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4) Democrats want to drive home a sharp distinction between Rep. Joe Donnelly and Indiana Republican Senate nominee Richard Mourdock on the issue of the auto bailout, and Donnelly's latest TV ad seeks to do that. "I joined Senator Lugar to save Indiana auto jobs. Richard Mourdock wasted millions suing to kill Chrysler jobs," Donnelly says in the ad. Mourdock's effort to try to stop the Chrysler bankruptcy deal is something we'll hear Democrats mention often this fall in Indiana, especially before the state's many blue-collar voters. Donnelly's not the only Democrat talking about the auto bailout on the air. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, is also touting his support for the auto bailout in his latest ad. Look for Democrats in states with blue-collar voters (like Ohio) to use the issue to go on offense in the fall campaign. At the top of the ticket, the president is sure to mention it, too. 3) Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., is releasing a dramatic new ad featuring Robert Delgado, soldier who served under him in Iraq. "Before we went in to Iraq, he gave me his body armor," says Delgado of West. He describes getting shot, and likely surviving due to the body armor. West "saved my life," he says. Thanks to redistricting, West faces a tough race this year in a swing district. 2) It looks like well-known Michigan Republican operative Saul Anuzis was involved in the formation of a super PAC supporting Republican Clark Durant that recently hit the airwaves with a six-figure ad buy. Anuzis is a supporter of Durant and his brother, Andy Anuzis, manages Durant's campaign. The Gongwer News Service reported the news. From the report (subscriber):

In an interview with Gongwer News Service, Mr. McLellan was asked how he came to be involved in Prosperity for Michigan. "Saul showed up one day and said, 'I've got to do a Super PAC. Will you file it?' I said sure," Mr. McLellan said. Mr. Anuzis, asked whether he played a role in setting up the Super PAC, said, "I'm not in a position to get into that right now." He said he is not running the Super PAC and has "no idea" who is.

Pete Hoekstra's camp is trying to ding the group by complaning that it violated campaign laws. Meanwhile, Durant's campaign picked up some more momentum on Tuesday when it scored the endorsement of FreedomWorks. Look for a nasty finish to this primary. 1) With Mitt Romney heading to London for the Olympics, pro-Obama super PAC Priorities USA is out with a new Olympic-themed ad going after Romney for outsourcing jobs and his foreign bank accounts. "Ya gotta say this about Mitt Romney," the announcer concludes. "He sure knows how to go for the gold -- for himself." The ad will run in Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia during the Olympics.

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