VA-Gov: Quinnipiac finds a slightly different result that PPP, which had McAuliffe up 5 yesterday. Q-Pac finds McAuliffe and Cuccinelli essentially tied, with T-Mac up 40-39. Similarly to PPP, they find LG Bill Bolling, if he ran as an independent, taking from both candidates, with 13% while Cuccinelli and McAuliffe tie at 34%.
MN-Sen: Former Sen. Norm Coleman (R) won't be returning for a rematch with Sen. Al Franken after their razor tight 2008 race.
NC-Sen: House Speaker Thom Tillis (R) publicly acknowledged his interest in a Senate bid, but says he won't have a decision until June. Tillis has the potential to partially self-fund. Other potential candidates are Senate President Phil Berger and former Ambassador and businessman James Cain.
IL-Gov: Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford (R) is being less than coy about his Gubernatorial ambitions. When asked about his political future and a Gubernatorial bid, Rutherford replied "I think they are one in the same."
Dems 2016: Politico looks at potential litmus tests for Democrats in 2016, and it looks like the party is going to take an even further leap to the left. Candidates who aren't staunch supporters of gay rights, gun control, and opponents of capital punishment may run in to trouble.
MN-GOP: Former state Rep. Keith Downey, who lost a competitive race in a swingy Senate seat in November, is running for chair of the MN GOP. Downey has a reputation as a strong fundraiser, which is exactly what the broke and dysfunctional MN GOP needs right now.
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