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Off to the races: McAuliffe leads in VA

The RNC outraised the DNC in July ($5.9 million to $3.9 million), has more cash on hand ($12.3 million to $4.1 million) and has no debt compared to the DNC which is carrying $18.5 million in debt.

CALIFORNIA: San Diego Mayor Bob “Filner’s resignation was on the table as another full day of mediated talks went on inside a downtown office building, sources told U-T San Diego. City Attorney Jan Goldsmith appeared outside the building shortly after 5 p.m. to confirm Tuesday’s session had ended. ‘Mediation can be a long process — we are in that process,’ said Goldsmith, adding that all parties were asked by the mediator not to discuss specifics,” the San Diego Union Tribune writes.

NBC’s Jessica Taylor: “House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy has been feeling the pressure from union and liberal groups in the immigration debate, and on Wednesday a conservative group is coming to his aid. American Action Network is set to launch a $65,000 broadcast, cable and digital ad campaign to boost the California Republican, who’s been the target of other both pro- and anti-immigration groups during the August recess.”

IOWA: Some conservatives in the state think Gov. Terry Branstad’s (R) too moderate.

KENTUCKY: EMILY's List is endorsing Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes in her bid against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. In a statement, EMILY's List President Stephanie Schriock called Grimes an 'energetic rising star,'" The Hill reports. "'She is an incredible leader who has fought for women and families by protecting victims of domestic violence, supporting state and local businesses, championing voting rights, and advocating for military personnel.'"

AP: "McConnell unleashed another attack against his Republican primary challenger Tuesday, releasing a TV ad accusing Matt Bevin of embellishing his educational credentials. The political newcomer replied that the five-term incumbent was stooping to a new low in hopes of hanging onto his job...Bevin's campaign said that from 2006 to 2008, he attended the EO/MIT entrepreneurial master's program, an annual four-day seminar held at MIT but put on by Entrepreneurs' Organization, a network of business owners. The program is not affiliated with MIT, said Kate Anderson with MIT's Sloan School of Management."

MICHIGAN: Roll Call: "Rep. Candice S. Miller, R-Mich., endorsed former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land’s bid for Senate on Tuesday, calling the GOP hopeful 'the type of woman we need to put forward more often in the Republican Party.'"

NEW YORK: Christine Quinn’s taking the gloves off to newly minted mayoral frontrunner Bill de Blasio. Quinn, who has showed no qualms in going after her fellow Democrats – she went hard after Bill Thompson’s record when he was creeping up – is up with a web video painting de Blasio as a flip-flopper on term limits. Her campaign says she will roll out more flip flops daily.

Here come the attacks on de Blasio… The Daily News: “A convicted felon arranged two fund-raisers for mayoral contender Bill de Blasio at what appears to be improper discount rates.” The man was the former treasurer of NBC and “served a year in federal prison for skimming $1.3 million” from the company, the Daily News writes.

Meanwhile, Quinn says it might be OK for middle schoolers to get birth control

And de Blasio’s out with yet another ad featuring his biracial son.

Bill Thompson’s upset that de Blasio calls himself the only candidate who will end stop and frisk. Thompson’s out with an ad talking about his public-school teacher mother, but The Daily News takes this shot at the candidate endorsed by the teacher’s union: “Not mentioned by Thompson, a former president of the dismantled Board of Education, is that his own children have attended private school.”

One of the women who sexted with Anthony Weiner is now in a pornographic movie lampooning Weiner.

NORTH CAROLINA: Republican Rep. Virginia Foxx won't run for Senate next year, Roll Call reports. "For months, Republican operatives mentioned Foxx as a potential candidate to challenge Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan — although it was somewhat unclear just how serious the five-term Republican was about a statewide race."

SOUTH CAROLINA: The State: "Is Jim DeMint targeting U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham for defeat in 2014? The former U.S. senator from Greenville, who resigned on New Year’s Day to lead a conservative Washington-based think tank, and fellow Republican Graham occasionally voted against each other while in the Senate. But they rarely criticized each other in public. But Tuesday, the Senate Conservatives Fund – the political action committee that DeMint founded in 2008 – released a radio ad in South Carolina criticizing Graham for recently saying that voting to defund the Affordable Care Act was “a bridge too far.”

And the Columbia State also notes that it's Graham, not the appointed Sen. Tim Scott, who's attracting primary opponents in 2014. 

TENNESSEE: “Sen. Lamar Alexander's efforts to ward off a primary challenge from the right fell short Tuesday with Tennessee state Rep. Joe Carr's announcement that he will mount a tea party challenge for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate,” AP writes.

Carr lost his top strategist, former state GOP Chairman Chip Saltsman, after switching to the U.S. Senate race from a primary against Rep. Scott DesJarlais. Saltsman, in a letter: “I signed up to help you run for Congress, not the Senate....It is because of Lamar Alexander that people like you have the honor of serving in the majority of the state legislature…I am honored to support Lamar Alexander for re-election.”

And it wasn't a good start out of the gate for Carr, who misspelled "Sentate" on his campaign logo. 

NBC’s Jessica Taylor, a Tennessee native, with her take: Carr getting in is slightly significant, but as his rollout showed, he's hardly a heavyweight candidate against someone who's larger than life in Tennessee politics. It's not just the misspelling on his website -- if a candidate is launching a serious statewide primary challenge, he doesn’t go on Nashville talk radio to do it. He has no campaign infrastructure; he lost his chief strategist and comptroller. And he already hadn't been a strong fundraiser against the embattled Rep. Scott DesJarlais. Carr likely won’t' be the only candidate getting in, either. Both Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett and former Williamson County GOP Chair Kevin Kookogey could be looking, too. Kookogey has ties to Heritage. In a state without a runoff, the more candidates, the better for Alexander. Who does Carr's move actually help or hurt the most? Say hello to Rep. Jim Tracy. It gives him a clear shot against DesJarlais, who no Republicans in Washington will be sad to see go or get rid of his salacious past and bad headlines.

Alexander addressed the criticism head-on, with an op-ed in the Tennessean. "Washington needs more, not fewer, conservatives who know how to govern. Governing means listening, standing up for what you believe in and solving problems to get a result. I did that as governor. I’m doing that as senator. I’m proud of that record."

VIRGINIA: Terry McAuliffe (D) leads Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli 48%-42% among likely voters in a new Quinnipiac poll. It’s Quinnipiac’s first poll in this race using a likely voter model. There’s a big gender gap with McAuliffe leading 50%-38% with women but the candidates essentially tied with men. Voters also think Cuccinelli does not have an “understanding of the problems of people like you” by a 51%-37% margin. McAuliffe is a net-negative on the question, but by a narrower 38% understands/42% does not understand margin. Cuccinelli has a worse fav/unfav than McAuliffe. Cuccinelli is underwater at 35%/41%. McAuliffe is slightly positive at 34%/33%, meaning lots of voters are still undecided about how they feel about him.

AP: "Boyd Marcus, a veteran Republican political consultant whose client list has included U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and former Gov. Jim Gilmore, is endorsing Democrat Terry R. McAuliffe and advising his campaign against GOP nominee Ken Cuccinelli in Virginia's neck-and-neck race for governor."