In Nevada, Heller recalls Lewinsky scandal; in Ohio, big money behind Mandel

In Nevada’s hard-fought Senate race, Republican incumbent Sen. Dean Heller’s campaign is giving his Democratic opponent, Rep, Shelley Berkley, a blast from the past.

Politico reports:

Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) on Tuesday dredged up scathing remarks that Democratic challenger Shelley Berkley made about Bill Clinton in the wake of the Monica Lewinsky scandal, just hours before the popular former president stumps with the seven-term congresswoman in Las Vegas. Heller circulated for reporters a 1998 Berkley quote in which she said of Clinton’s extramarital affair: “It’s deplorable, indefensible and the sheer stupidity and recklessness of his actions boggle my mind.’” Heller said Berkley “keeps shifting her position to chase her political ambitions.”

Meanwhile, in Ohio, in another fiercely contested Senate race, Republican Josh Mandel raised $4.5 million in the third quarter, his biggest haul so far.

Politico notes:

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Mandel is benefiting from Mitt Romney’s rise and an avalanche of outside money — which has now reached $21 million — that’s pummeling Brown. The 34-year-old Iraq veteran’s candidacy is becoming more important to national Republicans as their map to capturing Senate control looks increasingly ominous. With early voting underway in Ohio, the day-to-day campaign carries extra weight.
 

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