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July 11, 2012

Montana: Jon Tester Targets Denny Rehberg in New Ad

Sen. Jon Tester is launching an ad today criticizing his Republican challenger, a change from the mostly positive ads the campaign has aired to date.

The Democrat’s ad targets Rep. Denny Rehberg’s House-floor voting record, charging that he supported a 2011 appropriations bill that reduced funding for breast cancer screenings. It features Lisa Jones, a cancer survivor, discussing how the cuts could have affected her recovery. Full story

Virginia: Tim Kaine Raised $3M in 2nd Quarter

Virginia: Tim Kaine Raised $3M in 2nd Quarter

(Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 9:42 a.m. | Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine just recorded his best fundraising quarter of the cycle, bringing in around $3 million from April through June, his Senate campaign announced this morning.

The ex-Democratic National Committee chairman is running in a blockbuster race against Republican George Allen, a former governor and Senator. Full story

July 10, 2012

Nevada: Ethics Probe Clouds Tossup Senate Race

Rep. Shelley Berkley, the Democratic nominee for the Nevada Senate seat once held by scandal-plagued Republican John Ensign, is now embroiled in an ethics investigation of her own — making a top pick-up opportunity for her party a steeper climb.

Berkley is running to unseat appointed Sen. Dean Heller (R) in a presidential battleground state that is crucial to Democrats’ chances at holding both the White House and Senate. Her bid was clouded Monday by the House Ethics Committee announcement — less than four months from Election Day — that it is investigating whether Berkley broke any ethics rules or laws by saving a kidney transplant program at a hospital where her physician husband had a lucrative contract. Full story

Wisconsin: EMILY’s List Takes On Senate Frontrunners

Women Vote!, the independent expenditure arm of EMILY’s List, released its first television ad in Wisconsin this cycle in support of Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) with a $400,000 broadcast television buy.

The ad, which will air in Milwaukee, Green Bay and Wausau, targets GOP Senate candidates businessman Eric Hovde and former Gov. Tommy Thompson.

“D.C. insiders like Tommy Thompson and Eric Hovde are not going to stick up for me,”  the ad’s first subject says.

The ad continues by portraying the GOP candidates as out of touch with Wisconsin before praising Baldwin as someone who “won’t give the state away to special interests.”

The choice to take on both Thompson and Hovde underscores the changing dynamic in the GOP primary. The two candidates are quickly emerging as the race’s frontrunners. Full story

July 9, 2012

Rhode Island: Steny Hoyer Campaigns With Vulnerable David Cicilline

Rhode Island: Steny Hoyer Campaigns With Vulnerable David Cicilline

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) toured Rhode Island’s 1st district with Rep. David Cicilline (D) on Friday.

The pair visited “a local manufacturing facility” and participated in a “roundtable discussion” in Pawtucket, according to an email Cicilline campaign manager Eric Hyers wrote to supporters.

Hoyer’s visit appeared to be a sign that establishment Democrats are firmly behind Cicilline, who has a tough re-election campaign ahead of him and faces a primary challenge. Full story

Virginia: Tim Kaine, George Allen Expand TV Airtime in Senate Race

Former Gov. Tim Kaine’s Senate campaign purchased another $1 million in television airtime for the fall.

The addition brings the Democrat’s total spending for airtime in the campaign’s final months to $3.5 million. Politico first reported the move Monday.

The campaign of Kaine’s Republican opponent, George Allen, has reserved about $3 million of post-Labor Day TV airtime, according to a source close to the campaign. That figure is expected to jump to $3.4 million by the end of this week.

The blockbuster Senate race between the two former governors — Allen is also a former Senator — is likely to be one of the closest in the country, and Roll Call rates it as a Tossup.

Illinois: New 13th District GOP Nominee Rakes In More Than $400K

Republican Rodney Davis raised about $440,000 in the six weeks since he became his party’s new nominee for the open 13th district in Illinois.

Davis, a former top aide to Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.), will report just more than $400,000 in cash on hand to kick off his bid, according to a source close to the campaign.

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July 5, 2012

Wisconsin: Eric Hovde Poll Shows Narrowing Senate Primary Field

Wisconsin: Eric Hovde Poll Shows Narrowing Senate Primary Field

A new poll for businessman Eric Hovde showed the Wisconsin Senate GOP primary to basically be a two-way race. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call)

Former Gov. Tommy Thompson and businessman Eric Hovde are locked in a close two-way race for the GOP Senate nomination in Wisconsin, according to an internal poll conducted for the Hovde campaign by polling firm On Message Inc.

The poll showed Thompson and Hovde at the top of the primary field, receiving support from 34 percent and 29 percent of likely Republican voters, respectively. Former Rep. Mark Neumann received support from 16 percent of respondents while Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald did not crack the 10 percent mark. Full story

July 2, 2012

Wisconsin: Pat Toomey Endorses Mark Neumann for Senate

Wisconsin: Pat Toomey Endorses Mark Neumann for Senate

Sen. Pat Toomey (above) endorsed for Rep. Mark Neumann, who is seeking Wisconsin's open Senate seat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) endorsed former Rep. Mark Neumann (R-Wis.) today in his campaign for Wisconsin’s open Senate seat. Toomey is the fifth GOP Senator from the party’s more conservative wing to endorse Neumann.

“Congressman Mark Neumann is a man of courage and principle, and I am proud to endorse him in his run for the U.S. Senate,” Toomey said in a press release. “In this era of skyrocketing deficits and stagnant economic growth, Mark is exactly the kind of leader we need in Washington.”

Neumann, who is locked in a tight primary race against three GOP competitors, is thought to have the most conservative record of the Republican candidates. He has been endorsed by conservative activists groups such as the Club for Growth and the Senate Conservatives Fund in addition to getting the backing of Republican Sens. Jim DeMint (S.C.), Mike Lee (Utah) and Rand Paul (Ky.).

Despite the high profile endorsements, Neumann trails former Gov. Tommy Thompson by a substantial margin in recent polls. The winner of the Aug. 14 GOP primary will face presumptive Democratic nominee Rep. Tammy Baldwin (Wis.) in the November general election.

Conservatives, meantime, took aim at Thompson over the health care law.

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June 27, 2012

Crossroads Launches TV Ads In North Dakota, New Mexico

American Crossroads and its nonprofit affiliate, Crossroads GPS, today launched new television ads targeting competitive Senate races in New Mexico and North Dakota.

American Crossroads, a GOP-aligned super PAC, went up with its second ad in New Mexico on behalf of former Rep. Heather Wilson (R), who is facing Rep. Martin Heinrich (D) in the race for the open Senate seat. The group spent $184,000 on the ad — its second to air this month — which airs statewide on broadcast and cable from today through July 7. Full story

June 26, 2012

New Mexico: Enviro Groups Launch New Ad Against Heather Wilson

The League of Conservation Voters and Defenders of Wildlife Action Committee launched a new round of television advertising in New Mexico against Republican Senate nominee Heather Wilson.

The former Congresswoman, who is running for the open Senate seat against Rep. Martin Heinrich (D), has been the target of a coalition effort from several environmental and conservation groups in recent weeks. The two groups responsible for the latest ad have already spent $700,000 in independent expenditures on the race this month, according to Federal Election Commission records.

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Virginia: Former Gov. Linwood Holton Lends Name for Tim Kaine

Virginia: Former Gov. Linwood Holton Lends Name for Tim Kaine

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Democratic Senate candidate Tim Kaine distributed a fundraising appeal Monday from former Gov. Linwood Holton (R).

As the subject line states, Kaine is Holton’s son-in-law. But Holton, who was governor in the early 1970s, says he is backing Kaine because “we need people who will roll up their sleeves and focus on getting things done instead of fighting over everything all the time.”

Kaine is running against fellow former Gov. George Allen (R) in a race Roll Call rates as a Tossup.

“Tim is a great leader and a great guy — and he also happens to be married to my daughter Anne!” Holton says in the email, which asks for a contribution of $5 or more before Saturday’s fundraising deadline.

June 21, 2012

Montana GOP Launches TV Ad for Denny Rehberg

The Montana Republican Party has launched a TV ad that highlights Rep. Denny Rehberg’s independence from the GOP on Capitol Hill.

The message comes on the heels of Rehberg’s latest ad that also sought to differentiate the Congressman from the rest of his Republican colleagues and spotlight his standing for Montanans ahead of his party. It’s also a response to a recent ad against Rehberg by the state Democratic Party.

Rehberg is challenging Sen. Jon Tester (D) in one of the most competitive races in the country.

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Wisconsin: Tammy Baldwin Launches First TV Ad in Senate Race

Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) launched her first television advertisement this week in her bid for Wisconsin’s open Senate seat. Baldwin has bought television time from today to Monday at the cost of about $125,000, according to a GOP source who tracks ad buys.

The 30-second spot, which is playing statewide, depicts Baldwin as a bipartisan leader who worked in the House to protect jobs in Wisconsin’s paper industry from unfair practices by Chinese businesses.

“In Wisconsin, we lead the entire nation in paper industry jobs,” Baldwin says in the ad. “But China, they lead the world in cheating. And it’s costing us jobs in Wisconsin.”

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Virginia: George Allen First on TV in Senate Race

Updated 12 p.m. | George Allen, the former Virginia governor and Senator running to reclaim his former seat on Capitol Hill, launched the first two TV ads of the highly competitive open-seat race.

Largely out of the spotlight since his upset re-election loss in 2006, the ads focus solely on Allen’s character as the campaign works to reacquaint voters with him. There is nothing in the ads about his past work; policy stances; his opponent, former Gov. Tim Kaine (D); or President Barack Obama, all of which Allen often mentions on the stump.

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