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A new Hellenthal Associates (R) poll in Alaska finds Sen. Mark Begich (D) leading challenger Dan Sullivan (R) in the U.S. Senate race, 49% to 39%.
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) said during a radio interview that gays shouldn’t be allowed in the military because their “getting massages all day” would be a threat to national security.

Said Gohmert: “I’ve had people say, ‘Hey, you know, there’s nothing wrong with gays in the military. Look at the Greeks.’ Well, you know, they did have people come along who they loved that was the same sex and would give them massages before they went into battle. But you know what, it’s a different kind of fighting, it’s a different kind of war and if you’re sitting around getting massages all day ready to go into the big, planned battle, then you’re not going to last very long.”
Georgia U.S. Senate candidate David Perdue (R) was caught on video signing a young woman’s torso as staffers tried to block the cameras.

Perdue joked: “No pictures on this.”
The New York Times reports that over at Betfair, “traders are giving the Republicans an 86% chance of winning the Senate, up from 69% two weeks ago. This market is tied to whether the Republicans will win at least a 51-seat majority, and so to the extent that the Kansas independent Greg Orman might end up voting to give them a majority, it probably understates the odds by a point or two.”
MSNBC: “It has been a whirlwind few weeks for the right to vote, with the Supreme Court stepping in four times to decide whether restrictions on voting can go into effect. In three out of four cases, the answer was yes. But efforts to make voting harder haven’t stopped there. Voters in 14 states will face new hurdles this year for the first time in a major election… from voter ID laws to early voting cuts to other measures that impose barriers to the ballot box.”
A new Atlanta Journal Constitution poll in Georgia finds David Perdue (R) with a two-point edge over Michelle Nunn (D), 44% to 42%.

Most recent polls — including one from CNN this morning — have given Nunn a small lead.

In the race for governor, Gov. Nathan Deal (R) leads challenger Jason Carter (D), 46% to 41%.
“With an increasingly competitive and closely-watched Senate race on the line, an Atlanta courtroom will be the focus of a key voting rights dispute Friday that could make it harder for Democrats to pick up an open U.S. Senate seat on Election Day,” the Washington Post reports.

“At issue is the fate of approximately 40,000 registration applications submitted with the help of a new voter registration group led by the state’s Democratic House minority leader. She’s joined in her legal battle by the NAACP and other civil rights groups, who are challenging the Republican secretary of state over whether his office has adequately processed ballot applications.”
A new Public Policy Polling survey in Maine finds Gov. Paul LePage (R) and Mike Michaud (D) locked in a tight battle for governor, 40% to 40%, with Eliot Cutler (I) trailing at 17%.
First Read: “With now another American testing positive for Ebola — this time an American doctor in New York who had been treating Ebola patients in Guinea — it’s worth asking: What is the real impact of the political conversation turning, once again, to Ebola? And here’s our answer: It gives Republican candidates another opportunity to nationalize their races. Democrats, as we’ve said before, want to localize their races and paint the portrait that their opponents are too radical… But every day that the conversation is a big national issue — whether it’s Ebola, ISIS, or something else — Democrats lose an opportunity to make their closing argument.”

Charlie Cook says “the concern surrounding Ebola is part of a continuum of problems for the administration–among which have been the Internal Revenue Service investigation of conservative groups, Benghazi, problems at the Veterans Affairs Department, and the problematic launch–rather than a new and distinct issue.”

Wonk Wire: Who’s to blame for the Ebola hysteria?
A new UMass-Lowell poll in New Hampshire finds Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D) with a narrow lead over Scott Brown (R) in the U.S. Senate race, 49% to 46%.

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