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If recent polls are any indicator, Republican businessman Curt Clawson could succeed former Rep. Trey Radel (R-FL), who resigned after getting caught buying cocaine in D.C., as the congressman representing the Florida 19th Congressional District.

Clawson was one of a number of Republican candidates competing in the Republican primary for Radel's seat and he's lead in recent polls of the race as well as how much money he's had to spend. The primary came about after Radel was busted for cocaine possession.

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Republicans are taking no chances when it comes to Obamacare's Medicaid expansion. They're closing every possible door. Under bills passed in Georgia and Kansas recently, even if a Democratic candidate were to pull off an upset and take the governor's seat, they would not be able to expand the program without the consent of the state legislature -- which will almost certainly remain Republican.

In other words, GOP lawmakers have taken steps to guarantee that many of their poorest residents will remain uninsured under the health care reform law, no matter what happens in the gubernatorial election.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) and Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) both oppose Medicaid expansion. They both look likely -- if not quite certain -- to win re-election in November. That should make the bills passed by their respective state lawmakers unnecessary, but they seem intent on guarding against even the remote possibility of a Democratic governor.

An explanation offered by a GOP lawmaker in Kansas, where the bill was signed into law by Brownback last week, points to the motive.

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In an election cycle that Republicans appear persistent in making about Obamacare, Michelle Nunn is in an interesting spot in the Georgia Senate race. The daughter of popular former Sen. Sam Nunn, she's never held political office, so unlike vulnerable Democrats like Louisiana's Mary Landrieu and Arkansas's Mark Pryor, Nunn never voted for the health care reform law.

One of the only Democrats with a real hope of stealing a Republican-held seat, Nunn can chart her own course on Obamacare. And while President Barack Obama last week was urging Democrats to "forcefully defend" the law as it hit 8 million sign-ups, don't expect her to follow his lead.

It's more of a tightrope walk for Nunn: distancing herself from a law that's unpopular in Georgia, which should help her win over independents, without going so far that she estranges herself from the Democratic base that she'll need in November. But some outside the campaign question whether she can maintain it through the fall.

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Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)'s primary challenger this time around is unusual, even for a long-shot candidate. His last name is also Ryan -- something he hopes will help him on election day, and he's haunted the Wisconsin state legislature as he rides around on his Segway during singing protests.

Meet "Segway" Jeremy Ryan, an eccentric activist renowned in Wisconsin for mainly two things: citations for public disruptions and moving around virtually only on a Segway. Ryan, 25, filed to run in the Republican primary against Rep. Ryan.

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) comments earlier this week have caused the revisiting of his role as ethics chair into a mid-1990s investigation of then-Sen. Bob Packwood (R-OR) over allegations of sexual harassment and assault that eventually lead to the senator from Oregon's resignation.

"I think I demonstrated 19 years ago, in the toughest possible position, how this ought to be handled," McConnell said, highlighted by the Lexington Herald-Leader.

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