New Mexico: Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chavez has dropped out of the Senate race and pledged his full support to Congressman Tom Udall. Not having to spend heavily in a primary or deflect any political attacks from Chavez makes Udall's advantage over Republican Congresscritters Steve Pearce and Heather Wilson (who should have a very costly, bruising primary) even stronger. Current polling already shows Udall with a significant leg up on both the ethically-compromised Wilson and the far-right-wing Pearce.
Oregon: A new poll by The Oregonian and KGW-TV puts Gordon Smith's approval down at 40%; and, better yet, KGW-TV's broadcast of the poll numbers points out that Smith's approval among Republicans is below 50%. Smith should take the time to savor 2008; it will be his last year as a U.S. Senator.
Kentucky: With state Auditor Crit Luallen and state Attorney General Greg Stumbo making it clear that a 2008 Senate bid by either is unlikely, there is apparently a push to get newly-elected Lieutenant Governor Dan Mongiardo to enter the Senate fray against Mitch McConnell. Especially if Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Horne is aggressively working to round up support, I wouldn't expect Mongiardo to go for it, having just been elected to the Lt. Gov. office, but you never know. Democratic businessman Greg Fischer also continues to consider a bid. Meanwhile, the DSCC catches the dishonest McConnell in a bold-faced lie about his record on health care, touting support for medical research just a month after voting against funding for medical research! McConnell just doesn't care about the truth. In related news, Keith Olbermann declares McConnell to be the Worst Person in the World.
North Carolina: Public Policy Polling makes an interesting comparison between undecided voters in the 2008 Democratic Senate primary and those in the 1998 Democratic Senate primary.
Virginia: Republican Jim Gilmore continues to demonstrate how hilarious he is.
USA Today looks at the Udall family political dynasty. (HT: Colorado Pols)