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More 2012: The outsiders

“An independent expenditure committee run by Democrats launched a six-figure media buy Monday targeting eight House Republicans for voting in favor of their party’s Medicare reform plan,” Roll Call reports. “The House Majority Political Action Committee hits GOP Reps. Rick Crawford (Ark.), Tim Griffin (Ark.), Scott Tipton (Colo.), Steve King (Iowa), Bobby Schilling (Ill.), Charles Bass (N.H.) and Joe Heck (Nev.) in radio spots for voting in April in support of the House GOP budget resolution, which includes Medicare reform. The group is running a similar advertisement criticizing Rep. Chip Cravaack (R-Minn.) on cable.”

This, in addition, to conservative-aligned group Crossroads GPS announcing Friday a $20 million initiative, including a $5 million ad buy against President Obama on the economy. Those ads begin airing today in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Missouri, North Carolina, New Mexico, Nevada, and Virginia.

Members of Congress are getting far fewer visits from endorsement-seeking presidential hopefuls this election cycle given the unpopularity of Washington, Politico writes. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) half-jokingly called an insider’s endorsement “the kiss of death.”

NEW HAMPSHIRE: President Obama may be faced with more pressure to push for same-sex marriage, as Republicans in the first-in-the-nation primary state are likely to vote on a repeal on a state law allowing gay marriage, around the same time as the state’s primary, The Hill writes.

PENNSYLVANIA: “Republicans know they can't afford to get greedy when they redraw the Pennsylvania Congressional map this time around,” Roll Call reports. “The Keystone State GOP stretched the boundaries of its House districts beyond their limits a decade ago, producing a handful of competitive seats that have traded party hands in the wave elections of recent cycles.”