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Midterms: Griffith to meet Specter's fate?

ALABAMA: Ahead of Tuesday's primaries, the AP dives into the AL-5 GOP primary with party-switcher Parker Griffith: "You would think U.S. Rep. Parker Griffith's decision to switch to the Republican Party would endear him with the GOP. Instead, he finds himself in a three-way primary, being branded a 'flip-flopper,' and continues to battle lingering hard feelings over his win two years ago that left the coveted seat in Democratic control."

CALIFORNIA: California Republican Meg Whitman, the former boss of eBay, wanted to make it clear this week that she's not playing hot-button politics with the divisive issue of immigration in her gubernatorial primary battle against Steve Poizner. 'You haven't seen an ad from me with the border fence,' Whitman told Politico. 'That has been Steve's campaign. My campaign has been around jobs and spending and education.' Actually, the reporter reminded Whitman, her campaign ads do feature a shot of the fence -- a potent image used by lots of Republican ads this year to show they are ready to crack down on illegal immigrants. 'I don't think so,' Whitman replied. It fell to the candidate's press secretary to settle the dispute, correcting the boss and confirming the fence image."

FLORIDA: The St. Pete Times: "In an apparent nod to Democrats, Gov. Charlie Crist said Thursday he would support repealing the policy that bars openly gay people from serving in the military -- reversing what he told reporters three days ago."

The St. Pete Times also reports on a poll conducted for a Libertarian Party candidate that shows Crist with a big lead: 40%-32% over Marco Rubio; Kendrick Meek gets less than 10%.

IOWA: "The campaign of Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats released a second television ad today, noting the Sioux City businessman is the only candidate in the race to favor Arizona's strict anti-illegal immigration issue," according to a campaign release.

MAINE: "Just two weeks before Maine's gubernatorial primaries, neither party has a clear front-runner.Just two weeks before Maine's gubernatorial primaries, neither party has a clear front-runner," the Portland Press Herald writes. "According to a recently released Critical Insights poll, 30 percent of registered voters could name [Republican Les] Otten as a candidate, with the next Republican being Peter Mills at 16 percent. [Democrat Elizabeth] Mitchell was at 16 percent, with the next Democrat being Steve Rowe at 11 percent."

NEVADA: Noting a weak GOP field, Republican Senate candidate John Chachas, a banker, said, "Republicans could very well snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in the case of Harry Reid." AP calls it "an ominous warning for Republicans."