ARIZONA: AP tees up today's McCain-Palin rally: "John McCain helped Sarah Palin launch her national political career two years ago. Now, she's trying to help McCain save his. The former running mates will campaign together Friday for the first time since losing the presidential race in 2008… McCain is fighting for his political life. Fending off a primary challenge from the right, the four-term Arizona senator is facing the toughest re-election campaign of his Senate career… Palin will help McCain tout his conservative credentials at rallies in Tucson on Friday and the Phoenix suburb of Mesa on Saturday. They'll hold a fundraiser on Friday at the same Phoenix hotel where they conceded the presidential election on Nov. 4, 2008."
ARKANSAS: A new Daily Kos/Research 2000 poll shows that "the gap has been closing" between Sen. Blanche Lincoln and primary challenger Lt. Gov. Bill Halter, the liberal blog Talking Points Memo reports. "With Halter gaining on Lincoln, who holds a 44%-31% margin "it's also possible that Halter could be the stronger Democrat for the general election."
NEVADA: Republican Senate candidate Danny Tarkanian is up with his first two ads, one touting his conservative endorsements and the other targeting government waste in the form of turtle tunnels.
Tea Party Express renounces declared Tea Party Senate candidate Scott Ashjian, telling him to "get lost."
UTAH: Sen. Bob Bennett, facing one of the toughest Republican primaries of the cycle, gives the New York Times an incumbent's take on the race: "If the anti-incumbent tide is as strong as some people think it is, I will be swept out, despite all my efforts," Mr. Bennett said in an interview. "If the anti-incumbent tide is a lot of conversation, but has no center of gravity as a true political movement, then I'll be just fine. There's no way to know."
WASHINGTON: "Sen. Patty Murray (D), thought to be facing a tougher re-election fight than she might have expected a year ago, receives more than 50% support against all four Republicans tested against her in a new Daily Kos/Research 2000 poll," Real Clear Politics reports.