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Afternoon Fix: AFL-CIO snubs Lincoln; DSCC goes after Buck on 17th Amendment

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* In endorsements handed down today, the Arkansas AFL-CIO declined to endorse Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) over her opponent, Rep. John Boozman (R-Ark.). The labor group supported Lt. Gov. Bill Halter in the Democratic primary and is taking "no position" in the general election.

* A new Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee ad hits Colorado GOP Senate candidate Ken Buck for wanting to repeal the 17th Amendment -- a.k.a. direct election of U.S. senators.

* A new ad from Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland's (D) campaign hits former Rep. John Kasich (R) for using the "revolving door between Washington and Wall Street."

* Sarcasm alert: Vice President Joe Biden calls House Minority Leader John Boehner's suggestion that the Obama economic team be fired "very constructive advice, and we thank the leader for that."

* Alvin Greene was kicked out of a local Democratic Party meeting after a female companion got into an argument with people at the restaurant where the meeting was being held.


* Polls close at 7 p.m. Eastern time in Vermont and most of Florida, 8 p.m. in the panhandle of Florida and Oklahoma, 10 p.m. in Arizona and midnight in Alaska.

* The Fix will again be live-blogging the primaries tonight. So check back about 7 p.m. and join in the discussion!

* Post Politics has an awesome new chart detailing third-party spending in federal races across the country.

* Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is probably going to be OK, but do the candidates he has endorsed win in tough primaries? Keep an eye on former state Sen. Jonathan Paton in Rep. Gabrielle Giffords's (D-Ariz.) district and former staffer Jim Waring in Rep. Harry Mitchell's (D-Ariz.).

* If it's Tuesday, it's Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele being off-message. How do Republicans explain Steele distancing the party from Arizona's immigration law?


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By Aaron Blake  | August 24, 2010; 5:30 PM ET
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