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The midterms: Runoff Tuesday

CQ Politics previews today's races and leads with Tim Scott's potential election.

CQ-Roll Call's McArdle quotes J.C. Watts, who was the last black Republican to serve in Congress: "My party should have people that look like me not just people that think like me," he said in an interview. "You change the face of the Republican party that's one thing but I think it's just as important ... to have someone at the table that understands that we are a multicultural society. If you don't understand the culture people aren't going to hear you on taxes or education or a whole host of things."

CALIFORNIA: "When he takes to the campaign trail, Jerry Brown is fond of reminding voters that he shunned the governor's mansion in Sacramento in favor of a rented apartment during his first tour in the executive office and lived in a downtown loft in Oakland while he was mayor of the crime-ridden city," AP writes, adding, however, that Brown "and his wife, former Gap executive Anne Gust, own a custom-designed, $1.8 million house in one of the San Francisco Bay area's most prestigious neighborhoods -- a Zen-inspired, five-level architectural gem perched high in the wooded Oakland Hills."


FLORIDA: Alan Grayson's Tea Party link? Rothenberg Political Report's Nathan Gonzales in Roll Call: "One of Rep. Alan Grayson’s pollsters is running for the state House in Florida as a Tea Party candidate, fueling Republican suspicions that the Democratic Congressman is using a newly formed third party to boost his own re-election bid. On Friday, Victoria Torres, 44, of Orlando qualified to run as a Tea Party candidate in state House district 51 in the last hours of the qualifying period. A call to Torres was returned by Nick Egoroff, communications director for the Florida Tea Party, who described Torres as a 'quasi-paralegal assistant who works in a law office.' But apparently, Torres is also a pollster."

SOUTH CAROLINA: The (Columbia, S.C.) State outlines key storylines in today's runoff: (1) Republican diversity; (2) Big incumbent loss (Inglis); (3) Will the Tea Party tilt some races?; (4) Haley's religion.

UTAH: The Salt Lake Tribune: "Republicans will pick the candidate who is likely, based on voting patterns, to be the state’s first new U.S. senator since 1992. Tim Bridgewater and Mike Lee are vying for the GOP nomination after beating Sen. Bob Bennett. Democrats will decide whether 10-year Rep. Jim Matheson deserves to keep carrying the party banner in the 2nd District. He is challenged by Claudia Wright, who is running to the incumbent’s left."