13 days until the midterm elections: Where things stand

 

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Key races checkup:

An unexpectedly tight Senate race in Indiana between incumbent Democrat Joe Donnelly and Republican Mike Braun may boil down to perceived “Hoosier” independence from President Trump. (Read more)

In what could be a test of his ability to motivate Democrats to turn out in states he won, former President Barack Obama campaigned Monday night for Democrat Jacky Rosen in Nevada, and portrayed incumbent Republican Sen. Dean Heller as a rubber stamp for President Trump.  (Read more)

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., is up by 2 points over challenger Harley Rouda in a race that many Democrats see as a pickup opportunity, according to a new Monmouth University poll. Rohrabacher is one of Russia’s strongest supporters in Congress and the race may be an indicator of the salience of the Mueller investigation as an issue in the midterms. (Read more)

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Republican U.S. Representative Dana Rohrabacher speaks at a news conference in Moscow June 2, 2013. U.S. lawmakers on a mission to Russia said on Sunday they had found no evidence that an American intelligence error enabled the Boston bombings, but that closer cooperation between Washington and Moscow might have helped to thwart the attack, in which three people died and 264 were injured. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CRIME LAW HEADSHOT)
Representative Dana Rohrabacher, a Republican from California, questions Mike Pompeo, U.S. secretary of state, not pictured, during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Pompeo said the U.S. wants North Korea to take 'credible steps' toward giving up its nuclear weapons program, a sign the Trump administration is backing away from demands that Kim Jong Un complete denuclearization before sanctions against his country are eased. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
SANTA ANA, CA - MARCH 27:Congressman Dana Rohrabacher at the Orange County Board of Supervisors meeting on March 27, 2018 in Santa Ana, California. (Photo by Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 26: Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., participates in a press conference on medical cannabis research reform on Thursday, April 26, 2018. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Ted Poe, Dana Rohrabacher, Mohammad�Mohaddessin attend The cross-Atlantic Conference on Prospects for Iran, Change in 2018 - US & EU Policy on Iran, was held in Maison de La Chimie, Paris on Saturday on February 24, 2018. From left: Judge Ted Poe (R-TX), Chair of the U.S. Congress Subcommittee on Terrorism, Non-Proliferation�and�Trade, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Chair of the U.S. Congress Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats, Mohammad�Mohaddessin, the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI). (Photo by Siavosh Hosseini/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 1: Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., arrives for the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on 'An Insiders Look at the North Korean Regime' on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 01: (L to R) Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) await the arrival of Thae Yong-ho, former chief of mission at the North Korean embassy in the United Kingdom, during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, November 1, 2017 in Washington, DC. Yong-ho defected from North Korea in 2016. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 5: Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., leaves the House Republican Conference meeting in the Capitol on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
BELMONT SHORE, CA.- JUNE 8: Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) speaks a press conference at the Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier as Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) looks on, June 8, 2015 in Long Beach, California. Members of both parties spoke about the recent oil spill and clean-up issues. An oil pipe burst last month near Refugio State Beach, contaminating miles of shoreline in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. (Photo by Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JULY 30: Dana Rohrabacher at Politicon at Pasadena Convention Center on July 30, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images for Politicon)
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In New Jersey, moderate Democrat Mikie Sherrill faces off against Trump supporter Jay Webber in the kind of affluent, Republican suburban district Democrats hope to flip — and she’s leading. (Read more) 

Here are the most expensive races in the country, according to Advertising Analytics, a firm that tracks political spending. (Republican candidates are listed first below):

Senate

  1. Florida (Rick Scott vs. Bill Nelson): $107 million
  2. Nevada (Dean Heller vs. Jacky Rosen): $72 million
  3. Indiana (Mike Braun vs. Joe Donnelly): $70 million

House

  1. Pennsylvania’s First District (Brian Fitzpatrick vs. Scott Wallace): $21 million
  2. Washington’s Eighth District (Dino Rossi vs. Kim Schrier): $19 million
  3. Florida’s 26th District (Carlos Curbelo vs. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell): $18 million

Governor

  1. Illinois (Bruce Rauner vs. J.B. Pritzker): $55 million
  2. Florida (Ron DeSantis vs. Andrew Gillum): $51 million
  3. Ohio (Mike DeWine vs. Richard Cordray): $43 million

Must-reads:

Trump supporters who attended the president’s rally in Houston on behalf of Sen. Ted Cruz described the caravan of Central American migrants heading toward the U.S. border with Mexico as invaders. (Read more)

There is no evidence to back up President Trump‘s claim that “unknown Middle Easterners” in the caravan are heading toward the United States. (Read more)

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Scorecard sources:

Generic ballot: FiveThirtyEight 

Right track/wrong track: Gallup

Trump approval: FiveThirtyEight

At-risk seats in the Senate: Cook Political Report

At-risk seats in the House: Cook Political Report

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