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Hotline Sort: Dewhurst Slams Obama on Immigration

June 27, 2012

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. Hatch and Rangel win, but John Sullivan goes down in Oklahoma. Meanwhile. Crossroads releases new ads in North Dakota and New Mexico, Dewhurst's latest ad hits President Obama on immigration and The Hotline's latest gubernatorial rankings are out. Here's today's rundown:

9) Former Rep. Ed Case, D-Hawaii, who has been a pain in the side of national Democrats this cycle, released a statement on Tuesday saying he's agreed to an August 15 debate with presumptive Republican nominee Linda Lingle. He also noted that Rep. Mazie Hirono, the Democratic frontrunner, has not accepted an invitation to the debate. The debate is set for four days after the primary, so Case may very well be a Democratic runner-up by the time the 15th rolls around. Lingle, meanwhile, won't be in Tampa for the Republican National Convention, her spokesman said.

8) Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, will vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for withholding documents relating to operation "Fast And Furious" the Salt Lake Tribune reports. It's the latest rightward move for the incumbent, who faces a tough challenge by republican Mia Love in the 4th District. Matheson won't be attending the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.

7) The competitive North Dakota Senate race has already seen a fair amount of TV ads, but the airwaves are about to get more crowded. Crossroads GPS is hitting Democratic nominee Heidi Heitkamp with a new $180,000 TV ad tying her to the federal health care law. The DSCC meanwhile, has reserved $1.2 million worth of fall airtime in the state.

Meanwhile, American Crossroads is spending $180,000 on a second positive TV ad for former Rep. Heather Wilson in New Mexico. The positive spots Crossroads have been running in the state stand in contrast to the negative spots it has been running everywhere else.

6) First in Sort: Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst will release a new television ad today hammering President Obama on immigration and stressing the need to secure Texas' southern border with Mexico. It's the second television ad the Dewhurst camp has released in his runoff campaign against former state Solicitor Gen. Ted Cruz. A GOP source said Dewhurst is spending six figures to run the ad statewide. The spot comes at a time when immigration has emerged as a key issue, following Obama's recent policy shift and the Supreme Court's ruling on Arizona's controversial immigration law this week.

5) You won't find Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna at the Republican National Convention in Tampa later this summer. McKenna spokesman Charles McCray tells Hotline On Call the gubernatorial candidate won't be there. It's no surprise, given that McKenna is trying to become the first Republican since 1980 to win a governor's race in the Democratic Evergreen State. Democrats want to paint him as a partisan, and McKenna wants to present himself as a moderate.

Another Republican who won't be attending the convention: Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., who said he has other plans at the time, namely "missions abroad" related to the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Program, an effort he helped launched to secure nuclear weapons components in former Soviet countries. Lugar said he has previously missed Republican conventions for similar reasons. He said his absence is not related to his defeat in a GOP primary this spring.

4) Because of the overlap in dates between the convention and the Arizona primary, Rep. Jeff Flake's campaign told Hotline On Call on Tuesday that it remains to be determined whether he will be in Tampa in late August. Flake is an honorary co-chair to Gov. Jan Brewer, who is leading the state's delegation to Tampa.

3) Worth keeping an eye on: The New York Times reports that New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman "has begun investigating contributions to tax-exempt groups that are heavily involved in political campaigns, focusing on a case involving the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. ... Schneiderman issued a wide-ranging subpoena on Tuesday to executives at a foundation affiliated with the chamber, seeking e-mails, bank records and other documents to determine whether the foundation illegally funneled $18 million to the chamber for political and lobbying activities, according to people with knowledge of the investigation."

2) The Hotline's latest gubernatorial race rankings are out, and North Carolina retains its position as the most likely state to flip to the other party. With Wisconsin in the books, McKenna's impressive bid to become the Washington's first Republican governor since the early 1980s moves the Evergreen State up to the number 2 slot. And it's never too early to start thinking about 2013, which features potentially competitive races in Virginia and New Jersey, numbers 5 and 6 on the latest list.

1) Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., each survived the toughest primary tests of their career on Tuesday night. Hatch cruised to victory over conservative challenger Dan Liljenquist while Rangel's win over Adriano Espaillat was closer. While the two battle-tested congressional veterans survived, another incumbent was not as fortunate. Rep. John Sullivan, R-Okla., lost his 1st District primary Tuesday night to Navy Reserve pilot Jim Bridenstine, who ran to his right and hit the congressman over spending and personal failings (the congressman was treated for alcoholism in 2009) in the campaign. Sullivan is the eighth House incumbent to lose a primary this cycle, including four representatives who lost member-versus-member primaries triggered by redistricting.

Scroll through Hotline On Call for more of last night's results.

-- Kevin Brennan, Dan Friedman and Gram Slattery contributed

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