Rep. Jim Hansen, R-Utah, citing polls showing Democrat Gunn McKay closing in on him, sent supporters a hand-written letter this week asking them to help pay a $40,000 bill for a last-minute media blitz.

Hansen enclosed a story on polls that showed McKay picking up a percentage point in the past month to close within six points. Hansen added a single point to his rating. Undecided voters dropped from 7 to 6 percent of the poll cited."Time is running out," Hansen wrote. "Money is short, and our cause is just."

He added that he was $40,000 short of meeting his media budget and asked for financial support "one last time."