7) Two new campaign ads for Nevada Democratic Senate nominee Shelley Berkley today: See one here, and the other, a Spanish-language ad focused on the DREAM Act, here. 6) The Connecticut Senate race is heating up, and both parties are acting like it's a very close race. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is going up with a $320,000 ad buy to support Rep. Chris Murphy. And Murphy is going up with a new ad hitting GOP nominee Linda McMahon on her record as WWE CEO. Meanwhile, McMahon qualified for the Independent ballot line. 5) After a nasty primary campaign in which opponent Anthony Gemma accused him of running a voter fraud ring, freshman Democratic Rep. David Cicilline emerged from the Rhode Island 1st District primary with a healthy 62 percent of the vote. (Gemma received 30 percent and a third candidate collected the remainder.) Despite the district's blue hue, the hard part is still to come for Cicilline, whose image is plagued by Providence budget problems left over from his time as the city's mayor. Cicilline faces an unusually strong GOP opponent, former state police superintendent Brendan Doherty in the general. Thanks to the primary and the ability to spend primary funds into September, Cicilline has already hit the district's airwaves with several positive TV spots touting an anti-war, infrastructure-focused message similar to the one that got him elected in 2010. 4) Republican Ovide Lamontagne and Democrat Maggie Hassan won their respective primaries Tuesday and will square off in New Hampshire's gubernatorial race. 3) The Democratic-aligned House Majority PAC released a half-dozen new television ads today, hitting five House Republican incumbents and one challenger running in a Democratic district. The new ads continue the super PAC's TV campaigns against GOP Rep. Steve King (Iowa's 4th District) and North Carolina state Sen. David Rouzer, who is challenging Democratic Rep. Mike McIntyre in the state's 7th District. The group also released their first ads of the general against Republican Reps. Dan Lungren (California's 7th District), Nan Hayworth (New York's 18th District), Bill Johnson (Ohio's 6th District), and Sean Duffy (Wisconsin's 7th District). The ads all touch on unique issues - for example, Johnson is charged with supporting outsourcing as a businessman and a congressman - but the unifying theme is coziness with D.C. special interests. The total buy across the six districts is worth $2.2 million and the cost in California's 7th District was shared by SEIU. National Journal Daily has a profile of that race, Lungren's rematch with Democrat Ami Bera, today: 2) Elizabeth Warren is facing pressure to overhaul her television ads. The Boston Globe: 1) President Obama issued a statement this morning on the on the killing of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans in Benghazi, Libya, condemning the attacks. "I have directed my Administration to provide all necessary resources to support the security of our personnel in Libya, and to increase security at our diplomatic posts around the globe," he said. "While the United States rejects efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others, we must all unequivocally oppose the kind of senseless violence that took the lives of these public servants. " From National Journal:-- Scott Bland and Steven Shepard contributed.
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