TWEET OF THE DAY: “Heading to Texas to vote in runoffs on Friday” — Sen. John CornynJohn CornynHow the White House got rolled on the Saudi-9/11 bill GOP leaders express reservations a day after 9/11 veto override McConnell opens door to changing 9/11 bill 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 SchweikertThe Hill's 12:30 Report Former GOP congressman lobbying for electric cars Senate races heating up 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 HironoOvernight Finance: Lawmakers float criminal charges for Wells Fargo chief | Scrutiny on Trump's Cuba dealings | Ryan warns of recession if no tax reform Anti-trade senators say chamber would be crazy to pass TPP Overnight Finance: McConnell offers 'clean' funding bill | Dems pan proposal | Flint aid, internet measure not included | More heat for Wells Fargo | New concerns on investor visas 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 WarrenWarren questions Puerto Rico board's meeting on Wall Street Overnight Finance: Lawmakers float criminal charges for Wells Fargo chief | Scrutiny on Trump's Cuba dealings | Ryan warns of recession if no tax reform Anti-trade senators say chamber would be crazy to pass TPP MORE, a coup for the Republican incumbent. Bloomberg will host a fundraiser for Brown next month.
Michigan: Sen. Debbie StabenowDebbie StabenowMichigan Dems highlight Flint with unanimous opposition to CR How Congress averted shutdown Senate passes funding bill to avoid shutdown 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 CaseyOvernight Finance: Lawmakers float criminal charges for Wells Fargo chief | Scrutiny on Trump's Cuba dealings | Ryan warns of recession if no tax reform No GOP leaders attending Shimon Peres funeral Anti-trade senators say chamber would be crazy to pass TPP 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 RubioRubio, Heck help out at car crash scene Florida paper endorses Clinton, writes separate piece on why not Trump GOP lawmakers slam secret agreement to help lift Iran bank sanctions 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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