| Happy Election Day! Tonight's special primary in IL-02 is the first federal contest since December (excluding the MO-08 conventions).
GA-Sen: Rep. Tom Price may have made too many enemies to run successfully for Senate: he double-crossed Nathan Deal in 2010, and upset Saxby Chambliss by threatening to primary him before his retirement. It's increasingly looking like a Broun/Kingston/Gingrey field, with Karen Handel as a wild card.
KY-Sen: Rep. John Yarmuth thinks Ashley Judd will run, and it sounds like she may announce on May 6--Derby Day! No word from Alison Lundergan Grimes on whether Alison Lundergan Grimes will run.
MA-Sen: In a bit of surprising news, Ed Markey and Stephen Lynch have agreed to 6 debates in advance of their April primary. Markey may need a GPS to find Springfield, Worcester, Lowell, and Fall River, which are among the host cities.
MI-Sen: St. Sen. Roger Kahn (R) of the Tri-Cities area is considering a run for Senate. Kahn is fairly moderate on economic and labor issues, but did vote for right-to-work. He'd be a decent get if Carl Levin retires (and a respectable sacrificial lamb if he doesn't).
NJ-Sen-B: Sen. Bob Menendez sort of compared himself to Martin Luther King Jr. as he once again denied allegations of corruption and dalliances with underage hookers.
WV-Sen: Rep. David McKinley confirmed that he won't run for Senate and seemed to endorse Shelley Moore Capito.
CA-Gov: The LA Times looks at the scant field of Republicans who could run for governor: St. Asbm. Tim Donnelly (who is a single-issue, anti-immigration guy and has been described as "worse than no candidate"), banker Neel Kashkari, ex-LG Abel Maldonado, ex-San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders, San Bernardino DA Michael Ramos (more likely to run for AG), Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearingen, and OC Supervisor John Moorlach.
CT-Gov: Michael Fedele, Jodi Rell's LG who lost the GOP primary for this office in 2010, won't run again: he's instead gunning to be Mayor of Stamford, the old job of current Gov. Dan Malloy.
PA-Gov: Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D) said it is her "intention" to run for governor. She has no timeline for a formal announcement.
More PA-Gov: Schwartz, of course, will get a primary, and one of her foes may be Philly businessman Tom Knox. He could cause problems for Schwartz by splitting the SEPA vote, especially since she doesn't have the Philly machine locked down by any stretch.
TX-Gov: Kinky Friedman is thinking of running again, and claims his campaign will be "serious" this time.
VA-Gov: Bill Bolling is finding some support for his likely independent bid, as many in-state elites seem turned off by both Ken Cuccinelli and Terry McAuliffe. Oddly, the article mentions ex-Rep. Tom Davis (R) of NoVA as another potential Indy, which is unlikely since his wife is running for LG as a Republican.
WI-Gov: Scott Walker sounds optimistic about his 2014 re-election bid and predicts it will be less intense than the 2012 recall. That sounds like a pretty fair prediction.
FL-26: Most of the early action in Florida has been here, where a long line of Republicans are interested in facing new Rep. Joe Garcia. Former M-D Commission Chair Joe Martinez, Cutler Bay Mayor Ed MacDougall, and St. Rep. Jose Felix Diaz are all running. A few other local Miami Republicans are also interested. This has normally been a GOP seat, but swung heavily to Obama last year.
IL-02: Buckle up: just when all signs were pointing to an easy Robin Kelly win, a last-minute poll shows Debbie Halvorson up 21-17 in what remains a fairly crowded Democratic field. This logic-defying poll could be wrong (low-turnout specials are notoriously hard to predict), but it will be a long night for the gun control lobby if Halvorson pulls it off. Also: snow is predicted for Chicago today, and that's more likely to hurt Kelly, since her urban voters are harder to turn out than Halvorson's suburbanites.
NRCC: They have a new web ad attacking Max Baucus, John Barrow, and Nick Rahall over the sequester. It's anyone's guess as to what the NRCC has against Baucus, who I am pretty sure will not be running for MT-AL.
AZ-AG: Felicia Rotellini (D), who gave Tom Horne a close race in what was otherwise a GOP landslide in Arizona in 2010, will seek a rematch.
Italy: In a surprise result, Italy is heading for a split government with a left-wing coalition in its lower house and a right-wing coalition in its upper house. Polls had shown the left comfortably ahead. The results ensure that we haven't seen the last of the one and only Silvio Berlusconi.