Gessler poll shows trouble for Hickenlooper: A Magellan Strategies poll conducted for Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler  (R) shows him running about even with Gov. John Hickenlooper (D), with the incumbent at 44 percent and the Republican at 43 percent. Eleven percent said they were undecided. The poll of 500 likely Colorado voters conducted June 4-5, and comes on the heels of a Quinnipiac University survey that also showed Hickenlooper is vulnerable. Gessler has filed papers for a possible run against the Democrat, while former congressman Tom Tancredo (R) says he is running.


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Poll shows low favorability for GOP: Americans view the Republican Party in a less favorable light than the Democratic Party, a new Gallup poll shows. Just 39 percent of Americans say they hold a favorable view of the GOP, while 46 percent say they hold a favorable view of the Democratic Party. Both parties are on the decline since the 2012 election, with favorability of the Democratic Party suffering a slightly bigger drop.

Boehner reassures conservatives on immigration: House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) reassured House Republicans that the chamber will not vote on an immigration measure that doesn’t have the support of a majority of Republicans.

Officials defend surveillance: Senior officials told lawmakers that sweeping government surveillance efforts helped thwart more than 50 terrorist plots, including a plan to attack the New York Stock Exchange.

Treadwell running for Senate: Alaska Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell (R) will challenge Sen. Mark Begich (D) in 2014. Treadwell had previously announced an exploratory committee, so his decision is no surprise.

Scott rebounding: Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott's numbers are on the mend, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll that shows him with a 43 percent approval rating. But Scott trails potential foe Charlie Crist (D) by 10 points.

Black state senator explains switch to GOP: Arguing that Democrats use social programs like welfare and food stamps to monopolize the black vote, Louisiana state Sen. Elbert Guillory, who is African American, explained his switch to the GOP in a video.

Demissie to head Booker campaign: Newark Mayor Cory Booker (D) has tapped Addisu Demissie to manage his Senate campaign. Demissie has worked on campaigns for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, President Obama and former secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Gillibrand urges Clinton bid: On the same day Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) announced her support for a potential Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) personally urged the former secretary of state to run. Gillibrand has previously said she planned to ask Clinton to run again.

Race for Bachmann seat could grow crowded: Minnesota state Sen. John Pederson (R) filed papers for the race to succeed retiring Rep. Michele Bachamann (R), a step toward becoming the third Republican in the field.

Lew signature more than just squiggly lines: The way Treasury Secretary Jack Lew's signature will appear on money looks more like a signature and less like the squiggly lines for which he has been known.


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— Aaron Blake contributed to this post

Updated at 6:56 p.m.