Welcome to the Daily Digest, where Clinton stumps for Obama in Minnesota, candidates in the 3rd and 6th districts debate today, and Hurricane Sandy alters the presidential campaign.
Former President Bill Clinton will be campaigning here today for President Barack Obama.
He’ll be in Minneapolis at the McNamara Alumni Center on the U of M campus at 9:30 a.m. and in Duluth at the University of Minnesota Duluth Kirby Student Center at 12:30 p.m. His stop is part of a broader swing through a handful of battleground states.
Meanwhile, both Obama and Mitt Romney are running ads in the area. Romney has dropped $30,000 on ads in the Twin Cities market, while the Obama campaign has put $360,000 into ads here. The Obama campaign stresses that they are for western Wisconsin, which overlaps with the Twin Cities media market and is a battleground state.
On a call with reporters, two top Obama campaign officials called Romney’s play in Minnesota spin.
The New York Times FiveThirtyEight blog ponders whether Minnesota has suddenly become a swing state.
The Republican Party of Minnesota is fundraising off of Clinton’s visit.
The Washington Post changed it’s rating for Minnesota from “solid Obama” to “leans Obama.”
Americans for Prosperity Minnesota is recruiting people to phone bank and door-knock against President Barack Obama.
Gov. Mark Dayton and DFL leaders start a GOTV bus tour Thursday.
State campaign finance reports are available today, offering a final glimpse of candidate, party and political group fundraising and spending before next Tuesday’s election.
Opponents of the marriage amendment rallied at the U of M.
Here’s a historical look at Minnesota’s voting record on constitutional amendments.
The Race for Congress
Rep. John Kline and his DFL opponent Mike Obermueller debated on the Daily Circuit.
Rep. Erik Paulsen and his DFL opponent Brian Barnes debate today on the Daily Circuit. Tune in at 11 a.m.
Rep. Michele Bachmann and DLF candidate Jim Graves debate today, too.
Allen Quist is disputing a campaign mailer sent out by the Minnesota DFL regarding his stance on Medicare.
The latest polls in the CD8 race show a tight race, the Pioneer Press reports.
Last week, Rep. Chip Cravaack said that his family moved to New Hampshire because of his son’s struggle with autism. The Autism Advocacy Coalition of Minnesota is criticizing Cravaack for using his son’s disability to get sympathy.
The Presidential Race
Obama and Romney’s campaign schedules have been upended due to Hurricane Sandy.
Obama left Florida to get back to Washington, D.C., where he’s monitoring the storm.
Expect him to stay in Washington to oversee storm recovery efforts.
The hurricane could also affect early voting, which Obama has been counting on.
Romney’s running mate Rep. Paul Ryan will be in Hudson, WI, today.
The candidates are tied, according to the latest Washington Post ABC tracking poll.
NPR’s new poll shows the race too close to call. Romney has a narrow lead nationally, but Obama leads in battleground states.
Call it the Detroit Dual: The Obama campaign has a new ad out that goes after Romney for claiming that Chrysler, which benefited from the auto bailout, moved jobs to China.
Expect Clinton to bring it up during his visit today.