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The midterms: Sweet Home Alabama

ALABAMA: “Despite a heated primary runoff election today between two Republican gubernatorial candidates, turnout still is expected to be less than what a typical primary or general election might draw,” particularly on the Democratic side, the Montgomery Advertiser writes.

“Top Alabama Republicans are scrambling to rally around gubernatorial candidate Bradley Byrne, concluding that remaining on the sidelines in Tuesday’s primary runoff would aid and abet Democratic prospects in the fall — and potentially beyond,” Politico writes. “Over the past four days, Gov. Bob Riley and two of the state’s congressmen publicly signaled their support for Byrne.”

“The Alabama Republican Party has denounced an ad campaign by a self-described conservative group that criticizes GOP gubernatorial candidate Bradley Byrne,” the Tuscaloosa News reports. “GOP chairman Mike Hubbard, a state legislator from Auburn, said on Friday that a group calling itself the Conservative Coalition of Alabama is running ads trying to influence Tuesday’s GOP runoff for governor. ‘This group has failed to disclose both their identity and their funding, which is in direct violation of the law,’ Hubbard said.”

And the Washington Post looks at an unusual dynamic in the AL-2 House race: incumbent Rep. Bobby Bright, a Democrat, is “running ahead without riding the anti-government wave sweeping the nation… It's a reminder that in some places, even among conservative voters, ‘government’ and ‘spending’ are not necessarily dirty words.”

The Post also takes a look at Tea Party favorite Rick Barber: “[C]onsider that Barber, 35, a small-businessman and former Marine, came out of nowhere to take his 30 percent… He has gone after not only Bright and the usual Democratic suspects in Washington, but also [runoff opponent Martha] Roby herself, whom he deems too liberal and not passionate enough to drive the change needed in Congress.”

PENNSYLVANIA: “Leading conservatives will launch a new pro-Israel group,” called the Emergency Committee for Israel, ‘this week with a scathing attack on Rep. Joe Sestak, the Democratic Senate candidate in Pennsylvania, the first shot in what they say will be a confrontational campaign against the Obama administration’s Mideast policy and the Democrats who support it,” Politico writes.

WASHINGTON: “The conservative American Action Network is going up with a major ad buy in Washington state, hammering Sen. Patty Murray and using her famous ‘mom in tennis shoes’ iconography against her,” Politico writes. “The memorable spot, produced by Fred Davis, depicts an unidentified woman in scuffed-up sneakers walking on people's backs as an announcer says ‘you wore your tennis shoes out on our backs,’ and accuses Murray of increasing spending, raising taxes and killing jobs.”