In Connecticut's Senate race, Republican nominee and political newcomer Linda McMahon has held one advantage since the day she entered the race. Money. Lots of it. And the former CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment has already dropped $50 million of her own into the campaign.
In contrast, Democratic nominee and current state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal has had less than stellar fundraising numbers recently. Enter President Obama, who will come to Connecticut for two fundraisers on Thursday. Obama will headline a Democratic National Committee fundraiser, as well as one directly supporting Blumenthal.
President Obama will be headlining four political rallies between late September and late October. They include Madison, Wisconsin; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Las Vegas, Nevada and a yet-to-be-determined location in Ohio.
However, in Connecticut, Democratic sources tell Fox News there are no plans for the president to participate in any public political rallies. That's been the case during many fundraisers the president has participated in recently.
Although Blumenthal will not be participating in a public forum of any kind with the president, the cash-strapped candidate maintains he's happy to see the commander in chief. "I look forward to welcoming the president of the United States to Connecticut," said Blumenthal. "It is an honor to have his support and his assistance. His visit will make a difference for us, energizing our supporters and helping us raise the resources we need against my opponent, who is spending an unprecedented $50 million on her campaign."
The Blumenthal campaign had $2.1 million in cash on hand at the end of the second fundraising quarter. At the same juncture in 2006, Senator Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) had $4.2 million dollars on hand.
This is problematic for Blumenthal, because when it comes to TV ads he's dealing in part with the uber-expensive New York City media market. A week of television ads in New York costs about a half-million dollars, meaning that just over $2 million in cash on hand won't last long.
With less than two months until Election Day, an average of polling shows Blumenthal leading McMahon by more than eight points in a state that has leaned Democratic in recent elections.
However, McMahon aides say they're feeling a momentum swing and are trying to tie Blumenthal to the Washington establishment, a powerful message that has delivered results in this election cycle around the country.
"It's impossible for him to run against the Washington establishment one day and chase the seal of approval the next day," said McMahon Communications Director Ed Patru. "He looks like a typical politician. People in this state are fed up.
McMahon's camp points to a quote from Blumenthal on August 17, when he said, "I'm not reluctant to say that I've never been a part of Washington. I've never been an insider."
McMahon aides howl at Blumenthal's outsider claims, saying he worked in the Nixon White House, reporting to Daniel Patrick Moynihan, worked in the Senate as an aide to Senator Abraham Ribicoff, clerked for Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun, and at one time worked for the Washington Post.
And playing perfectly into the narrative, McMahon is up on the air with yet another ad Monday, focused on putting people back to work by ending what she calls, "Washington's perfect storm of job killing policies."
Jake Gibson is a producer working at the Fox News Washington bureau who covers politics, law enforcement and intelligence issues.