National Polling: The monthly PPP survey has Romney pickup up 4 points and now trailing Obama 49-46. PPP also asked respondents about 8 potential Romney VP picks and found that they had little overall impact, although Chris Christie makes the race a 47-47 tie by helping Mitt shore up his base. Marco Rubio would have no noticeable effect on the Hispanic vote. Also, YouGov's monthly online poll has Obama up 49-42.
Romney: Mitt responded strongly to yesterday's "silver spoon" speech, saying that Obama is "always looking for a scapegoat, particularly those that have been successful like my dad." We've seen Romney mature as a candidate; I doubt he would have responded so directly in 2008.
Senate Committees: The DSCC beat the NRSC in March fundraising, $7.4M to $5.8M. The Dems also lead in cash on hand, $24M to $20M
MO-Sen: Rasmussen (which was very good in MO in 2010) has Claire McCaskill slightly improving but still in trouble, trailing Sarah Steelman 49-42, Todd Akin 48-43, and tied with John Brunner at 45. Much has been made about the weakness of the GOP field, but this is starting to look like a race we could win by accident.
AR-04: Citizens United is endorsing Tom Cotton, which is significant in that they supported his GOP primary opponent, Beth Anne Rankin, in 2008. A new poll from TalkBusiness (a state political news outlet) has Rankin and Cotton tied at 39%, with the primary a month away.
PA-12: It took a while, but this primary has finally turned into the bloodbath we expected from western PA Democrats. Mark Critz, and a whole host of other state Dems, are angry at Jason Altmire for running a technically-true-but-misleading ad about Critz's "present" vote on the RSC budget. Now, Critz is saying he may not support Altmire in the general election, and we could see the Johnstown machine sit on its hands in the fall.
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