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The midterms: Primary day in IL

"Republicans are on track to have more than 100 challengers running this cycle, but many of them will be in the same races," The Hill reports. "Well-funded candidates crowded GOP primaries across the country in the fourth quarter of 2009, after the dust settled on a summer that saw the rise of the Tea Party movement. Republicans now face primaries in about two-thirds of their top-targeted races, with most of them coming to fruition in the fourth quarter. Most of the new insurgent candidates come with the ability to self-fund, at least at the start of their campaigns."

"If the Democrats suffer significant losses in House elections this fall, it won't be because their incumbents weren't ready for the fight… The 42 Members to whom House Democratic leaders have provided added logistical and financial aid had an average of $800,000 in their campaign accounts as the election year began, according to a Roll Call analysis of updated reports filed with the Federal Election Commission by a Jan. 31 deadline."

Politico lists its picks for the winners and losers of the Jan. 30th campaign fundraising disclosures. Among the winners are Florida Senate candidate Marco Rubio (R), Rep. Walt Minnick of Idaho (D), who is "in surprisingly solid shape" despite representing "one of the most conservative districts in the country." The losers include Missouri Senate candidate and Secretary of State Robin Carnahan and Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-W.Va), who "starts the new year with less campaign cash than his newly announced Republican challenger, former state Del. David McKinley."

The Hill also does a House fundraising winners and losers.

COLORADO: In "the latest sign that former Colorado House Speaker [Andrew Romanoff] is serious about his primary challenge to Sen. Michael Bennet," Romanoff has hired "big-name" Democratic strategists Joe Trippi and Celinda Lake, Politico reports.

ILLINOIS: "Voters go to the polls Tuesday in Illinois for the first primaries of 2010, where a Senate race and a few competitive House races have been overshadowed by intraparty bickering in the gubernatorial contest," CQ writes. "The gubernatorial candidates in both parties have been sucking up air time in Illinois, leaving little time or space for congressional candidates to break through the noise." 
State Journal-Register: "Candidates cris-crossed Illinois Monday, using the last full day of campaigning before today's primary election to get their message out," appearing in hotel ballrooms, statehouses, campaign headquarters and pizza parlors. 
The New York Times' Gail Collins on what she perceives as one of the prevailing strategies in the Illinois primaries: distance yourself, as far as you can, from the Washington establishment. "Every single person running in the Illinois primaries seems to be an outsider. The state comptroller is an outsider. The former Republican Party chairman is an outsider. If Rod Blagojevich were allowed to run for things anymore, he'd be in this as an outsider. As things stand, however, the former governor is a contender only in the upcoming season of 'Celebrity Apprentice.'" 
The Hill breaks down each of the races in a couple of paragraphs each.
"Voters will head to the polls for the first primaries of 2010 today in Illinois, where a Senate race and a few competitive House races have been overshadowed by intraparty bickering in the gubernatorial contest," Roll Call writes. 
The AP also previews the gubernatorial and Senate races.

INDIANA: "Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita (R) will run to succeed retiring Rep. Steve Buyer (R) in the state's 4th district," Roll Call says.

KENTUCKY: Sarah Palin endorsed Rand Paul in his Senate bid.

NEW YORK: "A week after getting thrashed by Stephen Colbert as a flip-flopper, potential Senate candidate Harold Ford Jr. said he wanted to see if the comedian 'wants to beat me up in person.' Ford got his answer Monday night when Colbert did exactly that on 'The Colbert Report.' 'Evidently, six minutes at my interview table counts as New York State residency,' Colbert said to the former Tennessee congressman, who registered to vote here last fall. It didn't get any better for Ford. Colbert began by pressing him on abortion, noting that in 2006, Ford called himself 'pro-life' but now insists he has always been pro-choice."