The Cook Political Report has its October Senate Race Ratings up. On the Democratic side, it's no different from their August Senate Race Ratings, with Louisiana "lean dem," South Dakota "likely dem," and the rest "solid dem." On the Republican side, however, there has been much movement. Virginia has swung from "solid rep" to "likely dem" for obvious reasons. Colorado is joined in the "toss up" category by New Hampshire and New Mexico. And Nebraska moved from "solid rep" to "likely rep." The only good news for Republicans is that, due to recruitment setbacks, North Carolina moved from "likely rep" back to "solid rep."
North Carolina: Media outlets both national and local are saying that we can expect an announcement from State Senator Kay Hagan next week regarding a 2008 Senate challenge to Elizabeth Dole. If the rumors are true, we should expect that she'll enter the race. Just to tease the Guru, Rasmussen has another poll out with North Carolina's Democratic Governor Mike Easley beating Dole by 8 points in a hypothetical match-up, 50-42.
Kentucky: Not that anybody should be surprised, but Mitch McConnell is pushing for a $25 million earmark for a defense contractor who is under criminal investigation for bribery but happens to also be a big donor to McConnell. Shocked! Shocked! I know. DMKY has more.
Nebraska: An effort to draft Scott Kleeb into the 2008 Senate race is up and running.
Oregon: Gordon Smith's latest election-cycle conversion: immigration.
Virginia: GOP Rep. Tom Davis, of course, recently withdrew from consideration for the 2008 Senate race. You may not know that Davis' wife is a state senator in the Virginia state Legislature. Davis' wife is in a tough re-election battle and is resorting to some truly reprehensibly dirty campaign tactics to attack her Democratic opposition. Not Larry Sabato is covering all the sordid play-by-play. Anyway, if you can, contribute a few bucks to Chap Petersen, who is looking to help further dislodge the Davis family from state and federal politics.