KENTUCKY: Sen. Jim Bunning, who has had a thorny relationship with fellow Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell, downplayed McConnell's endorsement of Trey Grayson. Bunning has backed Rand Paul. "'Senator McConnell obviously thinks that by his endorsement he can erase that 12-point margin that Rand Paul has over Grayson," Bunning was quoted as saying, per Hotline.
"Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Daniel Mongiardo ratcheted up the attacks on his main rival Tuesday, filing an ethics complaint claiming Attorney General Jack Conway 'violated the public trust' by accepting campaign contributions from utility interests," the Louisville Courier-Journal reports. Mongiardo alleged Conway "accepted more than $70,000 in campaign contributions from utility companies, their executives and lobbyists" while the AG's Office of Rate Intervention decides whether utility rate increases are warranted.
WISCONSIN: "The retirement announcement Wednesday of veteran Rep. David Obey (D) sent political shock waves through Wisconsin and prompted Democrats to immediately begin weighing how they will defend a district Obey dominated for more than four decades," Roll Call reports.
So what does Obey's exit mean? One of us wrote yesterday: The retirement of David Obey is a blow to Democrats politically. It puts Obey's Wisconsin seventh-congressional district seat in play for Republicans. Though Republicans like their preferred candidate, Sean Duffy -- a 37-year-old district attorney from Northern Wisconsin and former Real World cast member and current lumberjack pole-climbing world-record holder -- it was a much longer shot with Obey running. Obey represents the 18th current Democratic open seat. Republican retirements still outpace Democrat. The GOP has 21 open seats, but Democrats have more in potentially competitive seats.
The Washington Post: "Of his potential Democratic successors, Obey said there were 'six Democrats in the stable,' each of whom he spoke with Wednesday morning to alert them of his plans. 'I think any one of them is capable of winning,' he said. While Obey's retirement almost certainly ensures a more competitive race, Democratic strategists noted that every statewide Democrat in the past decade carried the 7th District."