Hurtling Toward 2010, 11/5

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

With the 2009 elections out of the way, we're hurtling full force, and...Illinois Senate Candidate Mark Kirk, a heretofore moderate Republican, is fishing for an endorsement from Sarah Palin; Carly Fiorina officially announced her candidacy for Senate in California; and Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) promptly endorsed her conservative primary opponent, Chuck DeVore; conservative Republican Senate candidate Marco Rubio launched a new fundraising site attacking Gov. Charlie Crist (R) for being too Obama friendly; Rand Paul has pulled into the lead of Kentucky's Senate race; and CQ says nine of the 10 most vulnerable House members are Democrats.