TWEET OF THE DAY: “Heading to Texas to vote in runoffs on Friday” — Sen. John CornynJohn CornynSenate confirms first nominees of Trump era The new Washington elite schmoozes over lunch Top GOP senator warns of weekend work on Trump nominees MORE (R-Texas). He didn’t say which Senate candidate he’d be voting for.
Some 4 in 10 Americans were not able to correctly identify Mitt Romney as a Mormon, according to a Pew survey. But of those aware of Romney's religion, 81 percent say that they are either "comfortable" with it or that his religion doesn't matter to them.
Gallup found that 59 percent of business owners disapprove of President Obama's policies while only 34 percent approve.
An ad from the super-PAC supporting President Obama has been removed from YouTube after a copyright claim from the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and the organization has agreed not to air the commercial on television as had been originally planned.
BATTLE FOR THE HOUSE:
Arizona: Rep. David SchweikertDavid SchweikertDems launch early '18 attacks on GOP Senate targets Republicans add 13 members to Financial Services, Ways and Means committees The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (R-Ariz.) has a 13-point lead over Rep. Ben Quayle (R-Ariz.) in their member-vs.-member primary, according to a poll commissioned by Citizens United, a group backing Schweikert in the race.
California: Rep. Lois Capps (D-Calif.) has an 11-point lead over former California Lieutenant Gov. Abel Maldonado (R), according to a poll conducted for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released to The Hill.
California: Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) released an internal poll showing him with a big 46 to 29 percent lead over fellow Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.). The two are running in a district that is mostly Sherman's old territory, though Berman has gotten more support from other Democratic office-holders.
Connecticut: Seven people were arrested Thursday in connection to Connecticut state House Speaker Chris Donovan's (D) campaign for Congress, an ominous sign for his viability in both the primary and general election.
Florida: Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) is endorsing House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica (R-Fla.) in his bid for reelection. Mica is running in a contentious member-versus-member primary against freshman Rep. Sandy Adams.
Michigan: Rep. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) leads fellow Rep. Hansen Clarke (D-Mich.) 45 to 27 percent in a poll commissioned by the local Fox News affiliate.
Hawaii: Two polls showed Rep. Mazie HironoMazie HironoLawmakers join women's marches in DC and nationwide Overnight Energy: Perry makes his case to lead Energy Dept. | Dems alarmed by spending cut plans Dems blast Trump plans for deep spending cuts MORE (D-Hawaii) with a 19-point lead over former Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle (R). One came from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, while the other was conducted for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, the state's main newspaper. Hirono also has a solid 18-point lead over primary foe and former Rep. Ed Case (D-Hawaii) in the Star-Advertiser poll.
Massachusetts: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced he would endorse Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) in his high-profile Senate showdown against Democratic challenger Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWomen's marches draw huge crowds as Trump takes office Warren: 'I'm here to fight back' Women's march takes over DC MORE, a coup for the Republican incumbent. Bloomberg will host a fundraiser for Brown next month.
Michigan: Sen. Debbie StabenowDebbie StabenowLawmakers join women's marches in DC and nationwide Hillary gives Bernie cool reception at Trump inaugural lunch Overnight Finance: Scoop – Trump team eyes dramatic spending cuts | Treasury pick survives stormy hearing MORE (D-Mich.) has comfortable leads over both Republicans running against her, according to a new poll from the Democratic-affiliated Public Policy Polling. Stabenow leads former Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.) by 52 to 38 percent and businessman Clark Durant (R) by 51 to 34 percent. Hoekstra is way ahead of Durant in the poll with a 51 to 17 lead, though those on the ground say Durant is closing hard on him. Hoekstra released an ad attacking Durant on Thursday.
Pennsylvania: Self-funding businessman Tom Smith (R) is up with his first ad against Sen. Bob CaseyBob CaseyLive coverage: Senators grill Trump's Treasury pick Live coverage: Tom Price's confirmation hearing Senate Democrats brace for Trump era MORE (D-Pa.), which touts his coal-mining roots and profile as a "job creator" while ripping Casey's record. The buy is running statewide on cable and in most markets besides Philadelphia on broadcast television. Casey is favored in the race.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:
The Obama campaign on Sunday is marking 100 days until the presidential election by holding more than 4,200 grassroots events in states across the country, campaign aides say.
The pro-Obama super-PAC Priorities USA Action and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) have invested heavily in Spanish-language attack ads against Mitt Romney, and according to their numbers, those ads are working.
Romney's off-the-cuff admission that he met with Britain's secret service chief has sparked speculation that he was pressed to adopt a more interventionist U.S. policy in Syria if he becomes president.
If Romney wants his running mate to have the best buzz online, he should go with Sen. Marco RubioMarco RubioGOP, Dems hear different things from Trump Senate committee to vote Monday on Tillerson Tillerson met with top State official: report MORE (R-Fla.), according to a survey by Twitter consulting firm Digital Acumen.
Senior House and Senate leaders voiced optimism that they could reach agreement on a stopgap spending measure that would prevent a government shutdown shortly before the November election.
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) formed a political action committee this week.
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