Top of the ballot: Marco and Jeb make it official

Senate candidate Marco Rubio (R) gets the official nod from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R), both Democrats pledge to keep running a "clean" campaign in North Carolina and is Tea Party turnout in Ohio a sign of things to come?

Man in the shadows

Jeb Bush came out of the shadows to offer his public support to Marco Rubio for the first time Wednesday. The two will campaign together Friday night at the Pasco County Reagan Day Dinner, according to the Rubio camp. Bush's statement didn't mention Gov. Charlie Crist by name, but it did take a tacit swipe at the now Independent Senate candidate. "You can trust that [Rubio's] principles will not change every time the political winds shift direction," Bush said.

Keep it clean

Secretary of State Elaine Marshall overcame a lack of funding and the death of her husband from cancer in November to pull out a 10-point lead over former state Sen. Cal Cunningham in North Carolina's Democratic primary Tuesday.

In an interview with the Raleigh News & Observer, Marshall called her 10-point lead "significant" and said having a runoff "would be contrary to a united party." But she did not call for Cunningham to drop out.

"For the last year he has run a clean campaign. If he decides to continue this campaign for another seven weeks we will beat him again with a larger margin than we did tonight," she said.  Marshall added, "I wasn't planning on taking a vacation anyway."

Cunningham said he spoke with his rival Tuesday night. "I told her I hope we can continue to conduct this campaign in the same manner that we conducted it so far," he said.

Last call for Tea?

The Columbus Dispatch writes, "Tea Party's bark louder than its bite in targeted Republican races for state auditor and secretary of state. In the contest for auditor, the Ohio GOP-endorsed candidate, Delaware County Prosecutor Dave Yost, handily defeated Dayton-area state Rep. Seth Morgan, who relied on Tea Party rallies and Internet outreach to appeal to Republican voters."

Here's one snapshot of turnout in Ohio's primary: In Clermont County, elections officials had projected turnout of at least 30 percent on account of the interest of those involved with the tea-party movement. 

"I was hoping for 35 percent because the Tea Party had really spurred people's interest in getting involved," said Judy Miller, director of the Board of Elections, said Tuesday night. "We had a lot more people running for Central Committee. We thought there would be a lot more voters."