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May 20, 2014

Pennsylvania Primary Results: Margolies Fails in Comeback Bid (Updated)

Updated 12:01 a.m. | State Rep. Brendan Boyle easily defeated three other Democrats Tuesday night, including former Rep. Marjorie Margolies, to win an open-seat primary in Pennsylvania’s 13th District.

Boyle defeated Margolies, his next closest primary opponent, 41 percent to 27 percent, with 98 percent of precincts reporting, according to The Associated Press. The Democratic primary is tantamount to the general election in this district, which President Barack Obama carried with 66 percent in 2012. Full story

March 7, 2014

Bill Shuster Begins Major TV Ad Campaign

Pennsylvania Rep. Bill Shuster is leaving nothing to chance in his campaign for a seventh full term.

The House Transportation and Infrastructure chairman is going up Friday with a monthlong, $400,000 TV ad campaign ahead of the Keystone State’s May 20 Republican primary.

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January 28, 2014

Shuster Raises Big Bucks Ahead of Primary Challenge

Shuster Raises Big Bucks Ahead of Primary Challenge

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., raised over a half a million dollars during the fourth quarter of last year, according to figures shared first with CQ Roll Call.

The chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee faces a tea party challenger in the May 20 primary.

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January 9, 2014

Shuster Primary Opponent Posts Another Paltry Quarter

Shuster Primary Opponent Posts Another Paltry Quarter

Shuster faces a primary this year. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Retired Coast Guard Capt. Art Halvorson, a Republican challenging Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., raised just $8,700 in the fourth quarter, according to his most recent fundraising report.

That paltry sum brings Halvorson’s total cash on hand to $72,000 — just five months out from the May 20 primary.

Political operatives have previously described Halvorson’s primary challenge as Shuster’s toughest political fight in almost a decade. But another low quarterly haul will only cast doubt on Halvorson’s viability to topple the House Transportation and Infrastructure chairman. Full story

October 3, 2013

Exclusive: Bill Shuster Stomps Tea Party Challenger in Early GOP Poll

Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., holds a more than 50-point lead over his Republican challengers in the 9th District primary next year, according to a new automated telephone poll from a GOP firm.

In the survey — shared first with CQ Roll Call — nearly two-thirds of likely GOP primary voters, 63 percent, said they would back Shuster in a primary. Ret. Coast Guard Capt. Art Halvorson had the support of 11 percent of respondents, while 5 percent backed veteran Travis Schooley. Twenty-one percent of respondents said they were “not sure” in the poll.

In recent weeks, Pennsylvania GOP operatives have questioned if Shuster is vulnerable to a primary challenge from Halvorson. The House Transportation and Infrastructure chairman has ramped up his fundraising over the past year, and his campaign manager insisted to CQ Roll Call that his team takes every challenge seriously.

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September 23, 2013

‘Prince of Asphalt’ Braces for Primary Challenge

Prince of Asphalt Braces for Primary Challenge

Shuster faces a primary in 2014. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In another era, House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster would have his House district on lockdown. Who would challenge the powerful “prince of asphalt” in his safe GOP district in south-central Pennsylvania?

But by many local accounts, Shuster has the fight of a decade on his hands from retired Coast Guard Capt. Art Halvorson.

Shuster’s biography boasts the textbook trappings of an entrenched incumbent: his chairmanship of a committee once known for pork projects, the scion of a local political legend, and a reputation for bringing federal funds to the district. The congressman’s father, 14-term Rep. Bud Shuster, was known for using the same committee gavel to move money into the district — enough so that he picked up the “king of asphalt” title.

But his son reigns in a different political era. In a sign of the times, all of Shuster’s bona fides did nothing to scare off Halvorson.

“Committee chairmanships are no longer a deterrent in getting a primary, but they are still enormously beneficial to winning a primary,” said Brock McCleary, a Pennsylvania-based GOP pollster. Full story

July 12, 2013

Most Eye-Popping Fundraising Hauls of the Second Quarter … So Far

After the drip-drip of campaign fundraising leaks over the past two weeks, it’s now clear that the amount of money it took to look impressive is staggering.

Challengers and incumbents raised the bar so high that to be considered a standout this time around, a candidate had to have raised $2 million for a Senate campaign or more than half a million for the House.

A number of nervous senators raised more than a million dollars in the second quarter, but it was the $2 million mark that made us look twice at recent reports.

As for the House, it was only last cycle when $200,000 to $400,000 marks were above-average for candidates in competitive races. That is no longer the case. At least 10 incumbents or challengers raised between $400,000 and $500,000 this quarter.

Here are some of the numbers raised our eyebrows over the past two weeks:

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July 8, 2013

Paul Ryan Rakes In Big Bucks in Second Quarter

Paul Ryan Rakes In Big Bucks in Second Quarter

Ryan raised a lot of money in the second quarter. (Photo By Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Several campaigns released their fundraising figures today, following the holiday weekend. The reporting period ended June 30, but House and Senate campaigns have until July 15 to report their figures to the Federal Election Commission.

Here are some of the new figures released on Monday:

Senate

  • #MISEN: Rep. Gary Peters raised more than $1 million in the second quarter and has $1.8 million in the bank.

House

  • #WI01: Rep. Paul D. Ryan raised $1.1 million and reported nearly $2.2 million in the bank, according to his campaign fundraising report.
  • #FL18: Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy raised more than $520,000 and has $1 million in the bank, according to a campaign press release.
  • #PA07: Republican Rep. Patrick Meehan raised $402,0000 in the 2nd quarter and has $1.4 million in cash on hand, according to national Republican sources.
  • #IL13: Rep. Rodney Davis raised more than $450,000 and will report having more than $700,000 in cash on hand.

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February 14, 2012

Pennsylvania: GOP Leaders Threaten to Move Primary Date

Chaos over the state legislative redistricting maps might delay Pennsylvania’s April 24 primary — a move that would effect Congressional and presidential races, too.

A later primary would give the Keystone State less prominence on the presidential nominating calendar, as well as influence several House contests, including the high-profile primary between Democratic Reps. Jason Altmire and Mark Critz in the redrawn 12th district.

Earlier this month, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered a state redistricting commission to redraw its controversial proposal for the legislative districts. But there’s growing concern the state Legislative Reapportionment Commission will not have enough time to pass new maps.

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