6) Keep an eye on how often presumptive Hawaii Republican Senate nominee Linda Lingle
finds opportunities to split with members of her party. She did it again over the weekend, telling fellow Republicans Sen. Jeff Sessions
(R-AL) and Sen. Chuck Grassley
(R-IA) to "back off on their criticism of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals' decision to hold its conference on the Island of Maui and their suggestion that the conference be cancelled," according to Honolulu Civil Beat
5) Bad news for a couple of candidates in the Connecticut Senate race: on the Democratic side, former Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz
brought in just $355,000 and banked $920,000 during the second quarter (well off the pace set by Rep. Chris Murphy
) while former Republican Rep. Chris Shays
says he is not going to run TV ads
(h/t The Fix).
4) The Wisconsin Senate race has officially kicked into gear: Both Tommy Thompson
and Eric Hovde
pushed back against a negative Club For Growth ad in different ways late last week. Hovde unleahsed a spot hitting Neumann while Thompson casts himself as a strong opponent of the president's health care law. Thompson appears on a motorcycle in his ad. Roll Call
has both spots covered here
3) Tim Pawlenty
is attracting some high-profile VP buzz. He's the subject of an front-page New York Times story
this morning. The same story reports that Romney's friends believe he's already decided on his choice, and may announce it as early as this week.
2) A record haul for the pro-Mitt Romney
super PAC Restore Our Future, which raised a whopping $20 million in June
. Romney's super PAC advantage continues to make the
1) Democrats are continuing to flex their financial muscle with the second quarter fundraising reports. In Arizona, Democrat Richard Carmona
($1.1 million/$1.6 million cash on hand) outraised Republican Rep. Jeff Flake
($900,000/$2.76 million cash on hand). Sen. Jon Tester
, D-Mont., ($1.9 million/$3.6 million cash on hand) outraised Denny Rehberg
($1.1 million/$2.7 million cash on hand). From April 26 to June 30, former Nebraska Democratic Sen. Bob Kerrey
outraised Republican nominee Deb Fischer
$1.5 million to $1.3 million. Maine Republican Senate nominee Charlie Summers
, meanwhile, only raised $204,000 in the second quarter.
In Missouri, Republican Rep. Todd Akin
raised $284,000 and banked $1.4 million. Self-funding businessman John Brunner
gave himself over $2.5 million during the second period -- when he was airing TV ads -- and finished with $183,000 in the bank. He is capable of pouring more of his own money into his bid down the stretch. Meanwhile, Sarah Steelman hasn't yet released her second quarter fundraising figures, not an encouraging sign for a candidate that has already struggled badly with fundraising.
CORRECTION: The previous version of this story misstated Flake's cash on hand. It is $2.76 million.