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BUMPER PATROL

“A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.”

Bumper sticker spotted in Germantown, Md.

ON THE RADAR

A conservative businessman is pining to replace the late Sen. Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia. Declaring himself “a happy warrior and steadfast advocate,” John Raese has hit the ground running, and for good reason. Primary voting starts Aug. 20 in the Mountain State. In the past 48 hours alone, Mr. Raese appeared at two “tea party” rallies and one county fair, talking up fiscal sanity and the American competitive spirit.

“The core of the campaign is focused on the single fact that our government must be disciplined so that it works for us — the citizens — not the other way around,” Mr. Raese says. “I won’t be a senator who is a rubber stamp for [President] Obama.”

POLL DU JOUR

*57 percent of U.S. voters overall disapprove of President Obama’s job performance.

*46 percent plan to vote for a Republican candidate in the congressional races this fall.

*85 percent of Republicans, 44 percent of independents and 13 percent of Democrats say they will do the same.

*38 percent of voters overall plan to vote for a Democratic candidate.

*78 percent of Democrats, 27 percent of independents and 4 percent of Republicans say they will do the same.

*13 percent of voters overall are still unsure of their choice.

*3 percent will vote for neither major party.

Source: A Zogby Interactive poll of 2,389 likely voters conducted July 27-29.

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