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More 2012: Lugar loses, CO punts on civil unions.

ARIZONA: "The Democratic-aligned House Majority PAC is placing a $340,000 television ad buy in Arizona’s 8th district special election to replace former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D)," according to Roll Call. "The three-week buy is set to begin running Friday on broadcast and cable in Tucson, and targets Republican nominee Jesse Kelly, who faces former Giffords aide Ron Barber. The buy is intended to supplement a two week ad buy placed by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which is due to expire the same day the House Majority PAC TV spot hits the airwaves."

COLORADO: "Supporters of a Colorado bill to grant legal rights to same-sex couples raced to see the civil unions measure pass the legislature before the clock runs out on the session on Wednesday. The bill on Tuesday cleared an important hurdle in the state House of Representatives when a lone Republican joined with six Democrats on a key committee to pass it by a 7-6 vote. A close vote also is expected in the House of Representatives, where Republicans have a one-vote majority - if a vote is held at all. The House must endorse it before the session ends if it is to go to Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper, who has promised to sign it," Reuters reports.

“Chants of ‘shame on you’ from gay rights supporters thundered through the Colorado House on Tuesday night after Republican House Speaker Frank McNulty said legislation to allow civil unions won't get a vote,” AP writes.

INDIANA: USA TODAY: "Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana lost his re-election bid in the state's Republican primary Tuesday, ending the 36-year career of a GOP elder statesman and handing the Tea Party movement its biggest upset victory so far in the 2012 elections. Lugar was ousted by state Treasurer Richard Mourdock, whose campaign against the veteran lawmaker was backed by conservative groups including the Tea Party Express, the anti-tax Club for Growth, the National Rifle Association, the Tea Party-aligned Freedom Works, and former Republican Alaska governor Sarah Palin."

"There’s a new rule in American politics: Republican senators and Senate hopefuls who are too close to Washington and show streaks of moderation are toast — or most certainly poised for a grilling of their lifetime. Call it the Mike Castle rule. Or the Bob Bennett rule. Or, now, the Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) rule of politics," POLITICO writes.

Roll Call adds: "Yet it may be that Lugar’s ultimate downfall wasn’t that he hadn’t been playing the game right but that in recent years he didn’t seem to be playing the game at all. In this Congress, the 80-year-old has spoken on the Senate floor for only 31 minutes over two legislative days, according to C-SPAN. By contrast, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), who is also facing a primary this cycle, spent 18 hours on the floor over 61 days. In fact, Lugar hasn’t clocked double-digit hours in floor speeches since the 107th Congress — a decade ago."

The Boston Globe: "Richard Lugar’s loss in his Indiana Republican primary on Tuesday gave Senator John Kerry the chance to move up at least a slot in US Senate seniority. It also prompted the Massachusetts Democrat to vent anew against what he sees as increasing polarization in American politics. Lugar, who was the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee after serving in the chamber since 1977, lost to state Treasurer Richard Mourdock, who had been backed by an active Tea Party constituency. Kerry is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. “This is a tragedy for the Senate and the loss is particularly felt by all of us who have been privileged to serve with Dick on the Foreign Relations Committee,” Kerry said in leading off a 534-word statement on the election results. “It’s a blow to the institution during a period when the institution itself has been strained.”"

NORTH CAROLINA: AP: "North Carolina voters overwhelmingly passed a constitutional amendment that defines marriage as solely between a man and a woman, but not much is expected to change immediately. That's because North Carolina law already banned gay marriage. The amendment voters passed Tuesday night by about 61 percent of voters effectively will seal the door on same-sex marriages and potentially have other effects farther down the road. "Same-sex marriage was illegal today; it's illegal tomorrow," said John Dinan, a political science professor at Wake Forest University who writes an annual review of state constitutional amendments. "There were no same-sex civil unions recognized in North Carolina today. Those will not be recognized tomorrow. The bottom line is there's not a lot of change because of this amendment.""

"Riding a Bible-influenced coalition that cut across political and racial lines, the marriage amendment stormed to approval Tuesday, making North Carolina the latest state to put stronger legal barricades before same-sex unions," The Charlotte Observer writes. "With 90 percent of the counties reporting, the constitutional amendment to make marriage between a man and a woman the “only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized” won resoundingly, 61 percent to 39 percent. It goes into effect Jan. 1. North Carolina has had a law banning same-sex marriages for 16 years."

VIRGINIA: "The U.S. Senate race in Virginia is deadlocked six months before Election Day, a new Washington Post poll shows, cementing the contest’s status as among the most competitive in the country. Former governors George Allen (R) and Timothy M. Kaine (D) are tied at 46 percent apiece among registered voters in the race to succeed retiring Sen. James Webb (D), exactly the same place they stood in a Post poll taken a year ago. Both parties believe Virginia will be a key determinant to which side controls the Senate come January," The Washington Post reports.

WEST VIRGINIA: "A felon incarcerated in Texas took one in three votes away from President Obama in West Virginia's Democratic presidential primary on Tuesday. Keith Judd, who is serving time in a federal prison in Texarkana, Texas, for extortion, took 37 percent of the vote, with 50 percent of precincts reporting. Obama captured the remaining 63 percent. By locking up more than 15 percent, Judd may be entitled to at least one delegate at the Democratic National Convention in September. Obama's prospects for winning the Democratic nod are not in jeopardy in West Virginia or elsewhere, and Judd posed no serious threat to a second Obama term. But Obama's low performance in the primary underscored the extent to which voters in conservative-leaning states such as West Virginia have soured on Obama," The Hill reports.

WISCONSIN: The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: "Shrugging off millions of dollars spent by labor groups to defeat him, Tom Barrett strolled to victory in Tuesday's Democratic primary and set up a more taxing sprint toward June 5 - a historic recall that will be a rematch of his unsuccessful 2010 race against Gov. Scott Walker. In the recall primary, the Milwaukee mayor easily defeated former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk, showing that more than $4 million from outside groups doesn't necessarily buy a close race."

Hotline reports: "Late on Tuesday, Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker had received more votes than the top two finshers in the Democratic primary combined. Walker's impressive total is a reflection of loyal support, considering he did not face any real primary competition."