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DSCC blasts ND Rep. Berg with another opposition ad

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) on Tuesday released its third ad opposing Rep. Rick Berg's (R-N.D.) reelection.

The DSCC has made the freshman lawmaker a top target in the upcoming election. Tuesday's ad is the committee's third independent expenditure ad this cycle, following two other ads in North Dakota that totaled $1.5 million.


Poll: Hovde surges to narrow lead over Thompson in Wisconsin Senate primary

Businessman Eric Hovde (R) has surged past former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson (R) in the state's crowded Republican Senate primary, according to a new poll from the Democratic-aligned Public Policy Polling.

Hovde leads Thompson by 31 to 29 percent, with former Rep. Mark Neumann (R-Wis.) pulling 15 percent support and Wisconsin state Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald at 9 percent.

Recent polling has shown Hovde gaining traction, but this is the first poll, including Hovde's own, that shows him with a lead over the well-known former governor. Hovde's numbers have been boosted in large part by the more than $3 million he's spent on television advertising — Thompson hasn't been on the air nearly that much, and Neumann's first ad debuted Tuesday.


Mourdock raises $1.6M, nearly doubling Donnelly in Indiana

Indiana state Treasurer Richard Mourdock (R) raised $1.6 million in the past three months, nearly doubling the $900,000 Rep. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) raised in the same time span.

It's unclear which Senate candidate has the cash-on-hand advantage coming out of the second quarter — Mourdock's campaign said it wouldn't announce how much it has in the bank until later this week. It's also unclear how much of his total Mourdock raised before his early May primary victory over longtime Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.), a period in which Tea Party groups and supporters all over the country rallied to him.

{mosads}Mourdock had only $250,000 in the bank as of April 18, when he had to file a pre-primary fundraising report.

Donnelly's campaign told The Hill that his campaign has $1.3 million cash on hand, which could give him a cash on hand advantage, as Mourdock spent heavily to defeat Lugar in the closing days of the campaign.


Mike Huckabee hits Missouri TV in support of Senate candidate Akin

Mike Huckabee, a popular conservative political figure and a host on the Fox News Channel, appears in the first TV ad for Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.), who is running for the Republican nomination to Missouri's Senate seat.

The ad began airing statewide Thursday in Missouri, according to the Associated Press.


Toomey weighs in on Wis. Senate primary

Former Rep. Mark Neumann (R-Wis.) has banked another high-profile endorsement in his primary battle against former four-term Gov. Tommy Thompson, with Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) saying Monday that he backs the conservative congressman.

"During his time in Congress, he fought for fiscal responsibility and common sense — even when that meant taking on members of his own party," Toomey said in a statement. "As a business owner who understands what it takes to create jobs, Mark will fight for hardworking American taxpayers."

Neumann and Thompson are vying to take on against Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) to replace the retiring Sen. Herb Kohl (D). Neumann has found some success running to the right of Thompson, taking 42 percent in a straw poll at the Wisconsin Republican convention in May, versus just 21 percent for the former governor. In addition to Toomey, Neumann has secured high-profile endorsements from prominent conservative lawmakers, including Sens. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), and organizations like the Club for Growth.


Biden to campaign with McCaskill in Missouri

Just days after Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) said she would be skipping the Democratic National Convention, the incumbent lawmaker announced Friday she would be campaigning next month with Vice President Biden.

The vice president will attend a fundraiser July 9 in Kansas City, Mo., McCaskill's campaign announced. It will be Biden's first trip to the state as vice president.

"It's always a pleasure to welcome Vice President Joe Biden to the great State of Missouri and I am humbled by his support for my re-election campaign," said McCaskill in a statement.