Top of the ballot: Ward loses in Idaho

The results of Idaho's 1st district GOP House primary are a split for the Tea Party, the attempt to recall Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) could end up in the U.S. Supreme Court and Washington state Republican Dino Rossi plans a 10 a.m. EST online rollout.

(Young) Gunned down

Republican House candidate Vaughn Ward lost Idaho's 1st district primary to state Rep. Raul Labrador (R) Tuesday. Labrador had a 48-39 percent lead on Ward with 426 of 462 precincts reporting, according to unofficial results.

Ward was a top recruit of the National Republican Congressional Committee and had climbed through the ranks of its "Young Guns" candidate training program. That didn’t stop him, however, from making a series of blunders leading up to Tuesday's vote.

Ward's missteps include plagiarizing other candidates' policy positions as well as a speech by President Barack Obama, misusing pictures of himself in his Marine uniform and calling Puerto Rico a country.

Ward had the backing of Tea Party noteables including Sarah Palin, who even came to the district to campaign for him. But local Tea Party groups coalesced behind Labrador.

Labrador told the Idaho Statesman that the secret to his win was his consistent conservative message: "I didn't just say it. I've always acted the same way."

He now faces Tea Party Express-backed Rep. Walt Minnick (D-Idaho) in the general.

See you in court, continued

The New Jersey Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday from the Tea Party groups attempting to recall Menendez ahead of his term expiring. If they win, the groups would have to collect 1.3 million signatures of registered voters to get a recall question on the ballot.

Democrats believe the tactic may backfire for the group in November's elections. "It's not about the outcome. It's about the platform the Tea Parties want to use to tarnish a U.S. senator's reputation," said Democratic State Committee Chairman John Wisniewski.

It's unknown when New Jersey's highest court will make its ruling, but the case is expected to end up in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Third time's the charm

Rossi plays it safe with a Wednesday morning online rollout. He's expected to announce his challenge to Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) at 7 a.m. Pacific (10 a.m. Eastern) with a video posted on his website.