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- Businessman Bruce Rauner won the IL GOV Republican primary Tuesday night, earning 40% of the vote to state Sen. Kirk Dillard's 37% with 99% of precincts reporting. State Sen./2010 nominee Bill Brady took third with 15%, and Treasurer Dan Rutherford finished last with 8%. (AP)
- "The fall campaign" between Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) and Rauner "will feature dueling brands of populism, campaign bankrolls in the tens of millions of dollars and plenty of scorched-earth attacks from groups with a vested interest in the high-stakes race. Indeed, even before Rauner had eked out a tougher-than-expected primary victory Tuesday, Quinn was up on TV with an ad attacking" Rauner "for his shifting positions on raising Illinois' minimum wage. ... With the general election not until Nov. 4, Illinois voters can expect a long, bruising fight where Quinn plays the Democratic class warfare card and Rauner sticks to the Republican playbook of pro-business agenda he says would lead to more jobs and lower taxes." (Chicago Tribune)
- In the IL SEN Republican primary, state Sen. Jim Oberweis defeated businessman Doug Truax (R) 56-44%, with 99% of precincts reporting. (AP)
- In the IL-13 Democratic primary, former judge Ann Callis won with 55% of the vote, compared to 31% for University of Illinois professor George Gollin and 14% for policy analyst David Green, with 100% of precincts reporting. (AP)
- In the IL-13 Republican primary, Rep. Rodney Davis defeated attorney Erika Harold 55-41%, with 100% of precincts reporting. (AP)
- In the IL-16 Republican primary, Rep. Adam Kinzinger defeated activist David Hale 78-22%, with 98% of precincts reporting. (AP)
- In AR SEN, Patriot Majority USA released a new TV ad labeling Rep. Tom Cotton (R) as "a politician we just can't trust." The ad buy is for $150,000, according to FEC records. (Hotline reporting)
- In HI SEN, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee endorsed Sen. Brian Schatz (D) over Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D). (Huffington Post)
- In NC SEN, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) will headline a Raleigh fundraiser for pastor Mark Harris (R) on Saturday, while House Speaker Thom Tillis (R) will attend an NRSC fundraiser in Washington next Monday. (Raleigh News & Observer)
- In KS GOV, Road Map Solutions, a group backing Gov. Sam Brownback (R), "launched a TV ad noting the state's relatively low unemployment rate and saying" Brownback "has a plan for investing in education." The ad will run "for at least 10 days" on "broadcast and cable stations in Topeka and Wichita" at a cost of "at least $82,000." (AP)
- In PA GOV, former Department of Environmental Protection secretary Katie McGinty (D) released a new TV ad, highlighting her focus on creating "clean energy jobs." (release)
- In ME-02, the League of Conservation Voters Action Fund endorsed state Sen. Emily Cain (D). (release)
- In PA-06, businessman Mike Parrish (D) dropped out on Tuesday, leaving physician Manan Trivedi (D) as the lone Democrat in the open seat race. (PoliticsPA.com)
Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day
• Dillard's closer-than-expected challenge to Rauner in Illinois shows that labor can still pack a punch -- even in a Republican primary. Rauner's less-than-impressive downstate totals suggest his corporate background is a vulnerability with less-affluent voters. It's no coincidence that Quinn went on air with a minimum wage attack before Rauner was even declared the winner. -- Josh Kraushaar
• The labor-backed spending fusillade against Rauner seems to have had a major effect: He finished about where he'd been in recent Republican primary polls, but virtually all of the undecideds went to the other Republican candidates, especially Dillard. And even though Illinois labor has a fraught relationship with Quinn, having Rauner as a common enemy looks set to unite them for the election year. -- Scott Bland
HAIR OF THE DOG
FRESH BREWED BUZZ
- "To hear Republican strategists involved with" now-Rep. David Jolly's (R) FL-13 "campaign tell it, the newest Republican in Congress owes his victory to a 'Honeybadger.' That's what officials at" the NRCC "call the voter database they've spent a year tirelessly building from scratch, a system they argue was essential to Jolly's surprising win in last week's special election." (National Journal)
- "A federal judge on Tuesday signaled that he is growing increasingly frustrated with the voluminous and at times rancorous filings by defense attorneys representing" former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) "and his wife in a corruption case, dismissing one of their recent requests as 'dancing through fantasy land' and asking them and prosecutors to limit their written disputes 'for the sanctity of the trees.'" (Washington Post)
- "Budding Liberal Protest Movements Begin to Take Root in South" (New York Times)
- RNC Chairman Reince Priebus "said Tuesday that political parties should be able to raise 'soft money' to pay for their presidential nominating conventions now that federal funding for the quadrennial events will be cut off, seeking the kind of big checks parties have not been able to collect since the passage of the landmark McCain-Feingold campaign finance law." (Washington Post)
- Priebus also downplayed the gender gap at a Christian Science Monitor Breakfast on Tuesday. Priebus: "There's a little bit of a laziness on the part of the people who want to claim the Republican Party has some kind of women problem. We basically have a single women problem under 35 issue." (Hotline reporting)
- "The Kentucky Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would make clear" Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) may run for two federal offices at once." House Speaker Greg Stumbo (D) "continued to scoff at the idea on Tuesday, saying shortly before the Senate session began that he didn't think the bill would pass the Democrat-led House." (Lexington Herald-Leader)
- Oprah Winfrey will headline an April 5 fundraiser for VA-08 candidate Lavern Chatman (D) in Arlington. (release)
- "'Super PAC' is officially legit. Making good on a promise, language authority Merriam-Webster recently published an entry for 'super PAC' in its online unabridged dictionary." (Center for Public Integrity)
- "It's a bittersweet decision." -- White House Executive Pastry Chef Bill Yosses, on his plans to leave his post in June (New York Times)
- President Obama made his Final Four picks for the NCAA Tournament: Florida, Arizona, Louisville and Michigan State. (ESPN)
PLAY OF THE DAY!
- Today's weather, from the National Weather Service: Cloudy. Highs in the lower 40s. East winds 5-10 mph. Chance of rain 60%.
- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce holds its eighth annual Capital Markets Summit. (9 a.m.)
- The National Press Club's Freedom of the Press Committee, the D.C. Open Government Coalition, the D.C. Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and the American University School of Communication hold the third annual D.C. Open Government Summit on transparency. (National Press Club, 6:30 p.m.)
- NCAA Tournament play-in games: Cal Poly takes on Texas Southern. (truTV, 6:40 p.m.)
- And Iowa goes up against Tennessee. (truTV, 9:10 p.m.)
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- Henry Clay became secretary of state after the House elected John Quincy Adams president in 1824.
- The winner is Gene Procknow, and here's his Swizzle Challenge: "Which president also held each of the following positions during his career: state legislator, governor, U.S. representative, U.S. senator and vice president?" The 3rd correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.
NJ'S EARLY BIRD SPECIALS
- Will Pat Quinn's Luck Run Out Against Bruce Rauner?
- The Tea Party's Over
- Rand Paul Says He's 'More of a Target' Now That He's Topping the Polls
- Where Martin O'Malley's Liberalism Ends
- What to Expect When Janet Yellen Meets the Press
Vice President Biden "wandered a little off course on a trip down memory lane today. 'Fifteen years ago, I was honored, as the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, to lead the fight for Poland's admission into NATO,' Biden said in Warsaw ... The only problem: Biden wasn't chairman back then." (Bloomberg News)
"Joe Biden confuses Portugal and Poland in Eurozone speech" (Washington Examiner, Feb. 5, 2013)
Adam Wollner, Editor