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4) The Wall Street Journal reports that is appears unlikely that Mitt Romney will announce a running mate selection before he leaves to travel abroad next week. 3) Don't count Sarah Steelman out of the Missouri Republican Senate primary just yet. Sarah Palin endorsed her candidacy and while the former treasurer is short on cash, a PAC is prepared to spend nearly $450,000 to help her during the final leg of the race. Helping her cause even more -- the Democratic-aligned Majority PAC is hitting one of Steelman's opponents, John Brunner, with a new ad. (It's a sure signal that Democrats view Brunner as the toughest challenger against McCaskill.) Stay tuned to the blog this morning. We'll break down the top five reasons Steelman could still win. 2) We're out with our first House race rankings of the cycle, and topping the list as the most likely to flip is NC-13, where Democratic Rep. Brad Miller is retiring after redistricting turned his seat into a GOP stronghold. It's worth noting that the top ten races on the list include five Democratic and five Republican seats. That suggests that neither party is likely to pick up many seats this November. Check out the full list here. 1) The favorites all carried the day in North Carolina's Republican congressional primary runoffs, including Richard Hudson in the 8th District. That primary turned into a proxy war between different wings of the GOP, with Republican leadership-connected outside groups supporting Hudson and the Club for Growth supporting opponent Scott Keadle. Ultimately, the Club couldn't help Keadle close the gap against the favored Hudson, who was aggressive in painting his insurgent conservative opponent as not conservative enough, neutralizing any tea party advantage Keadle might have hoped to gain. -- Scott Bland contributed

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