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Are Democrats bickering again over whether the Senate or the House should make the first move on a major agenda item.

Yes they are. Multiple House Democratic leaders tonight were adamant that they'll put Republicans on the spot for demanding tax cuts for the wealthy...but they're arguing amongst themselves over whether the onus should be on the House or the Senate to make the first move.

"I do think it's worth a fight, I do think it's worth a vote," DCCC chair Chris Van Hollen said on MSNBC tonight after a meeting with the Democratic conference. "As to whether we start in the House or the Senate, that's obviously something that we have to figure out."

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Christine O'Donnell won the Republican nomination for senator in Delaware tonight, and Rachel Maddow wasted no time showing the footage she obtained of O'Donnell's 1996 appearance on MTV's "Sex In The 90s" TV show.

O'Donnell, it seems, is opposed to masturbation, and considers looking at pornography akin to adultery. And back in the 90s, though the hair was different and Joan Osborne's 90's mainstay "One Of Us" played in the background, O'Donnell maintained a similar stance: "The Bible says that lust in your heart is committing adultery. You can't masturbate without lust!"

[TPM SLIDESHOW: Christine O'Donnell: Anti-Masturbation Crusader. Witchcraft Dabbler. Republican Senate Nominee.]

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Usually when a candidate like Christine O'Donnell wins a primary -- and begins the tough slog to a general election -- you expect emails from her party like "MEDIA: Tea Party Express Congratulates Christine O'Donnell !!!". That, however, is not the subject line from the Republican Party's email: It's from the Tea Party Express email.

The TPE message from Chairman Amy Kremer went on to say, "Christine O'Donnell overcame the entire political establishment to achieve victory tonight because she stood for the constitutional conservative principles that voters are craving during this election cycle," and predict her certain victory in November.

A message from Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser, a conservative pro-life women's organization, added that "Christine O'Donnell's come-from-behind victory is evidence that voters across America are hungry for conservative pro-life candidates."

By way of contrast, the National Republican Senatorial Committee's email is below in its entirety:

In reporting on the Delaware Senate Republican primary results, please consider the following response from the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC):

"We congratulate Christine O'Donnell for her nomination this evening after a hard-fought primary campaign in Delaware." - Rob Jesmer, NRSC Executive Director

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The Associated Press reports that Christine O'Donnell has pulled off an almost-surprising upset over Rep. Mike Castle in the Delaware Republican primary, after receiving the conservative-coveted endorsement of Sarah Palin last week.

With 85% of precincts reporting, O'Donnell leads 54%-46%.

Her win came despite whispers among national Republicans that the three-time candidate (and two-time loser) wasn't ready for prime time given her precarious financial situation and history of somewhat extreme positions on sexuality.

[TPM SLIDESHOW: Christine O'Donnell: Anti-Masturbation Crusader. Witchcraft Dabbler. Republican Senate Nominee.]

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Former Gov. Bob Ehrlich (R-MD), who was defeated for re-election in 2006, has easily won his Republican primary tonight, for his rematch bid against Dem Gov. Martin O'Malley. And in the process, he proved that a Sarah Palin endorsement isn't everything.

With only 1% of precincts reporting, the establishment-back Ehrlich leads Tea Partier and businessman Brian Murphy by a whopping 82%-18%, and he has been projected the winner by the Associated Press.

Fun fact: In early August, Sarah Palin endorsed Murphy. So this shows that while a Palin endorsement is certainly a good thing for a candidate in a Republican primary, and could potentially provide some boost, it cannot create victory from nothing.

Fox News has released a poll of the Ohio gubernatorial race showing Republican John Kasich ahead of Democratic incumbent Ted Strickland 48%-43%.

The five-point Kasich lead is the smallest the race has been since July. There is no prior Fox News poll of this race, but this poll was conducted through an offshoot of Rasmussen, Pulse Opinion Research. The last Rasmussen poll, from Aug. 30, showed Kasich up 52%-40%.

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DailyKos is back in the polling business, having dropped the disgraced Research 2000 in favor of the team at PPP (D). And one of the new partnership's first polls shows the Democratic nominee for Senate in Kentucky, Jack Conway, struggling in the race against Republican Rand Paul.

The Kos/PPP survey of 959 likely voters in the Bluegrass State shows Paul leading 49-42. The poll has a 3.2% margin of error. Other recent polls have been all over the map, with some showing Paul with a huge lead and others showing the race essentially tied. The TPM Poll Average shows Paul ahead 47.2-41.5.

According to the Kos analysis of the new poll, internals show a tough road for Conway moving forward. Democrats say their numbers show things to be tight, and say the race is still anyone's to win.

"The Democrats' problem in Kentucky isn't the enthusiasm gap -- Rand Paul took care of that for us," pollster Tom Jensen writes at Kos. " It's because after showing some wariness earlier in the summer, when we had the race tied, the McCain voters have pretty much all gone home to Paul. In late June he was getting 70% of their votes and now for all his missteps he's getting 80% of their votes. In a state that went as strongly Republican last time as Kentucky Conway is going to have to be able to pick off more of their voters than that to have a path to victory."

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Tonight marks the last major night of the 2010 primary season. And what a wild and wacky season it's been -- and could still prove to be tonight.

This is the last multi-state primary night this year. After tonight, the only one primary left is Hawaii's this Saturday.

So let's take a look at some of tonight's races. There are Tea Party insurgents against establishment GOP moderates, Dems fighting it out to keep their jobs, and a whole lot of fun throughout.

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President Obama's aides say the White House is trying to take a step back and let Democratic leadership figure out the best way to handle the question of the Bush tax cuts.

The president made his preference clear, and he'll keep helping the Democrats on the stump with the rhetorical definition of their party versus the Republicans. A White House aide said it's possible Obama might talk about the tax cuts issue during his Cabinet meeting scheduled for tomorrow.

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Republican Senators are coalescing around a compromise on tax cut legislation that would extend all of President Bush's tax cuts -- including on the wealthiest Americans -- until at least 2012.

"We need to leave things as is [for] at least two years," said Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), told TPM this afternoon.

He shares that view with numerous GOP colleagues, conservative and moderate, who are walking a middle path between Democratic leaders, who want to let the upper-bracket tax cuts expire, and the GOP top brass, who wants to extend all of Bush's tax cuts permanently.

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