Bagels and Ballots – Tuesday

-Post-Primary Preferences: For weeks, registered voters have stated their preference for Republicans on a generic congressional ballot. But a new Gallup poll shows the two major parties now effectively tied with Democrats winning 46% and Republicans 45%. (Gallup)

-Leveling California? Though other recent polls have given a slight lead to Republican Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard executive trying to unseat California Senator Barbara Boxer, a Public Policy Polling survey) of 630 likely voters puts Boxer eight points ahead. (Public Policy Polling)

-Jew York: Yesterday, ultra-orthodox Rabbi Yehuda Levin took to the microphone at a Dov Hikind City Hall press conference and tore into the state’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo. He told the New York Daily News that the Cuomo’s campaign’s recent swipes at opponent Carl Paladino reminded him of an alleged 1977 campaign smear involving Cuomo’s father Mario: “Vote for Cuomo, Not the Homo.” (New York Daily News)

-Gunning Against Obama: Eric Cantor, Congress’s only Jewish Republican, lashed out against Barack Obama in an interview with Newsmax, criticizing what he sees as Obama’s distrust in the free market as “not the optimistic American way.” (Newmax)

-Telephone Redux: After calling her senators on Friday, Lady Gaga led a rally in Maine — organized by the Service Members Legal Defense Network — to urge Senators Susan Collins and Olympia Snow of Maine, and Massachusetts’ Scott Brown, to vote for repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. Instead, she proposed a new law, called “if you don’t like it, go home,” targeted at homophobic soldiers. Fox has Senator John McCain’s response. (CBS)

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