The Daily Digest

Welcome to the Daily Digest, where marriage amendment supporters look to Canada’s experience, congressional candidates debate today, and Romney surges in the polls.

Around Minnesota

Marriage amendment supporters are looking to Canada’s experience.

A new poll shows growing opposition to the marriage amendment and a constitutional amendment that would require voters to show photo ID at the polls.

Opponents and proponents debate the voter ID amendment tonight at 7 p.m. at the Maplewood City Hall Council Chambers.

Minnesota’s “safety net” hospitals are bracing for cuts.

Target is expected to hire 90,000 seasonal workers.

In Washington

There are fewer moderates in Washington, the New York Times reports.

The Race for Congress

Jim Graves sat on a “board-level committee” for the United Way of Central Minnesota, not the group’s board, according to the Star Tribune. Last week, the Republican Party of Minnesota put out opposition research that implied Graves had lied about his position in his online biography.

Rick Nolan linked Rep. Chip Cravaack to the closing of a Duluth-area manufacturing plant.

Cravaack and Nolan debate today in Duluth.

MPR will be hosting several congressional debates.

DFL Rep. Tim Walz and Allen Quist are debating today in Mankato. The debate is at 7:00 p.m. at Minnesota State University – Mankato.

The Fergus Falls Journal profiles Lee Byberg, who is running against Democratic Rep. Collin Peterson.

Mike Obermueller, who is challenging 2nd Congressional District Republican Rep. John Kline, launched his first TV ad today. All told, he’s so far reserved nearly $500,000 in ad time between now and Nov. 6 on local broadcast. Kline has reserved more than $900,000 in the same markets.

The Presidential Campaign

There’s only four weeks until the election.

The new Pew Research Center for People and the Press poll finds that Romney is tied with President Barack Obama among registered voters. Romney holds a lead among likely voters.

The Washington Post says there are eight important take-aways from the Pew poll results.

The FiveThirtyEight blog dissects the post-debate bounce.

Romney is up in Michigan, too.

Romney gave a speech about foreign policy Monday.

The fact-checkers said he got some statements wrong.

Obama fired back at Romney’s speech.

Romney’s campaign is trying to chip away at Obama’s advantage in early voting states, the Associated Press reports.

Romney is resetting his Ohio campaign.

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