6) Three's company in the race to succeed retiring-Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) as self-described moderate state Rep. William Tong (D) announced Sunday he is joining the race. Rep. Chris Murphy (D) and former Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz are already in the race. In 2006, Tong became the first Asian-American to serve in Connecticut's General Assembly.
5) As prospective presidential candidates continue to make their way to the Hawkeye State, some in Iowa are making their own way to the governor's mansion in New Jersey. A group of prominent Iowa GOP donors is hoping to convince New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) to run for president. They have set a meeting in Princeton for May 31.
4) On Saturday, Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman (R) delivered his first address since stepping down as ambassador to China. He was the commencement speaker at the University of South Carolina, and he delivered an speech in which he touted American exceptionalism and worked to set himself apart from the prospective presidential field. As Hotline editor Reid Wilson noted, Huntsman did not address business executives or party activists and delivered a speech light on politics. His advisers want to play up his differences from the field; and Saturday's speech reinforced that idea.
Regarding his decision-making process on a presidential bid, Huntsman told reporters Friday, "whatever timeline one is looking at can't be more than a couple months." But a South Carolina state Rep. who was at a private event tweeted that Huntsman said "We will be deciding over the next two to three weeks whether there is critical mass."
3) Less than a week remains before Saturday's gubernatorial primary in West Virginia, and attack ads are becoming more prevalent. The Charleston Daily Mail has a good roundup of the various attack ads, and notes that a group called West Virginia Women Vote, which has ties to EMILY's List, is urging Democrats to choose Secretary of State Natalie Tennant (D), and is criticizing other candidates in a mailer.
Meanwhile, state House Speaker Rick Thompson (D) released a new ad over the weekend called "Down to Two," in which a narrator says the race is Thompson versus acting-Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D). But in another television ad, Thompson attacks Tomblin with a narrator saying Tomblin used his state Senate office for profit.
Polls have showed Tomblin as the frontrunner in the Democratic race heading into Saturday.
2) A new Washington Post poll released Sunday found former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine (D) and former Sen. George Allen (R-Va.) tied among registered voters in the race to succeed retiring Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.). Old Dominion voters have strikingly positive opinions about both major candidates: Healthy majorities of voters approve of how Kaine (58 percent) and Allen (55 percent) handled their most recent statewide appointments.
The Washington Post on Monday released the results of presidential matchups in Virginia, finding former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney trailing President Obama by six points among registered voters.
In polling conducted prior to the announcement of the killing of Osama bin Laden, Romney trailed Obama by just two points. In interviews conducted after, Obama's lead was seven points.
1) Rep. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) announced in a two and a half minute video that he is running for the Senate.
"Now I'm here because I want to take the fight for American jobs and opportunity to the United State Senate," Donnelly says in the video. "Our parents spent a lifetime paying into Social Security and Republican proposals to privatize it would leave Hoosier seniors vulnerable. They also want to privatize Medicare, which is just plain wrong," he later adds.
With Donnelly in the race, Democrats have a credible contender with a record of winning a competitive district, even in a down year like 2010. His decision does not come as a surprise, as his district is set to become more Republican following redistricting, nor is it an immediate equalizer in a state where the GOP has dominated in recent statewide contests. But the GOP primary has the potential to be very unpredictable, thanks to state Treasurer Richard Mourdock's challenge to Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) in the Republican primary.
Check out Donnelly's full announcement video below:
-- Steven Shepard and Jessica Taylor contributed to this post
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