5) Sen. Kent Conrad
, D-N.D., wants to see
former state Attorney General Heidi Heitkamp
run for the Senate. She appears to be leaning in that direction, making the North Dakota race one to watch. Rep. Rick Berg
, R-N.D., still is the clear favorite to win the open seat, but he can't take the race for granted.
4) The bipartisan Commission on Presidential Debates on Monday announced
the four sites and dates for the fall 2012 general election matchups. They are: Oct. 3: University of Denver, Denver, Colo.; Oct. 11 (vice presidential debate): Centre College, Danville, Ky.; Oct. 16: Hofstra University, Hempstead, N.Y.; Oct. 22: Lynn University, Boca Raton, Fla.
3) A super PAC is spending
$382,000 on ads for Texas Gov. Rick Perry
in Iowa and South Carolina.
2) The main takeaway from Herman Cain
's day in Washington on Monday: his inconsistent line
on any settlements reached following the allegations of sexual harassment. He first said he didn't know about any settlements, but later offered details about a settlement.
But what does it all mean for the GOP primary? Charlie Cook writes
that this will probably be the beginning of the end for Cain's surge, giving Texas Gov. Rick Perry
something of a second wind.
1) Split decision: Ronald Brownstein
has the results of the latest United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection poll
, which shows that shows that in the presidential election, 44 percent of registered voters said they would like to see a Republican elected, while 42 percent want President Obama
to win -- a finding within the survey's margin of error. When asked which party they specifically intend to support in the congressional election in their district: 43 percent picked Republicans, and 42 percent chose Democrats.
-- Steven Shepard contributed