Campaign Update: Self-funders and mystery candidates

Check out my analysis of early self-funders in the 2010 election cycle. Hint: there are a lot.

In the latest sign that he's serious about challenging former New Hampshire Attorney General Kelly AyotteKelly AyotteGOP senator: Block cash payments to state terror sponsors The Trail 2016: Just a little kick Abortion rights group ads tie vulnerable GOP senators to Trump MORE in the GOP Senate primary, former gubernatorial nominee Ovide Lamontagne will go up with a website later this week.

Some GOP names surface to replace Senate candidate Mark KirkMark KirkFormer Miss Universe becomes surprise story to emerge from debate Senate rivals gear up for debates The Trail 2016: Trump seizes on Charlotte violence MORE (R-Ill.) in the House: stock market analyst Dick Green, former congressional aide Bill Cadigan and businessman Bob Dold.

Republicans are still seeking some direction against Rep. Alan GraysonAlan GraysonTrump campaign's taco truck gaffe underscores Latinos' political power Dem polling shows Rubio in a dead heat Canova refuses to congratulate Wasserman Schultz on victory MORE (D-Fla.), with state House Speaker Larry Cretul (R) taking a pass.

The San Jose Mercury-News tees up Boxer vs. Fiorina - the next big Senate race of the 2010 election cycle.

Smells like a rumor: A mystery Democrat with means and renown is apparently "75 percent" ready to challenge Sen. Charles GrassleyChuck GrassleyMcConnell blames dysfunction on Dems Four states sue to stop internet transition Senate passes bill to preserve sexual assault kits MORE (R-Iowa).

Missouri state Sen. Bill Stouffer (R) formed a federal campaign committee last week for the race for Rep. Ike Skelton's (D-Mo.) seat. He will face former state Rep. Vicky Hartzler in the primary for the right to face Skelton.

Former Lt. Gov. Dennis Wicker (D) emerges as an option to face Sen. Richard BurrRichard BurrDem groups invest big in Bayh in Ind. Senate race The Trail 2016: Fight night Poll finds races for president, Senate tight in North Carolina MORE (R-N.C.).

Another basically unknown Republican - in this case, basketball-coach son Danny Tarkanian, has a poll showing them leading Sen. Harry ReidHarry ReidThe missed opportunity of JASTA States urged to bolster election security How the White House got rolled on the Saudi-9/11 bill MORE (D-Nev.).