Welcome back to Hotline Sort. Thompson wins in Wisconsin, Cliff Stearns looks like he's lost to a little-known veterinarian, Crossroads GPS launches a $4.7 million ad buy in 6 Senate races, and Lingle releases an attack ad to kick off the general election in Hawaii.
9) Beth Myers's son Curt Myers recounts his experience driving Paul Ryan from the Hartford airport to the August 5 meeting where Mitt Romney told him he had chosen the congressman as his running mate. The Florida Times-Union:
"It was sort of a surreal experience," the 19-year-old told the Times Union. "You hear about these kind of things, but you don't think it's a real thing. ... It was pretty cool to see it firsthand."
"We just talked about pretty basic stuff," he said. "He asked me about Union, and how I liked it. I talked about baseball. He told me how he got his start in the conservative world. It was strangely normal. It was like a conversation you'd have with anyone to get to know him. He asked me what I wanted to listen to, and I told him I'm a big country music fan."
8) A new Granite State Poll on the gubernatorial race shows that neither party has a clear advantage. The poll tested general election matchups.
7) New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn remains the favorite to become the Democratic nominee for mayor next year, according to a Quinnipiac University poll out this morning. Quinn leads five other candidates with 29 percent of the vote, holding a nearly 3-to-1 advantage over her closest rival, former city Comptroller Bill Thompson, who was the Democratic nominee in 2009.
6) North Dakota Democratic Senate nominee Heidi Heitkamp is up with a new ad. Crossroads GPS pulled a ad last week after Heitkamp's campaign questioned the ad's content, and her latest commercial defends against outside group attacks.
"Rick Berg should stop the smear campaign," the ad concludes.
5) Hawaii GOP Senate nominee Linda Lingle is up with her first television ad of the general election, and the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that the spot says Democratic nominee Mazie Hirono has not seen a bill she sponsored become law during her time in Congress (no link to the ad yet).
4) Crossroads GPS is going up with a $4.7 million ad buy in 6 key Senate races -- Nevada, Virginia, Missouri, Ohio, Montana, and Wisconsin.
Here's the Wisconsin spot
, hitting Democratic Rep. Tammy Baldwin
on "wasteful spending" a day after the state's GOP primary.
3) Since announcing Ryan's addition to the ticket, the Romney campaign has raised
$7.4 million, per a tweet from Romney spokesperson Andrea Saul
2) Check out Hotline on Call
for full coverage of last night's primaries in Wisconsin, Florida, Connecticut, and Minnesota. There was a big upset in Florida's 3rd District GOP primary, where Rep. Cliff Stearns
appears to have fallen short
, trailing to veterinarian Ted Yoho
with all precincts reporting. In Florida's member-vs.-member GOP primary, Rep. John Mica defeated
Rep. Sandy Adams
. And Rep. Connie Mack
Florida's GOP Senate primary, while in Connecticut Linda McMahon
and Rep. Chris Murphy will face
each other in the general election.
1) Tommy Thompson won
Wisconsin's GOP Senate primary, vanquishing businessman Eric Hovde
, former Rep. Mark Neumann
, and Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald
at 12 percent. His win is good news for Republicans -- he was considered their strongest choice for the general election.
-- Steven Shepard contributed.