Mississippi: Sen. Thad Cochran's backers are refusing to back down after a run-off was officially declared for the Republican Senate nomination. His advisers and outside groups supporting him huddled yesterday coming up with a game plan for the 3 week run-off, centered on driving Democrats and independents to the polls to vote for Cochran, as well as striking fear into the hearts and minds of voters as to the potential pitfalls of a Senate nominee and Senator McDaniel. Other Cochran supporters, however, face the dilemma of whether or not to attack McDaniel in the run-off, when he is more likely than not to wind up as the Republican nominee in a potentially competitive election.
More Mississippi: Making the decision for Cochran backers easier is the continued ineptitude of Chris McDaniel's supporters to not violate the law. A McDaniel staffer called the Hinds County GOP Chair early yesterday morning to say she was locked in a courthouse...with 2 other McDaniel supporters...with thousands of ballots. The 3 are under investigation by the Hinds County sheriff. The next 3 weeks look to be a blast.
South Carolina: A new poll by Clemson University has Sen. Lindsey Graham on the cusp of avoiding a run-off, with 49%. His nearest challenger pulls a whopping 9% of the vote.
Georgia: The momentum continues for Rep. Jack Kingston, as Rep. Phil Gingrey, who likely helped Kingston into the run-off by drawing Metro ATL support from Karen Handel, has endorsed Kingston. Gingrey joins Handel and Reps. Lynn Westmoreland and Tom Price in endorsing Kingston in his run-off with David Perdue.
Iowa: Bruce Braley's stunningly out of touch campaign continued yesterday, as he debuted a new ad attacking Joni Ernst for being a big spender, inviting a debate with Ernst about who has the worst record on spending. I think we all know who loses that debate. And this is on top of his ad last week, telling of the incredible kindness and compassion of trial lawyers.
Alaska: An internal poll by Lt. Gov candidate Dan A. Sullivan has Dan S. Sullivan leading the Republican Senate primary, but by a much smaller margin than other polls show. His poll has the other Sullivan up 37-35 over Lt. Gov Mead Treadwell, whereas other polls have shown Sullivan with a double digit lead.
Delaware: Sometimes, no candidate is truly the best option. In Delaware, this was the case as Christine O'Donnell considered a rematch with accidental Sen. Chris Coons. Luckily, we got our choice candidate here, as O'Donnell has ruled out another Senate campaign.
ME-02: A PPP poll for LCV shows state Sen. Emily Cain leading fellow state Sen. Tory Jackson 60-25 ahead of next week's Democratic primary. While LCV is a strong supporter of Cain, these numbers don't defy the CW that Cain, a rising star in the ME Democratic Party, has a strong advantage heading into Tuesday.
CA-25: State Sen. Steve Knight has received a welcome boost in his general election campaign against fellow Republican Tony Strickland: the endorsement of third place finisher (and Democrat) Lee Rogers.
MN-06: Former State Rep. and think tank leader Phil Krinkie has dropped out of the Republican primary, leaving Anoka County Commissioner Rhonda Sivarajah as the only (minor) speed bump to former state Rep. Tom Emmer's coronation.
PA-Gov: A third poll in a week shows Gov. Tom Corbett in worse condition than any Governor I can think of at this point in recent history: trailing challenger Tom Wolf by 20, with Wolf over 50%.
CO-Gov: An internal poll for Bob Beauprez shows him as the candidate best positioned to take down Tom Tancredo in the GOP primary, trailing the Tanc only 27-25. SoS Scott Gessler, who has led in recent fundraising, is far behind with 13%.
MN-Auditor: A major development on filing day in this race, as wealthy former DFL House Minority Leader Matt Entenza has decided to take on DFL incumbent Rebecca Otto in the primary. Entenza notably spent $6 million of his own money in the 2010 Gubernatorial primary against now-Gov. Mark Dayton and the DFL endorsed Margaret Anderson Kelliher. Entenza appears to be running to Otto's left, and, should he win or even damage her, could give us a decent shot at taking this office with former Long Lake Mayor Randy Gilbert.