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Hotline Sort: Lugar, Best Friends With Mourdock

August 1, 2012

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. Ted Cruz cruises to victory, Geoff Davis resigns, Democratic senators running in swing states are looking good in a new poll, and Lugar and Mourdock play nice.

9) Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who is chairing the Democratic Convention, says he's not interested in running for president when his term is up, but would like to run for governor of California.

8) Forgive and forget? It seemed impossible a few months ago, but Indiana Sen. Dick Lugar appears to be making peace with the man who defeated him in a vicious GOP primary.


In an act rife with symbolism, Lugar graciously introduced Mourdock -- the tea party-backed state treasurer who ended Lugar's four-decade reign in the Senate -- during a closed-door meeting of Senate Republicans on Tuesday.


While it's customary for Senate leaders to invite newly-nominated candidates to attend weekly policy lunches, Lugar's gesture signified that the GOP is unified behind Mourdock as he heads into the November general election against Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly.

7) Massachusetts Democratic Senate nominee Elizabeth Warren said it was "silly" for her to tell National Journal "Every now and again, I meet with someone who's been very successful on Wall Street, who says, 'I want to support your campaign because I believe you will save capitalism.'"

"I passed along a comment that was over the top, and it was silly for me to do so," she told the Boston Herald at a campaign stop.

6) Starting August 10, Mitt Romney will set off on what CNN calls "a splashy four-day bus tour targeting the largest media markets" in several swing states.

At each stop, prominent GOP officials and campaign surrogates will join the candidate. CNN:

"Sounds like V.P. week," said one Republican familiar with the schedule, who did not want to be identified revealing the campaign's plans. "Hitting the big markets in the big states. It just makes sense."

5) Rep. Geoff Davis, R-Ky., announced that he was resigning from Congress -- but it's unlikely to have any impact on control of the House or the elections this fall.

In December, Davis had already announced his retirement, so the race to succeed him is already well underway and it favors Republicans.

However, the Kentucky secretary of state's office says a special election is required. With the November 6 election so close, Roll Call reports that insiders expect the special election to be held concurrently.

4) Three incumbent Democratic senators, each running in an important presidential battleground state, hold significant leads over their Republican opponents, according to new Quinnipiac University/CBS News/New York Times polls released on Wednesday.

In Florida, Sen. Bill Nelson leads Republican Rep. Connie Mack, 47 percent to 40 percent. Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown leads state Treasurer Josh Mandel, 51 percent to 39 percent. And, in Pennsylvania, Sen. Robert Casey leads GOP businessman Tom Smith, 55 percent to 37 percent.

3) Check out House results from last night: In Texas's 23rd District, state Rep. Pete Gallego won the Democratic runoff, setting up a hotly anticipated general election matchup with GOP Rep. Quico Canseco in the fall. See our wrap-up of results in other notable Texas House runoffs here. And there will be GOP runoffs in Georgia's 9th and 12th districts.

2) Former Rep. Steve Stockman won Texas's 36th District GOP runoff, called after midnight last night. Stockman, who served one term starting in 1994, will very likely be rejoining Congress: the new 36th is a heavily Republican district.

1) Big night in Texas last night -- and a big night for the tea party, whose favored candidate romped to victory in the GOP Senate runoff. Ted Cruz defeated David Dewhurst, and will almost certainly be the next senator from Texas.

Check out Kevin Brennan's take on how Dewhurt's loss affects Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who had rallied the establishment around his lieutenant governor and appeared in ads on his behalf.

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