Romney: Last week, Woody Johnson said the Romney campaign would announce a counter to Obama's Clooney fundraiser, but with someone even bigger than Clooney. Could this be it? Darth Vader himself will host a fundraiser for Romney. The former VP and his wife will host Romney at their Jackson Hole, WY home in July.
Oklahoma: Romney leads Obama 62-27 in the Sooner State according to The SoonerPoll.
Ohio: Despite calls from former Democratic Rep. Harold Ford, Democratic Newark Mayor Cory Booker, and his own former adviser Steve Rattner to end his attacks on capitalism, President Obama's team is doubling down, adding $29k to an Ohio ad buy slamming Romney for Bain.
Santorum/Gingrich: I hope those extra few weeks of attention were worth it for Santorum and Gingrich, who ended their campaigns with $2.3 million and $4.8 million in debt, respectively.
Texas: Ted Cruz is closing in on David Dewhurst, one week ahead of the primary. According to a University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll, Dewhurst leads Cruz 40-31 with former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert at 17% and former ESPN analyst Craig James at 4%.
Missouri: Same story, different year. One year after she faced trouble for unpaid taxes on her private airplane (clearly a 99%er), Sen. Claire McCaskill is late on the taxes for her DC condo. Is there any race in the country where the candidates on both sides are so clearly flawed?
Ohio: I think we may have a sleeper for most expensive Senate election in 2012. With two high powered fundraisers on both sides and millions already being spent in Ohio, it could beat out VA and MA. Majority PAC, the Democratic Congressional Super PAC, has added $300k to its ad buy attacking Republican Josh Mandel. This brings their buy to $600k
OH-Sen, OH-16: This could be trouble for Republicans. Treasurer Josh Mandel and Rep. Jim Renacci are being investigated by the FBI for contributions from employees Suarez Corporation Industries.
Maine: FreedomWorks has endorsed Treasurer Bruce Poliquin for the Republican Senate nomination.
New York Primaries: New York has moved its primary to Thursday, September 13th, to avoid having the primary elections coincide with the 11th anniversary of the September 11th attacks.
New Congressional Lines: Cool map from Google showing all of the new lines across the country (Except KS!!!).
FL-06: FreedomWorks has endorsed Navy Vet Ron DeSantis in the open 6th district. DeSantis faces former Ruth's Chris CEO Craig Miller, state Rep, Fred Costello, and JAX City Councilman Richard Clark in his primary.
NJ-09: It appears House Democratic leaders favor Rep. Bill Pascrell over Rep. Steve Rothman in this member vs. member battle. Assistant Minority Leader Jim Clyburn and Democratic Caucus Chair John Larson have given a total of $9k to Pascrell.
CT-05: Sen. Andrew Roraback won the endorsement of the state GOP this weekend with just over 50% of the convention vote. Businessman Mark Greenberg, businesswoman Lisa Wilson-Foley (who placed 2nd, just 40 votes behind Roraback), and former Rob Simmons' aide Justin Bernier all qualified for the primary ballot by receiving more than 15%.
Indiana Gov: Democratic nominee John Gregg has chosen longtime Sen. Vi Simpson, the current Senate Minority Leader, as his running mate. Simpson briefly ran for Governor herself in 2003.
PA State Sen: Former rising star, Sen. Jane Orie, has resigned from the Senate in disgrace after being convicted in a scandal involving her sister's 2009 Supreme Court campaign. Orie was once the Senate Majority Whip, the highest ranking woman in PA's government. In 2009, she was recruited by the NRSC and Rick Santorum to primary Pat Toomey for Senate.