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The midterms: The rest

ILLINOIS: “Scott Lee Cohen, the 45-year-old pawnshop owner from Chicago who won the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor this spring, only to withdraw after allegations surfaced of past bad behavior, filed petitions Monday as an independent candidate for governor,” the Springfield State Journal-Register writes.

IOWA: Joe the Plumber (aka Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher) is heading to Des Moines for a Tea Party event on July 4, the Des Moines Register reports.

LOUISIANA: ABC reports that an aide to Sen. David Vitter pleaded guilty to attacking a girlfriend, and the aide was working on ... women's issues.

NEVADA: Republican Senate nominee Sharron Angle has hired national Republican media firm BrabenderCox to create radio and TV ads for her campaign, the Nevada Sun reports. The firm also worked for Rudy Giuliani’s 2008 presidential bid.

NEW HAMPSHIRE: Democratic Senate candidate Paul Hodes is up with a new ad accusing Republican frontrunner Kelly Ayotte of foul play in her inaction to prosecute the Financial Resources Mortgage Ponzi scheme, local station WMUR reports.