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The midterms: 99 days until Election Day

The Washington Post's Cillizza takes a look at this midterm's batch of self-funded candidates, noting their investments rarely mean big returns. “Between 2000 and 2009, just more than one in 10 (11 percent) of self-funding candidates -- defined as those for whom half or more of total money raised came from themselves -- seeking state offices won. That dismal percentage came even though the approximately 6,000 self-financing candidates donated nearly $1 billion of their own money -- or 12 percent of all money raised by all candidates during that 10-year period.”

COLORADO: Jan Brewer, kingmaker? “Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer Saturday endorsed Colorado Lieutenant Gov. Jane Norton in Norton’s Senate GOP bid, perhaps signaling growing demand for Brewer’s endorsement of conservative candidates outside of her state that focus on curbing illegal immigration,” The Hill reports.

“Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Ken Buck called Tea Partyers questioning the authenticity of President Barack Obama's birth certificate 'dumba---s' to a Democratic operative recording his comments without his permission,” the Denver Post writes.

MISSOURI: Roy Blunt leads Robin Carnahan in a St. Louis Post-Dispatch/KMOV-TV poll, “Blunt was preferred by 48 percent of the respondents, compared with 42 percent for Carnahan… In the poll, 57 percent of respondents disapproved of Obama's performance as president, compared with 34 percent who approved.”

NEVADA: “[A]n internal memo obtained by the Associated Press says Reid has ‘a serious problem’ with voters frustrated with the economy and ‘receives a great deal of blame.’ The July 15 memo is based on polling research conducted for Patriot Majority, a union-funded group that is running TV ads against Angle. The race is wide open, the memo concludes, despite Reid’s improved standing and voters’ alarm over some of Angle’s positions.”

That said… “Republicans are growing increasingly frustrated with Sharron Angle and her lackluster campaign to unseat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), fearing she is jeopardizing what they had long viewed as a sure pickup and costing them a chance to reclaim the majority,” Roll Call reports. “Senate Republicans quietly acknowledge that Angle’s controversial views on some issues remain a political liability. But the former Nevada Assemblywoman’s larger problems are a progression of unforced errors stemming from a lack of campaign experience and an amateurish staff incapable of offering her the necessary guidance.”


OKLAHOMA: Taegan Goddard links to an Oklahoma Poll, conducted for Tulsa World newspaper, showing Republican gubernatorial candidate Mary Fallin leading her primary challenger Randy Brogdon by 38 points, 56% to 18%, and Democrat Drew Edmonson leading Jari Askins, 49% to 33%.

TENNESSEE: Over the weekend, Rep. Zach Wamp, a Republican candidate for governor, backed away from comments made during an interview with Hotline on Call that “suggested Tennessee and other states may have to consider seceding from the union if the federal government does not change its ways regarding mandates. 'I hope that the American people will go to the ballot box in 2010 and 2012 so that states are not forced to consider separation from this government,' Wamp had said.

But on Saturday, Wamp clarified his earlier remarks, the Kingsport Times-News reports. “'When I'm governor of Tennessee, of course we will not secede from the union,” Wamp said. 'But we will also not have a governor who will cave in to Barack Obama… We're going to be a proud partner as a member of the United Sates of America,' he said. 'But there needs to be a conflict between the states and the federal government.'”