Jewish Voters: President Obama's support has dropped by double digits among Jewish voters from 2008, but he still earns more than twice the support of Mitt Romney among American Jews, according to a new survey from Gallup. The President receives support from 64 percent of Jewish voters, versus 29 percent for Romney, a ten point drop for Obama from 2008.
Michigan: Some Republicans are urging Mitt Romney to make a strong play for Michigan, but it remains to be seen how seriously Romney will contest the state. Attention to the state has increased after a poll by EPIC-MRA last Wednesday showed Romney only 1 point behind President Obama at 46 to 45 percent.
Super PACS: Priorities USA, a super PAC supporting President Obama's reelection campaign is bringing Bain Capital back into the spotlight this week with a new ad. The ad features testimonials of workers of closed plants affected by Bain. The new commercial is part of an ongoing $7 million ad buy and will air in five battleground states: Colorado, Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Virginia.
VP Straw Poll: Sen. Marco Rubio was the top pick in a Conservative Political Action Conference straw poll of who Mitt Romney should pick as his running mate. Rubio, the choice of 30 percent of the activists in attendance, received more than double the votes of any other candidate. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie received the votes of 14 percent of attendees of the event, hosted by the American Conservative Union, while Rep. Paul Ryan took nine percent and Sen. Rand Paul received eight percent.
Arizona: Rep. Jeff Flake will launch the first ad of his Senate campaign next week. Flake's campaign has booked airtime for a 10 day period starting Wednesday. His GOP primary opponent, real estate mogul Wil Cardon, has already been on the air with millions of dollars of ads, many of them attacking Flake.
Nevada: Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid has vowed to employ the vaunted Nevada Democratic machine he has helped to build on behalf of Rep. Shelley Berkley. A PAC run by a former Reid aide is on the air with anti- Heller television ads, while Reid has placed associates into the Nevada Democratic Party to coordinate turnout operations. Reid has also eagerly raised campaign cash on Berkley's behalf, arguing that the path to retaining his spot as Majority Leader might run through Nevada.
AZ-8: Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords made an appearance for Ron Barber at a get out the vote campaign concert in her first public appearance in Tucson since she stepped down from office in January. The event and its associated publicity were meant to give Barber a boost heading into Tuesday's election.
CO-6: Former Democrat Kathy Polhemus is entering the race against Rep. Mike Coffman as an independent. Polhemus will make an initial investment of $100,000 of her own money to get her candidacy off the ground. State Rep. Joe Miklosi is the Democrat in the race and could be hurt by the entrance of Polhemus.
North Dakota: A new poll conducted by Mason Dixon Polling & Research shows Kevin Cramer leading party endorsed candidate Brian Kalk 60% to 21% with 19% undecided. In a general election matchup, Cramer would lead Democrat Pam Gulleson 49% to 35%.
Young Guns: The National Republican Congressional Committee has named 10 more congressional candidates to its "Young Guns" program, the second batch of top tier candidates the committee has announced this cycle.
Michigan: After last Tuesday's result in Wisconsin, a Labor affiliated group has abandoned an effort to recall Gov. Rick Snyder. Michigan Rising was not on track to reach its goal of 807,000 valid signatures to get the recall question on the November ballot.