“President Barack Obama's party could lose its House majority in this fall's elections, his spokesman said today, perhaps trying to jolt Democratic voters with the specter of GOP lawmakers rolling back White House policies,” the AP writes. "‘I think there's no doubt there are enough seats in play that could cause Republicans to gain control. There's no doubt about that,’ press secretary Robert Gibbs told NBC's ‘Meet the Press.’”
ALABAMA: Rick Barber, a Republican candidate for the 2nd district House seat, defends his controversial “Slavery” ad in a Washington Post op-ed: “The ad invoked recent history that included the worst of humanity -- images of oppression, slavery and genocide -- in reference to the possibility of evil conducted on a grand scale, which was and is only possible through the apparatus of a large and totalitarian government,” Barber wrote, adding, that the ad is “a metaphor for our shrinking individual liberty. Whenever the government grows, individual liberty withers. And there seems to be no area of commerce or industry where the Obama administration is not asserting new government control.”
CALIFORNIA: In a profile of Republican gubernatorial and senate nominees Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina, the Los Angeles Times finds that “although they are the first California women to serve as their party's nominees for the offices, they are no more ideologically or stylistically similar than any two men who might occupy the roles,” and their “different styles were obvious to anyone who watched them on the [McCain] campaign trail,” for which they both worked as advisors.”
CONNECTICUT: Politico asks whether Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley is having a Richard Blumenthal moment, linking to a Connecticut Post story showing that although his website claims Foley spent a year in Iraq "Donning bulletproof vests, dodging rockets and mortars, and avoiding IEDs,” Foley has since downplayed the danger, saying “he often traveled around Baghdad without an escort and “never once ran into a situation that I considered hostile.”
GEORGIA: Leading up to the July 20th gubernatorial primary, Republican candidate John Oxendine and Democrat Roy Barnes are the race’s top spenders, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes, Oxendine with $1.83 million cash on hand and Barnes with $1.15 million cash on hand.
ILLINOIS: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell stumped for Republican candidate Mark Kirk on Friday, the State Journal-Register reports.
LOUISIANA: Taegan Goddard links to a report that one of the dozen candidates who filed to challenge Sen. David Vitter in the fall includes “outspoken former sheriff whose independent challenge could rob Vitter of conservative votes” State Rep. Ernest Wooton, a former sheriff from Belle Chasse southeast of New Orleans, unexpectedly entered the Senate race Friday stating his frustration over the state and federal government response to the offshore oil spill.”
OHIO: Looking at the latest Senate race finance reports, the Cleveland Plain Dealer writes that “Democrat Lee Fisher is in big trouble. “As of June 30, the lieutenant governor had $1 million in the bank; Republican Rob Portman had almost $9 million. Polls still put the two in a virtual tie, but Portman -- in his first statewide run -- has the resources to raise his profile, while Fisher has to sweat every nickel.”
VIRGINIA: The Richmond Times-Dispatch examines the divergent re-election campaign strategies of two Democratic freshman congressmen: “Perriello, representing Southside's sprawling 5th District, is running as a more traditional Democrat who has backed many of President Barack Obama's signature programs, while Nye, who represents Hampton Roads' 2nd District, is taking a more independent course.”