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March 13, 2012
Pennsylvania Reps. Jason Altmire and Mark Critz will go on the air this week with their first TV ads ahead of the April 24 Democratic primary.
The early ad campaigns signal that the two are running an aggressive race against each other in this southwestern Pennsylvania district. The Keystone State lost a House seat this cycle due to lagging population growth, and Republican mapmakers moved the two Democrats into the same district, forcing them to face off next month.
Both campaigns will air their spots on broadcast television in Pittsburgh and additional, smaller markets for a total buy of about $150,000 each, according to PoliticsPA, which first broke the news. See the ads after the jump. Full story
March 8, 2012
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor today threw his weight behind freshman Rep. Adam Kinzinger in his primary fight against fellow Republican Rep. Don Manzullo in Illinois’ 16th district.
The Virginia Republican endorsed Kinzinger in a joint statement with Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.). “Adam Kinzinger is hands down the candidate the conservative cause needs to win the primary for Congress on March 20th and he has our enthusiastic endorsement for a second term in Congress,” the two lawmakers argued.
Although the statement does not directly name Manzullo, who has served 10 terms in the House, Cantor and Shimkus take a glancing shot at their colleague. Full story
March 7, 2012
Georgia Rep. John Lewis is the first to take sides in New Jersey’s Democratic Member-vs.-Member race, backing Rep. Bill Pascrell over Rep. Steven Rothman.
“Bill Pascrell is my friend and my brother,” Lewis said in a statement. “I serve on the Ways & Means Committee with him. We work together. I have visited his district. He is a hard working and dedicated Member of Congress. He speaks up and speaks out for the people he serves. He deserves the help and support of all the people of his district.”
Ohio Rep. Marcy Kaptur got an influx of campaign cash from fellow House Democrats in the final days before her primary victory Tuesday over Rep. Dennis Kucinich.
Rep. John Olver (D-Mass.), a longtime appropriator who serves on the panel with Kaptur and is retiring this year, cut her a check for $2,000, according to Federal Election Commission reports. The political action committees of Reps. Linda Sánchez (D-Calif.) and Corrine Brown (D-Fla.) also gave $1,000 each to Kaptur.
Rep. Bennie Thompson’s (D-Miss.) SECURE PAC gave Kaptur $2,000 just a couple of days before the primary. Also, Rep. Dan Lipinski’s (D-Ill.) re-election campaign sent her $1,000 a day later, per online records. Full story
March 6, 2012
Updated: 12:35 a.m. | Rep. Marcy Kaptur defeated fellow Ohio Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich in a redistricting-forced primary tonight, capping the Congressional career of Cleveland’s one-time “Boy Mayor” and the House’s resident peace advocate.
Kaptur, the dean of the Ohio delegation, beat the two-time presidential candidate by a margin of 56 percent to 40 percent, according to results from the Associated Press.
Speaking by phone on MSNBC after midnight, Kaptur said she hadn’t yet spoken to Kucinich or gotten a concession from him. “We really haven’t had a chance to connect yet. But we will,” Kaptur said, adding that it had been “a very intense campaign.” Full story
A federal magistrate judge released a draft Congressional map late Monday that drew some Members together and riled Empire State politics, putting immense pressure on the long-deadlocked state Legislature to find a redistricting solution of its own.
On first take, analysts of both parties saw freshman Reps. Chris Gibson (R), Kathy Hochul (D) and Bob Turner (R) in the biggest trouble under the new map. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D), who was drawn into the same district as Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel (D), appears to have a district to run in, though it won’t be the one he lives in. He is not expected to run against Israel.
Hochul’s home appears to have been drawn into four-term Rep. Brian Higgins’ (D) district, setting up the potential of a Member-vs.-Member primary. The district that is most similar to the one she currently represents remains difficult turf for any Democrat. Full story
Ten-term Rep. John Mica (R) led freshman Rep. Sandy Adams (R) in a new poll of Republican primary voters in Florida’s reconfigured 7th district in which both Members are running for re-election.
Mica led Adams 46 percent to 30 percent in a horse-race matchup , but Mica’s lead appears surmountable with the proper messaging, according to a polling memo obtained by Roll Call.
In the two-page memo, dated Monday to the Adams campaign team, respected pollster Neil Newhouse of Public Opinion Strategies wrote: “Adams has a terrific shot to defeat John Mica in a Republican primary if she has the necessary financial resources to compete. As Republican primary voters learn more information about the two candidates in the months leading up to the August primary, Sandy will close this ballot gap significantly.”
When interviewers added neutral biographical information about both candidates, Adams took a lead in a head-to-head matchup, 42 percent to 39 percent.
March 5, 2012
A Pennsylvania court ruled today that Rep. Jason Altmire had enough valid signatures to stay on the Democratic primary ballot with fellow Rep. Mark Critz.
Critz will likely appeal the decision to the state Supreme Court. After the ruling, Critz campaign adviser Mike Mikus said they disagree with the judge’s decision and “are currently exploring our legal options.”
Several weeks ago, Critz challenged Altmire’s ballot access after he turned in only 1,651 nominating signatures. Pennsylvania election law requires 1,000 signatures to get on the ballot for Congress, but campaigns typically file twice as many to ward off these kinds of challenges. Full story
March 3, 2012
Just days before Ohio Democratic Reps. Marcy Kaptur and Dennis Kucinich square off in a primary, two fellow Democrats, including Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (Ill.), picked sides.
Earlier this week, Rep. David Price’s (D-N.C.) re-election committee and Durbin’s Prairie political action committee each donated $1,000 to Kaptur. The Congresswoman also received a $1,000 check from Rep. Rosa DeLauro’s (D-Conn.) campaign at the start of this year, according to online fundraising records. Both Price and DeLauro serve with Kaptur on the Appropriations Committee. Durbin, also an appropriator, was first elected to the House in 1982, the same year as Kaptur.
Kucinich’s fundraising reports from this year did not show any transfers from his Congressional colleagues. However, the late Rep. Tom Lantos’ (D-Calif.) campaign committee donated $2,000 to Kucinich in early February. Full story
March 1, 2012
Yep, you read that headline correctly.
Academy Award-winning actor Tom Hanks, former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole (R-Kan.) and Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) are supporting Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio) in her primary against Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) next week.
While the trio might appear to be an unusual one, Kaptur’s team boasts she worked with all three to build the National World War II Memorial. Full story
Updated 12:25 p.m. | It’s no surprise that all the action is in the Big Apple.
The New York state Assembly Democratic majority released a proposed Congressional map late Wednesday that eliminated the upstate district of retiring Democratic Rep. Maurice Hinchey and pitted freshman Rep. Bob Turner (R) and powerful seven-term Rep. Joe Crowley (D) against each other in the heart of New York City.
Even though more of the newly configured district comes from Turner’s current territory, Crowley would have a substantial edge if there were to be a battle between the two Members.
The Democratic map also draws Rep. Gary Ackerman (D) into Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel’s Long Island-based seat and makes Ackerman vulnerable to a primary challenge in his reconstituted district. A map from the state Senate Republicans completely eliminates Ackerman’s district.
Crossroads GPS today will begin airing its third advertisement targeting Iowa Rep. Leonard Boswell (D), who is facing off against Rep. Tom Latham (R).
The new spot from the deep-pocketed conservative group ties Boswell to President Barack Obama through his votes for the stimulus bill and the health care overhaul law, according to a copy of the ad obtained exclusively by Roll Call.
February 29, 2012
Rep. Mark Critz (Pa.) will have his day in court Friday to try to knock Rep. Jason Altmire off the April 24 Democratic primary ballot.
The state court hearing marks the first step in a legal process that could drastically change the outcome of one of the most competitive Member-vs.-Member primaries of the cycle. Polls from both candidates have shown Altmire leading Critz in the primary. Full story
The Campaign for Primary Accountability aired its second advertisement targeting Rep. Marcy Kaptur in her Ohio primary against fellow Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich.
The super PAC’s spot quotes a recent Kaptur ad in which the veteran Congresswoman says she “lives in the same house I grew up in, this one right here.”
“After 30 years in Congress, Marcy Kaptur says one thing, does another,” an announcer says in the super PAC’s ad. “Actually, Marcy Kaptur lives in this fancy condo in the Washington, D.C., suburbs.” Full story
February 28, 2012
Updated 2:55 p.m. | Missouri Rep. Russ Carnahan filed today to run in the urban St. Louis 1st district, setting off a potentially racially charged Democratic primary with Rep. William Lacy Clay that pits two Missouri political dynasties — one white, one black — against each other.
In the majority-minority district, both Congressmen will be familiar to voters, but Clay probably has the early edge. Only a third of Carnahan’s current constituents were drawn into the reconfigured 1st.
“It’s impossible to overlook the minority aspect here,” said Mike Kelley, a St. Louis Democrat who is a former executive director of the Missouri Democratic Party. “There will be a lot of downticket races that will have primaries, particularly in the African-American community, that will drive some turnout in this election. It will be something Caranhan will have to overcome, and it will be something that Clay will have to capitalize on.” Full story