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The Week Ahead: Super Runoff Tuesday In Carolinas

By Kyle Trygstad

There are elections in four states Tuesday, including three high-profile statewide races in Utah, North Carolina and South Carolina and a congressional runoff in Mississippi. President Obama continues to push the Senate on clean energy legislation, and Vice President Biden hits the road in his role as campaign surrogate-in-chief. Here are the details on the week ahead in politics:

The White House: The president begins the week with an annual speech on the importance of responsible fatherhood, followed by a barbeque at the White House. Things pick up steam on Wednesday when a bipartisan group of senators meet at the White House to discuss the process for passing comprehensive energy and climate legislation this year -- something the House did a year ago, and something Obama called for last week in his first nationally televised address from the Oval Office. On Thursday Obama meets with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, a day before both travel to Muskoka, Ontario to attend the G-8 summit.

Something Republicans don't think he should do is enjoy any sporting or arts activities in Washington until oil stops leaking into the Gulf. "Until this problem is fixed, no more golf outings, no more baseball games, no more Beatle concerts, Mr. President," Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said in a statement Sunday, a day after Obama played golf with Biden and two days after he watched pitching phenom Stephen Strasburg and the Nationals against Obama's hometown White Sox.

Capitol Hill: On Tuesday, the House and Senate conference committee continues negotiations on the Wall Street reform legislation, a process that began last week and is expected to conclude this week. In the House, a vote is expected on the Disclose Act, which Democrats are hoping to rally support around after pulling it Friday because of a lack of votes. The bill comes in response to the controversial Supreme Court decision in the Citizens United case, which allows corporations, unions and other groups to directly engage in political activity, like air TV ads against a candidate. The Senate begins the week with Monday evening votes on a handful of judicial nominations, and in one week Senate Judiciary Committee hearings will commence on the nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court.

Politics: Biden begins the week in Midland, Mich., located nearly dead-center in the state -- about where one would expect given its name -- where he will again highlight the success last year's stimulus bill is having on businesses and job creation around the country. From Midland, Biden heads to Chicago for fundraising events with 10th District nominee Dan Seals, who was twice unsuccessful against Republican Mark Kirk, and Senate nominee Alexi Giannoulias, who's facing Kirk this year in a statewide race -- one of utmost importance to the White House.

In Utah, Mike Lee and Tim Bridgewater battle it out for the Republican Senate nomination after knocking incumbent Republican Bob Bennett out of the primary process last month. The primary is a de facto general election, as the winner is expected to cruise to victory in November. North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr will finally learn who his Democratic opponent is on Tuesday, when Elaine Marshall and Cal Cunningham conclude their feisty runoff campaign. South Carolina has a runoff as well, as state Rep. Nikki Haley (better known as one of Sarah Palin's "Mama Grizzlies") fights to hold off Rep. Gresham Barrett after nearly taking the nomination outright in the June 8 primary. And in Mississippi, two Republicans are vying to take on eight-term Democrat Bennie Thompson in the 2nd District -- including one candidate whom Thompson beat with 69 percent in 2008.

**Poll Watch:
Obama Job Performance: Approve 48.4 / Disapprove 47.7 (+0.7)
Congress Job Performance: Approve 21.8 / Disapprove 72.5 (-50.7)
Generic Ballot Test: Republicans +0.4

**In Case You Missed It: RCP's own Sean Trende appeared on FOX News Sunday to discuss the role of Obama and Palin on the midterms so far.