5) Leadership usually remains publicly agnostic in member versus member primaries -- which makes House Majority Leader Eric Cantor
of Rep. Adam Kinzinger
over Rep. Don Manzullo
in the Illinois' 16th District primary even more notable.
4) The RNC raised
$11.3 million in February, and had $26.5 million at the end of the month. The committee is doing it through strong support from small donors: 97 percent of the RNC's donors have given less than $200 in 2012.
3) More establishment support coalescing behind Mitt Romney
: Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant endorsed him
on Thursday ahead of next week's election in the state.
2) The Massachusetts Senate race gets the front page treatment in today's New York Times
. The story
is primarily about contributions to Democrat Elizabeth Warren
from the state of California -- which account for nearly 20 percent of her itemized donations. It's not a good story for Warren, but remember, GOP Sen. Scott Brown
got tons of out of state money in his 2010 race and it didn't end up hurting him.
1) A proposal to move forward on the Keystone XL Pipeline fell short by four votes on Thursday. The vote went 56-42, with the yeas falling short of the 60 votes needed. Eleven Democrats crossed over
to vote with Republicans in support of the pipeline: Sens. Max Baucus
, D-Mont., Mark Begich
, D-Alaska, Bob Casey
, D-Pa., Kent Conrad
, D-N.D., Kay Hagan
, D-N.C., Mary Landrieu
, D-La., Joe Manchin
, D-W.Va., Claire McCaskill
, D-Mo., Mark Pryor
, D-Ark., Jon Tester
, D-Mont., and Jim Webb
Most notable are Casey, Tester and McCaskill, who are facing tough reelection bids this year in states where energy production is a major issue.