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Rachel Maddow and her MSNBC show's producers last night reenacted the Christine O'Donnell campaign's oddball ejecting of the Maddow team from the Republican Senate nominee's Wilmington, Delaware headquarters.

Maddow told viewers that because O'Donnell doesn't have any public events, it's "hard to cover" her campaign against Democrat Chris Coons, who Maddow also spoke with for the show.

"I have all these questions," Maddow said as she and her production team did a play-by-play outside the O'Donnell building showing how they were booted.

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In a candid interview with the Center for American Progress this afternoon, former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle acknowledged that the public option didn't survive the health care debate because of a "understanding" that the White House reached with health care industry stakeholders -- particularly with hospital and insurance company trade associations. But the White House has long denied this suggestion -- which was, until now, based mostly on speculation -- and within hours of the report's initial publication, Daschle, a close White House ally, retracted his statement entirely.

"I don't think it was taken off the table completely. It was taken off the table as a result of the understanding that people had with the hospital association, with the insurance (AHIP), and others," Daschle told Wonk Room's Igor Volsky. "I mean I think that part of the whole effort was based on a premise. That premise was, you had to have the stakeholders in the room and at the table. Lessons learned in past efforts is that without the stakeholders' active support rather than active opposition, it's almost impossible to get this job done. They wanted to keep those stakeholders in the room and [the public option] was the price some thought they had to pay."

That rendering flies in the face of the White House's narrative, so TPM emailed Daschle to ask whether his statement reflected first-hand knowledge of the stakeholder negotiations, or was a conclusion he'd drawn independently. In response, he walked back the entire claim.

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Republican Sharron Angle has another ad in the Nevada Senate race, continuing to ramp up her attack against Harry Reid on illegal immigration. And this ad takes it to a whole new level -- with shady-looking brown people sneaking around fences, and undermining young white folks in college and construction workers in hard-hats.

"Harry Reid voted to give special tax breaks to illegal aliens," the announcer says. "And Harry Reid voted to give Social Security benefits to illegals -- even for the time they were here illegally. And now Harry Reid is fighting for a program that would give preferred college tuition rates to none other than -- illegal aliens. Using your money to pay for it. Leading to a simple question: What does Harry Reid have against you?"

Note that the college students and construction workers all appear to be white. Wow. Angle isn't even trying to win Hispanic voters at all, is she?

The TPM Poll Average currently puts Reid ahead by 47.7%-46.0%.

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MSNBC's Rachel Maddow and her show's producers were ejected from Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell's headquarters today with an "angry guy" insisting they were not welcome back.

Maddow tweeted earlier about the kerfuffle, sure to be a part of her show tonight:

Ejected from O'Donnell HQ. Staffer insulted producers Bill & Laura then angry man came outside and told us to leave and not come back.

[TPM SLIDESHOW: Christine O'Donnell: Anti-Masturbation Crusader. Witchcraft Dabbler. Republican Senate Nominee.]

This afternoon Maddow told TPM in a statement that she spoke with O'Donnell's staffers "multiple times about us being here today and wanting to speak with someone -- anyone, even a volunteer -- from the campaign."

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PPP's first survey of the New York gubernatorial race finds Democratic state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo up 53%-38% on Republican nominee Carl Paladino.

The latest poll is right on the heels of a Siena poll that found Cuomo leading the race 56%-32%. That survey also saw 61% of respondents agreeing with the statement, "Carl Paladino is a loose cannon, who doesn't have the temperament to be governor."

The latest survey matches the TPM Poll Average: Cuomo is seen leading 53.2%-38.0%. The margin of error for the latest survey is ±4.0 percentage points.

For more on the race, check out TPMDC's full coverage here.

A new poll of the Texas gubernatorial race shows Republican Gov. Rick Perry with his largest polling lead in recent months against Democratic former Houston Mayor Bill White.

Perry leads 50%-36% according to the latest survey, which is the first Texas gubernatorial poll conducted by Public Strategies. When Rasmussen took a look at the race on September 22, the Republican was found up 48%-42% on White.

The TPM Poll Average has the incumbent governor ahead of White 47.5%-39.7%. The margin of error for the latest survey is ±3.7 percentage points.

For more on the race, check out TPMDC's full coverage here.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee's new ad in the West Virginia special Senate election sums up their message in this race. The ad doesn't promote the Republican nominee, businessman John Raese, and doesn't even employ all that much vigor to attack the Democratic nominee, the popular Gov. Joe Manchin. Instead the on-screen text simply says: "A vote for Manchin is a vote for Obama."

Keep in mind that in the 2008 election, Obama only received 43% of the vote in this state, and the TPM Poll Average currently gives him only a 30.3% approval rating here, with 64.9% disapproval. As a result, the Obama card is an obvious way for Republicans to go in this historically Democratic state, in the race to get the Senate seat that was held for over 50 years by the late Dem Sen. Robert Byrd.

The ad features three blue-collar men in a diner, talking about how much they don't like Obama.

"Joe's not bad as governor, but when he's with Obama--" says one man.

"He turns into 'Washington Joe,'" another says.

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The story of an American apparently killed after reportedly being shot by "lake pirates" on Falcon Lake along the Texas-Mexico border is being questioned by the Mexican authorities charged with investigating the incident, even as his widow is making media appearances to tell her terrifying tale. This morning, Tiffany Hartley responded to doubts about her story on national television.

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The campaign of Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI), who is in a tough race for re-election, is in a bit of trouble with yet another new opponent: the National Football League.

Feingold has a new TV ad featuring video of football players engaging in garish dances in the end zone, with an infamous 2005 video of then-Minnesota Vikings player Randy Moss making mooning gestures to the crowd.

"In pro football, they call this excessive celebration. And they punish it with fines and 15-yard penalties. It's exactly the kind of behavior that corporate special interests and Ron Johnson are engaging in," Feingold says. "They're dancing in the end zone because they think they're going to take down the U.S. senator who has been named the No. 1 enemy of Washington lobbyists. Fortunately, the game isn't over yet."

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