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ABOUT LAST NIGHT: Cochran beats McDaniel
MS-SEN: Cochran - 50.8% McDaniel - 49.2%
OK-SEN: Lankford - 57.2% Shannon - 34.4%
NY-13: Rangel - 47.4% Espaillat - 43.6%
CO-GOV: Beauprez - 30.2% Tancredo - 26.7% Gessler - 23.2%
MD-GOV: Brown - 51.3% Gansler - 24.2% Mizeur - 21.7%
MISSISSIPPI: McDaniel, in his non-concession speech last night, per the Clarion Ledger: "Now our job is to make sure the sanctity of this vote is upheld, make sure the Republican primary was won by Republican voters."
A roundup of the Mississippi race from one of us(!) here. And analysis from NBC's Perry Bacon Jr.: "While it’s difficult to say exactly whether black voters or whites carried him over the top, Cochran made huge gains in Hinds County, the largest county in Mississippi (it includes Jackson) and one that is about 70 percent black. After winning about 11,000 votes and finishing about 5,000 votes ahead of McDaniel in this county on June 3, the incumbent won Hinds with just under 18,000 total votes and a margin of almost 11,000."
“After trailing the lesser known McDaniel in the June 3 primary, Cochran, in three weeks time, managed to: a) grow the electorate in his favor by, among other things, recruiting African Americans to his cause b) run successfully on a message of keeping his seniority in Washington and c) win despite, quite clearly, being the less naturally skilled candidate on the stump,” writes The Washington Post.
The New York Times' Ashley Parker on Cochran's "heartfelt, if languid" runoff campaign: "In remarkably short events on the trail — sometimes his speeches did not even last a few minutes — his campaign message seemed to consist of reminding people, over and over, who he was."
Notes Nate Cohn of The Upshot: "Turnout hadn’t increased in a Senate runoff primary election in 30 years until Tuesday night" in Mississippi.
NEW YORK: The New York Times on the too-close-to-call race for Rep. Charlie Rangel to keep his seat: "Absentee ballots and affidavit ballots filed by voters at polling stations could determine the outcome of the race. As of Tuesday night, the New York City Board of Elections said it had given out 2,834 absentee ballots, of which 903 were returned so far, and 738 of those deemed valid. Absentee ballots must be received by the board no later than next Tuesday in order to be counted. No count of affidavit ballots was immediately available."
OKLAHOMA: "[Rep. James] Lankford's supporters blew the top out of pre-election projections and carried him to a 57 percent majority in a seven-way race for the GOP nomination to succeed U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn,” writes the Tulsa World.
COLORADO: The Denver Post's headline: "In Bob Beauprez, Colorado GOP goes with mainstream contender." MORE: "Now the party believes it has a fighting chance of unseating an incumbent whose popularity has teeter-tottered much of the past year."
MARYLAND: From the Baltimore Sun: "Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown claimed victory in the Democratic nomination for governor Tuesday after early returns suggested a landslide win. "It's about where we're going. It's about what next," Brown said in a victory speech as he led with three times as many votes as his closest competitor. He is positioned to become Maryland's first African-American chief executive."
"For [Doug] Gansler, a former state’s attorney in Montgomery, the defeat was particularly deflating. Not much more than a year ago, his campaign war chest dwarfed those of any of his potential rivals, and he was widely presumed to be the front-runner to succeed Gov. Martin O’Malley (D), who is term-limited and steps down in January," the Washington Post notes.
OBAMA AGENDA: Not worth it
Our newest NBC News/ Wall Street Journal/ Annenberg poll shows that 71 percent of Americans say the war in Iraq “was not worth it.”
"The Obama administration has drawn up plans to escalate sanctions against Russia by targeting its financial, energy and defense industries, but faces resistance from European allies hoping to avoid a broader economic clash with Moscow that would hurt their own businesses," the New York Times writes.
Ukraine will sign the sweeping European Union trade agreement that originally sparked the revolution against former president Viktor Yanukovych.
The Supreme Court isn't exactly looking notably pro-business these days, writes Reuters. "In cases brought by business interests over the last nine months, including an effort to curb shareholder class actions and challenges to environmental regulations, the court has either issued narrow rulings that fell short of what those interests sought or ruled against them outright."
CONGRESS: Battle over the Export-Import bank
This is a story worth keeping eyes on, via the Wall Street Journal: "Mounting opposition among House Republicans to reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank is stirring alarm among business groups, adding new tensions to a long-standing alliance with the GOP that has grown increasingly shaky with the rise of tea-party-aligned lawmakers."
Reid plans a vote on the bank's reauthorization before the end of the fiscal year.
Also looming: The post-July 4th fight over funding for federal highway projects, Roll Call notes.
Ah, Congress. Via the Washington Post: "Rep. Ilena Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) and her husband, Dexter, are throwing a party next month at the Coconut Grove Ritz Carlton in Miami to celebrate three decades of matrimony. In lieu of gifts, their guests can send $1,000 to the IRL PAC (Ros-Lehtinen’s leadership PAC) or purchase a table for $5,000."
OFF TO THE RACES: Romney to endorse Scott Brown
The Wall Street Journal writes of last night's primaries that "We’re back to a pre-David Brat world."
Here’s an excerpt of Marco Rubio’s speech today at Hillsdale College’s DC campus today: "The globalization and technological advances that are changing our economy produce disruptive challenges. But they also present exciting opportunities. The opportunity to innovate faster and in more areas than ever before. The opportunity to sell the products we make and the services we provide to more people in more places than ever before.”
More: "This new century can also be an American Century, with the American Dream within reach of more people than ever before. But our current path – the path of the old and tired ideas of big government – this path will never lead us to that better future.”
And: "To restore the American Dream, we need a new policy agenda designed specifically for the 21st century. A limited government and free enterprise movement that applies the principles of our founding to the challenges and opportunities facing Americans in their daily lives."
ALASKA: Republicans are having trouble planning the first debate for the three GOPers competing for the opportunity to challenge Mark Begich.
LOUISIANA: The group that oversees the state's higher education institutions isn't letting up on Common Core. Notes the Washington Post: "The Louisiana Board of Regents – a group of Jindal appointees – reiterated to colleges and universities on Monday that all educators in the state will still be trained to teach the national K-12 standards. The announcement comes less than a week after Jindal declared that Louisiana would drop adhering to the standards. His announcement made his among the first states to pull away from Common Core."
KENTUCKY: Both Alison Grimes and Mitch McConnell are promoting plans to find funds for the $2.6 billion Brent Spence Bridge replacement, but neither proposal has a good chance of going anywhere in Washington.
NEW HAMPSHIRE: Mitt Romney will endorse Scott Brown next week at the same place he announced his second presidential campaign.
TENNESSEE: Tea Party stars Gov. Sarah Palin, Col. Allen West and Sen. Rick Santorum are headed to Tennessee, but insurgent GOP Senate candidate Joe Carr won't be speaking at the event.
*** Wednesday’s “The Daily Rundown” line-up: NBC’s Chuck Todd interviews NBC’s Kasie Hunt, MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki, The Denver Post’s Kurtis Lee, Fmr. Rep. Travis Childers, Rep. James Lankford, Sen. Ben Cardin.
*** Wednesday’s “News Nation with Tamron Hall” line-up: Craig Melvin interviews Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) on his tough primary battle; Kate Kelly, the founder of a Mormon women's group who was excommunicated from the church after advocating the ordination of female priests; NBA Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins on his new health campaign; and Attorney Lisa Green on a man accepting a plea deal with a vasectomy requirement.
*** Wednesday’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” line-up: NBC’s Kristen Welker is in for Andrea and will interview Rep. Ed Royce, Fmr. Sen. Olympia Snowe, NBC’s Richard Engel and Kasie Hunt, msnbc’s Steve Kornacki, the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza and Nia Malika Henderson, and Judy Gross, wife of Alan Gross, the American imprisoned in Cuba.
*** Wednesday’s “The Reid Report” line-up: MSNBC’s Joy Reid interviews Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH), Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA), msnbc.com’s Zachary Roth and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund’s Sherrilyn Ifill.