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April 18, 2014

Jack Kingston Works His Base at Rural Cookout

Jack Kingston Works His Base at Rural Cookout

Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., greets supporters as he arrives at an annual cookout. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Jack Kingston Works His Base at Rural CookoutGLENNVILLE, Ga. — Rep. Jack Kingston, who’s represented Savannah in Congress for the last two decades, was at home Thursday evening in nearby Tattnall County, where elected officials and candidates streamed in to put their face in front of the loads of sheriffs, police and first responders gathered on the grounds of a rural pond house.

The Republican was one of three candidates vying for the party’s Senate nomination to attend the 27th annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Cookout, held just outside Kingston’s district. More than 1,000 people from around the state were on hand, sipping light beer and munching on pork barbecue, smoked chicken, Cadillac rice and Brunswick stew. Kingston, the only candidate with a campaign booth, could barely turn around without running into someone he knew, inevitably wearing his campaign sticker.

Southeast Georgia is Kingston country. His campaign has been working for months to broaden his brand beyond this area and into vote-rich Atlanta ahead of the competitive May 20 primary. But on this day, the congressman was sewing up his base.

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April 17, 2014

Michelle Nunn Hits Bipartisan Tone in Georgia Senate Stump Speech

Michelle Nunn Hits Bipartisan Tone in Georgia Senate Stump Speech

Michelle Nunn leaves a campaign event in Shellman, Ga. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Michelle Nunn Hits Bipartisan Tone in Georgia Senate Stump SpeechSHELLMAN, Ga. — Michelle Nunn strolled along train tracks stretching past a depleted downtown lined with empty storefronts and toward a crowd of supporters hoping to meet the state’s next senator.

At a private home in the southwestern corner of the state, the first-time candidate greeted a bipartisan duo of state legislators, chatted up some 50 curious admirers and delivered a rhythmic 10-minute stump speech that was heavy on bipartisanship and light on an unpopular president.

“We have a real viable race here,” Nunn said.

How viable depends in part on which Republicans emerge from the May 20 primary and who is nominated in the July 22 runoff. That crowded race remains up in the air, with five Republicans capable of advancing. As a result, the contest to replace retiring GOP Sen. Saxby Chambliss is stuck in idle until mid-summer, giving Nunn another three months to prepare for the general. Full story

April 16, 2014

A Low-Key Paul Broun Campaigns for Senate in Georgia

A Low Key Paul Broun Campaigns for Senate in Georgia

Broun speaks with supporter Jim Serrate, of Acworth, Ga., at the conclusion of the Cobb County Republican Women's Club candidate forum on Tuesday. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

A Low Key Paul Broun Campaigns for Senate in GeorgiaMARIETTA, Ga. — If one knew of Rep. Paul Broun only from a 90-minute Senate candidate forum Tuesday, it wouldn’t be obvious he is the cause of so much heartburn among Republican strategists from Capitol Hill to Atlanta — all hoping to hold the party’s most vulnerable open seat.

Broun, known widely for his controversial comments on evolution and other topics, sat stoic and expressionless on the dais as four other Georgia Republican hopefuls professed their conservative credentials. Each time the moderator called on him, Broun took a slow, deep breath before calmly — though sometimes haltingly — laying out his views and record on a range of issues.

That included his bill to prohibit “amnesty” in any comprehensive immigration overhaul, his bills to repeal the Affordable Care Act and his staunch support of the Second Amendment. All are firmly conservative positions, but his answers lacked any hint of the rhetoric that has some party insiders concerned his nomination would put in jeopardy a seat the party must hold for any hope of winning the Senate majority. Full story

April 9, 2014

Jack Kingston Raised $1.1 Million in 1st Quarter

Jack Kingston Raised $1.1 Million in 1st Quarter

Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., is one of a handful of Republicans seeking the state's open Senate seat. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Georgia Rep. Jack Kingston, one of a handful of Republicans vying for the state’s open Senate seat, raised $1.1 million in the first fundraising quarter of 2014, according to figures provided first to CQ Roll Call.

Kingston’s quarterly haul stemmed in part from 45 fundraisers and meet-and-greets held from January through March, the campaign said, and 89 percent of the total haul were from within the Peach State. Kingston ended March with $2.1 million in cash on hand.

“The generosity of so many both in volunteer hours and financial support has been overwhelming,” Kingston said in a statement. “Libby and I cannot thank everyone enough for their dedication to our campaign. Together we can retake the Senate and restore the American Dream.” Full story

March 30, 2014

The 7 Stock Photos in Mike Rounds’ South Dakota Ad — Including One From Paris

The 7 Stock Photos in Mike Rounds South Dakota Ad — Including One From Paris

A screengrab from the Rounds ad, which featured stock photos.

Updated 6:00 p.m. | In a 60-second, introductory Senate campaign ad released last week, former South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds touts his state’s economy and quality of life — but it’s unclear if any of the people featured in the Republican’s ad are actually from the Mount Rushmore State.

“We’ve done it right around here, and Washington can learn a lot from the people of South Dakota,” Rounds says in the spot.

But each of the photos in the ad are available for purchase on stock photo sites like Getty and Shutterstock. That includes, in order of appearance, the roofer, the father and son fishing, the three people at the meeting, the playful family, the guy checking the boxes, the woman at the meeting, and the father and son washing their car.

At least one was definitely not photographed in South Dakota. The “woman at the meeting” photo was taken at the Getty Images office in Paris, the England-based photographer who shot it confirmed in an email to CQ-Roll Call.

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January 8, 2014

Jack Kingston Raised $880K in 4th Quarter

Jack Kingston Raised $880K in 4th Quarter

(Douglas Graham/Roll Call File Photo)

Georgia Rep. Jack Kingston will file yet another strong fundraising period when fourth-quarter reports are due at the end of the month.

Kingston, one of the three Republican congressmen running for the state’s open Senate seat, pulled in $880,000 from September through December, according to figures first obtained by CQ Roll Call. He ended the year with $3.4 million on hand after raising a total of $4.2 million for the cycle.

It’s the best quarter of the cycle for Kingston, who brought in just more than $800,000 in the third quarter. None of the other Republicans in the deep primary field have released their fourth-quarter fundraising numbers. Full story

December 11, 2013

Super PAC Ad Ties McConnell Opponent to Obama on Coal

A super PAC backing Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is again hitting the radio airwaves to tie the Kentucky Republican’s opponent to national Democrats.

Kentuckians for Strong Leadership’s latest ad argues that Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes would be an ally to President Barack Obama’s war on coal, an issue likely to be at the forefront for the duration of the race. A previous ad from the group tied Grimes to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., on the issue of Obamacare.

A spokesman for the group said it spent $90,000 to air the ad statewide from Wednesday through Dec. 17. Here is the radio ad airing for the next week: Full story

December 2, 2013

Chamber Touts McConnell’s Coal Efforts in TV Ad

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is getting a little help from his friends on the airwaves as he fends off challenges to his re-election next year.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced it will launch a TV ad on Tuesday that touts the Kentucky Republican’s efforts against proposed regulations on carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. The ad, which will run statewide for 10 days, brands McConnell as “a fighter who never lets Kentucky down.”

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November 19, 2013

Major Staff Turnover on Gingrey’s Senate Campaign

Major Staff Turnover on Gingreys Senate Campaign

Gingrey lost key staff for his Senate run this week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 1:20 p.m. | Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Ga., is in the midst of a major Senate campaign staff shakeup after four top staffers resigned Monday afternoon, CQ Roll Call confirmed.

As first reported by The Daily Caller late Monday night, general consultant Chip Lake, campaign manager John Porter, political director David Allen and grass-roots coordinator Justin Tomczak have all stepped down from the campaign. Gingrey is running in a crowded and competitive Republican primary for the seat of retiring GOP Sen. Saxby Chambliss.

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November 12, 2013

New Dem Poll Shows McConnell in Tight Race

New Dem Poll Shows McConnell in Tight Race

McConnell is up for re-election in 2014. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call)

As a new poll showed a tight race in Kentucky, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell held a news conference in Louisville to press for the repeal of the health care overhaul and tie his opponent to the Senate Democrats who voted for it.

The poll, conducted by Democratic firm Lake Research Partners for MoveOn.org’s political action arm, found McConnell and Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes tied at 37 percent in a potential general-election matchup. It’s the latest evidence that the Bluegrass State will be among the top races of 2014.

Speaking behind a podium at his campaign headquarters, McConnell said Democrats essentially took a “meat ax” to the country’s health care system with the new law and are now panicked over the repercussions. After referring to the health care website’s troubles, he noted that 15 Democrats up for re-election next year met with the president at the White House last week to discuss the law. Full story

October 18, 2013

Cruz-Aligned Group Endorses McConnell Challenger

Cruz Aligned Group Endorses McConnell Challenger

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senate Conservatives Fund, a group Sen. Ted Cruz helped raise money for by appearing in an anti-Obamacare ad, has for the second time in two days endorsed a challenger to a Republican senator — this time the minority leader of the Senate.

The move was not surprising — the Jim DeMint-founded group announced Friday that it will support Louisville businessman Matt Bevin’s uphill primary battle against Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. On Thursday, the SCF endorsed state Sen. Chris McDaniel’s primary challenge to Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss.

The endorsements are the latest addition to an increasingly awkward position for Cruz, the Texas Republican who serves as a vice chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which supports all incumbents, including McConnell. Full story

October 16, 2013

Challenger Knocks McConnell for Forging Senate Shutdown Deal

Challenger Knocks McConnell for Forging Senate Shutdown Deal

McConnell will seek re-election in 2014. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s GOP primary challenger jumped on the news that the incumbent helped craft a deal that would reopen the federal government and extend the debt limit.

Louisville businessman Matt Bevin has criticized McConnell’s conservative credentials and argued that the minority leader had not adequately led the charge to defund President Barack Obama’s health care law. That ultimate effort  prompted the recent budget stalemate, but the urgency of the debt limit led to a bipartisan deal that was announced Wednesday on the Senate floor.

In an extensive statement, Bevin said McConnell “can always be counted on to sell out conservatives.” Full story

October 11, 2013

McConnell Opponent Loans Campaign $600K

Louisville businessman Matt Bevin, who is waging a primary challenge to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, loaned his campaign $600,000 in the third quarter to help stay competitive with the well-funded incumbent.

Bevin announced Friday that he will report bringing in $822,000 during the three-month fundraising period from July through September. He had about $165,000 in cash on hand remaining at the end of the quarter, a campaign spokeswoman said.

McConnell released his fundraising tally earlier in the day. He raised nearly $2.3 million and had just under $10 million in cash on hand.

The primary winner will likely face Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, who has not yet announced how much she raised.

The race is rated Republican Favored by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

McConnell Raised $2.3M in 3rd Quarter

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell continued his torrential fundraising pace in the third quarter, as he fends off re-election challenges from both sides.

The Kentucky Republican, who is seeking a sixth term, announced raising nearly $2.3 million over the last three months and will report having just under $10 million in cash on hand as of Sept. 30.

McConnell’s quarterly total is his best yet, barely edging his second-quarter showing of just more than $2.2 million.

McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton said in a statement that this is “a presidential-level campaign designed to withstand the millions of dollars in attack ads coming from out-of-state groups and deliver Senator McConnell’s message directly to Kentucky voters.”

The incumbent is facing a primary challenge from Louisville businessman Matt Bevin and a potential general election foe in Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes. Neither has released their third-quarter numbers yet.

September 20, 2013

Super PAC Ad Ties McConnell Opponent to Harry Reid | #KYSEN

A Kentucky super PAC is hitting the radio Friday to tie Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s likely general election opponent to the leading Democrat in the Senate.

The 60-second ad is backed by a $75,000 buy and is running statewide, according to a spokesman at Kentuckians for Strong Leadership. It touts McConnell’s opposition to Obamacare before making the connection between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.

“That’s why Harry Reid personally recruited liberal Alison Grimes to run against McConnell, and now Grimes is raising money with Harry Reid in Las Vegas,” the ad’s announcer says. “The choice is clear: Grimes and Reid, pushing Obamacare on us, while members of Congress get a bailout; or Mitch McConnell, a fighter for Kentucky.” Full story

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