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Super PAC backs Sen. Mike Enzi in fight against Dick Cheney

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Sen. Mike Enzi's Wyoming supporters have created a super PAC to help him beat back a Republican primary challenge from Liz Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney.

The PAC was founded by two Casper, Wyo., CPAs and long-time Republican activists, Bill and Barbara Cubin, who called it Wyoming's Own -- a dig at Cheney, who recently moved back to Wyoming from Virginia to run for office.

The super PAC is the latest effort by Republicans to bolster Enzi, a third-term incumbent, against a primary opponent whose father is already tapping a nationwide network of donors to help fund her campaign.

“We will do whatever needs to be done to make sure Mike Enzi gets re-elected,” Bill Cubin told the Washington Examiner.

Reversal in Va.,Cuccinelli repays gifts

Ken Cuccinelli, the Republican candidate for governor in Virginia, has agreed to repay the value of gifts he received from Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams, the man whose ties to Gov. Bob McDonnell's family are at the center of a federal probe.

Cuccinelli, the state attorney general, donated to a Richmond-based charity $18,000, the value of gifts that included a $1,500 Thanksgiving dinner.

Cuccinelli wants desperately to distance himself from Williams, whose generous gifts to the current governor and his family are now the focus of investigations by the FBI and a grand jury, which are trying to determine whether Williams got special treatment from the state in exchange for the gifts. Cuccinelli's Democratic opponent, Terry McAuliffe, has repeatedly used Cuccinelli's ties to Williams to question the Republican's fitness for office.

Cuccinelli said he had wanted to pay off the gifts sooner but didn't have the money.

"This is something that I would have liked to have done sooner, but like most Virginians, writing a check for more than $18,000 is not a simple matter for my family and me,” he said in a video released by his campaign.

GOP puts up attack ad but no candidate in N.C.

A Republican state lawmaker who hasn't even officially entered North Carolina's U.S. Senate race is spending $100,000 on television ads attacking Sen. Kay Hagan, the Democratic incumbent who is seen as vulnerable in the 2014 mid-term elections.

State Sen. Phil Berger is running a spot in the Greensboro area touting his role in passing the state's new stricter voter ID law that Hagan opposes.

"Shouldn't you need a photo I.D. to vote?" a male narrator says in the ad. "Liberals like Obama and Kay Hagan say 'no.'”

North Carolina political observers expect Berger to be among the Republicans who eventually challenge the Democratic incumbent in a red-leaning state.

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