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More 2012: Dems win AZ-8 special

ARIZONA: "Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' hand-picked Democratic candidate won a special election Tuesday in southern Arizona to finish her term, defeating a Republican who narrowly lost to Giffords in 2010. The race was a hard-fought preview of the broader fall campaign as the two political parties used the contest to hone and test their political arguments for the November elections, when everything from the White House on down will be on the ballot," AP reports.

MASSACHUSETTS: "The campaigns of Mitt Romney and Barack Obama have paid a combined $45 million to businesses and consultants from Massachusetts, making the Bay State the nation’s number one recipient of presidential campaign spending by a long shot," The Boston Globe reports.

WISCONSIN: “It turns out all of Wisconsin's problems weren't solved over beer and brats Tuesday. But Republicans and Democrats came a little closer to at least having a civil discussion about issues dividing the state during the so-called brat summit at the governor's mansion. "This can't hurt," Rep. Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green) said. "Is it the answer? Probably not. But I think it's a first step." "First step" was a phrase legislators from both sides employed repeatedly. "It was a good first step, and the follow-up is what really counts," said Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha),” the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes.