FLORIDA: Charlie Crist backed Democrat Bill Nelson in the Senate race. “The Associated Press reports Crist will appear at an upcoming fundraiser for Nelson, along with former president Bill Clinton. Nelson is seeking his third term against Republican Rep. Connie Mack,” USA Today writes.
MASSACHUSETTS: “In a private ceremony presided over by Senator John McCain in the US Capitol on Wednesday, Senator Scott P. Brown formally became a colonel in the Army National Guard, according to Brown’s office,” the Boston Globe notes. “Brown’s promotion from lieutenant colonel was approved by his Senate colleagues late last week as part of series of 800 promotions adopted with unanimous consent.”
PENNSYLVANIA: Get ready… “A Philadelphia official said that confusion over Pennsylvania's new voter-identification law ‘is likely to cause chaos at many polling places in Philadelphia, including longer-than-usual lines and shorter tempers as more voters are forced to choose between casting a provisional ballot and not being able to vote,’ the AP reports,” Political Wire notes.
VIRGINIA: Not so Goode for Romney… “Goode is running for president on the Constitution Party ticket, and his candidacy has Republicans sweating: Goode is pulling fully 9% of Virginia’s vote, according to a mid-July Public Policy Polling survey, leaving Obama ahead of Romney 49% to 35%,” Time’s Dias writes. “In a tight election where Virginia’s 13 electoral college votes could make or break the Romney’s candidacy, even 2% for Goode could pull enough Republicans away to hand the historically red state to Obama in November. Goode could easily maintain at least a few percentage points in Virginia through the fall. He remains a popular local figure who served in the Virginia State Senate for 24 years and then then represented VA’s 5th district in the U.S. House until 2009. His platform is simple—he can recite it under 15 seconds. ‘One: balance the budget now, not later. Two: Get Americans jobs by ending illegal immigration and making legal immigration harder. Lastly: Impose term limits.’”