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