The Washington Post: “Black Politicians Gaining Little Capital After Obama's Election.”
ALABAMA: “Four-term congressman Artur Davis, in the wake of a resounding rejection of his bid to be Alabama's governor, said Wednesday that his political career was over,” the Birmingham News reports.
ARIZONA: The NRA endorsed John McCain. “John McCain has steadfastly voted against every gun and ammunition ban in Congress,” Chris W. Cox, chairman of NRA-Political Victory Fund. "This along with his commitment to preserving our hunting heritage has earned him the NRA-PVF’s endorsement. We ask all Arizona gun-owners, hunters and NRA members to vote for John McCain in the U.S. Senate Republican primary on August 24th.”
CALIFORNIA: “Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman's recent $500,000-a-day spending spree in her quest to become California's governor appears to have paid off, with a new poll today showing that she holds a 2-to-1 lead over state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner heading into the Republican primary election on Tuesday,” the San Francisco Chronicle writes.
FLORIDA: NPR looks at Kendrick Meek’s chances in his primary and that three-way general election in the Senate race.
ILLINOIS: “Senate candidate Mark Kirk apologized Thursday for making inaccurate statements about his service in the Navy Reserves, while acknowledging more discrepancies,” The Chicago Tribune writes. "’I think going forward I have to be humble about my military record,’ Kirk said earlier Thursday. ‘I have to understate it and I have to own up to any errors that I created. I do not want to create the impression of adding to the record.’”
IOWA: Ahead of Tuesday’s primary, “Sarah Palin endorsed former governor Terry Branstad in the Iowa Republican gubernatorial primary Thursday, breaking with several conservative leaders who have backed the former governor’s primary opponent,” Politico reports.
NORTH CAROLINA: “As a candidate for U.S. Senate... [Secretary of State Elaine] Marshall has sought the financial support of the same powerbrokers she currently regulates,” the AP reports. “Marshall has raised at least $2,500 from five registered North Carolina lobbyists, according to an Associated Press review of donation records. It's a small fraction of both the number of donations and $440,000 she's raised during her campaign for the Democratic nomination, and the money is also perfectly legal despite the state's strict limits on lobbyist donations that Marshall helped craft.”
VIRGINIA: Ahead of Tuesday’s primaries, NPR looks at the GOP primary in VA-2.
WASHINGTON: Dino Rossi (R) says he’s raised more than $600,000 (including almost $200,000) since he entered the Senate race. And he got a boost when Washington state Sen. Don Benton (R) dropped out and endorsed him.