"Democrats say they are prepared to spend $49 million on TV ads during the final weeks of the midterm elections in their effort to maintain a House majority," the AP reports, adding: "The ad reservations bring the total number of House districts that party strategists are willing to discuss publicly to 60.”
"House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer plans a busy August on the campaign trail, with appearances planned for more than two dozen House Members and candidates, particularly moderates for whom the Maryland Democrat is the go-to leader, according to his office," Roll Call reports.
CALIFORNIA: "Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman today 'challenged' her opponent, Democrat Jerry Brown, to three debates," says the San Francisco Chronicle's Politics Blog, pointing out, "remember how Brown, the former governor and current state attorney general, announced last month that he was up for 10 debates? It seems like he had accepted Whitman's challenge before she even issued it."
COLORADO: Roll Call looks at the Democratic Senate race: "If it’s all really just an act, Sen. Michael Bennet plays it well. On the campaign trail, the Colorado Democrat doesn’t come across as the son of a diplomat, an Ivy League graduate or one of the 50 richest Members of Congress. He’s just Michael. He wears a $20 watch from Target (“It keeps perfect time,” he says), shows up to campaign events in a shirt with holes in the collar and forgets that he should stand facing the cameras during photo ops arranged by his staff. When addressing a room full of supporters, he often has a hand in the pocket of his frayed jeans."
MISSOURI: "The conservative activist known as Joe the Plumber is airing a TV ad in Missouri calling Rep. Roy Blunt (Mo.) a 'pretender' and touting state Sen. Chuck Purgason as the best candidate for the Republican Senate nomination," The Hill writes.
NEW HAMPSHIRE: "Kelly Ayotte, the tough former prosecutor and wife of an Iraq war vet, seemed to be on a glide path to the Republican nomination in New Hampshire and perhaps the U.S. Senate," AP writes, adding, "But GOP rivals have tripped her up and an endorsement from Sarah Palin has been a mixed blessing."
OKLAHOMA: “Lt. Gov. Jari Askins narrowly secured the Democratic nomination, while Republican U.S. Rep. Mary Fallin moved ahead without a runoff to set up an all-female race for governor,” the Tulsa World reports. “Attorney General Drew Edmondson conceded the Democratic primary late Tuesday. Fallin fended off three challengers in the Republican primary, including state Sen. Randy Brogdon of Owasso.”
“With all precincts counted, Askins had a 1,493-vote lead over Edmondson in unofficial results. Fallin picked up nearly 55 percent of the Republican vote. Askins and Fallin will square off on the Nov. 2 general election ballot.”
After last night's primary elections, there will be "a general election matchup that has happened only three times in U.S. history: two women, each backed by a major political party, facing off for their state's top elected post," the AP adds.
The Washington Post notes that either Fallin or Askins will be Oklahoma’s first female governor.
WISCONSIN: "Republican Senate candidate Ron Johnson said Monday he hasn't decided whether to sell his BP stock, two weeks after he told reporters he would get rid of it," the AP reports. Johnson previously said he planned to sell the stock to help finance his campaign against Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold, but on Monday Johnson backtracked: "'I think that will eventually happen, but I'm going to do it based on market conditions,' Johnson said after a lunch hosted by the political website wispolitics.com."