From the “I bet it’s not Mike Hatch” department, this from Tom Scheck.

Becky Lourey confirmed to me that she will be naming her running mate this week. She wouldn’t tell me who it was but was clearly excited about it. It’s clear that it’s a man because she said she was going to announce it in two weeks but this person’s wife is so excited about it that she’s announcing this week. She didn’t specify a day.

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This is what I like to call “red meat” season. It’s when the candidates feed the base, which is usually not in the middle, only to have to run to the center in search of November votes. That is, if they don’t think their base alone is enough to put them over the top.

We spend a lot of time in the news business chasing the candidates. But I think we should spend as much time chasing the voters because — and I acknowledge I have absolutely no scientific proof of this — I’m pretty sure the two are not the same at this point.

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