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Off to the races: Daley prepares run for governor

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is airing new Spanish-language radio ads criticizing House Republicans for voting to deport qualified children of undocumented immigrants.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is hitting GOP candidates on paycheck fairness in releases set to go out today in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act. In one release targeting Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), DSCC spokeswoman Regan Page says:  "You would think equal pay for equal work would be a no brainer but that’s clearly not the case for Republicans like Mitch McConnell...Equal pay is not just about fairness and equality for women, it also has a serious consequences for the Kentucky economy." Similar releases will also hit candidates and potential candidates in other top Senate races, including Rep. Tom Cotton (R-AR), Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), North Carolina state House Speaker Thom Tillis, Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC), and Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV). 

ILLINOIS: Former Obama Chief of Staff Bill Daley has launched an exploratory committee to run for governor. Another Obama ex-chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, is mayor of Chicago. Daley comes from a famous Illinois political family.

MASSACHUSETTS: “Republican Gabriel Gomez and Democrat Edward Markey are gearing up for their second debate as President Barack Obama prepares to visit Massachusetts to whip up support for Markey in Massachusetts’ special U.S. Senate election,” the AP writes. “The one-hour Springfield debate is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday at the studios of WGBY-TV and will be broadcast live. It’s expected to include questions important to the western part of the state.”

NEW JERSEY: “Now the speculation ends and the race begins,” the Star-Ledger reports. “Six candidates — four Democrats and two Republicans — Monday officially filed paperwork to run for the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the death of Frank Lautenberg.”

The two Republicans running: Dr. Alieta Eck and former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan, who is seen as “the lone major Republican candidate.”

There’s “a growing list of Democrats who have endorsed Christie instead of state Sen. Barbara Buono,” the Star-Ledger writes.

VIRGINIA:Beth Reinhard: “Business leaders in Virginia aren't thrilled with their choices for governor, but Democrat Terry McAuliffe is beginning to capitalize on their dissatisfaction with the deeply conservative tenor of the Republican ticket. McAuliffe has raised substantially more money than Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli from nearly every business sector except for the energy industry, according to an analysis by the non-partisan Virginia Public Access Project. A handful of McDonnell's top donors in the business world are still on the sidelines or have donated to McAuliffe.”