4) North Dakota Democratic state Sen. Mac Schneider
is being encouraged to run for the Senate, but he said that a campaign isn't "in the cards," for now at least, the Grand Forks Herald
Schneider said he's backing Pam Gulleson
, former chief of staff to former Sen. Byron Dorgan
, D-N.D. Gulleson is considering a bid. Kristin Hedger
, another former Dorgan aide, said she had considered a Senate run but recently decided her work schedule would make it impossible to campaign.
3) Oakland University in suburban Detroit, Mich., will host
a Republican presidential primary debate on Nov. 9, sponsored by the Michigan Republican Party. The debate will be carried by CNBC.
2) It's Election Day in Mississippi, where voters will go to the polls from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to select gubernatorial nominees for the November 8 general election. Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant
is the clear frontrunner on the GOP side, while the Democratic race looks like a two-way competition. Check out Hotline On Call'
s primary preview
and stay tuned for results after the polls close.
1) The House passed the debt compromise
Monday, by a 269-161 margin, with 66 Republicans and 95 Democrats voting against the legislation. Action now moves to the Senate. Among the notable political findings, when looking at the votes
-- Most vulnerable Republicans voted for the bill, with two notable exceptions: Reps. Ann Marie Buerkle
, R-N.Y., and Chip Cravaack
-- Among Senate candidates, Reps. Todd Akin
, R-Mo., Jeff Flake
, R-Ariz., Jason Chaffetz
, R-Utah, Chris Murphy
, D-Conn., and Denny Rehberg
all voted against. The supporters among Senate candidates hailed largely from swing states: Reps. Martin Heinrich
, D-N.M, Shelley Berkley
, D-Nev., Rick Berg
, R-N.D., and Joe Donnelly
-- The entire Iowa delegation, from liberal Reps. Bruce Braley
and Dave Loebsack
to conservative Rep. Steve King
, voted against the bill. And that includes GOP Rep. Tom Latham
, one of Boehner's closest allies facing a tough reelection against Democratic Rep. Leonard Boswell.
-- Just 16 of the 25 members that the Club for Growth has endorsed (since 2006) voted against the bill, suggesting he threat to include it on the voting scorecard might not have had that much of an impact.
-- Josh Kraushaar contributed to this post