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May 21, 2014

CBC Members Rally Behind New Jersey House Candidate

Assistant House Minority Leader James E. Clyburn and 20 other Democratic members are headlining a fundraiser Wednesday for a candidate running in a competitive primary to succeed retiring Rep. Rush D. Holt, D-N.J.

The Capitol Hill cocktail reception will benefit the campaign of New Jersey state Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman. The Democrats listed on the invitation obtained by CQ Roll Call are mostly Congressional Black Caucus members, including Rep. Donald M. Payne Jr., D-N.J., and CBC Chairwoman Marcia L. Fudge of Ohio.

Two weeks out from the 12th District primary, Coleman is in a dead heat against state Sen. Linda Greenstein, according to a newly-released Monmouth University poll. Two other candidates, state Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula and physicist Andrew Zwicker, lagged far behind. Full story

Simpson Overwhelms Tea Party Rival in Idaho Primary

Simpson Overwhelms Tea Party Rival in Idaho Primary

Simpson was re-nominated Tuesday and is now favored to win a ninth term. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A fierce tea-party-backed primary challenge in Idaho came up short Tuesday, as Republican Rep. Mike Simpson won his party’s nomination and is headed for a ninth term.

With a little help from his friends, Simpson, an appropriator and one of the most targeted GOP incumbents of the cycle, brushed back an effort to oust him by the Club for Growth, which supported attorney Bryan Smith.

Simpson led 63 percent to 37 percent when the Associated Press called the race with 36 percent of precincts reporting. Full story

Monica Wehby Wins GOP Senate Primary in Oregon

Pediatric neurosurgeon Monica Wehby clinched the Republican Senate nomination in Oregon on Tuesday, beating out state Rep. Jason Conger.

Wehby will now face Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley — who handily won his primary — in an uphill race for Republicans. She led Conger 55 percent to 32 percent when the Associated Press called the race with 52 percent of precincts reporting.

Merkley is running his first Senate re-election race after unseating Republican Sen. Gordon Smith in 2008.

The blue-state seat has not been a top target for national Republicans, who must pick up a net six seats to regain the Senate majority. But Wehby’s resume as a physician and strong first TV ad have Republicans optimistic they can expand the playing field into Oregon. Full story

May 20, 2014

Perdue, Kingston Head to Runoff in Georgia GOP Senate Primary

Perdue, Kingston Head to Runoff in Georgia GOP Senate Primary

Kingston, middle, and Perdue, far right, advanced to the runoff on Tuesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Businessman David Perdue and Rep. Jack Kingston advanced Tuesday to the runoff for the Republican Senate nomination in Georgia.

Perdue and Kingston were the top vote-getters, beating out former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel, and Reps. Phil Gingrey and Paul Broun.

Perdue led with 30 percent when The Associated Press called the race with 87 percent of precincts reporting. As expected, he was unable to secure the 50 percent of the vote necessary to win the nomination outright. Kingston finished second with 26 percent, edging out Handel, who had 22 percent. Full story

Georgia Primary Results: Rick Allen Wins Primary to Face Barrow (Updated)

Georgia Primary Results: Rick Allen Wins Primary to Face Barrow (Updated)

Rick Allen won the primary and will face Rep. John Barrow, D-Ga. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 12:19 a.m. | Construction company owner Rick Allen avoided a GOP primary runoff in Georgia’s 12th District and now moves on to face Democratic Rep. John Barrow in November.

Allen defeated his next closest primary opponent, businessman Eugene Yu, 54 percent to 16 percent, with 93 percent of precincts reporting, according to The Associated Press.

The five-candidate GOP primary in this district was expected to head to a runoff — triggered when no candidate garners at least 50 percent. That scenario would have benefited Barrow, a top target of national Republicans, as Republicans would have faced nine more weeks of not focusing time and money on defeating the incumbent.

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Arkansas Primary Results: French Hill, Bruce Westerman Win GOP Primaries

Arkansas Primary Results: French Hill, Bruce Westerman Win GOP Primaries

Pryor didn't have to wait to learn his GOP challenger. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Two Republican primaries in Arkansas on Tuesday finalized the makeup of potentially competitive House races this fall.

National Democrats, who have lost several seats in Arkansas over the last couple of cycles, are targeting Arkansas’ 2nd and 4th districts. With their own nominees already in hand, Democrats now know which Republicans will be vying to keep the open seats in GOP hands.

Both races will run under the umbrella of competitive statewide races for governor and Senate. The latter will feature Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor and Republican Rep. Tom Cotton, who both avoided primary challenges.

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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

McConnell Wins Primary, Will Face Grimes (Updated)

McConnell Wins Primary, Will Face Grimes (Updated)

McConnell won his primary handily on Tuesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 9:21 p.m. | Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell defeated his tea party-backed primary rival Tuesday, putting the Republican lawmaker one step closer to winning a sixth term in Kentucky.

McConnell led with 62 percent to 33 percent for Louisville businessman Matt Bevin when The Associated Press called the race with just 7 percent of precincts reporting.

The primary served as the formal kickoff to what’s expected to be a highly competitive general-election race with Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s secretary of State, who also won her primary by a wide margin. In one of Democrats’ two pickup opportunities in 2014, recent polls have found the race neck-and-neck. Full story

Democrat Drops Out of Arizona Open-Seat Primary

Democrat Drops Out of Arizona Open Seat Primary

Gallardo dropped out of a competitive open-seat Democratic primary in Arizona. (Meredith Dake/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Arizona state Sen. Steve Gallardo withdrew on Tuesday from the crowded race to replace retiring Democratic Rep. Ed Pastor.

Gallardo, a potentially competitive candidate in the race, will instead run to replace one of his former Congressional rivals, Mary Rose Wilcox, in her seat on the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors.

The race for Pastor’s 7th District will now come down to the two most organized Democrats of the handful of contenders — Wilcox and state Rep. Ruben Gallego. Full story

Club for Growth Launches Ad in Open Alabama House Race

The Club for Growth is up with an ad attacking an Alabama Republican primary hopeful for his donations to “liberal Democrats in Congress.”

The 30-second spot says businessman Will Brooke, one of seven Republicans running in the 6th District open-seat race, donated “tens of thousands of dollars” to a Democratic gubernatorial candidate in Alabama and that his company helped pass tax increases in the state.

“That’s liberal, that’s Will Brooke,” a narrator says in the ad, backed by a six-figure buy in the Birmingham broadcast and cable markets.

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McConnell, Grimes Race Has Already Begun as Primary Concludes

McConnell, Grimes Race Has Already Begun as Primary Concludes

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell might be the headliner of the “Super Tuesday” primaries, but the Kentucky Republican’s general election has already started.

Tuesday features intriguing Republican and Democratic primaries at the House and Senate levels across six states, including a still-unpredictable Georgia GOP Senate race and an open-seat Democratic House contest in Philadelphia. In Kentucky, McConnell was once considered vulnerable to a conservative challenger, but he’s likely to easily defeat Louisville businessman Matt Bevin, a tea-party-backed, partially self-financing contender.

For McConnell, Tuesday night will serve as a test-run for the general against Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes and the formal kickoff to the more challenging leg of his already lengthy re-election campaign.

“Our goal was to come out of the primary stronger than we went in, and by any objective measure the McConnell campaign has exceeded that goal,” McConnell spokeswoman Allison Moore said in a statement to CQ Roll Call. Full story

May 19, 2014

Kirkpatrick Challenger Apologizes for Linking Democrats With Mass Shooters

Kirkpatrick Challenger Apologizes for Linking Democrats With Mass Shooters

Kirkpatrick could face one of several Republicans in November. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

A Republican challenger to Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick apologized Monday for saying over the weekend that most mass shooters are members of the Democratic Party.

In his initial Saturday comment, rancher Gary Kiehne stated that “if you look at all the fiascos that have occurred, 99 percent of them have been by Democrats pulling their guns out and shooting people,” according to The Arizona Daily Star.  “So I don’t think you have a problem with the Republicans.”

His campaign released a statement apologizing for the comment:

“This past weekend, I made a comment about the political affiliation of perpetrators of gun violence in the heat of a debate. I’ve since learned that the information that I based the comment off of was inaccurate and incorrect. I’ve always believed that when you make a mistake, you should own up to it. Too many politicians today offer nothing but spin and excuses when they say something they shouldn’t have. I’m not going to do that. Simply put, I shouldn’t have made the comment, and I want to offer my apology for making it without any reservations.”

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Challenger Hits Mike Honda in New TV Ad

Attorney Ro Khanna began airing a contrast ad Monday, just a few weeks out from California’s top-two primary.

In the ad, the Democrat taking on longtime Democratic Rep. Michael M. Honda hits the incumbent for ”stubbornly” refusing all debates and “slinging mud” — likely referencing a negative mailer Honda’s campaign sent earlier this month.

“Isn’t it time to put the old politics aside?” a narrator says in the 30-second spot, before transitioning to highlight Khanna’s endorsements.

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May 16, 2014

Congressman Backs Ex-Hill Staffer for California Seat

Congressman Backs Ex Hill Staffer for California Seat

Royce endorsed a former Capitol Hill staffer on Friday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce has endorsed former Capitol Hill aide Lesli Gooch, becoming the latest Southern California congressman to back the Republican seeking her former boss’ open House seat.

Gooch, one of several candidates vying for the seat of retiring GOP Rep. Gary G. Miller in California’s 31st District, worked for Miller as a senior policy adviser in the district, which is a top Democratic pick-up opportunity in November. Royce’s endorsement follows that of Miller and Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif.

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Lesli Gooch and our delegation in the United States Congress to get things done for Californians,” Royce said in a statement Friday. “The Inland Empire needs Lesli Gooch’s strong conservative leadership in Congress to beat back the failed policies of Reid and Pelosi that are hurting our economy and crippling our national security.”

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Campaign Spot-Light: Landrieu Shoots Over the Moon

Welcome to the third edition of Roll Call’s feature that highlights the most interesting political ads of the week.

Here is what cut through the clutter:

Louisiana Senate: A Re-Election That Is Anything but the ‘Big Easy’

Ad buyer: Mary Landrieu for Louisiana
Ad buy: It is a $200,000 ad buy, per The Los Angeles Times.
The race: Democratic Sen. Mary L. Landrieu is running in a November jungle primary. Unless she takes 50 percent of the vote, she will head to a December runoff against a to-be-determined Republican rival. The race is rated a Tossup by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

Landrieu is facing another competitive campaign, but her latest ad offers a glimpse of how she’s won multiple terms. In this spot, Landrieu’s father, former New Orleans Mayor Moon Landrieu, makes the case that the stubbornness of his daughter, the Pelican State’s three-term senior senator, protected Louisiana from great villains of recent years: BP, President Barack Obama and the rest of the Senate. Full story

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