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Rubio will fundraise for Mourdock in Indiana

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) will attend a fundraiser in Indiana for state Treasurer Richard Mourdock (R), Mourdock's campaign told supporters Thursday afternoon.

{mosads}The event will take place on June 4, and tickets range from $25 for students to $2,500 for a private roundtable with the senator before the main event.

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LeMieux: Rep. Mack hopes voters think he’s his father

Former Sen. George LeMieux (R-Fla.) accused his Senate primary opponent, Rep. Connie Mack (R-Fla.), of exploiting the name recognition and popularity of his father, a former Florida senator of the same name.

“He’s trying to run a campaign where people will mistake him for his father,” LeMieux said Thursday on MSNBC.

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Cardon spending $300,000 to hit Rep. Flake on energy tax

Republican Wil Cardon is hitting Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) in a new television ad attacking his support for a tax on energy.

A Cardon aide confirmed that the campaign is spending just over $300,000 to air the ad on broadcast and cable. The ad will air for a week in the Tucson and Phoenix media markets.

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Chamber of Commerce to back Mandel in Ohio

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce will back Republican Josh Mandel's challenge to Sen. Sherrod Brown (D) in Ohio.

The endorsement for Mandel, the first-term state treasurer, will come Wednesday at an event in Ohio, according to a spokeswoman for the Chamber.

The official endorsement is essentially a formality, as the Chamber has been attacking Brown on the air since November. Mandel ran unopposed in the GOP primary.

"As a strong advocate for the free-enterprise system, my number one priority in the U.S. Senate will be to help create an environment that allows the private sector to grow and create jobs,” Mandel said in a statement.

Brown spokesman Justin Barasky said the Chamber had spent almost $4 million attacking Brown and accused Mandel's campaign of being dependent on special interests.

- This story was posted at 10:09 a.m. and has been updated.

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Warren pivots back to Wall Street reform in new radio ad

Democrat Elizabeth Warren is pivoting to her strong suit — Wall Street reform — in a new radio ad pegged to major losses by investment firm JPMorgan Chase.

"Did you see the headline? One of America’s biggest banks lost $2 billion in just a few weeks," Warren says in the ad, referring to JPMorgan.

Warren says Washington needs "a tough cop on the beat" to ensure that middle-class Americans don't bear the burden of what big banks do to turn a profit.

"I stood up to big banks," says Warren, who put together the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. "I took on their army of lobbyists and help win the fight for a consumer protection agency. But there’s still more to do.  Wall Street isn’t going to change its ways until Washington gets serious about strong oversight and real accountability — no special deals."

Warren has been hammering the economic message for the past few days as she works to steer the conversation in her race against Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) away from the controversy over her claims to Native American heritage.

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Huckabee, Santorum make last-minute push for Bruning in Nebraska

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) and former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) made a last-minute push Tuesday to get Nebraska voters to the polls and voting for state Attorney General Jon Bruning (R).

The longstanding front-runner in the GOP primary for Nebraska’s open Senate seat, Bruning has seen his position of dominance in the race upended over the past week by state Sen. Deb Fischer (R), whom polls show to be surging.

Huckabee, who endorsed Bruning in May 2011, recorded a robocall going out to Nebraska voters in which he calls Bruning his good friend and notes his conservative record on abortion and gun rights.

“Jon is a proven conservative who has led the constitutional challenge to ObamaCare,” says Huckabee.

Santorum, another Bruning supporter, took to Twitter to encourage Nebraskans to support his favored candidate:

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Donnelly poll shows him tied with Mourdock in Indiana

Rep. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) is tied with Indiana state Treasurer Richard Mourdock (R) in their Senate race, according to a new poll conducted by Donnelly's campaign.

Both candidates have 40 percent support in the poll. While partisan polls should always be taken with a grain of salt, this is a sign that the two start off relatively evenly in the race.

One variable that could help Mourdock: this poll was conducted right after his victory over long-time Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.), who was well-liked by many centrists on both sides of the aisle. Some residual anger from the primary from Republican-leaning voters might subside as the election wears on.

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