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DCCC ups its ad volley for the general election to 11

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released a number of new independent expenditure ads today, bringing the total released this week to 11 and the number of races the DCCC has engaged in over the past three weeks to 15.

It's part of a push to "continu[e] on offense" against Republicans in hopes of remaining competitive in a number of fierce races nationwide, according to a release.


Brown touts Democratic support

Sen. Scott Brown's (R-Mass.) reelection campaign is launching a push to highlight his support from Democrats throughout Massachusetts, an effort to burnish the freshman's centrist credentials to help him win voters in the deep-blue state.

Brown received the endorsement of Charlie Ryan, former Democratic mayor of Springfield, Mass., on Thursday, and on Friday Democratic state Rep. Chris Fallon appeared alongside Brown to become the first sitting lawmaker to offer his endorsement.


Brown ad in Ohio Senate race accuses Mandel of dishonesty

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) is tarring Republican challenger Josh Mandel as possibly "the most dishonest candidate in the country" with a new ad released on Friday, though the ad itself is somewhat misleading.

"Pants on Fire" highlights news reports that have called Mandel "the candidate of the 'big lie' " and his receipt of the "Pants on Fire" crown from PolitiFact Ohio for having received more "Pants on Fire" ratings than any candidate in the paper's fact-checking history.


Heitkamp ad attacks Berg on Medicare in ND Senate race

Democratic candidate for Senate in North Dakota launched a new ad on Friday that features an average North Dakotan discussing Rep. Rick Berg's (R-N.D.) position on Medicare.

Margaret Gilmor of Fargo, N.D., addresses the camera and tells the story of her survival of breast cancer. She explains that Berg voted to increase Medicare premiums by thousands — one of the ways Democrats have characterized Republicans' votes for Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) budget — and says "I wouldn't be alive today if Medicare cost that much."


Joe Kennedy III wins primary, favored to replace retiring Barney Frank

Joe Kennedy III handily won his congressional primary Thursday night, leaving the grandson of former Sen. Robert F. Kennedy (D-N.Y.) the heavy favorite to replace retiring Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.).

Early returns gave Kennedy around 90 percent of the vote in his primary contest against software engineer Herb Robinson and Lyndon LaRouche devotee Rachel Brown, according to The Associated Press. Kennedy will face Republican Sean Bielat in November; Frank beat the Massachusetts businessman 54-43 percent in 2010.

If Kennedy is elected, it will return a member of the storied family to Congress for the first time since 2010, when Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) retired. Prior to that, at least one member of the Kennedy family had held federal political office for more than 60 years.


Poll: No early convention bounce for Obama campaign

President Obama isn't seeing a bounce in the polls after the first two nights of the Democratic National Convention, a promising sign for Republicans worried that this week's proceedings could erode the marginal national lead built by Mitt Romney following the GOP gathering in Tampa, Fla.

The Reuters-Ipsos daily tracking poll found Romney with a 45-44 percent lead over Obama, just 1 percent less than on Wednesday.

By contrast, Romney had seen a 6-point gain in his favor in the same poll on Thursday since the Republican convention the preceding weekend.


West ad features backlash to Democratic platform changes

Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) is out with a  new ad highlighting Democratic National Convention delegates' opposition to including God in the party's platform and asking "Are those your values?"

The ad features C-SPAN video of convention chairman Antonio Villaraigosa calling for a voice vote on adding God to the platform, which was met, three times, with loud cries of "no!" -- which nearly overwhelmed the "yes" votes -- from the crowd. When Villaraigosa finally ruled the change adopted, he was booed by the crowd.