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House

California 7th Congressional District: Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) endorsed former Congressional aide Igor Birman (R-CA). Birman faces former Rep. Doug Ose (R-CA) and former Senate nominee Elizabeth Emken (R-CA) in the primary.

Illinois 10th Congressional District: Planned Parenthood announced it would endorse Rep. Brad Schneider (D-IL) over former Rep. Bob Dold (R-IL). The organization stayed neutral in this race in 2012 when Dold was the incumbent.

Idaho 2nd Congressional District: Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID) launched a television ad attacking his Club for Growth supported opponent, Bryan Smith, for being a personal injury lawyer who has “enriched himself by filing over 10,000 lawsuits.”

New York 22nd Congressional District: State Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney (R-NY) will mount a primary challenge to Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY).

Senate

Colorado: Incumbent Senator Mark Udall (D-CO) launched a web ad hitting challenger Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO) over his switch on abortion and personhood legislation.

Georgia: A new poll shows a very tight race in the GOP Senate primary in the Peach State. Businessman David Perdue leads the pack with 17 percent, followed by Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) 15 percent, Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) 10 percent, Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA) 8 percent and former Georiga Secretary of State Karen Handel 5 percent. A second poll this week showed similar results with Perdue at 21 percent, Kingston and Broun at 15 percent and the rest of the pack trailing.

Iowa: A conservative group, Priorities for Iowa, launched a $250,000 television ad campaign attacking Democrat Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA) for comments he made about Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) being a “farmer from Iowa who never went to law school.”

Iowa: Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin (R-AK) endorsed State Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) who earlier this week made news for launching a television ad that touted her background as someone who had castrated hogs growing up.

Virginia: A new poll shows incumbent Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) leading likely opponent Ed Gillespie (R-VA) by 15 points (46 to 31 percent). Gillespie is the former Chair of the Republican National Committee.

A look ahead            

House 

Tuesday, April 2 – The Senate Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Insurance will hold a hearing on Examining the GM Recall and NHTSA's Defect Investigation Process at 10:00 a.m. in 253 Russell. General Motors CEO Mary Barra is scheduled to testify.

Senate

Wednesday, April 2 – The House Education and the Workforce Committee will hold a hearing on Keeping College Within Reach: Meeting the Needs of Contemporary Students at 10:00 a.m. in 2175 Rayburn.  

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