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October 24, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Wednesday briefing: debate viewership, prez ads and pitches, Rep. Adam Smith of Bellevue

Good Morning:

Who said the third of three presidential debates has the biggest impact?  Let’s go to the actual viewership, which was not bad, 59 million plus,  but considerably less than the first two presidential debates this cycle. Coming out of the debates, the campaigns offered new ads and pitches.  Romney’s latest ad, for example, makes hay of what he calls Obama’s “apology tour.”

Obama went to Florida and asked people at large rallies,  Who do you trust? Hint: Not that Mitt Romney guy.

For one of the more clear-eyed takes on the long-term impact of the latest debate, read Charlie Cook of the nonpartisan Cook Political Report

From the reject Referendum 74 campaign: Preserve Marriage Washington, the group against gay marriage, is out with a new ad that features people talking in a sharp Northeastern accent.

U.S. Rep. Adam Smith,
D-Not Tacoma, Bellevue

Tacoma in the rear-view mirror: When the Washington Redistricting Commission completed its work nearly a year ago, one of the most dramatically redrawn districts was the 9th Congressional District, a seat currently held by Rep. Adam Smith, Democrat from northeast Tacoma. The new 9th, which covered a lot of Pierce County, has moved further north. And while it still includes a piece of Tacoma, the district now includes South Seattle, Mercer Island and Bellevue.  Smith recently and quietly moved his family to Bellevue, he says, to be closer to the center of the district.

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