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Here are some interesting stories on the midterm campaigns that you may have missed on Monday, September 22:

• Today in GOP outreach: The conservative group Americans for Shared Prosperity has released an odd new ad featuring a woman who wants to break up with her boyfriend (Barack Obama) and all of his friends (the Democrats on the ballot in November). As Nia-Malika Henderson puts it in The Washington Post: “So yes, this ad is, um, strange. Probably sexist too — but mainly it’s just weird and bad. Very, very bad.”

• Outside spending in this cycle has officially surpassed the record for most money spent in a midterm election — and we still have 43 more days to go.

• If Senator Mark Udall’s (D-CO) new web ad is any indication, Democrats still have no intention of letting Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO) retreat on fetal personhood. Udall leads by less than 1 percent in the Real Clear Politics poll average (although one recent Quinnipiac survey, showing Gardner up 8 percent, appears to be a significant outlier).

• If you’re a politician, you never want to see a headline like this about yourself: “Kansas gubernatorial candidate addresses 1990s strip club incident.”

Washington Post fact checker Glenn Kessler slammed the latest attack ad from Georgia Senate candidate David Perdue (R), which claims that his Democratic opponent Michelle Nunn’s “own [campaign] plan says she funded organizations linked to terrorists.” Kessler called the charge “utterly bogus,” and awarded it four Pinocchios.

• And embattled Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) had an interesting time at Saturday’s LSU-Mississippi State game:

The Bayou Bengals lost by five points, which is roughly the same deficit Landrieu faces in her re-election fight against Republican congressman Bill Cassidy.

Photo: dpmshap via Flickr

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