• Red state Democratic senators (including North Carolina’s Kay Hagan) have a message for former Rep. Gabby Giffords and husband Mark Kelly, who are campaigning nationwide for new gun control laws: Stay away.

• Politifact looks at a recent ad from the abortion-rights group EMILY’s List attacking House Speaker (and GOP Senate nominee) Thom Tillis’ legislative record and calls it “half true.” You be the judge.

• A liberal Washington Post blogger tries to keep the Tillis/”traditional” story cooking.

• Our condolences to the family and friends of Kyle Gott, the campaign manager of state Rep. Alma Adams’ successful primary for the 12th Congressional District seat. Gott, 31, was killed in an automobile accident in Kentucky.