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Daniel Strauss

Daniel Strauss is a reporter for Talking Points Memo. He was previously a breaking news reporter for The Hill newspaper and has written for Politico, Roll Call, The American Prospect, and Gaper's Block. He has also interned at Democracy: A Journal of Ideas and The New Yorker. Daniel grew up in Chicago and graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in History. At Michigan he helped edit Consider, a weekly opinion magazine. He can be reached at daniel@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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In another sign that the Georgia GOP primary is not playing out as originally expected, two of the top tier candidates are targeting dark horse businessman David Perdue in new TV ads.

In a race that had been dominated by three Republican congressman — Reps. Jack Kingston, Phil Gingrey, Paul Broun — Perdue (pictured) has been an also-ran until recent polling showed him competing closely and in some cases leading the race. Former Secretary of State Karen Handel has also come on as a contender, according to recent polls.

The two new ads from Kingston and Gingrey play off of an earlier ad by Perdue's campaign depicting the rest of the field as crying babies.

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A third candidate in what was long seen as a two-person race for the Nebraska GOP Senate nomination has tea partiers worried.

Sid Dinsdale (pictured), the wealthy banker who has won less attention than Midland University President Ben Sasse or former state Treasurer Shane Osborn, is suddenly under attack from prominent outside conservative organizations just ahead of the Nebraska Republican Senate primary on May 13.

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Opposition to the tea party has returned to its all-time high, according to a new Gallup poll released Thursday.

Gallup, which has been tracking opposition since 2010, found that 30 percent of those surveyed said they opposed the tea party while 22 percent said they supported the movement. A larger 48 percent said they had no opinion.

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has relentlessly criticized conservative billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch for pouring millions into right-leaning causes. But with another billionaire Republican funder, Las Vegas casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, Reid said the same criticism isn't deserved.

"I know Sheldon Adelson, he's not in this for money. He's not in this to make money, he's in this because he's got certain ideological views," Reid said in an interview with MSNBC which aired on Thursday. Reid said Adelson's views on certain social issues actually align with Democrats.

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North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis, fresh off winning the Republican nomination in the race for Sen. Kay Hagan's (D-NC), said Wednesday he regretted how he phrased his "divide and conquer" remarks in 2011, when he called for pitting poor people who legitimately need government assistance against poor people who made bad life choices.

Just before Tuesday's primary, new attention fell on video of Tillis saying at a town hall in Asheville, North Carolina, that we have to "find a way to divide and conquer" people who genuinely need government assistance and people who are poor by their own fault.

During an appearance on MSNBC Wednesday Tillis said he could have phrased his remarks better but didn't walk back what he was trying to say.

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North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis (R-NC), the frontrunner in the North Carolina GOP Senate primary, told a crowd two and half years ago that we must "divide and conquer" people on government assistance. Tillis proposed pitting those who are legitimately in need against those who made bad choices.

Tillis made the comments in October 2011 in Asheville, North Carolina. They were reported by local press at the time and are being circulated now by the campaign of Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) whom Tillis is vying to unseat. They were highlighted on MSNBC"s Hardball Monday.

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Matt Bevin, the tea party challenger in the Kentucky Senate race, said that he's the best candidate to face Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes in the general election because Grimes's candidacy, per Bevin, is really based on the fact that she's a woman.

Bevin, running against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) for the GOP nomination, was trying to argue that Grimes is more vulnerable against him in the general election than against McConnell.

"She runs on four things," Bevin said in comments at a campaign stop this week that were first reported by ThinkProgress on Tuesday. "She runs on some variation of: she’s young, she’s new, is a woman, and she’s not Mitch McConnell. That’s essentially what she’s got, in some form or fashion."

The comments come just a few weeks ahead of the Kentucky primary, as McConnell increasingly looks like he'll safely win the Republican nomination and stave off a primary challenge.

Bevin went on to say that he really cancels out any serious advantages Grimes has as a candidate.

Here are Bevin's full remarks:

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