4) It's been a good week for picking up big-name establishment Republican endorsements for Mitt Romney
. House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan
endorsed him today on "Fox and Friends."
"It's clear to me he understands the fork in the road America is facing," Ryan said on the show. "I also think he has the best chance of winning, of defeating President Obama in the fall."
3) Ten House Republicans voted against Ryan's budget plan on Thursday, but one Senate candidate was notably absent: Rep. Connie Mack
, R-Fla. Mack's spokesman said he supports the plan but had other obligations, the Tampa Bay Times reports
Missing a key vote like that becomes instant fodder for former Sen. George LeMieux
in the GOP primary.
2) Keep an eye on Wisconsin this morning, where the Government Accountability Board will meet to decide whether to certify the recall elections. There's no drama here: It's going to happen, and the board staff has already recommended it
The real variable involves the Democratic primary. Some time after the board certifies the recall and before Tuesday, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett
will announce whether he is running. Barrett is gearing up for a run; which would trigger a heated primary against former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk
1) The Hotline
's latest Senate rankings are out and the race most likely to change control is still Nebraska. Meanwhile, Maine jumps up to #3 while Montana and Massachusetts flip flop at #5 and #6. Check out the full list of the top 20 races here