Florida: Former Congressman Dave Weldon announced Friday that he will join a crowded field of Republicans seeking to unseat incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson. Weldon's late entrance in the race comes as Congressman Connie Mack is seeking to solidify his spot as the GOP frontrunner, having received the endorsement this week of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
Kansas: A federal court will take up the new Kansas Congressional map on May 29. The Republican controlled state House will make a last ditch effort to rescue the mapmaking process, but it seemed highly unlikely the Kansas Senate would go along with any plan.
NRCC: The NRCC had a good month in April. The NRCC raised an impressive $6.9 million last month and ended April with $31.3 million in cash on hand. That compares with the $6.48 million raised by the DCCC, it ended the month with $25 million in the bank. The NRCC is almost $20 million ahead of where it was in cash on hand at this time last cycle.
NRSC: The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee narrowly outraised the National Republican Senatorial Committee in April, bringing in $4.5 million to the NRSC's $4.25 million. The DSCC held a slight cash advantage over the NRSC, with $25.7 million in the bank to the NRSC's $21.6 million.
NY-13: Bill Clinton will not back longtime ally Rep. Charles Rangel in his reelection bid. Clinton has been a strong supporter of Rangel's in the past and Rangel was a key player in leading the charge for Hillary Clinton's election to the US Senate. However, a Clinton source said the former president "has a personal conflict this time around. One of Rangel's rivals, Clyde Williams, was a top aide at the Clinton Foundation and worked in the Clinton administration."
SC-7: A poll by Francis Marion University and SCNOW.com shows an overwhelming majority of likely Democratic voters in the new district said they haven't chosen a candidate yet. State Rep. Ted Vick led with 15 percent, Costal Carolina University professor Gloria Bromell Tinubu polled second with 9 percent support, followed by Horry County attorney Preston Brittain at 6 percent. A full 65 percent were undecided. The primary is June 12.
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