Hotline Sort: Down in the Desert
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12) Former Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter was hospitalized Tuesday and is "battling for his life," according to a CNN report. Specter was diagnosed with a new form of cancer six weeks ago, a source close to Specter told CNN, after successfully battling a brain tumor and non-Hodgkins lymphoma over the past two decades.
Specter switched parties to become a Democrat in the run-up to the 2010 midterms, but lost his primary to Joe Sestak. He has been teaching at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
11) The National Republican Congressional Committee is fighting back against Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., on Medicare. After the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee aired an ad blasting state Sen. David Rouzer for wanting to "essentially end Medicare," the NRCC ad accuses Rouzer of opposing a prescription drug benefit and not supporting plans to help make Medicare solvent in the long-term.
The NRCC is also up with an early wave of ads against several Democratic challengers - former Rep. Dan Maffei (running against New York Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle), state Sen. Gary McDowell (running against Rep. Dan Benishek) - along with a hit against Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah.
Meanwhile, House Majority PAC is launching new television ads backing Matheson and McIntyre with a pair of two-week buys for ads attacking their Republican opponents.
10) The Washington Post's Jason Horowitz profiles Citizens United chief David Bossie, who helped fuel the changes in campaign finance law allowing outside groups to spend more freely, but isn't reaping the benefits of the Supreme Court ruling bearing his group's name.
9) With Arizona voters headed to the polls to vote in the state's primary today, Arizona Senate candidate Richard Carmona (D) is up with his first ad, a biographical spot featuring warm words from a Vietnam War veteran who served with Carmona as a Special Forces medic.
Carmona is one of the Democrats' top recruits this cycle, but he faces a challenge winning enough crossover votes in a state that looks solidly in the Romney column. He'll likely be facing GOP Rep. Jeff Flake, who's facing off against businessman Wil Cardon in today's primary.
8) As Republicans celebrate their party in Tampa, several of them will be going head-to-head in today's Arizona primary. The 6th District member-against-member matchup between Reps. Ben Quayle and David Schweikert is the headliner. None of the primaries pitting incumbents against each other have been friendly, but this one has been particularly nasty. Schweikert's internal polls have shown him steadily gaining throughout the primary, but he has come under intense criticism from Arizona's Republican establishment over the last weeks for his attacks on Quayle.
GOP Rep. Paul Gosar also has a contested primary in the 4th District. The Club for Growth's super PAC has spent over $600,000 on behalf of state Sen. Ron Gould's campaign, but Gould himself hasn't fundraised particularly well. Arizona's split Republican Party is also fighting over the open 5th District, where ex-Rep. Matt Salmon and former state House Speaker Kirk Adams are locked in battle for a safe seat. Stay tuned to Hotline on Call tonight for the Arizona results.