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February 14, 2012
The Club for Growth backed state Treasurer Richard Mourdock’s primary bid against Indiana Sen. Dick Lugar, giving the GOP upstart a boost against the six-term Senator.
The conservative group’s political action committee endorsed Mourdock today — just four days after the filing deadline for the May 8 primary. Full story
February 13, 2012
Rep. Connie Mack IV’s Senate bid got a boost Monday from his South Florida colleagues. Republican Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Mario Diaz-Balart and David Rivera, along with former Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart, endorsed Mack at an event in Miami.
Sen. Dick Lugar is up big over state Treasurer Richard Mourdock in Indiana’s GOP Senate primary, according to an internal poll the Senator’s campaign released.
The poll showed Lugar ahead of Mourdock, 55 percent to 30 percent among likely primary voters. The poll was conducted by Adam Geller at National Research Inc. Previously, Lugar used American Viewpoint to do his polling, but the campaign decided to switch firms, according to a Politico report.
Rep. Mazie Hirono has an overwhelming lead over former Rep. Ed Case in the Democratic primary for Hawaii’s open Senate seat, according to a new poll.
The Hawaii poll, conducted by Ward Research Inc. for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, found Hirono ahead of Case, 56 percent to 36 percent. The newspaper reported Hirono led union households by 33 points, while Case led 47 percent to 38 percent among independents for the Aug. 11 contest. Full story
February 9, 2012
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce began a multimillion-dollar ad buy push today that includes positive and negative issue-oriented ads in 20 battleground House and Senate races.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tom Donohue described the push as “engaging earlier and more aggressively than ever.” Most of the ads were positive in nature, praising the incumbent or candidate for challenging President Barack Obama on issues such as the Keystone XL pipeline and “Obamacare.”
But some Senate incumbents and candidates were on the receiving end of negative ads about past support of the president’s health care policy. These include Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine (D) and Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.).
New Mexico Lt. Gov. John Sanchez is dropping out of the open-seat Senate race, leaving former Rep. Heather Wilson with just one opponent in the Republican primary.
Sanchez said Thursday that a nasty primary with Wilson and conservative challenger Greg Sowards would hurt the party’s chances of winning the seat in November.
“A bitter and divisive Republican Primary would only diminish our party’s genuine opportunity to bring real change in Washington,” Sanchez said in a statement. “The reality is that the path forward to success in the campaign could cause a negative primary struggle that would leave the eventual nominee bruised, bloody and broke.” Full story
February 7, 2012
Former Sen. Bob Kerrey will not be running for retiring Sen. Ben Nelson’s (D) Nebraska Senate seat.
“For many reasons I nearly said yes. In the end I choose to remain a private citizen,” Kerrey wrote in an email, according to the Associated Press. “To those who urged me to do so, I am sorry, very sorry to have disappointed you. I hope you understand that I have chosen what I believe is best for my family and me.”
After Nelson announced his retirement late last year, Kerrey was viewed as the best hope for Democrats to hold on to the seat.
February 6, 2012
Two outside groups were filling Republicans’ mailboxes recently with contrasting views on candidates in Utah’s Senate race.
Several Republicans, including former state Sen. Dan Liljenquist and state Rep. Chris Herrod, are challenging Sen. Orrin Hatch (R) from the right, while conservative groups FreedomWorks and Club for Growth are actively pursuing his defeat. Full story
Former Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.) defended his controversial Super Bowl spot, telling reporters Monday that the ad targeting Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) doesn’t “criticize the Chinese at all.”
Hoekstra’s advertisement has come under fire for its stereotypical depiction of a young Chinese woman riding her bike through a rice paddy field and speaking broken English.
February 3, 2012
An outside group that’s aired two statewide TV ads that promote Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch’s conservative credentials has now taken a more aggressive approach in assisting the six-term Republican’s re-election.
Freedom Path, a 501(c)(4) issue advocacy organization, is out with a direct mail piece that informs voters about legislation it says former state Sen. Dan Liljenquist and state Rep. Chris Herrod supported last year that blocks access to public records. The ad makes no mention of Hatch or the Senate race, but they happen to be challenging Hatch.
“Politicians Dan Liljenquist and Chris Herrod,” the mailer reads. “Special Interests’ Dream. Utah Taxpayers’ Nightmare.” Full story
February 2, 2012
The Susan G. Komen Foundation will probably not be making EMILY’s List this year.
Unsurprisingly, EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock indicated unhappiness today with the breast cancer research organization’s decision to cut off funding from Planned Parenthood.
In a briefing with reporters, Schriock was asked to comment on the controversy. She referenced another breast cancer research fundraising group, the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer.
“Should I start with, we have a million members, and there’s an Avon Walk coming up?” Schriock asked with a laugh.
Businessman Tim Burns (R) left the race to challenge Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) today, citing lack of support from state GOP officials.
His departure signals Republicans are winnowing their crowded field of candidates ahead of the April 24 primary.
Over the past week, Gov. Tom Corbett (R) and the Pennsylvania State Committee endorsed businessman Steve Welch for the GOP nod. Burns suggested in a statement that this effectively ended his statewide campaign. Full story
February 1, 2012
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will campaign and fundraise for embattled Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) this weekend.
The six-term Senator announced Wednesday that Rice will be in Indianapolis this weekend to attend Lugar’s reception and the Super Bowl.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee outraised its Democratic counterpart in December, as both committees finished the year having raised about the same amount in 2011.
The NRSC brought in $4.5 million last month. It was the first national party committee to pay off its debt, and it ended the year with $11.4 million on hand. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee raised $3.5 million in December, finishing the year with no debt and $12.2 million on hand.
The DSCC raised a total of $42 million in 2011, while the NRSC raised $41.4 million for the year.
January 31, 2012
While you munched on dinner and the Florida primary wrapped up, Roll Call’s politics team continued to sort through year-end fundraising reports that are due by midnight to the Federal Election Commission. Here are our picks for winners, losers and noteworthy filings this evening:
- CA-30: Rep. Howard Berman (D) crossed the seven-figure mark in the fourth quarter for his bid against Rep. Brad Sherman (D). Berman raised just over $1 million in the last three months of 2011 and now has $2.9 million in the bank. Sherman’s report had not been filed as of late this evening, but he reported $3.7 million in the bank at the end of September. (via @shiratoeplitz) Full story