NORTH CAROLINA: This would be HUGE news for the DSCC... Blue Dem Rep. Bobby Etheridge is considering a Senate bid again against GOP incumbent Richard Burr.
VIRGINIA: In every gubernatorial race in Virginia since 1977, the party that won the White House lost the Governor's Mansion," the Washington Post writes, calling the trend "understandable." A Washington Post poll released this week "shows that discontent about the nation and the state -- run by Democrats as president and governor -- is helping fuel Republican Bob McDonnell's early lead over Democrat Creigh Deeds." Even in "left-leaning Northern Virginia, where federal issues are most acute, the two run about even, 45 percent for Deeds to 42 percent for McDonnell." And: "Although 75 percent of Virginia voters who backed Obama said they would vote for Deeds, 13 percent plan to vote for McDonnell."