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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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Dallas Tea Party candidate Katrina Pierson was able to collect an impressive list of endorsements during her campaign to defeat Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX). Those endorsements included FreedomWorks, Sarah Palin, and Maricopa Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

But then Arpaio un-endorsed Pierson saying she did not properly explain Sessions's position on immigration and amnesty.

In an interview with TPM on Tuesday, the evening of the Texas primary, Pierson said it really wasn't clear why Arpaio switched his support.

"Nobody sort of knows and he's sort of been radio silent on the whole thing," Pierson said. "All we can tell was from the release from Sessions' office is that he and Pete's dad were good buddies and he felt like that we misled him on amnesty and so I'm sure you also saw that the video of Mr. Sessions supporting amnesty's purpose so we're not quite sure what happened there."

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The presumed frontrunner in the North Carolina Republican primary for Senate once said Obamacare is a "great idea" but that it just can't be paid for.

In an interview on the Bill Lumaye Show in early February, North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis (R), the presumed frontrunner in the GOP primary, said that Obamacare is a "great idea that can't be paid for."

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Almost half of all Arizonans support gay marriage, according to a new Public Policy Polling survey.

The poll, released Tuesday, found that 49 percent support same-sex marriage while 41 percent oppose it. That's a net change of 9 percentage points from when PPP surveyed the question in November 2011. Back then the pollster found that 44 percent said they support same-sex marriage while 45 percent oppose it.

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There's a chance that Texas Democrat Kesha Rogers, a supporter of Lyndon LaRouche, could advance to a runoff in Tuesday's Senate primaries.

Democrats have taken steps to stop Rogers from advancing to the general election in response to polls showing Rogers doing well. If Rogers did get the nomination, the Democratic candidate would be one who's repeatedly advocated for the impeachment of President Barack Obama, repealing Obamacare and replacing the shortage of jobs Wall Street has created in "agriculture, energy, water, space defense, and new resource development."

A signature marker of her campaign are posters of Obama with Hitler mustaches. Here are a few photos Roger's posted on her Senate campaign Facebook page below:

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In Texas, the Republican primaries are almost always the de facto elections. The difference with Tuesday's elections is a number of statewide races feature Republican primaries that offer both an establishment Republican candidate and an outside tea party favored candidate. That adds an extra wrinkle to a usually predictable affair.

On the Democratic side, all eyes are on state Sen. Wendy Davis whose win in the Democratic gubernatorial primary will be seen as an indicator of her chances of beating a strong Republican challenger.

"I would say the only interesting action is on the Republican side because the Democrats are long shots for all statewide offices and the only one who's attracted much attention is Wendy Davis and she has no meaningful opposition in the primary," Southern Methodist University political science professor Matthew Wilson told TPM on Monday.

Below are six points to keep in mind as election results come in.

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The Democratic gubernatorial candidate who's the target of a new Republican Governors Association attack ad is calling out Republican Governors Association Chairman Chris Christie (NJ) for the ad, saying that Christie himself supported expanding Medicaid under Obamacare.

In an open letter to Christie, South Carolina state Sen. Vincent Sheheen (D), who's challenging South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R), notes that the new spot fails to mention that Christie and a number of other Republican governors supported expanding Medicaid in their states.

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National Democrats are worried that a candidate who has called for Obama's impeachment and to repeal Obamacare will win the party's nomination to face Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) in the general election for Texas Senate.

The Hill reported Monday that Democrats are "scrambling" to prevent Kesha Rogers, a supporter of Lyndon LaRouche, from getting the nomination. The fear has some grounding.

A University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll last month found that Rogers has 35 percent support in the Democratic primary while dentist David Alameel gets 27 percent and attorney Maxey Scherr gets 15 percent. If no candidate can get more than 50 percent support there's a runoff between the top two candidates in May.

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