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The midterms: Simmons' expected exit

ARKANSAS: "In the days following Tuesday's Democratic Senate primary election, the Arkansas political class has been consumed by a question: Who the heck is D.C. Morrison, and how did he capture 13 percent of the vote?" Politico asks. "Morrison's performance has handed [Lieutenant Gov. Bill] Halter a fresh argument on the stump: More than 55 percent of Democratic primary participants voted for someone other than [Sen. Blanche] Lincoln."

CALIFORNIA: Meg Whitman's new ad, touting the endorsements of Mitt Romney and Condoleezza Rice, represents "a markedly different tone from the ground on which most of the [gubernatorial] primary has been fought -- and from her own previous ad, staking out a hard line on immigration," Politico's Ben Smith observes.

COLORADO: "Colorado Senate candidate Andrew Romanoff is casting his victory at the state party convention as a reflection of the anti-incumbent mood that is sweeping the nation," The Hill writes. The former Colorado House Speaker told the paper: "The message that Joe Sestak and Bill Halter delivered last week appeals to a lot of Coloradoans, too. The willingness of a candidate to buck his or her own party is something Coloradoans reward."

CONNECTICUT: "Former U.S. Rep. Rob Simmons is expected to withdraw from Connecticut's U.S. Senate race, days after pledging to challenge wrestling executive Linda McMahon in a Republican primary," the AP says.

OHIO: "Building a Stronger Ohio, an outside Democratic group led by the Democratic Governors Association, is set to air a television ad this week attacking former Cong. John Kasich, the Republican challenging incumbent Gov. Ted Strickland (D)," the Rothenberg Political Report writes, predicting it will mimick Gov. Strickland's last ad attacking Kasich for working for Lehman Brothers after leaving Congress. 

SOUTH CAROLINA: "Sex and scandal are again in South Carolina's political air," the AP reports. "A year ago, it was Gov. Mark Sanford's tearful confession of secretly skipping out of the country to rendezvous with an Argentine woman he called his soul mate. On Monday, it was a political blogger's claim of an affair with a rising star in the governor's race: state Rep. Nikki Haley. Three years ago, it was the state treasurer whose affinity for cocaine had him facing federal charges and prison time. It's not the Grand Old Party conservatives had in mind when they built their party on the bulwarks of the Christian Coalition of America." 

WASHINGTON: "Republican Dino Rossi is hiring key campaign staffers and is expected to officially enter the U.S. Senate race against incumbent Patty Murray as early as Wednesday," the Seattle Times writes.

WISCONSIN: Stu Rothenberg goes pop culture in his Roll Call column with this: "Scott Duffy welcome to your New Real World." Rothenberg writes that Duffy in some ways may have a tougher time against the new candidate in WI-7 than against David Obey.