| • NV-Sen: It really seems Sharron Angle is trying to "soften" her image... maybe? For starters, she's reversed course on attending a Tea Party rally this weekend on the U.S./Mexico border (probably not wanting to be photographed in proximity to the signs that attendees are going to be waving at such an event), despite having confirmed her appearance there last week. And her newest TV ad also focuses on how she wants to "save" Social Security, although her definition of "save" might vary considerably from yours or mine. Harry Reid's out with his own TV ad, too, calling her "dangerous" and "crazy" over her now-infamous "2nd Amendment remedies" line.
• CA-Gov: Jerry Brown just got $20,000 from a very unusual source: Alex Spanos, owner of the San Diego Chargers and usually a staunch Republican donor (as well as a real estate developer who has recently clashed with Brown, as AG, over land-use laws). Spanos hasn't contributed to Meg Whitman's campaign. Apparently Spanos and the Brown family go way back; Spanos was a financial backer for Brown's first gubernatorial campaign in 1974.
• MA-Gov: There's a new poll of the governor's race out, from somebody called Mass Insight (taken by Opinion Dynamics): since the only place I can find a link to the poll is Red Mass Group (not even Mass Insight's own site?) and their site describes themselves as a consulting and research firm that focuses on "market-driven solutions," I think it's safe to call this a Republican-ish poll. At any rate, they find Democratic incumbent Deval Patrick leading GOPer Charlie Baker and independent Tim Cahill 30-25-16. And in a two-way race (which, of course, would require Cahill to drop out), Baker leads Patrick 42-37. The poll also reports that 54% of respondents are either "somewhat or very likely" to vote against their incumbent Congressman (all of whom are Democrats, of course) this year.
• MI-Gov (pdf): The Detroit News is out with its first poll of the gubernatorial race after the primary elections, conducted by the Glengariff Group. GOPer Rick Snyder leads Democrat Virg Bernero 51-32, leading in all parts of the state except Detroit proper. Snyder's faves are 41/15, pretty remarkable considering he just got out of a heated four-way primary, while Bernero's are 21/27.
• ID-01, OH-18, PA-04: The NRCC is pushing back today after the New York Times, as part of a longer piece talking about Dem House incumbents, said that Walt Minnick, Zack Space, and Jason Altmire were "no longer seen by Republicans as easy targets." I guess one can quibble over what "easy" means, which is different from saying the GOP has cut these districts loose, but still, to talk with that level of specificity, the NYT had to have gotten that idea from somewhere.
• MA-10: Well, this open seat race just keeps getting weirder and weirder, with the entry of yet another sorta-prominent former Dem running as an indie. Former state Rep. (and way back in the mists of time, aide to Tip O'Neill) Maryanne Lewis will run as a moderate independent. (Recall that former Quincy mayor James Sheets is already running as an indie, too.) I understand the desire to circumvent the Dem primary in this district, which already has two heavyweights in it, but too many indie cooks could spoil the broth here in November.
• MI-01: This photo-finish race in the GOP primary has been outstanding for almost two weeks now, but the state board of canvassers is preparing to certify the election tomorrow. According to physician Dan Benishek's camp, he leads by 15 votes over state Sen. Jason Allen. Allen is taking a wait-and-see attitude, though a recount sounds likely (which will be cumbersome, in this 31-county district... something I'm sure Dem nominee Gary McDowell doesn't mind, I'm sure).
• MS-01: Rep. Travis Childers, in for a tough fight against Alan Nunnelee, is out with his first TV ad. As one would expect, in his dark-red district, he's talking up how he's one of the "most independent" members of the House, and name-drops his NRA and National Right to Life endorsements. NWOTSOTB.
• VA-09: One last ad to report, and it's from a very strange source: the Some Dude in the Bloody 9th, running as an independent, is actually hitting the airwaves. I'm not sure with what money, as he's raised $20K over the cycle (almost all self-funded) and at the end of June had $88 CoH. (There's not a K missing. That's literally $88.) Anyway, he wants you to know that he's never taken money from special interests (which should be abundantly clear from his fundraising report) and never will.
• CO-Sen: Michael Bennet (D-inc) 41%, Ken Buck (R) 46%
• IL-Gov: Pat Quinn (D-inc) 35%, Bill Brady (R) 48%
• MO-Sen: Robin Carnahan (D) 43%, Roy Blunt (R) 50%
• WI-Gov: Tom Barrett (D) 41%, Scott Walker (R) 49%
• WI-Gov: Tom Barrett (D) 43%, Mark Neumann (R) 45%