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Hotline Sort: Raising Arizona

June 12, 2012
3) Badly outspent and outraised, how are Democratic outside groups trying to mitigate the advantage of their Republican counterparts? By working together with each other, Politico reports. Just this week Priorities USA Action and the SEIU are going up with a joint presidential race buy while a coalition of labor groups has already made a big joint buy together in the New Mexico Senate race. Meanwhile, Supreme Court justices will decide on Thursday whether to take a second look at the "Citizens United" decision. (On the subject of campaign finance, the NYT pretty much summed up the Democratic posture with this lede: On David Axelrod's New York City itinerary for Monday: to meet privately with potential donors to a 'super PAC' supporting President Obama's re-election, then publicly declare that if that re-election happens, Mr. Obama will stop at almost nothing to undo the ruling that made super PACs possible.") 2) Still dogged by his comments at a news conference last week (the private sector is "doing fine"), Obama will use a campaign policy speech on Thursday in Ohio to contrast his economic approach with Mitt Romney's, the Wall Street Journal reports. 1) It's Election Day, where the race to watch is the special election contest in Arizona between Democrat Ron Barber and Republican Jesse Kelly, who are vying to succeed former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. The campaign has shaped up as a national dress rehearsal. Other races to watch include the Maine Senate primary (keep an eye on how Democrats react to their party's nominee), the GOP Senate primary in Virginia (turnout should be very low; keep an eye on former Sen. George Allen, who is heavily favored to win, but will face criticism if he does so by only a slim margin) and two House runoffs in Arkansas. Hotline On Call will have complete results and a recap of all House and Senate primary news tonight.
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