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The midterms: McCain and Scott Brown

ARIZONA: The Boston Globe tees up Scott Brown's campaigning with Sen. John McCain, who it says "will attempt to enhance his conservative bona fides by hosting the party's new darling." They'll hit a campaign rally and fundraiser in Phoenix today, then a trip to Tucson tomorrow where they'll take in a University of Arizona basketball game. "This will be the first campaign event outside Massachusetts for Brown, who was virtually unknown outside his Wrentham state Senate district just three months ago. The new senator has received dozens of invitations from candidates wanting him to campaign on their behalf around the nation, but he has no other events scheduled beyond McCain's."

ARKANSAS: Sen. Blanche Lincoln released a new ad yesterday, featuring a room full of bickering children exemplifying "what it's like in Washington these days." And on the same day former President Bill Clinton endorsed Lincoln, the pro-choice group EMILY's List reiterated its withdrawal of support for her, which was first announced in 1999.

GEORGIA: "Rep. Nathan Deal (R-Ga.) will not be leaving Congress on Monday, as he announced earlier this week, but will instead stay through the upcoming House vote on a health care overhaul." This means Democrats need one more vote, 217, to pass health care.  

MASSACHUSETTS: "Representative William Delahunt will not seek re-election to Congress, the seven-term Democrat will announce [today], ending a nearly 40-year career in elected office and giving Republicans hope of capturing the seat," the Boston Globe reports. Stu Rothenberg moved the race from "Safe" to "Democrat Favored."   
 
NEW YORK: Dead man walking? "Gov. David A. Paterson lost another top administration official on Thursday, when his communications director announced that he could no longer 'in good conscience' continue in that role for the governor."
 
"Signs of unease" are surfacing among black political leaders, who have been among [Paterson's] strongest allies, the New York Times writes. "At the gathering on Thursday night at Sylvia's, the fabled restaurant where [Rev. Al] Sharpton regularly holds court, the question of resignation was on the minds of the dozens of black and Hispanic political leaders and ministers who attended. Tensions in the meeting ran high, participants said, with the group largely divided into two camps: a minority who felt the governor should leave office and a majority who said that the legal process must be allowed to play out first."   

"Paterson has sought the help of a veteran lawyer with a decent track record when it comes to helping someone in that office," the Times also reports. "The lawyer, Theodore V. Wells, Jr., was on the defense team that persuaded federal prosecutors not to charge Gov. Eliot Spitzer when he was under investigation in 2008 for patronizing a prostitution ring."   
 
WYOMING: With Gov. Dave Freudenthanl (D)'s retirement announcement, Republicans are expected to add another "top tier" candidate in a race Republicans are now expected to win, CQ reports: State Rep. Colin Simpson, the current state Speaker, whose father is Alan K. Simpson, a former Wyoming Senator whom President Obama recently named to a bipartisan debt-reduction commission.