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4) Roll Call explores the heavy Republican-aligned outside spending we've already seen in the Ohio Senate race. The campaign is another example of the power of GOP-aligned outside groups this cycle. Sen. Sherrod Brown is the slight favorite, but his lead has shrunk in the face of an onslaught of negative advertising. If Republicans enjoy a productive 2012 election, GOP outside groups will be credited for keeping underdog but credible challengers in the game until November. Meanwhile, Majority PAC is trying to do its part to even things out, spending $300,000 more to help Brown. 3) One day after criticizing President Obama's campaign attacks on Mitt Romney's private equity record, Newark Mayor Cory Booker found himself squarely in the spotlight. On Monday afternoon, the president himself addressed the issue at a press conference. "This is not a distraction," Obama said. "This is what this campaign is going to be about." Looking to turn damage control into offense, Booker lashed out at Republicans looking to gain politically from the situation. In an appearance on MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show, Booker said that Romney's service at Bain Capital was "fair game." 2) It's primary day in two states, where there are a total three races to keep an eye on when the polls close tonight. In Kentucky's 4th District, the GOP race for the nomination for replace retiring Rep. Geoff Davis pits the tea party versus the establishment while the contest in Arkansas' 4th District is the latest round of the ongoing battle between allies of Mike Huckabee and Club For Growth. Arkansas's 1st District has been slow to take shape, but state Rep. Clark Hall is favored by national Democrats and seen as one of the party's best hopes to win a Southern seat this cycle. House Race Hotline's Scott Bland previews the action here. Stay tuned to the blog for results after the polls close this evening. 1) Dan Liljenquist has released his first TV ad in the Utah Senate race, and it's a 30-second $125,000 spot that goes after Sen. Orrin Hatch for not debating more. Hatch has agreed to one debate against Liljenquist and also debated him in the lead-up to the April convention. Liljenquist's first ad is a process argument against Hatch that's more about keeping the debate issue front and center than it is about scoring real points. Frontrunners don't lose by skipping debates, but the tone, tenor and frequency of editorials bashing Hatch for hiding are notable.

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