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Welcome back to Hotline Sort. Artur Davis will speak at the GOP Convention, Majority PAC and the League of Conservation Voters target George Allen, another Democratic poll shows a tight Senate race in Indiana, and more nominating petition problems for Thad McCotter.
10) In an attempted compliment for Michelle Obama while speaking in Iowa, President Obama accidentally dissed his mother-in-law. The Des Moines Register:
As he attempted to praise first lady Michelle Obama's speaking skills in her introduction, Obama ranked the family by charisma, intending to put himself modestly at the bottom of the household.
"I don't usually like to follow her as a speaker because, let's face it, on the charisma ratings in my household, you have her, the girls, Bo, and then, and then my mother-in-law and then me," he said.
"Actually, my mother-in-law is before Bo, I should say that," he said, shifting quickly into damage control. "I love my mother-in-law, too. That's where Michelle got her looks."
9) Campaigning with Mitt Romney in Ohio, GOP Senate candidate Josh Mandel briefly spoke in a southern accent, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports:
In Beallsville, Romney briefly yielded the stage to U.S. Senate candidate Josh Mandel, who gave an odd minute-and-a-half speech where he started with a southern accent unheard before. Mandel lives in Lyndhurst near Cleveland.
8) Politico reports that a pro-gay rights super PAC created by GOP hedge fund executive Paul Singer, is about to invest in its first three House races, advertising on behalf of Reps. Mary Bono Mack, R-Calif., Richard Hanna, R-N.Y. and Judy Biggert, R-Ill.
7) Yikes. More problems were discovered with former Michigan Rep. Thad McCotter's nominating petitions -- starting back in 2002. The Detroit Free Press:
A review of the nominating petitions turned in for McCotter's elections from 2002 through 2012 shows he did not have enough signatures to qualify to run in at least the 2008, 2010 and 2012 elections.
6) Republicans captured both of New Hampshire's congressional districts in 2010, but a new WMUR-TV Granite State Poll released Wednesday shows both Reps. Frank Guinta and Charlie Bass are locked in neck-and-neck races with the same Democrats they defeated two years ago. Former Rep. Carol Shea Porter, D-N.H., leads Guinta in the 1st District, 45 percent to 43 percent, while Bass leads Democrat Ann McLane Kuster in the 2nd District, 42 percent to 37 percent. The sample sizes in each district are fairly small, and each race is within the margin of error.
5) Sen. John McCain
waded into Arizona's 6th District member-vs.member primary Wednesday, endorsing Rep. Ben Quayle
while chastising his opponent, Rep. David Schweikert
, for his campaign tactics.
At a news conference, McCain held up a Schweikert mail piece that says Quayle "goes both ways," calling is "not appropriate" and "not acceptable," the Arizona Republic reports
4) Sen. Robert Casey
, D-Pa., remains well ahead of his GOP challenger, Tom Smith
, according to a new Franklin & Marshall College poll
conducted for a number of Keystone State media outlets and released Thursday. Casey holds a 15-point lead, 43 percent to 28 percent, though nearly a quarter of voters are undecided. The vast majority of voters, 68 percent, do not recognize Smith's name, underscoring his challenge against the widely-known Casey.
3) A new Democratic poll released Thursday is the second survey in as many weeks to show Rep. Joe Donnelly
, D-Ind., virtually tied with Indiana state Treasurer Richard Mourdock
in the race to replace Sen. Richard Lugar
, R-Ind. The new poll of 601 likely voters, conducted Aug. 9-12 by Garin-Hart-Yang Research Group for Majority PAC and Center Forward, shows Donnelly marginally ahead of Mourdock, 45 percent to 43 percent (within the poll's margin of error of plus-or-minus 4 percentage points). A Donnelly internal survey released last week
showed the Democrat ahead by a single point.
2) More speakers announced
for the Republican National Convention in Tampa -- including Democrat-turned-Republican Artur Davis
, who seconded Obama's nomination at the 2008 Democratic Convention. The other speakers include one Senate candidate and several politicians who had been floated as VP possibilities: New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte
, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal
, Rep. Connie Mack
(running for Florida Senate), Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell
, and Ohio Sen. Rob Portman
1) Majority PAC and the League of Conservation Voters are launching a $1.6 million ad campaign targeting George Allen
in the Virginia Senate race. Two separate ads will begin airing tonight, check them out here