* In Virginia's gubernatorial race, a new Quinnipiac poll shows Terry McAuliffe (D) leading Ken Cuccinelli (R) by seven points, 46% to 39%. Among early voters, Public Policy Polling shows McAuliffe with an even greater advantage.
* On a related note, as Cuccinelli's odds of success fade, there's some evidence that Republicans are starting to give up on the gubernatorial race, and are instead looking down ballot at Virginia's race for state attorney general.
* A Virginia Tea Party leader complained yesterday that Cuccinelli, an almost comically right-wing state A.G., has been too moderate, which "dampens" conservative enthusiasm.
* A CNN poll released yesterday shows the Republican Party's unpopularity reaching its worst point ever recorded.
* In Arkansas, Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), whom Republicans consider a vulnerable incumbent, has launched a new campaign ad slamming his challenger, Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), for this month's government shutdown.
* Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) is drawing heat this week for a fundraising appeal that connects the Tea Party with the KKK. Asked to apologize, Grayson declined. "If the shoe fits, wear it," he said.
* And in Wyoming, Liz Cheney's new fundraiser calls Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) a "liberal Republican" who's backing her primary opponent, incumbent Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo).