"Although voter turnout in Tuesday’s state primary was the lowest in decades in a gubernatorial-election year, there were strong indications of great energy on the Republican side in many places and of a lack of enthusiasm in many traditionally strong Democratic urban areas," the Boston Globe reports. "That is not necessarily a predictor of victory in November -- there’s a seven-week campaign to be run -- but it puts the dominant Democratic Party in the unusual position of not only battling for critical independent votes but firing up its torpid base."
The New York Times on the latest CBS/NYT poll: "Republicans are heading into the general election phase of the midterm campaign backed by two powerful currents: the highest proportion of voters in two decades say it is time for their own member of Congress to be replaced, and Americans are expressing widespread dissatisfaction with President Obama’s leadership. But the latest New York Times/CBS News poll also finds that while voters rate the performance of Democrats negatively, they view Republicans as even worse, providing a potential opening for Democrats to make a last-ditch case for keeping their hold on power."
“Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich offered a blunt warning to House Republicans: This election is far from over – and don’t expect Democrats to roll over,” Politico reports. “’Any of you who think this is locked doesn't get it,” Gingrich is reported as saying at the House GOP Conference yesterday.
CALIFORNIA: “Former eBay executive Meg Whitman is defending $119 million in contributions she has made to her campaign for California governor — a personal spending rate that has now surpassed that of any other political candidate in American history,” AP writes.
Whitman “just put another $15 million of her own money into the race -- enshrining her in the history books as the largest self-funding political candidate ever,” the San Francisco Chronicle notes.
“Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer released a blistering new ad Wednesday that accused rival Carly Fiorina of enriching herself as the chief executive of Hewlett-Packard while presiding over thousands of layoffs and the relocation of American jobs overseas,” the Los Angeles Times writes.
UPDATE: In response to Boxer's ad, the Fiorina campaign released a web ad, as well as statements from former Hewlett-Packard employees including former administrative supervisor Glenda Gilliland, who said the ad "represents the very kind of disingenuous Washington insider politics Californians are tired of. In completely misrepresenting the entirety of Carly Fiorina’s career at Hewlett-Packard, Boxer has proven that she is far more interested in saving her own job than she is in ensuring our nation’s economic future."
COLORADO: The NRSC is up with an ad attacking Michael Bennet (D) on spending, taxes, and job losses. It’s the group’s second ad of the cycle and first against a Democratic incumbent.
FLORIDA: “The world’s largest business federation, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, today launched an ad campaign throughout Florida entitled “The Flip Floppers,” which takes aim at Charlie Crist for his back-and-forth position on the health care reform debate,” the Florida Independent reports.
KENTUCKY: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce released an ad attacking Democratic Senate candidate Jack Conway, while never mentioning the name of Rand Paul, whom the Chamber supports, the Lexington Herald-Leader writes.
MASSACHUSETTS: The Boston Globe looks at Republicans' chances in congressional seats in the state.
NEW HAMPSHIRE: “Immediately after Ovide Lamontagne conceded the primary to Kelly Ayotte,” Democratic Senate nominee Paul Hodes called Republican nominee Kelly Ayotte "an extreme right wing candidate out of step with mainstream New Hampshire voters," the Manchester Union-Leader writes.
NEW YORK: The New York Daily News on Carl Paladino: "Subtle as a pit bull, but with a fast smile and a mischievous glint in his eye, Paladino will vilify any foe and blurt out anything that comes to mind."
NEVADA: In a campaign stop for gubernatorial candidate Rory Reid yesterday, former President Bill Clinton “rallied Reid's boisterous supporters, raised about $225,000 in campaign contributions and fired some pithy zingers at Reid's Republican opponent, Brian Sandoval,” the Las Vegas Review-Journal writes.
VIRGINIA: The NRCC has a new ad calling 5th District Rep. Tom Perriello (D) a “‘phony’ on the issue of lobbyist donations, and now state Sen. Robert Hurt (R) is up with his own new spot attacking Democrats' legislative record,” the Washington Post reports.