Hurtling Toward 2012, 10/29

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

Polls from Rasmussen and Virginia Commonwealth University have Creigh Deeds (D) trailing Bob McDonnell (R) in Virginia's '09 gubernatorial race by 13 and 18 points; a group of Doug Hoffman supporters is airing an ad in New York's 23rd district calling Republican Dede Scozzafava "the best choice for progressives"; the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spent another $244,000 helping Democrat Bill Owens in that race (H/T Swing State Project); Quinnipiac shows New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine (D) leading his re-election race against Republican Chris Christie 43-38; a Franklin & Marshall College poll shows Sen. Arlen Specter (D) sliding with a 28 percent approval rating but still ahead of his challengers; and another Connecticut Republican--former Ambassador to Ireland Tom Foley--is airing ads against Sen. Chris Dodd (D).