President Obama leads Mitt Romney by 7 points in a new CNN/ORC poll, Heather Wilson attacks Martin Heinrich in a new ad, and four McCotter aides face charges in Michigan.

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* A new CNN/ORC national poll shows that President Obama holds a 52 percent to 45 percent lead over Mitt Romney. Obama leads by 11 points among independents in the survey.

* Romney will have some Democratic company when he hits the road for his swing state bus tour on Friday. A Democratic National Committee bus will trail the presumptive GOP presidential nominee as he moves from state to state.

* Democrats will also offer Romney some company in Tampa, during the Republican National Convention. Obama is making a $181,000 ad buy in the Tampa market during the last week of August.

* Stumping in Colorado today, Obama contrasted his support for extending an expiring wind tax credit with Romney’s opposition to it. “Without those tax credits, 37,000 American jobs, potentially including hundreds of jobs right here, would be at risk,” Obama said.

* In the New Mexico Senate race, former Republican congresswoman Heather Wilson is up with a new TV ad attacking Rep. Martin Heinrich (D) for opposing the Keystone XL pipeline, and calling him an “extremist.”


* Four aides to former Michigan Republican congressman Thaddeus McCotter were charged in connection with forged nominating petitions to get McCotter on the ballot, which he ultimately failed to do. McCotter resigned from Congress in July.

* The campaign of Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) continued to try to tie Elizabeth Warren’s daughter to a Massachusetts effort to mail voter registration cards to welfare recipients. Warren’s daughter, Amelia Warren Tyagi, chairs the board of a group supporting the effort to distribute the registration cards in multiple states. Brown’s campaign sent out a fundraising email on the the issue earlier today.

* Crossroads GPS will pull its ad attacking North Dakota Democratic Senate nominee Heidi Heitkamp. Heitkamp flagged a statement in the spot about her spending taxpayer money on private airplanes as being “completely false.”

* House Majority PAC, SEIU and AFSCME are launching a new TV ad hitting Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) for voting to raise his own pay but voting against raising the minimum wage. The ad is part of a $400,000 buy. King is running against former Iowa First Lady Christie Vilsack in the 4th District.


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