California: A SurveyUSA poll of the California Senate race shows Sen. Dianne Feinstein at 51% and her next closest challenger at 2 (two) percent. 2 challengers are at 2%, 12 challengers are at 1%, and 9 challengers are at 0%. In short, a close race to get in the top 2 between 23 challengers, with no chance of winning.
New Mexico: A Rasmussen poll of the New Mexico Senate race finds Democratic Rep. Martin Heinrich picking up 46% of the vote against Republican Heather Wilson who draws 42%. Seven percent prefer some other candidate in the race, while six percent are undecided.
NY-4: Local Republicans say they expect longtime Nassau County Legislator Fran Becker to challenge Rep. Carolyn McCarthy for the 4th Congressional District seat in November. Becker challenged McCarthy in 2010, losing 53.6 percent 46.4 percent. The district grew more Republican in the New York remap, going from 58% to 55% for President Obama.
PA-4: Sen. Pat Toomey is coming to the aid of York County Commissioner Chris Reilly in the open PA-4 race. His PAC is airing a television ad featuring Toomey speaking directly to the camera in which he endorses Reilly. Meanwhile, Governor Tom Corbett is attending a fundraiser for state Rep. Scott Perry, another candidate in the 4th. Perry also has picked up the support of a number of his colleagues. It's the first time Toomey and Corbett have publicly opposing candidates in a GOP primary.
WA-1: The campaign of John Koster, a Snohomish County Councilman, is out with a internal poll showing his as the "clear frontrunner" for the open 1st District. Koster polls 37%, followed by Democrat Darcy Burner at 11%, with 39% undecided. Washington has a top two primary system, and Koster is the only Republican running, which may explain his large lead.
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