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April 7, 2014
A seven-week gauntlet of Republican Senate primaries kicking off next month will decide the fate of the tea party’s success this year.
If a Republican senator loses a primary this year, it will more than likely occur in a span of nominating contests premiering in one month. Incumbents got the boot thanks to tea-party-backed hopefuls in both 2010 and 2012, and those lesser known Republican nominees went on to both triumphs and failures.
In the third election cycle since the rise of the tea party, fundraising and organization remain significant hurdles for anti-establishment candidates. The outside groups helping to fuel many of the primary campaigns concede they are realistic about their slim chances against incumbents and mainstream Republican candidates.
Still, tea party organizers said they remain hopeful about picking off a few House seats and perhaps a couple Senate seats in their continued pursuit of increased congressional influence.
“Some of our guys could lose, many of them could lose. We understand that,” said Daniel Horowitz of the Madison Project, which recruits and supports conservative candidates. “We take calculated risks. We want to see a path, but it’s very much an uphill path in many of these races, especially if you’re going up against an incumbent and even some of the open seats where you’re starting out with a lot less money.”
But, Horowitz added, “on a large scale we have already won by forcing most of the incumbents to embrace, at least publicly, many of our policies.”
The races to watch begin May 6 in North Carolina, followed by Nebraska on May 13, Kentucky and Georgia on May 20, Mississippi on June 3 and South Carolina on June 10. South Dakota’s open seat has also invited a June 3 primary with similar dynamics, but it has drawn less outside interest than the others.
March 25, 2014
Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, apologized for his critical comments of Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, that were posted online Tuesday by a Republican research group.
Speaking at a fundraiser, Braley, who is running for the Hawkeye State’s open Senate seat, said the Senate could end up with “a farmer from Iowa who never went to law school, never practiced law, serving as the next chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee,” before identifying that person as Grassley.
“I apologize to Senator Grassley and anyone I may have offended,” Braley said in a statement released a couple of hours after the video posted. “I respect Senator Grassley and enjoy our working relationship even though we disagree on some issues.”
The Des Moines Register reported that the video was taken by a donor at a Jan. 23 fundraiser in Corpus Christi, Texas, before being released Tuesday by America Rising. Braley also told the assembled donors — presumably lawyers — that he is “someone with your background, your experience, your voice, someone who’s been literally fighting tort reform for 30 years in a visible and public way.”
A Grassley spokesperson responded in a statement pointing to Grassley’s years of service and accomplishments on the committee. Full story
February 19, 2014
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee outraised its Republican counterpart in January by $2 million, according to figures released by the committees.
The DSCC announced Wednesday it raised $6.6 million in the first month of the year. The monthly haul brings the committee’s cash on hand to $15 million as of Jan. 31. It also paid down its debt to $2.5 million.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee announced Tuesday it raised $4.6 million in January and ended the month with more than $10 million in cash on hand. The NRSC carries no debt. Full story
January 31, 2014
The Democratic and Republican Senate campaign arms both raised $4 million in December, according to figures released Friday.
The month ended a strong fundraising year for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, which outraised its Republican counterpart by $16 million on the year.
The DSCC, which raised $52.6 million in 2013, paid down its debt to $3.75 million and ended the year with $12 million in cash on hand.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee, which got off to a slow start in 2013, raised $36.7 million last year and ended December with $8 million on hand and no debt.
Republicans must net six seats to win the majority in November.
January 2, 2014
This cycle’s best bellwether for Senate control is North Carolina, where Sen. Kay Hagan, a Democrat, is seeking re-election in this increasingly frequent battleground state.
Senate Republicans must pick up a net of six seats to win control, and the Tar Heel State has served as that chamber’s best barometer in recent cycles. Since 2000, the party of North Carolina’s Senate victor has picked up seats across the country.
That’s what happened in 2008, when Hagan defeated then-Sen. Elizabeth Dole, and Democrats picked up several Senate seats on the coattails of President Barack Obama’s first election. Hagan won’t have that benefit in 2014, when the president’s poor approval rating will not help her re-election efforts. Full story
December 20, 2013
The National Republican Senatorial Committee boosted its war chest in November but was again outraised by its Democratic counterpart, according to figures released this week.
The NRSC announced Friday that it raised $3.2 million in November and increased its cash on hand to $6.4 million. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee — with help from its best fundraising asset, President Barack Obama — previously announced bringing in $5.1 million and ending the month with $12 million on hand.
That brings the DSCC’s fundraising edge over the first 11 months of the year to $16 million. The DSCC is still $5 million in debt, while the NRSC has no remaining debt from last cycle.
Republicans must net six seats to win back the majority in the 2014 midterms, when most of the competitive seats are held by Democrats.
December 16, 2013
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee announced Monday that it raised $5.1 million last month — its best off-year November ever.
The DSCC has now raised $48.6 million through the first 11 months of the year and had more than $12 million in cash on hand as of Nov. 30. It paid down its remaining debt last month by $1.25 million and now owes $5 million. Full story
November 20, 2013
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised about $7 million in October and will report more than $25 million in cash on hand, according to a DCCC aide.
The committee’s bottom line was boosted, in part, because of the government shutdown that month. Polls showed Republicans — especially in the House — received much of the blame for the 16 days the federal government was closed.
November 18, 2013
The 16-day government shutdown was clearly no detriment to campaign fundraising, as both Senate committees posted solid numbers in October.
Still, Senate Democrats again outraised their GOP counterparts. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee announced raising $4.8 million in October — $1 million more than the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
The DSCC finished the month with $11.1 million in cash on hand and $6.2 million in debt. The NRSC had $5 million on hand and no debt as of Oct. 31.
An NRSC release said the committee had its strongest fundraising month of the year, while the DSCC said it had its best off-year October ever.
Republicans must net six seats to win the majority in 2014. The committees’ monthly fundraising reports are due to the Federal Election Commission on Wednesday.
November 8, 2013
The Boston Globe reported Friday that national Republicans are actively recruiting former Massachusetts Sen. Scott P. Brown to run again — this time in New Hampshire.
With former Rep. Charles Bass the latest Republican to take a pass on the Senate race, the party is still in search of a top-tier challenger to take on Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Jerry Moran told the Globe that despite the speculation that Brown is simply flirting with a bid, he doesn’t think the former senator “is just fooling around.”
Of course, a successful Brown Senate bid would be nearly unprecedented. Just two senators have ever represented more than one state in the Senate, and it hasn’t happened since the 1870s, according to a list maintained by the Senate Historical Office.
“It will be uphill, no question about it, for him,” former Rep. Jeb Bradley, who also took a pass on this race, told CQ Roll Call. “But I think he’s certainly got as good a chance as any Republican that I can think of to be successful.”
New Hampshire’s other senator echoed that sentiment, believing that Brown would help expand the Senate landscape into New England. Full story
November 5, 2013
Senate Republicans are now open to spending money to help a preferred candidate through a competitive primary — a change from last cycle when the committee was under different leadership.
While briefing reporters Tuesday morning on the GOP’s path to winning control of the Senate, Rob Collins, executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said the NRSC will “do what we think gets us to a majority.”
“Would we spend money in primaries? Yes, if that’s the right move at the right time,” Collins said. “There’s no rules — I treat every state differently. The path to getting a general election candidate who can win is the only thing we care about.” Full story
October 16, 2013
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee raised more money than its Republican counterpart in September, increasing its fundraising advantage for the year to $13 million.
The DSCC raised $4.6 million last month and ended September with more than $10 million in cash on hand, the committee announced on Wednesday. A committee spokesman said the DSCC has also paid down its debt to $7.5 million.
September 19, 2013
Updated 9:10 a.m. | The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee topped its Republican counterpart in fundraising last month, the seventh time in eight months the majority party has done so.
The DSCC raised $3.3 million in August and ended the month with $9.4 million in cash on hand, according to numbers provided by the committee. Since its last monthly Federal Election Commission report, the DSCC paid down its debt to $8.7 million by the end of August, a spokesman said.
Meanwhile, the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which has been outraised by more than $10 million so far this cycle, earlier this month paid off its remaining debt from the 2012 cycle. The GOP committee was also the first to do so last cycle.
The NRSC will report raising $1.9 million in August and ending the month with $4.8 million on hand. As of Sept. 3, that cash flow number was down to $2.3 million after paying off its remaining debt, according to an NRSC spokesman. The NRSC had no outstanding amounts from a $20 million line of credit from Wells Fargo, according to a letter from the bank provided to CQ Roll Call. Full story
September 18, 2013
Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., officially declined to run for Senate on Tuesday, clearing the path for former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land to be the GOP nominee in the state’s open-seat Senate race in 2014.
“She’s working hard, out there raising money, campaigning all over the state,” GOP consultant Stu Sandler said. He added that state Republicans are “impressed by the campaign she’s run.”
Other Michigan Republicans concur with Sandler’s assessment, including the National Republican Senatorial Committee. During the past week, the committee sent a pair of emails touting her candidacy.
Amash never met with the NRSC, according to a committee spokesman. Full story
September 11, 2013
Getting an ad on the air in a competitive Senate race next year may not break the bank, but that won’t change the unruly amount of money that will be spent.
A Senate playing field (view ratings map) constructed almost entirely of small media markets has several implications for the candidates, campaign committees and outside groups in the most targeted states next year. Above all, it likely guarantees an extended campaign season.
“It means the poor, unfortunate people who live in those states will be subjected to much more ugliness,” as Curt Anderson, a Republican media consultant, put it. Full story