Wisconsin state senator Van Waangaard wants recount in recall
Recount possible in Wisconsin, Rick Santorum endorses, Mitt Romney tries out a new line and President Obama gets interrupted.
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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:
* Wisconsin state Sen. Van Waangaard (R) is asking for a recount in last week’s recall election, which he lost to former state Senator John Lehman (D) by 834 votes. The senator says he has heard from many voters who say they were “disenfranchised on election night.” Control of the state Senate is at stake in the Democrats’ lone victory from last Tuesday’s recalls.
* Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum has waded into the Utah Senate primary, endorsing challenger Dan Liljenquist over Sen. Orrin Hatch (R). “I’ve known Orrin Hatch for years and believe he is a very good man,” Santorum emailed supporters. “But in a deeply conservative state like Utah, we must elect authentic conservatives.” It’s a sign that Santorum, with his new Patriot Voices PAC, is hoping to be a conservative power player.
* Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney kicked off his bus (and plane) tour in New Hampshire today. He launched a new attack on President Obama, arguing that the current White House occupant “has failed to give the middle class of America a fair shot.”
* President Obama was interrupted today while speaking about his new immigration policy by reporter Neil Munro of the Daily Caller, a conservative-leaning website. “Why do you favor foreigners over American workers?” Munro shouted. “Not while I’m speaking,” Obama responded.
WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T MISS:
* National Journal’s Hotline is up with a big analysis of the California map after last week’s jungle primaries, arguing that despite some setbacks House Democrats are still poised to do well in the state this fall.
* Independent former Maine governor Angus King is telling potential supporters he honestly has not made up his mind about which party he would caucus with should he win the Senate seat currently held by Olympia Snowe (R). King is the heavy favorite in the race and has endorsed President Obama for reelection.
* Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) is out with his first campaign ad, in which he attacks Congress for not passing a budget. “They do a lot of talking, but they haven’t done their job in over three years,” he says. Of course, he himself is a member of the loathed institution. Heller served in the House from 2006 until last year, when he was appointed to the Senate by Gov. Brian Sandoval (R). He will face Rep. Shelley Berkley (D) this fall.
* North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue (D) is the least popular governor in the country, according to a new poll from the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling. Only 30 percent of voters are happy with the job she’s doing; 59 percent are unhappy. Luckily for them, she’s retiring.
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