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The midterms: Crist's two-front war

ARKANSAS: A new DailyKos/Research 2000 poll shows Blanche Lincoln leading Bill Halter by eight points (43%-35%); earlier this month, Lincoln's lead was 12 points (45%-33%).

FLORIDA: With his announcement, the AP says, Gov. Charlie Crist "has to wage a war on two fronts against Rubio and Democratic front-runner U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek. And he'll have to do it without his fundraising base, with a new staff and with the party that put him in power doing all it can to stop him."   
"The Republican infighting over Florida's Senate seat that drove Gov. Charlie Crist to ditch the GOP is giving an underdog Democrat a realistic shot at pulling off an upset in the fall," AP writes. "Democratic Rep. Kendrick Meek, who appeared headed to a lopsided loss in November, suddenly looks like a plausible contender to snatch away victory as Crist's decision to run as an independent sets up a three-way race that could split Republicans between the governor and Republican favorite Marco Rubio."  
And now Meek has his own primary... "Jeff Greene, a flamboyant real estate executive who made more than half a billion dollars betting against the housing market, will announce tomorrow he is seeking the Democratic nomination for Senate in Florida, scrambling an already crowded, high-profile, and expensive race," Politico reports.   

MASSACHUSETTS: "Gubernatorial hopeful Charles D. Baker has distanced himself from the Republican Governors Association's attack ad on Treasurer Tim Cahill," even though "Baker's campaign set out to raise [$350,000] for the RGA as part of an overall $2 million fund-raising blitz," the Boston Herald reports.   
"A day after the federal government approved Cape Wind, state Treasurer Timothy P. Cahill stepped up his criticism of the venture, skewering it as a feel-good project that could drive up energy costs," the Boston Globe writes. "'We all think of the Netherlands, and we think of all these windmills,' the independent gubernatorial candidate told a downtown meeting of business executives yesterday. 'It's really quaint. And it seems so much nicer than a big, bad energy plant or nuclear power. At the end of the day, it's an industrial opportunity.'" 

NEVADA: "A Research 2000 poll conducted for Daily Kos has [Sen. Harry Reid] within the margin of error of potential GOP foes," Real Clear Politics writes, as Reid trails his three top challengers, Sue Lowden, Danny Tarkanian and Sharron Angle, by 2 to 4 points.   
NEW HAMPSHIRE: "U.S. Rep. Paul Hodes is trailing most Republican candidates in the race for U.S. Senate in the latest [WMUR Granite State] poll," WMUR reports, "losing significantly to one of them and in tight races with the other." Hodes is 47%-32% with Kelly Ayotte and trails Ovide Lamontagne and Bill Binnie by 1 and 2 points respectively.  
State GOP chairman John "Sununu raised questions about Hodes's burn rate -- the second-term congressman has spent 43 percent of what he's raised during the cycle, including 66 percent of his haul during the first fundraising quarter of the year," Politico writes.   
WASHINGTON: "Democrats in Washington state and Washington, D.C. have been targeting [former GOP gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi] for weeks, hoping to scare him out of the race the way Sen. Russ Feingold's (D-WI) campaign say they did with former Gov. Tommy Thompson, who presented the only serious threat to Feingold's reelection chances. Will it work? Rossi's still flirting with a bid, but no one knows for sure yet."