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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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North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis (R-NC) seems poised to avoid a runoff and win the GOP nomination for Senate, according to a new Public Policy Polling survey released Tuesday.

The poll found Tillis with 46 percent support among Republican primary voters surveyed. That's above the 40 percent any candidate needs to stop a runoff and win the nomination.

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Rev. Mark Harris, one of the eight Republicans competing for the nomination in the North Carolina Senate race, didn't report donations from speaking events at church events as campaign donations.

That may put Harris in campaign finance hot water. The question has arisen in light of a new video showing Rev. Bill Saylor of the Blackwelder Park Baptist Church urging attendees to donate money to Harris (pictured), either as a pastor or a Senate candidate.

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Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA), one of the handful of Republicans vying for the nomination in the Georgia Senate race, became the latest Senate candidate to refuse to say whether he would commit to supporting Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) as Republican Senate leader for another term.

Reached by The Hill on Monday, Kingston's campaign refused to say whether the congressman would support McConnell as leader for another term.

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House Speaker John Boehner's (R-OH) primary challenger has lost his job as an adjunct professor at a small Christian university in Cedarville, Ohio over an ad in which the challenger, J.D. Winteregg, said Boehner suffers from "electile dysfunction."

Winteregg had been an adjunct professor at Cedarville University in Ohio over the past three years. He finished teaching his last class and, according to the university, is not scheduled to teach any future classes.

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A man accidentally shot his wife in the buttocks in the couple's home in Ohio. The man, Kent Scott, told Springfield, Ohio police that shooting happened when he had picked up a backpack from the floor, according to the Springfield News-Sun.

A gun fell out of the backpack and when Scott reached for it, the gun went off. The bullet hit Kimberly Scott, Kent Scott's wife, in the left buttock. The bullet got lodged into Kelly Scott's right buttock, close to her hip.

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An Iowa Republican Senate candidate isn't sure United States senators make that much money.

"I don't think U.S. senators make that much money, but again, you know, I'm willing to make significant investment of my time and energy here to help solve the problems we have in this country," Mark Jacobs, the candidate, said according to MSNBC. Jacobs (pictured) is the former president and CEO of Reliant Energy.

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Sen. Mark Pryor's (D-AR) re-election campaign rolled out a new ad on Monday highlighting his support for Medicare and attacking his Republican opponent over supporting changes to the program.

The ad, obtained first by TPM, features Pryor touting his own efforts to make it more difficult to raise the eligibility age for Medicare. Pryor specifically mentions the Medicare Protection Act, which he introduced in March.

"I wrote the Medicare Protection Act to stop politicians from destroying Medicare," Pryor said in the ad. "My legislation makes it harder to raise the eligibility or to turn Medicare over to the insurance industry. My opponent voted to withhold benefits until age 70, and I'm trying to stop that."

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First the South Carolina Bar Association and now the American Bar Association is criticizing a Republican Governors Association ad that targets state Sen. Vincent Sheheen, the presumptive Democratic nominee for governor in South Carolina, for his work as a criminal defense attorney.

In a letter to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), who is chairman of the Republican Governors Association, the lawyers group argues that the ad, which attacks Sheheen for representing violent criminals, sends the wrong message about defense attorneys. Sheheen is challenging Republican Gov. Nikki Haley. The ABA stops short of asking Christie to pull the ad.

"The ABA, which has almost 400,000 members, does not endorse political candidates, and I am not writing in support of or against any candidate in this race," American Bar Association James R. Silkenat wrote in the letter released Friday. "However, as leader of the nation’s largest lawyers’ organization, I am writing to express that the message the ad sends is wrong in the context of the American system of justice, and it must be rejected.

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Matt Bevin, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) conservative primary challenger, is trying to finally put questions surrounding his attendance of a rally in support of cockfighting to rest.

On Friday, following revelations that, despite his denials, Bevin was very likely aware that he attended the pro-cockfighting rally, the Kentucky businessman released a new statement saying that he did attend the event but does not support cockfighting.

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