FLORIDA: Mike Huckabee is reportedly set to endorse Marco Rubio over Charlie Crist in the Republican Senate primary.
ILLINOIS: The Burris story continues… The Chicago Tribune: "Beleaguered U.S. Sen. Roland Burris added another layer Wednesday to the evolving story of his appointment, saying he was only trying to 'placate' then- Gov. Rod Blagojevich's brother to keep his Senate prospects alive knowing no campaign money would ever change hands. The latest detail came as Burris spent the opening of a two-day Downstate tour offering his explanation of what was on covert recordings made by federal agents investigating Blagojevich in November. Burris said the transcript shows that he was not involved in "pay to play" because he told Robert Blagojevich, the former governor's brother, that if he donated and got the Senate appointment, 'that means I bought it.'"
Video: Sen. Roland Burris, D-Ill., joins "Hardball" on the phone to discuss FBI wiretaps that reveal Burris talked with Rod Blagojevich's brother about the possibility of throwing a fundraiser for the former Illinois governor at the same time he was lobbying for the vacant Senate seat.
"But the transcript also shows Burris discussing various ways that he might join in fundraising events hosted by others or contribute money through Burris' law partner and current lawyer, Timothy Wright. On Wednesday, Burris said those discussions were an attempt to deceive Robert Blagojevich to keep himself in the mix for a Senate appointment and that no donations were ever forthcoming."
PENNSYLVANIA: Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak "intends" to challenge Arlen Specter in the 2010 Democratic primary. In a note to potential fundraisers, Sestak also sets a date of June 30th (an FEC quarterly deadline) as an important one for the credibility of his campaign.
The Washington Post's Cillizza adds, "Pennsylvania Rep. Joe Sestak is planning to run against Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter in 2010 but those familiar with his thinking caution no announcement is imminent and that he could well change his mind on the race."
"In a Garin-Hart-Yang Research Group poll obtained by Roll Call, Specter led Sestak, 56 percent to 16 percent, among a sample self-identified Democratic primary voters in the Keystone State surveyed during the first week in May."