And President Obama will need to double down on his efforts to keep Wisconsin safely in his column after Walker’s resounding victory.

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) said the Wisconsin result should be a "wakeup call" for outside groups supporting Democrats, and that if they don't quickly ramp up their fundraising, his party could be crushed in the fall.

"Our allies across the country have to look at Wisconsin and use it as a wakeup call. They need to build a robust defense for what's coming in September and October," he said. "Our allies are way beyond where they were in 2010, but in my view they're not where they need to be to compete effectively against Republican outside groups. They've got work to do and I think Wisconsin showed them they've got work to do."

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TOMORROW’S AGENDA TODAY: President Obama has a fundraiser in Los Angeles and then will stop in Las Vegas before returning to Washington. First lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaObama on social media: You’ve got to ‘think before you tweet’ MSNBC trolls Trump with video montage of Obama saying ‘Merry Christmas’ Overnight Regulation: USDA delays healthy school lunch requirements | Senate panel advances controversial environmental pick | Drone industry pushes to ease rules | Dem commish joins energy regulator MORE will meet with campaign volunteers in Woodbridge, Va., and then attend a fundraiser in Washington, D.C. Mitt Romney will campaign in St. Louis, Mo.

TWEET OF THE DAY: “Hey @BarackObama... I don't drink. Please fire the cop who arrested me. I also don't hit and run. The end.” — Actress Amanda Bynes, who was charged with driving under the influence in April.


Democrats will have no one running in the general election against Rep. Gary Miller (R-Calif.) after Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar, a top Democratic recruit, finished in third place in the all-party primary Tuesday night. 

Reps. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) and Howard Berman (D-Calif.) will continue their heavyweight battle through November.

Rep. Martin HeinrichMartin Trevor HeinrichAvalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign Senators introduce bipartisan gun background check bill Dem senator: 'Super close' on bipartisan deal on guns MORE (D-N.M.) and former Rep. Heather Wilson (R-N.M.) won their primaries, setting up what could be a tight general election between the two.

Rep. Bill Pascrell (D) crushed Rep. Steve Rothman (D) in a member vs. member primary in New Jersey. 

— Donald Payne Jr., the son of the late Rep. Donald Payne (D-N.J.), easily defeated five other Democrats in his primary, giving him a clear path to the House seat his father held until his death in March.

New Jersey state Sen. Joe Kyrillos (R), a close friend and ally of Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.), easily won his party’s nomination to take on Sen. Robert MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezSenate ethics panel resumes Menendez probe after judge declares mistrial Judge declares mistrial in Menendez bribery case Menendez jury deadlocked, ordered to keep trying MORE (D-N.J.).


President Obama is retaining his commanding lead over Mitt Romney in Pennsylvania, topping the Republican presidential nominee by 12 points in a Franklin & Marshall College poll, 48 percent to 36.

Americans' perceptions about the economy took a dip this week on the heels of a disappointing May jobs report, with the percentage of those saying the economy is getting worse jumping 9 points from last week's Economist/YouGov survey. Now nearly four in 10 Americans believe the economy is getting worse, while a third say the economy is staying "about the same" and 20 percent say it is getting better. 


The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is booking another $19 million in airtime in 24 districts across the country, bringing to more than $46 million the amount the committee has reserved after Labor Day.

Arizona: Another day, another ad in the costly and closely watched special election to replace former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.). This one comes from Democrat Ron BarberRonald (Ron) Sylvester BarberPrinciples and actions mean more than Jeff Flake’s words Giffords to lawmakers avoiding town halls: 'Have some courage' Ten House seats Dems hope Trump will tilt MORE, who touts the jobs he created as the owner of a small business and his dedication to bipartisan cooperation. Barber, Republican Jesse Kelly, and the House campaign committees for both parties are on the air ahead of the June 12 election.

New Jersey: President Obama called Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) to congratulate him on his victory in Tuesday's member vs. member primary, a Pascrell aide confirmed. The call from Obama was unexpected because Obama summoned Rothman to the White House last week to signal his support, and sent top adviser David Axelrod to New Jersey to endorse Rothman.


The 60 Plus Association, a conservative seniors group, is dropping $2.1 million on ads targeting incumbent Democratic senators in two states that are also swing states in the presidential race. The group will spend $1 million on a week-long ad buy attacking Ohio Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownThe Hill's 12:30 Report Avalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign Overnight Regulation: Feds push to clarify regs on bump stocks | Interior wants Trump to shrink two more monuments | Navajo Nation sues over monument rollback | FCC won't delay net neutrality vote | Senate panel approves bill easing Dodd-Frank rules MORE and $1.1 million on a two-week buy knocking Florida Sen. Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonOvernight Health Care: Ryan's office warns he wasn't part of ObamaCare deal | House conservatives push for mandate repeal in final tax bill | Dem wants probe into CVS-Aetna merger Ryan's office warning he wasn't part of deal on ObamaCare: source Overnight Health Care: Funding bill could provide help for children's health program | Questions for CVS-Aetna deal | Collins doubles funding ask for ObamaCare bill MORE. The ads criticize the two Democrats for voting for the stimulus and for President Obama's healthcare reform bill.

Connecticut: Former wrestling mogul Linda McMahon has expanded her lead in the Republican primary for Connecticut’s open Senate seat, and has also narrowed the gap in the likely general-election match-up to just 3 points. McMahon leads former Rep. Christopher Shays (R-Conn.) 59-30 in a Quinnipiac University poll. That’s a major gain from March, when McMahon led Shays 51-42. And in a general election against Rep. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyAvalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign Senate passes tax overhaul, securing major GOP victory Dem senator compares GOP tax bill to unicorns, Tupac conspiracy theories MORE (Conn.), the Democratic front-runner, McMahon is just 3 points behind. In March, Murphy led McMahon by 15 points.

Virginia: The pivotal Senate race in Virginia remains a dead heat, with former Govs. Tim KaineTimothy Michael KaineDemocrats turn on Al Franken Avalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign Senate panel moves forward with bill to roll back Dodd-Frank MORE (D) and George Allen (R) separated by a mere point. Kaine is clinging to a 44-43 percent lead, according to a survey from Quinnipiac University, foreshadowing what is certain to be one of the hardest-fought campaigns this November.

Wisconsin: Rep. Tammy BaldwinTammy Suzanne BaldwinDemocrats turn on Al Franken The Hill's 12:30 Report Avalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign MORE (D-Wis.) downplayed the political impact of Democrats' failure to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R). "This was voters saying 'We don't like the idea of a recall,' " the Senate candidate told The Hill on Wednesday afternoon. "I think that's what we learned ... I think that was one of the most remarkable things we saw from it." 


Mitt Romney said Gov. Scott Walker's victory in the Wisconsin recall election was a repudiation of the policies of President Obama in a traditionally liberal state, arguing the win bodes well for his chances in November. "Yesterday’s vote was won by the people of Wisconsin doing the right thing and voting for conservative principles," Romney said.

The Secret Service is investigating the potential hacking of Romney’s personal email account.

Romney's campaign kept the focus on Hispanic voters Wednesday by announcing the new leadership team of his Hispanic Steering Committee.

First lady Michelle Obama presented the “Top Ten” list on “The Late Show with David Letterman.”

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said Democrats in Wisconsin will tell President Obama “go back to Illinois, you weren't here for us and we're not gonna be there for you.'"

Red Hot Chili Peppers preformed a free concert for Obama volunteers at Cleveland's House of Blues, jamming in front of an electronic "Obama/Biden" sign. The recorded event was produced into a Web video that the Obama team released on YouTube Wednesday.

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