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Casey backs gay marriage: One of the few remaining Senate Democrats who had previously not endorsed gay marriage is now in favor of it. Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) told the Allentown Morning Call he now supports it, leaving just eight Democratic senators who don't.

Colbert Busch poll shows her competitive with Republicans: GOP voters will pick their nominee in South Carolina's 1st district Tuesday, and Democratic nominee Elizabeth Colbert Busch (D) released a poll showing her running competitively against both options. Colbert Busch holds a slight lead over Mark Sanford (R) (47 percent to 44 percent) and a wider one over Curtis Bostic (R) (48 percent to 39 percent). Colbert Busch's lead over Sanford is insider her campaign poll's margin of error.

Salmon doesn't support gay marriage: Like Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.) has a son who is gay. But unlike Portman, he has not  decided to support gay marriage. “My son is by far one of the most important people in my life. I love him more than I can say,” Salmon told 3TV. But, he also said, he does not support gay marriage.

Udall, Braley post seven-figure hauls: Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) raised $1.5 million during the first quarter while Rep. Bruce Braley, a Democratic Senate candidate in Iowa, pulled in more than $1 million since Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) announced his retirement in late January. Udall banked $2.5 million. Meanwhile, Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), who may challenge Sen. Mary Landrieu (D), raised more than $500,000.

Brown filling in for O'Reilly: Former Massachusetts senator Scott Brown (R) will guest-host "The O'Reilly Factor" on Fox News Channel tonight. Brown recently signed on as a contributor to the network.

Don't quit that day job ... President Obama shot 2 for 22 on the basketball court during today's Easter Egg Roll festivities.

Camelot East? Caroline Kennedy will be tapped to become ambassador to Japan.

Out in Iowa: Citing health issues, businessman Mike Sherzan (D), who House Democrats' campaign arm had been recruiting to challenge Rep. Tom Latham (R), says he will not run. Democrats may turn to state Sen. Staci Appel, another potential candidate on the party's radar. Meanwhile, after saying he was forming an exploratory committee for a run in Iowa's 1st district, state Sen. Steve Sodders (D) now says he will not run. The 1st district is Braley's seat.


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