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2009/2010: The NRCC's hit list

The National Republican Congressional Committee sent out a hit list of 70 seats it hopes to challenge in. Last week, Chairman Pete Sessions said he'd like to get that number up to 80. Republicans are down 79 seats in the U.S. House and would need a pick up of 41 to regain a majority this cycle.

COLORADO: Former GOP Rep. Bob Beauprez appears to be leaning toward running for Senate against Dem appointee Michael Bennet.

NEW HAMPSHIRE: "While national Republicans are quickly falling in line behind former New Hampshire Attorney General Kelly Ayotte, several local party activists said they are still unsure what kind of candidate she will be in the Granite State's 2010 Senate race," Roll Call writes. "Although most Republicans only had kind words to say about the telegenic Ayotte, even her supporters had a hard time describing her political leanings. Meanwhile, several other Republicans are considering running for the Senate and could force a divisive primary that wouldn't be decided until just a few months before the winner will face the likely Democratic nominee, Rep. Paul Hodes."

"The National Republican Senatorial Committee has not endorsed anyone in New Hampshire, but they are making little secret of which candidate they want to win the nomination," The Hill adds. "… Ayotte (R), who resigned last month in order to explore a race, will benefit from a fundraiser at NRSC headquarters on Sept. 22, according to an invitation for the event."

NEW JERSEY: New Jersey Republican gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie is now 14 percentage points (50%-36) ahead of Democratic Governor Jon Corzine in the New Jersey gubernatorial race, according to a new Monmouth University/Gannett New Jersey poll.

PENNSYLVANIA: Rep. Joe Sestak is announcing his long-shot bid for Senate today at a VFW hall. He then heads "across the Keystone State to Pittsburgh, Scranton and Harrisburg before finishing the day with an appearance on 'The Colbert Report.'"

Video: Politico's Jonathan Martin and MSNBC political analyst Michael Smerconish discuss the competition converted Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania will face in both Republican challenger Pat Toomey as well Democrat Joe Sestak.

"Both candidates will be extremely well-funded in what could prove the most costly primary of 2010. Through June 30, Specter had $7.56 million in the bank, while Sestak had accumulated $4.26 million. The potential for a primary has motivated several prominent Keystone Democrats to show early support for Specter. On Monday, Specter rolled out 20 new names of Democratic elected officials who would serve on his advisory committee."