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Off to the races: Hillary's big lead

A Quinnipiac poll shows Hillary Clinton way ahead in a hypothetical Democratic primary. She gets 65% to Joe Biden’s 13%, followed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) at just 4%.

Democrats leads on the congressional ballot in a Quinnipiac poll 41%-37%.

ALASKA: “Gov. Sean Parnell is ready to announce his plans for 2014,” AP reports. “The Republican intends to make the announcement Friday in Fairbanks. … He could seek re-election. … But he's also been mentioned as a possible challenger to Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich.”

MASSACHUSETTS: Stu Rothenberg: “There is no reason to rush to judgment on this race, at least for a couple of weeks, and it’s worth watching to see how it unfolds. Obviously, Markey begins as the clear favorite.”

MICHIGAN: “U.S. Rep. Gary Peters made it official: He is running to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Carl Levin next year,” the Detroit Free Press reports, adding, “As a Democrat, Peters may enjoy an advantage heading into the race — it has been nearly 20 years since the state elected a Republican U.S. senator. But the e-mail [announcement] never mentions his party affiliation and seeks to establish Peters’ bona fides as an independent politician.”

SOUTH CAROLINA: Even if the NRCC has abandoned him, Mark Sanford’s getting some backup from national Republicans and conservative groups, including the man who just held the job, Tim Scott, as well as Gov. Nikki Haley, Sen. Lindsey Graham, the FreedomWorks PAC, Sen. Rand Paul, ex-Rep. Ron Paul, and the National Right to Life PAC.