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NV SEN In Nevada, Sen. Dean Heller (R) raised $1.17 million during the third fundraising quarter and had $4.2 million in cash on hand. Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-03) hauled in $1.19 million and had $1.2 million in the bank. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

BATTLE FOR THE SENATE: Great America PAC announced endorsements for management consultant Kevin Nicholson (R) in Wisconsin and former state Sen. Kelli Ward (R) in Arizona. (release) “According to a [Steve] Bannon source with direct knowledge of Nicholson's conversation with Bannon, the Wisconsin candidate indicated that he would not support Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as leader. (McClatchy)

NJ SEN: “A federal judge on Monday refused to throw out any of the 18 criminal counts against U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D) and Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen, clearing the way for the pair's bribery trial to enter the defense phase.” (NJ Advance Media)

PA-10: President Trump announced Tuesday that Rep. Tom Marino (R) withdrew from consideration for drug czar following a report on his efforts to pass drug industry-supported legislation that weakened the DEA's ability to go after those companies. (Twitter)

TN SEN: Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-07) also “is under fire at home" after the 60 Minutes/Washington Post report on the drugs legislation. (Chattanooga Times Free Press) Meanwhile, former Gov. Phil Bredesen (D) is again mulling the race after “several people urged him to reconsider his initial statements that he had no interest in running” for the open seat. (AP)

VA GOV: Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam (D) outraised and outspent former RNC Chair Ed Gillespie (R) last month, according to new reports covering Sept. 1-30 released last night. Northam raised $7.2 million in cash and in-kind contributions, spent $7.1 million, and reported $5.7 million on hand. $1 million of Northam’s haul came from DGA Action. (Virginia Public Access Project) Gillespie raised $4.4 million in cash and in-kind contributions, spent $4.5 million, and reported $2.5 million on hand. Gillespie’s biggest contributions include $2 million from the RGA. (Virginia Public Access Project) Northam led Gillespie 48-44%, according to a new Christopher Newport University Wason Center poll (Oct. 9-13; 642 LVs; +/-4.2%). Cliff Hyra (L) took 3%. “This is the first poll in the Wason Center’s tracking series in which Northam’s lead is within the survey’s margin of error.” (release)

NJ GOV: President Obama will headline a GOTV rally for former Ambassador Phil Murphy (D) Thursday in Newark. (Hotline reporting) The RGA “has spent more than $1.6 million in an effort to help” Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno (R). A group called Our New Jersey, which is affiliated with the [DGA], has spent $800,000.” (AP)

PA-18: State Rep. Jason Ortitay (R) entered the special election to replace Rep. Tim Murphy (R), who will resign on Oct. 21. Elected to the state House in 2015, Oritay promised to “generate family-sustaining jobs” and “work on creating a fair and reformed tax code” in Congress. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

MI-11: Former Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R) “is joining an increasingly large field looking to replace retiring” Rep. Dave Trott (R), “who challenged and beat Bentivolio in a contentious 11th District GOP primary three years ago." Bentivolio: "We need people in Congress who aren’t owned by special interests and who have the courage to rock the boat on behalf of the people." (Detroit News)

NH-02: State Rep. Steve Negron (R) launched a bid to oust Rep. Ann McLane Kuster (D). He “has already ... contributed $21,000 and has loaned his campaign an additional $95,000 -– for a total personal up-front investment of $116,000.Negron hired as his strategic consultant longtime New Hampshire political operative Roger Wilkins, … a former deputy campaign manager for” former Rep. Frank Guinta (R-01). (WMUR)

KS GOV: Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s (R) campaign announced Monday that Donald Trump Jr., will headline a “fundraiser and VIP reception to be held in Johnson County on Nov. 28. Tickets start at $150 and go up to $2,000.” (Wichita Eagle)

NM GOV: “U.S. District Judge Judith Herrera did not issue any decisions from the bench after the hearing” on Rep. Steve Pearce’s (R) challenge for access to his congressional campaign account “but suggested any ruling that bars the Secretary of State’s Office from enforcing its interpretation of New Mexico’s campaign finance laws would likely hinge on the First Amendment. (Santa Fe New Mexican)

SC GOV: President Trump endorsed Gov. Henry McMaster (R) “on Monday. … Trump invited McMaster, wife Peggy McMaster and family on stage at a Greenville fundraiser Monday night, referring to the governor as ‘my friend, my compatriot, who worked with me so hard.’” Trump: “I’m with this man, and I’m with this family. They have been so incredible, and they showed me the ropes a little bit. And I said, ‘He’s a talented guy, and he’s doing really well.’ … He’s going to be for many years a great governor. … He’s doing some special job, and he does it with his heart.” (Columbia State)


Our Call

Rep. Seth Moulton recently hired Michelle Kleppe to serve as the executive director of Serve America PAC, his effort to recruit veterans to run for elected office, Hotline has learned. Kleppe previously served as national organizing director for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, as Clinton's field director in Iowa, and helped organize former President Obama’s election effort in battleground Wisconsin. While Moulton has repeatedly shot down claims that he’s exploring a possible 2020 bid, his circle has significant political experience, having organized and staffed national presidential campaigns for Howard Dean and John Kerry, as well, while at least one has White House experience. -- Hanna Trudo


Fresh Brewed Buzz

“When U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) was a younger man, once or twice he was tasked with carrying” former Vice President Joe Biden’s “luggage. On Monday, after Biden … awarded McCain with the National Constitution Center’s Liberty Medal, McCain was sure to let everyone know he hadn’t forgotten.” (AP) 

Dave Gautreau, the Republican nominee for mayor of Phoenixville, PA, “proposed that, if elected, he would look into getting drug-sniffing bunnies for the borough’s police department. … A quick search clearly reveals” he fell for a hoax. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

“As Puerto Ricans Flock to Florida, Parties Jockey for Advantage” (Bloomberg)

“The family of a Muslim Marine recruit who died during boot camp at Parris Island last year is suing the U.S. government for $100 million for their son’s death.” (Huffington Post)

“At least 1,100 Russian-language accounts followed” former state Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore’s (R) “Twitter account over the past few days.” (Montgomery Advertiser)

“Senate confirms Callista Gingrich as U.S. Ambassador to Vatican” (Reuters)

“Some of the people that he may be looking at, I’m going to see if we talk him out of that.” -- Trump, on Bannon’s plans to take on Republicans. (New York Times)

Georgia state Sen. Michael Williams’s (R) gubernatorial campaign is giving away a bump stock, dismissing “any talk of banning or regulating bump stocks” in the wake of the Las Vegas massacre as being “merely cheap political lip service from career politicians.” (release)

"Is U.S. Rep. Sander Levin considering retiring from Congress?" (Detroit Free Press)

Peyton Manning and Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam were among the sports-affiliated contributors to former NFL player Anthony Gonzalez's (R) campaign in Ohio’s 16th district. (


Rooster's Crow

The House is not in session. The Senate is in at 10 a.m.

President Trump will hold a working luncheon with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at the White House at 12:30 p.m. He will hold a joint news conference with Tsipras at 1:30 p.m. He will deliver remarks on tax reform at the Heritage Foundation's President's Club meeting at 7:30 p.m.


Swizzle Challenge

Rep. Claude Pepper (D-FL 18) served in the House after serving in the Senate.

Claude Marx won yesterday's challenge. Here's his challenge: The president's party usually loses House seats during the first midterm election of his presidency. When is the last time this didn't happen and who was the president?

The 3rd correct email gets to submit the next question.

Leadership Summit


“The relationship is very good.” -- Trump, on his relationship with McConnell. (Roll Call)


"I love you, man." -- Seth

"I love you." -- Evan

"I love you. I'm not even embarrassed to say it." -- Seth (Superbad)

Monday's Wake-Up Call! mistakenly included Rep. Ryan Costello (R-PA 06) among the incumbents outraised by a challenger in the third quarter. He in fact outraised his Democratic opponent.


Danielle Bernstein, Wake-Up Call! Editor

Editor: Kyle Trygstad
Digital Editor: Justice Gilpin-Green
Staff Writers: Kimberly Railey, Zach C. Cohen, Ally Mutnick, Hanna Trudo
Fellow: Danielle Bernstein


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