Today's installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* After last night's debate, Eric Trump, a prominent surrogate for his father's presidential campaign, said Donald Trump "absolutely
" paid federal income taxes within the last 18 years. There remains a show-don't-tell problem here -- there's no way to know if Eric Trump is correct without the release of the candidate's tax returns.
* Former Vice President Al Gore has kept a fairly low profile this campaign season, but he's poised to hit the campaign trail
on Hillary Clinton's behalf, hoping to connect with younger voters about the importance of the climate crisis.
* The NRA is launching a $6.5 million
ad campaign, its largest of the year, hoping to boost Trump's candidacy.
* For the first time in a month, the New York Times
' Senate forecast model shows Democrats favored
to reclaim the Senate majority.
* An hour and a half before the debate began, the Republican National Committee accidentally published
a statement declaring Mike Pence "the clear winner" of the debate that hadn't happened.
* In North Carolina, a new WRAL poll
shows Clinton narrowly leading Trump, 46% to 44%. Note that nearly all of the recent statewide polling in North Carolina -- a state Mitt Romney carried four years ago -- shows Clinton with a slight advantage.
* The same poll showed Roy Cooper (D) with a modest lead
over incumbent Gov. Pat McCrory (R), 48% to 44%, and incumbent Sen. Richard Burr (R) narrowly ahead
of Deborah Ross (D), 46% to 44%.
* In Pennsylvania, a new Monmouth University poll
found Clinton up by 10 over Trump, 50% to 40%. read more