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Sen. Mark Begich of Alaska, formerly the mayor of Anchorage, narrowly defeated scandal-plagued longtime Sen. Ted Stevens to win his Senate seat in 2008. Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell, 2010 Senate candidate and tea party favorite Joe Miller and former Alaska Attorney General Daniel Sullivan are vying for the opportunity to challenge Begich for his seat in November. Alaska's primaries will be held on Aug. 19. (Associated Press)

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State Rep. Chris McDaniel has been vocal in his opposition to Common Core, which garnered him support over incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran in Mississippi's hotly contested Republican Senate primary (AP Photo/The Hattiesburg American, Kelly Price)

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State Rep. Chris McDaniel has been vocal in his opposition to Common Core, which garnered him support over incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran in Mississippi's hotly contested Republican Senate primary (AP Photo/The Hattiesburg American, Kelly Price)

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Senate Veterans Affairs Committee chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders, Vermont independent, says he's hopeful the veterans health care bill the Senate passed Wednesday will be reconciled quickly with a similar measure passed unanimously by the House. (Associated press photographs)

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Senate Veterans Affairs Committee chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders, Vermont independent, says he's hopeful the veterans health care bill the Senate passed Wednesday will be reconciled quickly with a similar measure passed unanimously by the House. (Associated press photographs)

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Dr. Monica Wehby greets supporters at the headquarters in Oregon City, Oregon after winning the Oregon Republican Primary race for Senate on Tuesday, May. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)

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**FILE** Members of the Senate get together for "Seersucker Thursday" on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 23, 2011. The tradition was started by former Mississippi Sen. Trent Lott, who encouraged colleagues to don the lightweight, striped, summer-friendly fabric to combat the oppressive humidity in the nation's capital. From right are Sens. Lisa Murkowski, Alaska Republican, Kirsten Gillibrand, New York Democrat, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Mike Lee, Utah Republican. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Members of the Senate get together for "Seersucker Thursday" on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 23, 2011. The tradition was started by former Mississippi Sen. Trent Lott, who encouraged colleagues to don the lightweight, striped, summer-friendly fabric to combat the oppressive humidity in the nation's capital. From right are Sens. Lisa Murkowski, Alaska Republican, Kirsten Gillibrand, New York Democrat, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Mike Lee, Utah Republican. (Associated Press)

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Deputy Attorney General James Cole told the Senate intelligence committee that the administration is looking to end bulk data collection while allowing for enough flexibility to get large volumes of records if they are necessary to investigations. (Associated Press)

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Deputy Attorney General James Cole told the Senate intelligence committee that the administration is looking to end bulk data collection while allowing for enough flexibility to get large volumes of records if they are necessary to investigations. (Associated Press)

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After finishing second in this week's primary, lawyer Sandra Fluke will appear on the ballot next fall as a candidate for California state Senate. (Associated Press)

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After finishing second in this week's primary, lawyer Sandra Fluke will appear on the ballot next fall as a candidate for California state Senate. (Associated Press)

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National Edition News cover for June 4, 2014 - First Amendment at center of Senate fight on campaign cash: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), right, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, (R-Ky.), left, testify at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on "Examining a Constitutional Amendment to Restore Democracy to the American People" focusing on campaign finance on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, June 3, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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** FILE ** Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., left, accompanied by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., speaks during a mews conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 6, 2014, following a Senate vote on military sexual assaults. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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** FILE ** In this Sept. 25, 2013, file photo, Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, leaves the Senate building. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)'

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FILE – This Feb. 20, 2014, file photo shows Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., standing in defeat after a divided Senate derailed Democratic legislation providing $21 billion for medical, education and job-training benefits for the nation's veterans, as the bill fell victim to election-year disputes over spending and whether to slap sanctions on Iran on Capitol Hill in Washingtons. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger, shown at a Senate hearing in Washington, D.C. in 1934, advocated curbing reproduction of "undesirables" among "dysgenic groups." (AP Photo)

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Illinois state Sen. Kirk Dillard, R-Westmont, leaves the Senate chambers at the state Capitol Friday, May 30, 2014, in Springfield Ill. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

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Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy handed out research grants with a third of them going to universities in Colorado, where Mr. Udall is in a tough battle to win re-election to the Senate and has been a major proponent of the environment.