battles.
(CNN) - President Barack Obama told a friendly backyard gathering on Thursday that he was so focused on getting the policy right on helping the economy recover that he didn't devote enough energy to advertising the benefits.
Asked about the negative perception many Americans have about signature legislation of his first two years in office, Obama said opponents of reform fought hard against it and he could have done more to sell it.
(CNN) - The latest poll by the Public Policy Institute of California has Attorney General Jerry Brown running 8 points ahead of former eBay CEO Meg Whitman among likely voters in the race to be the state's next governor, but a sizable number 16 percent remain undecided. The poll shows Brown with a 15 point lead among women and a 29 point lead among Latinos. Whitman has a one point advantage among independents with 19 percent undecided.
Brown's campaign manager Steven Glazer argues the polling demonstrates voters were unaffected by the "whore" story – when a member of Brown's staff was recorded using the word to describe Meg Whitman. And Glazer insists of the Brown campaign "we'll be more than competitive" in the final days. He says they set aside $12 million to spend in the last two weeks – to ensure Brown's message isn't drowned out by a late blitz of Whitman spending. With that money Brown plans to drop 10-15 million pieces of mail – at a cost of up to $5 million.
(CNN) - NPR's president and CEO defended Thursday the network's decision to terminate the contract of Juan Williams after the news analyst made remarks elsewhere that she said veered from analysis into opinion, adding that it was not the first time.
"Juan Williams is a news analyst; he is not a commentator and he is not a columnist," Vivian Schiller said at an Atlanta Press Club luncheon. "We have relied on him over the years to give us perspective on the news, not to talk about his opinions."
(CNN) - Rick Santorum's headed back to Iowa and South Carolina in the final week before the midterm elections.
The former Senator from Pennsylvania and possible 2012 GOP presidential hopeful campaigns for fellow Republicans running for election this year in Iowa on Monday and Tuesday and in South Carolina Wednesday and Thursday of next week.
(CNN) - Connecticut's Democratic Senate nominee, Richard Blumenthal is widening his lead over Republican nominee Linda McMahon, according to a new poll.
The Suffolk University Poll released Thursday shows Blumenthal, the state attorney general leading McMahon, the former CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment by 18 points, 57 percent to 39 percent. The University surveyed 500 likely voters and had a margin of error of 4.4 percent. Blumenthal has remained consistently ahead in recent polls.