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SNL Takes On Wilson

"Saturday Night Live" returned, albeit on Thursday night, and led the show with a sketch about the Joe Wilson "You Lie!" incident. Watch, and enjoy.

Rep. Wilson Challenger Raises $1M in 48 Hrs.

Rob Miller, the Democrat challenging Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) next year, has raised more than $1 million since Wednesday night, when the GOP congressman interrupted President Obama's address to a joint session of Congress with a shout of, "You lie!" The campaign announced that the total came from 25,000 individual donors.

"We will put this generous support to work to restore common-sense leadership to Washington, create jobs, and stand up for men and women in uniform," said Rob Miller in a released statement. "If there was ever a time to put bickering and name calling aside and be part of the solution, it's now."

Miller is a retired Marine and Iraq war veteran. This is the second straight election he has challenged Wilson. In 2008, Wilson won by just 8 points -- his smallest margin of victory since coming to Congress in a December 2001 special election. Miller, who was outspent two-to-one by Wilson, can likely thank much of his 46% take to Obama's get-out-the-vote efforts. The 2nd District is more than a quarter African American.

PPP (D) Poll Shows Wilson Trailing

A snap poll conducted by the Democratic firm of Public Policy Polling shows that Rep. Joe Wilson (R) is trailing in his re-election bid.

General Election Matchup
Miller 44
Wilson 43
Undecided 13

Asked about Wilson's outburst at President Obama's joint session speech, 29 percent approve of it, while 62 percent disapproved. Thirty-five percent say it made them more likely to vote for Wilson in 2010, while 49 percent said they were less likely to vote for him now.

It's hard to read too much into this poll, however, given how far we are from the vote and the nature of the fallout. The district his heavily Republican, with a Cook Partisan rating of R+9. In the survey, President Obama has a 50 percent approval rating, with 46 percent disapproving.

Asked if they think Obama lied about illegal immigrants not being covered by his plan, 42 percent said yes and 46 percent said no. Overall, 45 percent say they support Obama's health care plan, while 48 percent oppose. But 44 percent say they support the idea of a public option, while 39 percent oppose it.

Wilson's job approval rating is net negative, 41 percent approving, 47 percent disapproving. The survey was conducted September 10-11 among 747 voters, with a margin of error of +/- 3.6 percent.