5) A internal poll of likely Montana voters conducted earlier this month for the Democratic Governors Association shows that Democratic Attorney General Steve Bullock
leads former GOP Rep. Rick Hill
42 percent to 38 percent -- within the margin of error. The survey, which was conducted by Project New West, shows the race is likely to be competitive. But there's a long way to go until November 2012 -- and many Montanans aren't familiar with the candidates' records. Another warning sign for the GOP: Hill faces a competitive primary, while Bullock has no serious competition on the Democratic side.
4) It's Election Day in Louisiana tomorrow -- but there only question is just how big GOP Gov. Bobby Jindal
's blowout win will be. He never got a credible Democratic opponent and is near-guaranteed to win the 50 percent necessary for a second term.
3) Bluegrass Blowout: Kentucky Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear
is cruising to reelection next month, according to a new poll
released late Thursday by the local cable network cn|2. Beshear and his running mate, Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson
, lead the Republican ticket of state Senate President David Williams
and state Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer
, 54 percent to 26 percent.
2) The Senate once again rejected an effort
to take up Obama's jobs bill on Thursday. Democratic Sens. Ben Nelson
of Nebraska and Mark Pryor
of Arkansas along with independent Sen. Joseph Lieberman
of Connecticut, joined Republicans in voting against consideration of the bill for public employees, the New York Times
1) A Washington Post review
of records and documents shows that Sen. Marco Rubio
's, R-Fla., account of when his parents left Cuba for the United States isn't 100 percent accurate. Documents show that Rubio's parents came to the United States and were admitted over 2 1/2 years before Fidel Castro's took power, not -- as Rubio's Senate biography states -- after Castro's takeover.
From Rubio's statement, in response: "To suggest my family's story is embellished for political gain is outrageous. The dates I have given regarding my family's history have always been based on my parents' recollections of events that occurred over 55 years ago and which were relayed to me by them more than two decades after they happened. I was not made aware of the exact dates until very recently."
The Miami Herald
's Marc Caputo, an influential voice in Florida, comes to Rubio's defense
, as did top St. Petersburg Times political scribe Adam Smith
. It may turn out that the Washington Post
will have as much explaining to do about the story as Rubio will about his parents' background.
Steven Shepard and Julie Sobel contributed