ARIZONA: All about the earmarks. "Arizona Sen. John McCain's re-election campaign plans to launch new radio and television ads that blast his primary opponent for supporting special funding requests known as earmarks," the AP writes.
CONNECTICUT: A Quinnipiac poll finds Richard Blumenthal leading Linda McMahon by 25 points among registered voters, 56%-31%. That's narrowed from 61%-28% from two months ago. "It looks like Connecticut voters forgive Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, or feel that there is nothing to forgive in the Vietnam service flap," said poll director Douglas Schwartz. "While he has taken a hit with voters, his poll numbers were so high to begin with that he still maintains a commanding lead over Linda McMahon."
Oh, Joe: "Addressing veterans at his home yesterday, Biden said, 'I didn't serve in Vietnam. I don't want to make a Blumenthal mistake here. Our attorney general from Connecticut, God love him,'" per the New York Post. "Afterward, a sheepish Biden, long plagued by putting his foot in his mouth, said, 'I have a bad habit of saying exactly what I think.' The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee at first posted Biden's remarks on its Web site -- then later yanked them."
ILLINOIS: "In another boost for Alexi Giannoulias' Illinois Democratic Senate campaign, David Plouffe, President Obama's campaign manager, hits Chicago on June 30 for a grass roots fund-raiser. Plouffe ran the presidential campaign from its Chicago headquarters and helped mastermind the strategy that expanded the Obama electorate, bringing younger and first time voters in the process," Lynn Sweet writes.
KENTUCKY: Rand Paul hired a new campaign manager: Jesse Benton, the communications director for Paul's father Rep. Ron Paul's presidential campaign in 2008, the Wall Street Journal says.
MASSACHUSETTS: Fresh evidence of immigration as a rising midterm issue: "Staking out increasingly tough stances on illegal immigration, Republican gubernatorial candidate Charles D. Baker and independent rival Timothy P. Cahill said yesterday that they want to give police the authority to arrest people who are in the country illegally and charge them with immigration violations," the Boston Globe reports.
MISSISSIPPI: "When former Fox News political commentator Angela McGlowan entered Mississippi's 1st district GOP primary in February, there was some speculation that she might harness the anti-establishment sentiment and give highly touted state Sen. Alan Nunnelee (R) a run for his money," Roll Call writes. "Four months later, McGlowan seems to have flamed out while former Eupora Mayor Henry Ross, who filed for the race in early January, has suddenly found himself with late momentum. With just days to go before Tuesday's primary, Ross is working to force Nunnelee into a June 22 runoff."
NEVADA: The AP profiles Sharron Angle. "Sharron Angle wants to wipe out Social Security, shutter the Education Department and return to the days almost a century ago when the federal income tax was unconstitutional. A tea party conservative testing the limits of anti-government sentiment, she's also the Republican on the rise in an unpredictable race to pick an opponent for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a top Democrat in Washington who's in trouble at home. What's more, she is evidently the Republican whom Reid would like most to run against." She said, "I am the tea party."
Meanwhile, "Nevada Senate GOP candidate Sue Lowden again refused Wednesday to take a position on whether the landmark Civil Rights Act should extend into private businesses, an issue that has already rocked the Senate campaign of Republican Rand Paul in Kentucky," Politico writes. "Speaking on a Las Vegas political talk show, Lowden repeatedly declined to discuss her views on whether private companies should be forced to abide by the anti-discrimination law -- and she later sought to get ahead of the fallout by issuing a statement saying she supports the law."
NEW YORK: Vito Fosella said thanks but no thanks to the Staten Island GOP's endorsement.
The New York Post's headline: "A political offer Vito can refuse."
OHIO: "A recent poll for the campaign of former Rep. Steve Chabot (R) gave him a 14-point lead over Rep. Steve Driehaus (D) in their rematch," Roll Call writes. "Public Opinion Strategies said in a memo Monday that it polled 400 likely voters in the Cincinnati-based 1st district on May 12-13 and found that 53 percent preferred Chabot and 39 percent preferred Driehaus."
PENNSYLVANIA: Stu Rothenberg: "I understand that we live in an era when exaggeration is the norm, but characterizing the GOP loss in that special election as evidence that Republicans can't win the House is about as misguided as the pre-election assessments that the special was a 'must win' for Republicans. Critz's victory was very welcome news for Democrats and a good reminder that candidates, campaigns and district fundamentals matter. Conservative Democrats, at this point in the cycle, can still win in conservative Democratic districts, even if President Barack Obama isn't popular."