Michigan: This poll shows that the President and Romney are very close in this state. You can call it a tie or a 2 point Obama lead or a 1.5% Obama lead.
Ohio: This AP story details the coming fight for the state of Ohio. The article is quite fair and even-handed in looking at obstacles that both parties face in this key battleground state.
Florida: The Romney campaign is ramping up efforts in Florida. This long article details the plan of attack.
Economy: This week's weak retail sales report has prompted some economists to lower GDP estimates. The new estimates are in the 1.9 to 2% range for 2nd qtr 2012. The increase in 1st time jobless claims means the job market is weakening. This can only be considered bad news for the President.
John Edwards: Former VP nominee Edwards will not face a trial again on FEC campaign abuse charges.
Maine: DSCC Chairman Patty Murray faces the problem of whether to endorse either the Democratic party nominee in Maine or the Democrat/Independent candidate in that state. Senator Murray loves female candidates in MA, NY, MI, WI, MN, CA, NV and MO, but somehow Cynathia Dill in Maine does not appear to be woman enough for her as Angus King looks like he will get DSCC support.
Missouri: The Contenders for Senate races this fall has mostly been set. Missouri seems to be the biggest wildcard where three GOP contenders seem to be legitmate contenders. Will it be Steelman or Akin or Brunner taking on Senator McCaskill?
Virginia: Will be there be a GOP primary for governor next year? A meeting this Friday of the State Republican Governing Board will determine that. It will either be a convention or a primary that decide the nomination between Lt Gov Bolling and AG Cuccinelli.
New York: This article details how Governor Cuomo and GOP state senators have formed an alliance that benefits both. It is a strange situation where opposites not only attract but prosper. I was going to post an article on the New York GOP Senate primary featuring Congressman Turner but why bother? I do note that any other action in New York could revolve around congressional seats and seemingly the GOP has a good chance of gaining seats.
There were a few less noteworthy US House races settled on Tuesday and here are two of some interest.
Maine 2: Maine Senate President Kevin Raye won the GOP nomination to take on incumbent Congressman Mike Michaud. Raye is a top tier candidate in what can only be called a difficult race. This is actually a rematch of a 2002 open seat race.
Nevada 3: This article details how House Speaker John Ocequera won the Democratic nomination to take on Congressman Joe Heck. The Speaker only won 50% of the primary vote against several political neophytes. In addition Dina Titus easily won the D nod for NV1. I suspect NV3 and NV4 will be major battlegrounds in November.
OK2: OK enough about yesterday, what about what's next? In 12 days, the Sooner State will have a primary for the seat held by the retiring Dan Boren. The GOP is favored to win this seat but as this article relates, it is unclear who gets the Republican nod. There are several Okies in this race who are proud to be from Muskogee but even that does not guarantee a win later this month.
SC7: Are we off to court in South Carolina? There seem to be two different opinions as to what to do with Ted Vick's votes. Clearly there has been a difference between casting and counting votes in election after election so it is not without precedence to not count Vick's votes. The fact that the SC runoff is set for 06-26-2012 means that unless something is done quickly the Democratic nominee for SC7 is set.