Early bird. New Hanover County Commissioner Ted Davis Jr. gets an extra leg up, as he will fill the remainder of Rep. Danny McComas’ term in the General Assembly. McComas is taking over as chairman of the State Ports Authority. Davis is running for the seat against Democrat Emile Swearingen Nov. 6.


The parade continues. The benefit of being a swing state: Top-flight surrogates keep visiting. “Rising star” U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., will campaign Wednesday for the Romney-Ryan ticket in Charlotte.


Pinching pennies? The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee cancels a second week of October ads for Rep. Larry Kissell, D-8th.


Opening the checkbook. Meantime, the National Republican Congressional Committee just launched a new ad attacking Kissell.