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The midterms: KBH laments 'insider' label

ARIZONA: "Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell will endorse Arizona Sen. John McCain in his primary battle with former congressman J.D. Hayworth, advisers to the governor say," the Washington Post reports, adding that McCain campaigned for McDonnell last year.   
CALIFORNIA: Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman, the former CEO of eBay, is up with a new TV ad featuring former colleagues touting her leadership.  
NEW YORK: "Former Representative Harold E. Ford Jr. of Tennessee has dug into his own pocket to pay for a detailed poll, conducted over the last few days, intended to test the viability of a Senate run in New York, according to people briefed on the matter," the New York Times reports. In one test of Ford's potential vulnerabilities, "he is hypothetically characterized as a carpetbagger; a member of the National Rifle Association; a flip-flopper on gay marriage; a Wall Street executive who has not disclosed his bonus; and a newcomer who began paying taxes in New York only within the past year."

OHIO: Lt. Gov. Lee Fischer leads Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner 29%-20% in a Democratic primary. But in a general-election matchup, Republican Rob Portman leads both Fischer (40%-37%) and Brunner (40%-35%).

TEXAS: "Trailing in the polls with less than a week before the March 2 primary, Hutchison assessed the state of her campaign and Perry's anti-Washington tactics to The Associated Press on Tuesday. 'It definitely has made it more difficult for me. I didn't think that people would buy that because I've been so effective for Texas,' Hutchison told the AP on her campaign bus. 'I didn't think that anyone could turn my success in producing results for Texas into a negative, but I think that he has attempted to do that and that is what I've been having to fight against.'"