Mississippi voters will head to the polls (again) tomorrow, with Sen. Thad CochranWilliam (Thad) Thad CochranChamber of Commerce makes play in Mississippi Senate race for Hyde-Smith Shelby approved as Appropriations panel chairman Cindy Hyde-Smith sworn in as Mississippi's latest senator MORE’s (R-Miss.) fate once again on the line and the wind at Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel’s (R) back.

The Magnolia State’s voters are leaning toward McDaniel, according to most recent polling. Both campaigns have battled to the end in the sometimes-nasty race.

Mississippi’s brawl has drawn attention away from another big Senate race, in Oklahoma, where Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla.) is hoping to overcome his establishment ties and win an outright victory over former Oklahoma Speaker T.W. Shannon (R) while conservative groups are tied up battling Cochran. If he doesn’t win Tuesday, Shannon could get a spending boost from his Tea Party backers heading into the August runoff.

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Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) is also facing a tough primary challenge in his rematch against New York state Sen. Adriano Espaillat (D), while centrist Rep. Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.) looks to hold off Tea Party-backed New York state Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney (R). Republicans will pick nominees to face Rep. Tim BishopTimothy (Tim) Howard BishopDems separated by 29 votes in NY House primary Flint residents hire first K Street firm House moves to vote on .1T package; backup plan in place MORE (D-N.Y.) and for retiring Rep. Bill Owens’s (D-N.Y.) seat.

Colorado and Maryland voters will also head to the polls.

Polls close at 8 p.m. EST in Maryland, Mississippi and Oklahoma and at 9 p.m. in Colorado and New York.

 

SENATE SHOWDOWN

MS-SEN (COCHRAN):  A final poll before Tuesday’s GOP runoff election shows state Sen. Chris McDaniel leading Sen. Thad Cochran by 8 percentage points. The poll, released Saturday by Democratic pollster Chism Strategies, reported McDaniel gaining 52 percent over Cochran’s 44 percent support with only 4 percent of voters undecided.  

The race continued its nasty tone, with McDaniel crying foul over a Facebook post from Cochran's adult daughter attacking his of "lack of wisdom" and "lack of judgment." Cochran's camp had to fire a staffer who was caught removing pro-McDaniel yard signs.

Conservatives, meanwhile, plan to use "poll watchers" to make sure Democrats don't vote in the primary, which has some liberals accusing them of voter intimidation in a state that has a problematic history on the subject and where most Democrats are black.

OK-SEN (OPEN): A new poll shows that Tuesday’s competitive primary between Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla.) and former Oklahoma Speaker T.W. Shannon could head into a runoff. The poll, conducted by SoonerPoll for News9, finds Lankford leading Shannon 43 to 35 percent, with state Sen. Randy Brogdon taking 4 percent of the vote. This slight support for Brogdon could cause neither candidate to pick up 50 percent of the vote, which would lead to a two-month run-off.

KS-SEN (ROBERTS): Republican primary candidate Milton Wolf picked up the endorsement of Kansas state Rep. Kasha Kelley (R) Monday, who called Wolf the “constitutional conservative choice for Kansans.” Kelley joins four other state representatives and various conservative groups in supporting Wolf over Sen. Pat RobertsCharles (Pat) Patrick RobertsGOP senators raise concerns about babies on Senate floor Senate passes resolution allowing Duckworth to bring baby on floor Kill off anti-environmental excesses in the farm bill MORE (R-Kan.) in the Aug. 5 primary race. 

But a straw poll at this weekend’s Olathe Republican Party Picnic found Roberts easily topping Wolf, with 70 percent of the vote. Among the participants polled, 174 favored Roberts in the race, while only 74 supported Wolf. A new radio ad from the Roberts campaign isn’t helping Wolf either. The ad, released Monday, slams the radiologist for a scandal in which he violated patient confidentiality and made Facebook comments mocking the dead and wounded.

TN-SEN (ALEXANDER): Sen. Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderSenate Health panel approves opioid bill The risk of kicking higher ed reauthorization down the road Maternal deaths keep rising in US, raising scrutiny MORE’s (R-Tenn.) campaign hit the air Sunday with a statewide series of 60-second radio ads featuring various supporters, from country music star Kix Brooks to former Hamilton County Mayor Claude Ramsey. The ads touted Alexander’s work as governor in the 1970s and 1980s and his work in the Senate since his first election in 2002. 

WV-SEN (OPEN): Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenDems demand end to waivers used to pay people with disabilities below minimum wage A new progressive standard on campaign cash: It can't come from corporations Kamala Harris will no longer accept corporate PAC money MORE (D-Mass.) will travel to West Virginia next month to campaign for Democratic candidate Natalie Tennant. The West Virginia Secretary of State will face off with Rep. Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Wellons Moore CapitoGOP anxiety grows over Trump’s Iran decision Overnight Health Care: Trump's VA pick on the ropes | White House signals it will fight for nominee | Senate panel approves opioid bill | FDA cracking down on e-cig sales to kids Senate panel to vote next month on maternal mortality bill MORE (R-W.Va.) in November for retiring Sen. Jay RockefellerJohn (Jay) Davison RockefellerSenate GOP rejects Trump’s call to go big on gun legislation Overnight Tech: Trump nominates Dem to FCC | Facebook pulls suspected baseball gunman's pages | Uber board member resigns after sexist comment Trump nominates former FCC Dem for another term MORE’s (D-W.Va.) seat. 

MT-SEN (WALSH): Rep. Steve Daines’s (R-Mont.) campaign released an ad attacking Sen. John Walsh (D-Mont.), featuring a female former Montana National Guard member saying “women like me were mistreated” and Walsh “looked the other way” while he headed the Guard.

NH-SEN (SHAHEEN): The New Hampshire Democratic Party released an ad Sunday questioning Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown’s allegiance to New Hampshire. The ad slams Brown for his role as a former Massachusetts senator, suggesting that he would put Massachusetts interests first if he were elected to office. 

ME-SEN (COLLINS): Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsWinter Olympians call for action on climate Trump’s CIA pick facing brutal confirmation fight Senate panel to examine Trump officials' election security efforts MORE (R-Maine) is leading challenger Shenna Bellows (D) 72 to 17 percent with only 10 percent of voters reporting undecided, according to a new poll conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. 

 

BATTLE FOR THE HOUSE

IA-3 (OPEN): Former Capitol Hill aide David Young defeated state Sen. Brad Zaun in Saturday’s nominating convention to win the Republican nomination for the 3rd District seat. Young, who beat Zaun 276 to 221 votes in the fifth round of balloting, will face Democratic nominee state Sen. Staci Appel in the general election in November. 

NY-13 (RANGEL): New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) publicized his support for Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) on Sunday as Rangel heads into a competitive primary race Tuesday against state Sen. Adriano Espaillat and two other contenders. Former President Clinton is lending support to the congressman as well, urging district residents via robo-calls to vote for Rangel in Tuesday’s primary. 

Rangel also earned the support of the New York Daily News on Saturday but will not pick up the endorsement of President Obama. According to a Democratic National Committee spokesman, Obama will not endorse any candidate in the race for the 13th District seat. 

ME-2 (OPEN): A University of New Hampshire Survey Center poll revealed that Democratic Senate candidate Emily Cain is slightly leading Bruce Poliquin (R) 44 percent to 39 percent. Despite Cain’s edge, both candidates remain relatively unknown, with more than 40 percent of respondents indicating they did not know enough about either candidate to say whether they held a favorable opinion of Cain or Poliquin. 

 

2016 WATCH

CLINTON: Republicans attacked Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDems flip New York state seat that Republicans have held for nearly four decades Dems win majority in New York Senate, but won't control it Chelsea Clinton hits back at NYT reporter over details in new book MORE for a comment she made during an interview Sunday with The Guardian in which she said she and her husband “pay ordinary income tax, unlike a lot of people who are truly well-off.” The Clintons’ wealth has become a talking point for Republicans, who criticize her $200,000 speaking fees among other earnings, ever since Clinton said her family was “dead broke” after leaving the White House. 

BIDEN: Vice President Biden (D) talked up his humble beginnings and relatively modest wealth at a White House summit on working families.

“The first thing you're going to say is, 'Look at Biden, man. He's got a mildly expensive suit on. He's vice president of the United States of America. He makes — notwithstanding that he is listed as the poorest man in Congress — he still makes a lot of money as vice president of the United States.' And I do, by the way.”

"Don't hold it against me I don't own a single stock or bond," Biden continued. "Don't hold it that I have no savings account."

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"You know I'm not in the 'Ready for Hillary' camp, right? Why not? It's because of our differences when I endorsed Obama. The differences haven't healed, and I'm not in the suck-up camp." — former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D) on Clinton