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June 18, 2012

Montana: Democrats to Launch TV Ad Hitting Denny Rehberg

The Montana Democratic Party will begin running a television ad on Tuesday accusing Rep. Denny Rehberg (R) of protecting Wall Street’s interests over Montana’s.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee directed funds to the state party, which paid $400,000 to air the spot from Tuesday to July 9.

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June 14, 2012

Wisconsin: Poll Shows Tommy Thompson Ahead of Tammy Baldwin

Updated 6:30 p.m. | Wisconsin Senate candidate and former Gov. Tommy Thompson led presumptive Democratic nominee Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), according to a new poll released today by Rasmussen Reports, a firm whose polling methods and accuracy are considered somewhat controversial.

The poll found that if the election were held today, 52 percent of respondents would support Thompson, the perceived frontrunner in the Republican primary for the state’s open Senate seat. Only 36 percent said they would vote for Baldwin.

Though insiders widely consider Thompson the GOP frontrunner, he faces tough primary competition from three other candidates: state Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald, former Rep. Mark Neumann and businessman Eric Hovde. Full story

Wisconsin: Scott Walker Plans to ‘Referee’ Senate Race, Not Endorse

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) does not plan to endorse any of the four candidates seeking the Republican nomination for the state’s open Senate seat. Instead, he’ll act as a neutral arbiter.

“It allows me to play a little bit of a referee and call out the candidates if they’re stretching the truth about the views of other candidates,” Walker told reporters today during a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor.

Walker praised the candidates and described the November Senate election as “a great chance” for Republicans to win a Senate seat regardless of who emerges as the GOP nominee. He referred to likely Democratic nominee Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D) as among the nation’s most liberal politicians.

“I’m excited,” he said. “It’s probably the most impressive primary, at least this cycle, if not one of the most impressive ever. I mean you’ve got four legitimate candidates.”

Walker, who has received national attention for his efforts to reform collective bargaining in Wisconsin and his easy victory in a gubernatorial recall election last week, also chimed in on Mitt Romney’s campaign for president, offering the presumptive GOP nominee advice on how to win Wisconsin in the fall.

Walker said that it would be a mistake if Romney “looks at Wisconsin and thinks that he can win just because I have an ‘R’ next to my name and he has an ‘R’ next to his name” — a line the governor has repeated several times since his June 5 victory.

Rather, Walker said that Romney would need to portray himself as a reformer with a plan to solve the country’s problems.

June 13, 2012

Montana: Denny Rehberg Launches Fourth Ad

Rep. Denny Rehberg, the Republican challenging Sen. Jon Tester (D), strikes a decidedly independent tone in a new television ad launched today.

It’s Rehberg’s fourth ad and the first one not to draw a contrast between himself and Tester — and it’s similar in tone to the ads Tester has been running. It opens with Rehberg driving his green Jeep Wrangler with the top down in front of the Capitol. Full story

June 12, 2012

Virginia: George Allen Wins GOP Senate Primary

Virginia: George Allen Wins GOP Senate Primary

Former Sen. George Allen casts his vote today in northern Virginia. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call)

Updated: 9:40 p.m. | Former Sen. George Allen easily won the Virginia Senate Republican primary today, putting him one step closer to reclaiming the seat he lost in 2006.

With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Allen led with 65 percent, followed by tea party leader Jamie Radtke with 23 percent, state Del. Bob Marshall with 7 percent and minister E.W. Jackson with 5 percent. Full story

Montana: Pearl Jam Rocks for Jon Tester

Two lucky Pearl Jam fans and supporters of Sen. Jon Tester (D) will sit in recliners onstage for the famed Seattle rock band’s only non-festival concert in the country this year, set for September.

The Tester campaign announced today that supporters can be “automatically entered for a chance to win the Best Seats in the World by simply donating $10, or any other amount, at jontester.com.” The winner and a guest will also be admitted to pre-show events with Tester and members of the band and will receive travel and hotel accommodations. Full story

June 8, 2012

Virginia: Eric Cantor, Bob McDonnell Hit the Trail for George Allen

Virginia: Eric Cantor, Bob McDonnell Hit the Trail for George Allen

Former Sen. George Allen (far right) is expected to win Tuesday's four-way GOP Senate primary in Virginia. But he's still getting some last-minute help on the campaign trail. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

George Allen is heavily favored to win Tuesday’s Republican primary in the Virginia Senate race, but the former governor and Senator is bringing out the state’s top GOP surrogates on Saturday to help him secure the nomination.

Allen will be joined on the trail by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) for a Saturday morning get-out-the-vote event in Rockville, which is in Hanover County just outside of Richmond. That afternoon, Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) will appear with Allen in Virginia Beach. Full story

Wisconsin: TV Ads Race Heats Up in Senate Primary

The race for Wisconsin’s open Senate seat heated up this week in the wake of Tuesday’s gubernatorial recall election.

Former Gov. Tommy Thompson and businessman Eric Hovde launched new television ads in their bids for the Republican nomination, while former Rep. Mark Neumann (R-Wis.) announced that he would campaign with tea party favorite Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.).

In both spots, Thompson and Hovde portray themselves as Washington outsiders who would challenge the way business is done on Capitol Hill. Thompson’s statewide media buy for his new ad is his first foray into the contest’s television ads race. In the spot, the candidate lists a number of Washington policies that he would work to stop — including tax hikes and the 2010 health care reform measures.

“Stop,” Thompson, a former Health and Human Services secretary under President George W. Bush, says at the beginning of the ad. “It’s an easy concept, but Washington politicians just don’t get it.”

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June 7, 2012

Virginia: Jamie Radtke Going On TV Ahead of Tuesday’s Primary

Virginia: Jamie Radtke Going On TV Ahead of Tuesdays Primary

(Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 3:46 p.m. | Virginia Senate candidate Jamie Radtke will be on statewide TV in the days leading up to Tuesday’s Republican primary, the tea party leader said today.

“We’re shocking everybody, including the media,” Radtke told Roll Call.

Radtke is a heavy underdog against George Allen, a former governor and Senator who is expected to advance and take on former Gov. Tim Kaine (D) in the general. But she says her support has surged since last month’s second of three GOP debates. Full story

Montana: Jon Tester, Denny Rehberg to Debate Twice in June

Fresh off securing their nominations on Tuesday, Sen. Jon Tester (D) and his challenger, Rep. Denny Rehberg (R), are set to debate twice in the next two weeks.

The Tester campaign announced that the first debate will take place June 16 in Big Sky and will also include Libertarian candidate Dan Cox. They will meet at Buck’s T-4 Lodge at 4 p.m. ET. The Montana Broadcasters Association is sponsoring a second debate between Tester and Rehberg on June 24 in Whitefish.

Roll Call rates this race as a Tossup.

June 6, 2012

Arizona: Democrats Outspending Republicans On TV in 8th District

Six days out from the special election in Arizona’s 8th district, television spending in Tucson has surpassed the $3 million mark.

Those supporting Democrat Ron Barber have outspent their Republican counterparts backing veteran Jesse Kelly by about $200,000, according to sources who track television buys in the state. The two candidates are locked in a tight race to replace former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D).

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June 5, 2012

New Mexico: Martin Heinrich, Heather Wilson Win Senate Primaries

New Mexico: Martin Heinrich, Heather Wilson Win Senate Primaries

Rep. Martin Heinrich will face his predecessor, ex-Rep. Heather Wilson, in New Mexico's Senate race this fall. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Martin Heinrich (D) and former Rep. Heather Wilson (R) easily won their respective primaries and will now face off in one of the most competitive Senate races in the country.

Wilson, who preceded Heinrich in the House and lost her first primary bid for Senate in 2008, defeated wealthy businessman Greg Sowards, 70 percent to 30 percent, with 48 percent of precincts reporting, according to the Associated Press. Heinrich dispatched with state Auditor Hector Balderas, a rising star in the party, 59 percent to 41 percent. Full story

June 4, 2012

Minnesota: James Oberstar Endorses Rick Nolan in Democratic Primary

Minnesota: James Oberstar Endorses Rick Nolan in Democratic Primary

Former Rep. James Oberstar endorsed former Rep. Rick Nolan for Oberstar's old House seat. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Rep. James Oberstar (D) has endorsed an old friend to take back his seat in Congress.

Today, he announced his official endorsement of former Rep. Rick Nolan in the Democratic primary for the chance to challenge Rep. Chip Cravaack in the general election.

Oberstar’s statement was a veiled message to Democrats to coalesce around Nolan over his primary opponent, former state Sen. Tarryl Clark. Full story

Arizona: House Majority PAC Airs TV Ad Against Jesse Kelly

With about a week left to vote, the Democratic group House Majority PAC has gone on the Tucson airwaves with a television ad that includes a clip of veteran Jesse Kelly (R) personally attacking then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) in the 2010 campaign.

The ad is backed by a six-figure buy. Kelly is running against former Giffords aide Ron Barber in the 8th district special election to replace the former Congresswoman, who resigned earlier this year to focus on recovering from being shot.

The ad comes one day after it was announced that Giffords will appear at a “Get Out the Vote Concert and Rally” to support Barber ahead of next week’s special election. Saturday’s event at the Rialto Theatre in Tucson will include artists such as Salvador Duran and the Kevin Pakulis Band.

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May 31, 2012

Virginia: Tim Kaine Purchases $2.5M in Fall Airtime, Outraises George Allen

Virginia: Tim Kaine Purchases $2.5M in Fall Airtime, Outraises George Allen

Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine announced a TV ad buy for his Senate race. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine purchased $2.5 million in fall TV time for his blockbuster Senate race with fellow former Gov. George Allen.

The campaign announced the buy today along with its pre-primary fundraising. From April 1 to May 23, Kaine outraised Allen by about $450,000, raising more than $1.2 million to Allen’s $751,000. Full story

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