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4) Rep. Mazie Hirono beat former Rep. Ed Case 58 percent to 41 percent in Hawaii's Democratic Senate primary Saturday and will face Republican nominee Linda Lingle in the general election. In the Democratic primary race for Hirono's House seat, Honolulu City Councilwoman Tulsi Gabbard surged to capture the nomination, winning decisively with strong momentum and critical support from outside groups. Gabbard took 55 percent of the vote and former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann had 34 percent. 3) And it's primary day again tomorrow! Stay tuned to Hotline on Call today for previews on Senate and House races in Wisconsin, Connecticut, Florida, and Minnesota. Lots of suspense in the four-way Wisconsin GOP Senate race. 2) National Journal's Billy House takes a look at how Romney's Ryan pick is putting Republicans in congressional races on the defensive. House:

As Democrats tell it, Paul Ryan's name on a national ticket crystalizes the choice in congressional elections everywhere because Republicans won't be able to distance themselves enough from the Wisconsin Republican's controversial Medicare reform proposals. Even some Republicans have reacted in ways that show they too expect to be playing defense in the fall as the political debate begins to focus tightly on still relatively obscure details of Ryan's plans to slash public spending.

House highlights Rep. Denny Rehberg, running for Senate in Montana, and opposed the Ryan budget:

The state GOP has already run an ad underscoring he is among the few House Republicans who have opposed Ryan's budget plans, noting Rehberg refused to support "a Republican budget plan that could harm the Medicare program so many of Montana's seniors rely on." But Rehberg did not mention that on Saturday. Rather, he simply praised Ryan as a public servant, and said he appreciates "his character, intelligence, and creativity -- not only on the vast majority of issues on which we agree -- like controlling government spending, developing our natural resources, and providing tax relief for families and job creators -- but also on the few occasions where we haven't."

Politico also takes a look at the down ballot effects of the Ryan pick. 1) The New York Times on how both sides are reacting to the Ryan pick:

Democrats moved aggressively on Sunday to wrap Mitt Romney in the politically charged details of budget-cutting proposals championed by his new running mate, Representative Paul D. Ryan, as Mr. Romney sought to capitalize on conservative enthusiasm for his choice without having to defend every element of Mr. Ryan's positions.

And Beth Reinhard looks at how Ryan could put Wisconsin in play in the White House race.

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