Josh Marshall

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With all the combustion about the Lieberman-Lamont race over the last month or so -- and the general expectation that Lamont can or will beat Lieberman in the primary -- what's always been knocking around my head is that there've been a number of public polls and none of them showed Lamont actually ahead.

Well, until now.

The highly respected Quinnipiac poll has a new sounding out with Lamont topping Lieberman 51% to 47%, though Lieberman still appears to win decisively in a three-way match-up between him, Lamont and Foxwoods regular Alan Schlesinger.

So a run-off it is. On August 8th, Rep. Cynthia McKinney goes up against Hank Johnson, Dekalb County Commissioner. And from looking at the numbers, it seems like McKinney is in a bit of trouble.

The final results (98% reporting) were McKinney (47.1%), Johnson (44.4%) and Coyne (8.5%).

Both Johnson and Coyne were running clearly as anti-McKinney candidates, if of different flavors. So there seems to be a clear anti-McKinney majority among Democrats. From what I've heard too, Johnson didn't really get that much attention before the first ballot and therefore wasn't able to raise much money. And that will almost certainly now change.

Just because Republicans often attack McKinney (sometimes in scurrilous ways) I feel like there's a tendency to run to her defense among Democratic partisans. For my part, I think folks in 4th district of Georgia could do a lot better. What do you think?

This sounds solid, doesn't it? From The Hill ...

Rep. Charles Taylor (R-N.C.) used earmarks to create an overseas study program for Russian business students coordinated by his friend and business partner, an ex-KGB general’s wife and onetime English teacher.

The International Trade and Small Business Institute, created last year and funded through a Taylor earmark to the Small Business Administration (SBA), uses federal money to send seven Russian students to eight North Carolina schools for business courses. Two of the students hail from Ivanovo, the depressed textile city where Taylor is majority owner of the local bank and a frequent real-estate investor.

Taylor, you'll remember, is also the guy with the Abramoff fundraiser bamboozle. And before that, he was the one who said he didn't cast a vote on CAFTA because his voting card broke.

I must admit to a certain ambivalence about the ignominious defeat of bible-thumping and money laundering pro-gambling consultant Ralph Reed. On the one hand there's little doubt this a victory for fair-dealing, truth, justice, America, not being a complete knob and various other good things. But I also have to face the fact that it also means the loss of a substantial amount of quality muckraking copy for TPMmuckraker.com.

But here's something else out of Georgia. The votes aren't fully tallied yet. But it appears that Rep. Cynthia McKinney may face a run-off to get the Democratic nomination to run again for her seat.

About a half hour ago the AP reported that "with 80 percent of the precincts reporting, McKinney was leading with 47 percent of the vote to lawyer Hank Johnson's 45 percent."

Johnson is a second term DeKalb County Commissioner.