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Hotline Sort: The Battle Over Mourdock

4) Heather Wilson had a good fundraising quarter to start of the year and hopes to continue her pace this quarter. Chris Christie is hosting a May 17 fundraiser for her, an event which should help her bring in a lot of campaign cash. 3) Politico pulls back the curtain at the White House and finds that members of the president's team were annoyed by his off-the-cuff remark about gay marriage on Sunday, which according to the piece, led the president to make his announcement in support of same-sex marriage "weeks earlier than planned." 2) For months, the Indiana Senate race was all about Sen. Richard Lugar. With the primary in the rear view mirror, its now all about Republican nominee Richard Mourdock. On day one of the general election, both sides began to pounce. "I think it's extreme when you say I'm not going to work with other people unless I get exactly what I want," said Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly, according to the Indianapolis Star. "I think those are extremist policies." "These basic principles that he represents I think are shared by a big majority of our fellow citizens, and that's what I call mainstream," said Gov. MItch Daniels, in support of Mourdock. That's the essential battle here in the early stage of the race -- which side can better define Mourdock first. He hasn't shown signs that he is gaffe-prone to the extent of a Christine O'Donnell or Joe Miller, but now, an entire party is doubling its efforts to portray him as out of the mainstream. 1) President Obama's historic decision to endorse same-sex marriage has delighted a large part of his liberal base but also carries the risk of alienating social moderates. What's the net takeaway, politically? Ron Brownstein breaks down the politics of the move:

Obama's announcement might not significantly change the overall level of his 2012 support, especially in an election where economic issues will dominate. But the announcement may reflect the Obama camp's thinking about the likely composition of his support. It shows the president, however reluctantly, formulating an agenda that implicitly acknowledges the party is unlikely to recreate the support it attracted from the white working-class and senior voters who anchored Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal coalition. Instead, the announcement shows him reaching out to mobilize the new pillars of the Democratic electorate, particularly younger people and socially liberal white collar whites.

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