5) Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal
cut a television ad
for Democratic Senate candidate Chris Murphy
, as we get close to their August 14 primary.
"I'm supporting Chris Murphy, the candidate that can help me break the gridlock and get results," says Blumenthal in the ad.
4) Sarah Palin campaigned
for Missouri Senate candidate Sarah Steelman
in the final weekend before Tuesday's GOP primary.
"She has had the guts to go against the grain," said
Stay tuned to Hotline on Call
later today for our preview of the tight GOP primary in Missouri.
3) Americans United for Change and AFSCME are launching a $280,000 ad buy hitting two GOP Senate candidates (Dean Heller
in Nevada and Denny Rehberg
in Montana) and three GOP Reps. (Jim Renacci
in Ohio, Dan Lungren
in California, and Steve King
in Iowa) on voting to extend the Bush
See the ad targeting Heller here
2) The first round of headline speakers announced
for the Republican National Convention: Florida Gov. Rick Scott
, Sen. John McCain
, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley
, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee
, Ohio Gov. John Kasich
and New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez
So looks like we can take Rice, Haley and Martinez, considered longshots in the veepstakes, off that list.
1) Another big fundraising month for Mitt Romney
. Romney, the RNC, and a joint fundraising committee brought in $101.3 million in July. They ended the month with $186 million in the bank. Obama has yet to release his fundraising totals for the month.
Meanwhile, the New York Times reports
that President Obama
has "has spent more campaign cash more quickly than any incumbent" in recent history.