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February 14, 2012

Indiana: Club for Growth Backs Richard Mourdock for Senate (Finally)

Indiana: Club for Growth Backs Richard Mourdock for Senate (Finally)

(Shira Toeplitz/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

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

Florida: Miami-Area GOP Members Back Connie Mack

Florida: Miami Area GOP Members Back Connie Mack

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

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.
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Indiana: Dick Lugar Internal Poll Shows Big Lead Over Richard Mourdock

Indiana: Dick Lugar Internal Poll Shows Big Lead Over Richard Mourdock

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

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.

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Poll: Mazie Hirono Up Big in Hawaii Senate Primary

Poll: Mazie Hirono Up Big in Hawaii Senate Primary

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

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

U.S. Chamber Goes Up on the Air

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.).

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Republican John Sanchez Drops New Mexico Senate Bid

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

Nebraska: Bob Kerrey Won’t Run for Senate

Nebraska: Bob Kerrey Wont Run for Senate

(Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

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.

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February 6, 2012

Utah: Mailers Hitting Both Sides in GOP Primary

Utah: Mailers Hitting Both Sides in GOP Primary

Sen. Orrin Hatch has been supported by advocacy group Freedom Path in his quest for re-election in Utah. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

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

Michigan: Hoekstra Doubling Down on Controversial Super Bowl Ad

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.

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February 3, 2012

Freedom Path Mailer Hits Orrin Hatch Challengers

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

EMILY’s List President Indicates Displeasure With Komen Foundation

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.

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Pennsylvania: Tim Burns Exits Senate Race

Pennsylvania: Tim Burns Exits Senate Race

(Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

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

Indiana: Rice Hits Trail for Lugar During Super Bowl Trip

Indiana: Rice Hits Trail for Lugar During Super Bowl Trip

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

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.
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NRSC Bests DSCC in December Fundraising

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

FEC Nightcap: More Winners, Losers and Noteworthy Reports

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:

Winners:

  • 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

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