The Bushies favor Representative Saxby Chambliss over former state legislator Bob Irvin to challenge Max Cleland for his Senate seat.NORTH CAROLINA
After Richard Vinroot, former mayor of Charlotte, stepped aside for Liddy Dole, who is seeking the GOP Senate nomination, the RNC gave him $200,000 to retire campaign debts.SOUTH DAKOTA
Rove & Co. recruited Representative John Thune to run against Senator Tim Johnson.CALIFORNIA
Bush backed former L.A. Mayor Richard Riordan over financier Bill Simon in the Republican gubernatorial primary. Simon won.MINNESOTA
State House Majority Leader Tim Pawlenty is being pushed aside so former St. Paul Mayor Norm Coleman can take on liberal Senator Paul Wellstone without a primary.IOWA
Representative Greg Ganske was recruited to run against Senator Tom Harkin, getting the nod over the more doctrinaire Bill Salier.OHIO
The White House is favoring former Dayton Mayor Mike Turner over newspaper publisher Roy Brown for Representative Tony Hall's seat.