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Off to the races: Sanford the underdog?

ALASKA: The Democratic-backed Council for American Job Growth is up with a TV ad touting Sen. Mark Begich (D).

HAWAII: “The lingering fallout from the 2008 presidential primaries could rear its head in another congressional contest — this time in Hawaii,” Roll Call writes. “The two Democrats who will face off in next year’s Senate primary took leading roles on opposite sides of the primary that pitted Barack Obama versus Hillary Rodham Clinton.”

MONTANA: Our colleague Jessica Taylor looks at Republicans who want Marc Racicot (R) to run for the state’s open Senate seat.

NEW YORK: Anthony Weiner says there might be other pictures out there… “If reporters want to go try to find more, I can’t say that they’re not going to be able to find another picture, or find another … person who may want to come out on their own, but I’m not going to contribute to that. The basics of the story are not gonna change,” he said on RNN-TV, per Politico.

Weiner made the media rounds and says he’ll decide on a mayoral run “soon,” per Political Wire.

SOUTH CAROLINA: Referring to South Carolina and Mark Sanford, Stu Rothenberg writes: “Republicans are on quite a streak when it comes to throwing away elections.” More: “This tossup contest tilts toward the Democrat. If Colbert Busch wins the seat next month, it won’t be because most voters wanted her to represent them in Congress. It will be because many voters — Republican voters — concluded that Sanford was unacceptable.”

“An outside group tied to South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is poised to go on the air early in the 2014 cycle,” Politico writes. “The Movement Fund, a registered 527 organization helmed by Republicans close to Haley, has booked about $130,000 in airtime in three major markets starting next week, according to a source tracking media buys.” More: “Haley is expected to face a serious reelection fight: a Winthrop Poll taken earlier this month found her approval rating just under 45 percent among registered South Carolina voters, with 39 percent disapproving of her job performance.”