• Get ready to see lots of GOP Senate nominee Thom Tillis, who has reserved nearly $3 million in advertising for September and October.

• The Washington Examiner’s Byron York recently visited North Carolina, noting that, as crucial as our Senate race will be in determining the partisan balance of power in that chamber, both Tillis and incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan do little to stir enthusiasm.

• In an overview of all the competitive Senate races, liberal Washington Post writer Chris Cillizza largely agrees with York, callling the Hagan-Tillis contest “the quietest close race in the country.”

• The conservative website reads Hagan’s mail — her correspondence with potential supporters — and reports that 19 of her last 21 mailings have mentioned the Koch brothers.

• The New Republic profiles 2nd Congressional District Democratic nominee Clay Aiken and his unusual campaign.