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May 9, 2012
4) North Carolina voters overwhelmingly passed a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, at a time when President Obama has been facing criticism from his base for not coming out in favor of gay marriage. Many of the rural, heavily African-American counties that backed Obama in the 2008 contest overwhelmingly backed the gay marriage ban. In Hertford County, which is over 60 percent African-American, Obama won 70 percent of the vote in 2008 but it voted heavily for Amendment 1. Julie Sobel has more, while Alex Roarty looks at how Tuesday's vote served as a warning for Obama. 3) Tom Barrett won the Democratic nomination to face Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker in the state's historic June 5 recall election. The Milwaukee mayor easily defeated Kathleen Falk, his main Democratic opponent, by 24 points. This will be the second time Barrett and Walker are running against each other; Walker won an open seat race against the mayor in 2010. The month-long sprint is expected to be an expensive, nasty campaign with outside groups on both sides flooding the airwaves. Activists on the left are prepared to do battle and so are Walker's supporters. Surprisingly, they came out in droves on Tuesday, giving Walker more votes than the combined total of Barrett and Falk, even though the governor faced no real primary threat. The RGA is hitting Barrett with a new TV ad while the PCCC is targeting Walker with a $30,000 buy on day one of the general election portion of the recall. 2) Senior Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, are worried that major liberals donors focusing their money on grassroots efforts and turnout operations will duplicate what the president's team is doing and miss an opportunity to counteract ad buys from GOP-aligned outside groups. The New York Times first reported on Tuesday the major liberals donors were moving this direction and the paper is up with the latest story with the worried reaction from Democratic officials. 1) It wasn't even close in the Hoosier State on Tuesday, when state Treasurer Richard Mourdock defeated Sen. Richard Lugar in the Republican primary by 22 points. Lugar, who has served in the Senate for over four decades, struggled to gain any traction in the closing weeks of the race when his opponent and outside groups were lashing him on the airwaves. Mourdock will now face Rep. Joe Donnelly in the general election. The matchup has Democratic strategists salivating. They believe that in the in the red state, they have a fighting chance if they can successfully cast Mourdock as an extremist a la Sharron Angle and Christine O'Donnell. -- Christopher Peleo-Lazar contributed
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