AZ-8: Democrat Ron Barber won the Arizona special election to succeed his former boss, ex-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Barber defeated Republican Jesse Kelly, 53 percent to 45 percent. Barber now gets to run for reelection in a renumbered district that is slightly more favorable for Democrats. Kelly has said he will run again, but he faces an Aug. 28 primary and uncertainty about whether the national party will get behind him as its nominee for a third consecutive time.
Maine: Secretary of State Charlie Summers won the Republican nomination in the Maine Senate race. He will face a general election matchup with Democrat state Sen. Cynthia Dill and Independent former Gov. Angus King.
ND-AL: Public Service Commissioner Kevin Cramer upset the North Dakota Republican Party backed candidate Brian Kalk. He will face former state Rep. Pam Gulleson in November.
NV-4: Businessman Danny Tarkanian beat state Sen. Barbara Cegavske, 31 to 28%. He will face state Senate Majority Leader Steven Horsford in November.
SC-7: Former Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer and Horry County Council Chair Tom Rice will meet in a runoff on June 26. On the Democratic side, former GA state Rep. Gloria Bromell Tinubu was thought to have avoided a runoff, depending on whether former candidate state Rep. Ted Vick’s votes are included in the total.
Iowa: Mitt Romney holds a narrow lead over President Obama in Iowa, according to a new Rasmussen poll. Romney takes 47 percent to Obama’s 46 percent in the poll.
Obama: Continuing on a theme from last week, President Obama’s campaign is out with a new television ad that attacks Mitt Romney’s Massachusetts record. The new ad will run in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.
North Carolina: A new Public Policy Polling survey in North Carolina finds Mitt Romney leading President Obama by two points, 48% to 46%. Romney’s gained 7 points on Obama in North Carolina since April, when the President led by a 49 to 44 margin. Since then, Romney’s erased what was a 51 to 38 lead for Obama with independents and taken a 42 to 41 lead with that group.
Pennsylvania: A new Quinnipiac poll in Pennsylvania shows President Obama leading Mitt Romney by six points, 46% to 40%. Obama leads among women 51 to 36 percent, while men support Romney 44 to 40 percent. Obama leads 83 to 10 percent among Democrats and 43 to 35 percent among independent voters, while Republican voters back Romney 80 to 7 percent….