The 2010 midterms are just around the corner (sort of). Here's what's happening:

In the '09 races...Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman got some more help as the Club for Growth cycled in a new ad for him in New York's 23rd district special election, as part of a $300,000 media buy announced last week; a Neighborhood Research poll commissioned by the Minuteman PAC finds Hoffman leading the race with 34 percent; a Washington Post poll shows Republican Bob McDonnell leading Democrat Creigh Deeds 55-44 in Virginia's gubernatorial race; SurveyUSA, meanwhile, has McDonnell up 58-41; Rasmussen finds Republican Chris Christie ahead of Gov. Jon Corzine (D) 46-43 in New Jersey; and in 2010 news...the National Republican Congressional Committee added 32 candidates to its Young Guns program; a Ron Paul supporter in Nevada launched a PAC opposing Sue Lowden, one of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-NV) Republican challengers; and Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) is attracting some negative attention for calling a female Fed advisor a "K Street whore."

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