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Perdue Wins GA SEN Runoff; Patriot Majority USA Hits Tillis; Crist Leads Scott in FL GOV Poll

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  • In GA SEN, businessman David Perdue (R) "stunned Georgia's Republican political establishment Tuesday by capturing the party's ... nomination in his first run for office." Perdue toppled 11-term Rep. Jack Kingston (R) "by a narrow margin, setting up a battle in the fall" with philanthropist Michelle Nunn (D). (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
  • Final results, with 100% of precincts reporting: Perdue 51%, Kingston 49%. (AP)
  • Georgia House Republican runoff results, with 100% of precincts reporting: In GA-01, state Sen. Buddy Carter (R) defeated surgeon Bob Johnson (R) 54-46%. In GA-10, Baptist pastor Jody Hice (R) prevailed over businessman Mike Collins (R) 54-46%. And in GA-11, former state Sen. Barry Loudermilk (R) beat former Rep. Bob Barr (R) 66-34%. All three runoff winners will be heavily favored in November. (AP)
  • "The Affordable Care Act landed in a new level of legal peril Tuesday, courtesy of a duo of conflicting court rulings that threaten to send the law back to the Supreme Court — and once again put the law's foundation at the mercy of the justices." (National Journal)
  • In CO SEN, Crossroads GPS released a new TV ad attacking Sen. Mark Udall (D) for supporting carbon taxes and opposing the Keystone XL pipeline. The spot is backed by $460,000 and will run in the Denver and Colorado Springs markets. (Hotline reporting)
  • In MI SEN, former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land (R) is up with a new TV ad calling Rep. Gary Peters (D) "a roadblock to Michigan's potential." (Detroit News)
  • In NC SEN, Patriot Majority USA launched a new TV ad saying state House Speaker Thom Tillis (R) "may not be a Koch brother but he certainly treats them like family." The spot is backed by $1.1 million. (Raleigh News & Observer)
  • Also in NC SEN, Sen. Kay Hagan (D) "reserved $4.4 million in television advertising for the final four weeks" of the campaign. (Raleigh News & Observer) Meanwhile, Freedom Partners "has purchased at least $2.8 million in airtime" from Aug. 6-Sept. 2. (Roll Call)
  • In TN SEN, former Sen. Fred Thompson (R-TN) endorses Sen. Lamar Alexander (R) in a new TV ad. (release)
  • In AZ-02, Rep. Ron Barber (D) released his first TV ad, which is narrated by his wife, who paints Barber as "an independent guy." (release)
  • In NY-21, "[d]iscussions are ongoing with Independence Party ... candidate Matt Doheny about getting his name removed from the November general election ballot." Doheny lost the June Republican primary to former Bush administration aide Elise Stefanik (R). (Glens Falls Post-Star)
  • In CO GOV, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) will attend "a noon fundraiser in Denver Wednesday for the" RGA. "Afterward, he'll be visiting a downtown Denver restaurant with" former Rep. Bob Beauprez (R). (AP)
  • In CT GOV, state Senate Minority Leader John McKinney (R) says 2010 candidate Tom Foley (R) "is just not being honest about my record" in a new TV ad. (Hartford Courant)
  • In FL GOV, the Republican Party of Florida released a new Spanish-language TV ad featuring "female teachers who laud" Gov. Rick Scott's (R) "education record and the teacher raises he secured." (Miami Herald)
  • In PA GOV, PA Families First launched a new TV ad attacking Gov. Tom Corbett (R) for cuts in education funding. The DGA-backed group "is spending just under $2 million to air the ad." (Philadelphia Inquirer)
  • In WI GOV, Gov. Scott Walker (R) again accuses former Trek executive Mary Burke (D) of outsourcing jobs in his latest TV ad. (release)


  • According to a new CNN/ORC International poll of national adults, conducted July 18-20, 42% approve of the job President Obama is doing, while 55% disapprove. In the previous poll, conducted May 29-June 1, 43% approved and 55% disapproved. (release)
  • A new Democracy Corps (D) poll of LVs in 12 Senate battleground states, conducted July 12-16, finds that 37% approve of the way Obama is handling his job as president, while 60% disapprove. (release)
  • In FL GOV, a new Quinnipiac University poll of RVs, conducted July 17-21, shows former Gov. Charlie Crist (D) leading Scott 45-40% in a head-to-head matchup. When former Libertarian Party of Florida chairman Adrian Wyllie (L) is added to the mix, Crist leads Scott 39-37%, with Wyllie taking 9%. In a late April poll, Crist led Scott 48-38% in a head-to-head matchup. (release)
  • In VA SEN, a new Roanoke College poll of RVs, conducted July 14-19, shows Sen. Mark Warner (D) leading former RNC chairman Ed Gillespie (R) 47-22%. (release)
  • In SC GOV, a new Palmetto Politics poll of LVs shows Gov. Nikki Haley (R) leading state Sen. Vincent Sheheen (D) 46-42% in a race that includes independent and libertarian candidates. In a head-to-head matchup, Haley leads Sheheen 53-40%. (Charleston Post and Courier)


Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day


• It's not hard to foresee how Michelle Nunn plans to go after her newly christened opponent, David Perdue -- Democratic operatives were already comparing the former corporate CEO to Mitt Romney late Tuesday night. Don't forget that like the onetime GOP presidential nominee, Perdue's business background and perceived elitism became an issue in the Republican primary even before the general election. And about that penchant for gaffes... -- Alex Roarty

• Paul Ryan has been flying well under the radar recently compared to the rest of the field of potential GOP presidential contenders, but that's likely to change soon. The former vice presidential candidate is preparing to embark on a tour to promote his new book -- "The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea" -- and will propose a new plan Thursday to address poverty. Both moves seem more geared towards further raising his national profile than climbing the Capitol Hill ladder. -- Adam Wollner

• Rep. Ron Barber's first TV ad indicates which issues will dominate his race with Martha McSally in AZ-02: concern over cuts at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and an independence from party politics on immigration issues. Barber's ad says he helped save the base's A-10 jet and worked "across the aisle to increase the number of border patrol agents." Look for McSally to blame Barber for the proposed cuts to the A-10 jet in the first place, and to link him to the Obama administration on the current immigration crisis. -- Jack Fitzpatrick



  • "Can A Democrat Win in Georgia?" (National Journal)
  • NY GOV candidate/Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino (R) suggested that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) "should stop campaigning for governors nationwide if he can't back New York's GOP contender." Astorino: "[I]f Gov. Christie is unable to help a Republican candidate for governor, maybe he should consider stepping down as chairman of the RGA." (New York Observer)
  • "Company men: The U.S. Chamber flexes its new political muscle" (CNN)
  • "I'm the last original author of the Clean Water Act, but I have no idea who/what a Kardashian is and I rarely play games. You OK, @EPAwater?" -- Rep. John Dingell (D-MI), in a tweet from his entertaining account (National Journal)
  • "Cuomo's Office Hobbled State Ethics Inquiries" (New York Times)
  • "Oregon voters will get to decide this November whether they want to legalize recreational marijuana for people 21 or older. The New Approach Oregon campaign announced Tuesday that the initiative cleared the Secretary of State's signature hurdle, earning the measure a place on the November ballot." (Salem Statesman Journal)
  • Former Sen. Bob Dole (R-KS) narrated a TV ad for Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R) in KS-02. (release)
  • "Nat'l Republican Senatorial Committee is getting a new name, @ABC has learned. It will be the NRSC. Why? Saves valuable seconds in TV ads." -- ABC News's Jeff Zeleny, in a tweet
  • Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman (D) "warned Tuesday that Democrats could cede the Buckeye State — and perhaps the presidency — if they don't nominate their standard-bearer in his city in 2016." (Politico)
  • "Jeffrey Katzenberg, DreamWorks Animation CEO and one of ... Obama's biggest donors, is among the recipients of the National Medal of Arts for 2013." (Hollywood Reporter)
  • Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) said "that she is considering a second White House run." (RealClearPolitics)
  • "I bought 10 of them in case they run out." -- Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), on his "ancient LG flip-phone" (Huffington Post)
  • "Snoop Dogg Claims He Smoked Up in the White House" (Billboard)


Congress Goes 'Fact Finding' in Honduras and Guatemala



  • The Senate returns at 9:30 a.m., while the House is back at 10 a.m.
  • EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy testifies at a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on the EPA's proposed carbon pollution standards for existing power plants. (Dirksen Senate Office Building, 9:30 a.m.)
  • Obama's fundraising schedule: House Majority PAC (D) event at 12:20 p.m. in San Francisco; DCCC event at 3 p.m. in in Los Altos Hills, Calif.; DNC event at 7:55 p.m. in Los Angeles.
  • Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack delivers keynote address at the Rural Opportunity Investment Conference. (White House, 1 p.m.)
  • Vice President Biden delivers remarks to the NAACP National Convention in Las Vegas at 2 p.m.
  • Biden then headlines a rally for NV-03 candidate Erin Bilbray (D) at 4:30 p.m.
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  • Zachary Taylor's daughter was briefly married to Jefferson Davis.
  • The winner is Brian Vanderbloemen, and here's his Swizzle Challenge: "As they came of age, three future presidents dropped their given first name and chose to be called by their middle name. Name the three presidents and their given first names." The 3rd correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.



"'Bound by that friendship, we will not rest until we are certain that justice is done,' he wrote. Obama later left on a three-day trip to Washington state and California that will be dominated by fund-raisers for Democratic congressional candidates." (Reuters)


"Wilma, I promise you; whatever scum did this, not one man on this force will rest one minute until he's behind bars. Now, let's grab a bite to eat." -- "Frank Drebin" ("Naked Gun")

Adam Wollner, Editor

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