Hillary Clinton and Chris Christie would be in a dead heat in Iowa, tied at 41%, if the race there were to take place today, a Quinnipiac poll finds. Clinton beats Scott Walker 46%-39%. Vice President Biden loses to Christie 49%-32% and Walker 42%-39%.
FLORIDA: MSNBC’s Michael LaRosa takes a look at Florida’s gubernatorial race in 2014.
HAWAII: “Former Vice President Al Gore has endorsed Sen. Brian Schatz in Hawaii’s heated Democratic primary for Senate, touting Schatz’s work on clean energy,” Politico writes.
IOWA: USA Today looks at money in politics in the early states and that are little or no rules or ethics laws regarding who can take money or how much: “The debate over for-hire politics jumped to the forefront earlier this year, when a Senate ethics complaint was filed against Republican state Sen. Kent Sorenson. He is accused of being paid by Republican U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann's presidential campaign and of trying to hide it because he knew it was an ethics violation.”
NEW JERSEY: Anne Thompson Up With Steve Kornacki looks at the potential trouble Chris Christie could have raising money in 2016 for president because of SEC rules that make it difficult for employees of companies to donate to candidates because they could lose out on business in the state.
USA Today checks in on the New Jersey Senate race and with Rep. Rush Holt: “As an astrophysicist, Rep. Rush Holt could probably calculate the exact odds of a meteor happening to land on Newark Mayor Cory Booker. Since Booker leads Holt by more than 40 points in opinion polls, he might even have already done the math. But Holt is figuring on another way to win New Jersey's race for the Senate. The Democratic primary Aug. 13 will be a special election held at the height of vacation season with only one race on the ballot. That will be ‘a great leveler,’ Holt says. Statewide name recognition ‘is not irrelevant but not particularly important,' says Holt, who has represented central New Jersey since 1999. ‘I don't think the fact that they've seen Cory on Ellen Degeneres is going to motivate them to go to the poll.'”
VIRGINIA: The Richmond Times-Dispatch: “Gubernatorial hopefuls Terry McAuliffe and Ken Cuccinelli battled in their first debate Saturday, pushing their competing philosophies as job creators between attacks on topics ranging from social issues to the ongoing gifts scandal involving Star Scientific and CEO Jonnie Williams Sr. … with nearly $17 million raised and less than four months to go before Election Day, the mountain air did little to cool off the hotly contested race. … Cuccinelli, Virginia’s attorney general, and McAuliffe, a McLean businessman and former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, disagreed on just about every issue, including abortion, gay marriage, taxes, transportation and health care. The 90-minute debate was marked by rhetorical incursions launched by both men on what they perceived to be their opponent’s greatest weakness, all centered on a theme that the other guy cannot be trusted.”
The Washington Post: “In a 90-minute face-off, the candidates cast their arguments in sharply personal terms, accusing each other of bullying, influence peddling and ‘flimflammery.’”