Bennet Internal Poll Says He Leads

With Reuter/Ipsos poll showing Sen. Michael Bennet (D) trailing challenger Ken Buck (R) in Colorado’s U.S. Senate race, The Fix reports Bennet’s campaign will release an internal poll showing the incumbent leading 44% to 40%.

Noentheless, both polls “suggest that Buck is a credible candidate who presents a real threat to the incumbent this fall.”

Democrats Privately Fear House Slipping Away

“Top Democrats are growing markedly more pessimistic about holding the House, privately conceding that the summertime economic and political recovery they were banking on will not likely materialize by Election Day,” Politico reports.

“In conversations with more than two dozen party insiders, most of whom requested anonymity to speak candidly about the state of play, Democrats in and out of Washington say they are increasingly alarmed about the economic and polling data they have seen in recent weeks.”

Meanwhile, the latest CQ-Roll Call survey of the political landscape “finds an environment that continues to worsen for Democrats and new race ratings to reflect Republicans on the ascent.”

Traficant Not Done Yet

Former Rep. James Traficant has won more time to prove he collected enough petition signatures to run for Congress this fall as an independent, the AP reports.

Another Poll Shows Toomey Leading

A new Franklin & Marshall poll in Pennsylvania shows Pat Toomey (R) leading Rep. Joe Sestak (D) in the U.S. Senate race among likely voters, 40% to 31%.

The contest is closer among all registered voters, with Toomey leading by only 3 points.

Said pollster Terry Madonna: “The Democratic Party’s difficulty in this election is their voters do not have the same motivation and they’re less likely to vote. That is a huge problem for them.”

Corbett Holds Solid Lead in Pennsylvania

A new Franklin & Marshall poll in Pennsylvania shows Tom Corbett (R) leading Dan Onorato (D) in the race for governor among likely voters, 38% to 27%.

Among registered voters, the race is a toss up with Corbett ahead by just one point.

Alaska Waits on Absentee Ballots

Joe Miller’s (R) lead over Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) “slightly narrowed to 1,668 votes with all the election precincts counted on Wednesday. A stunned Murkowski said she is not giving up hope until absentee ballots are counted starting next week,” theAnchorage Daily News reports.

More than 16,000 absentees were requested, and about 7,600 of them have been returned, but Alaska law allows absentees to come in within 10 days of the election for ballots sent within the United States and 15 days for overseas.

The first count of absentees will be done on August 31 with additional counts scheduled for September 3 and September 8.

Daniels Doesn’t Rule Out Run

Though Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) reportedly said he wasn’t running for president in an interview with the Louisville Journal-Courier, a video indicates he hasn’t quite shut the door on the idea.

Said Daniels: “I’ve used the phrase sometimes that I’ll stop one step short of Sherman, but I’ve done that at really the request of an awful lot of people who’ve — for reasons they’d have to explain — think this would be a good idea, or haven’t thought of a better idea yet.”

Automated Polling Comes Out on Top

“While not on the ballot, another group of often-maligned politicos also won big on Tuesday: automated pollsters, whose numbers in Florida correctly predicted that Scott would overcome state Attorney General Bill McCollum to claim the GOP nomination,” according to Politico.

“The more traditional pollsters, who used the more expensive and trusted method of live telephone interviews to conduct their surveys, rejected the notion that their numbers this week had been flawed — and offered data to back them up… Still, if there was any doubt that newer, less traditional pollsters are here to stay, Tuesday’s elections virtually removed it… For PPP, and a host of other automated pollsters including the ubiquitous Scott Rasmussen, offering those top-line numbers — and offering them in spades — has offered a clear path to influence and commercial success.”

Mehlman Comes Out to Support Gay Marriage

Former RNC chairman Ken Mehlman decided to announce publicly that he is gay,Marc Ambinder reports.

“He agreed to answer a reporter’s questions, he said, because, now in private life, he wants to become an advocate for gay marriage and anticipated that questions would be asked about his participation in a late-September fundraiser for the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), the group that supported the legal challenge to California’s ballot initiative against gay marriage, Proposition 8.”

Said Mehlman: “It’s taken me 43 years to get comfortable with this part of my life. Everybody has their own path to travel, their own journey, and for me, over the past few months, I’ve told my family, friends, former colleagues, and current colleagues, and they’ve been wonderful and supportive. The process has been something that’s made me a happier and better person. It’s something I wish I had done years ago.”

Still Tight for Illinois Senate

A new Rasmussen Reports poll in Illinois finds Alexi Giannoulias (D) leading Rep. Mark Kirk (R-IL) by the slimmest of margins in their race for President Obama’s former Senate seat, 42% to 40%.

The poll shows the race virtually unchanged since last month.

Vitter Remains Ahead in Louisiana

A new Public Policy Polling survey in Louisiana finds Sen. David Vitter (R) leading Rep. Charlie Melancon (D) in the U.S. Senate race by ten points, 51% to 41%, essentially no change from the previous two polls.

Key findings: “Vitter has a 53% approval rating with 41% of voters disapproving of him. That actually makes him, along with Barbara Mikulski and Dick Durbin, one of only three Senators PPP has found with approval ratings over 50% in all of 2010. He is significantly ahead of the curve in terms of his personal popularity.”

Alaska Race Still Unsettled

With Joe Miller (R) on the verge of unseating Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination in Alaska, the Daily Beast reports Murkowski is considering her options as a possible write-in or third party candidate. The filing deadline for an independent bid has passed but “a source within the Murkowski campaign says they know of one possible legal option to pursue a third party run.”

Making the race even more interesting are reports that Democrats could try to push aside their nominee, Scott McAdams (D), and give the nomination to former Gov. Tony Knowles (D) instead.

Johnson Received Subsidies He Now Opposes

In an interview with WKOW-TV, Wisconsin U.S. Senate candidate Ron Johnson (R) blasted government subsidies.

Said Johnson: “I’m in business. I have never lobbied for some special treatment or for a government payment…. When you subsidize things…it doesn’t work through the free market system very well.”

However, it turns out Johnson actually received a $2.5 million government subsidized loan to expand his company back in 1985.

Christie Blames Obama for Mistake

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) acknowledged his administration “made a clerical error that blew its chance at winning $400 million in federal money for schools, but he blamed Obama administration bureaucrats for not giving New Jersey a chance to correct the mistake,” the Newark Star Ledger reports.

Said Christie: “This is the stuff, candidly, that drives people crazy about government and crazy about Washington.”

Obama Email Crashes Brown Site

An email appeal from President Obama to his supporters for Jerry Brown’s (D) run for California governor led to the crash of his website, the Los Angeles Timesreports.

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