Welcome to the inaugural edition of The Ballot Box's Overnight — an evening update of all the day's campaign news.
TOP STORY: It’s the economy ...
Every election it’s the same story: the economy.
And a new poll of swing states out Monday shows voters trust Mitt Romney in handling it more than they do President Obama.
In the USA Today/Gallup Swing States Poll, 60 percent of respondents said Romney would do a good job of handling the economy versus 52 percent who said that of Obama.
As for a head-to-head election matchup, it’s a virtual tie: Obama with 47 percent to Romney’s 45. (See full poll results at USA Today)
Six months before the election that’s bad news for Obama. And it’s a trend we’ve seen more election cycles than we count: unhappy voters mean losing incumbents — just ask Nicolas Sarkozy.
Speaking of bad new for incumbents, conventional wisdom has Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) losing his primary on Tuesday to Richard Mourdock, the state treasurer and Tea Party favorite. The loss would leave Democrats gleeful, giving them a chance to pick up the seat, which could help them retain control of the upper chamber. Lugar, a six-term senator, told a local TV station on Monday if he lost he would support Mourdock over Democratic nominee Rep. Joe Donnelly in November.