Welcome back to Hotline Sort. Chris Donovan addresses the FBI investigation in a new CT-05 ad, Palin is headed to Missouri for Steelman, Santorum endorses Hoesktra, and Ann Romney has a lot... riding on today's Olympic events.
10) Oops: A tracker assigned to follow Indiana Democratic Senate nominee Joe Donnelly was accidentally following Marion County Judge Jose Salinas. The judge, frightened at being followed, called the police.
9) Rafalca, the horse that Ann Romney co-owns, competed in Olympic dressage this morning. The event, which just took place, is being televised at 1:30. If you want to check out the result, click here.
8) Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., travels to Montana for Senate nominee Denny Rehberg: McCain will appear at an August 17 fundraiser and some other events as well, the Billings Gazette reports.
7) Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., and Rep. Shelley Berkley both released new Spanish-language television ads Wednesday.
Heller's ad says Berkley took credit for legislation she didn't write. Berkley's ad focuses on Heller's opposition to the DREAM Act.
6) Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., continues his attack on Democratic opponent Elizabeth Warren over "you didn't build that," with an op-ed in Politico.
The op-ed doesn't mention President Obama once.
5) Rick Santorum endorsed Michigan Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra, who is facing Clark Durant in the Republican primary August 7.
And Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe might not be excited about Maine Republican Senate nominee Charlie Summers -- but he notched a George H.W. Bush endorsement.
4) A new Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll
shows Obama and Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez
with healthy leads in New Jersey. Obama leads Mitt Romney
49 percent to 36 percent, and Menendez leads his GOP opponent Joe Kyrillos
45 percent to 33 percent.
3) In Connecticut's 5th District, Democratic candidate Chris Donovan
with an ad
addressing the FBI investigation into his campaign.
"You've seen the attacks. I want you to hear directly from me," says Donovan in the ad. "What my former campaign employees are accused of is everything wrong with politics."
2) Fresh off Ted Cruz
's victory in Texas, Sarah Palin is headed to Missouri
to help out her favored Senate candidate, former Treasurer Sarah Steelman
Palin is going all-in for Steelman: she's already cut a television ad and robocall for the candidate, who's locked in a tight three-way GOP primary.
1) Obama's campaign released a new television ad this morning, "Stretch
," to air in New Hampshire, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, Iowa, Colorado, and Nevada. It accuses Romney of supporting tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, putting the burden on the middle class.
"Mitt Romney's middle class tax increase," the ad concludes. "He pays less. You pay more."