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February 17, 2012
Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown (R) led presumptive Democratic nominee Elizabeth Warren by 9 points in a new poll of registered voters. Forty-nine percent of those surveyed said they would vote for Brown, while 40 percent said they would vote for Warren. Nine percent were undecided.
Among independents, a voting bloc likely to decide the tossup contest, Brown led Warren 60 percent to 28 percent.
Fifty-two percent of those polled had a favorable opinion of Brown while 28 percent had an unfavorable impression of him; 17 percent had heard of him but were undecided. Thirty-five percent of those polled had a favorable view of Warren, while 28 percent had an unfavorable impression of her; 24 percent had heard of her but were undecided. Full story
February 16, 2012
Crossroads GPS, the juggernaut GOP-backing nonprofit advocacy organization, launched a radio ad today knocking Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) for backing President Barack Obama’s controversial compromise policy on birth control under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
The ad never mentions the term “birth control” but paints McCaskill, facing a tough re-election battle in November, as a “liberal” and a “Washington insider” in lockstep with the president. Obama is unlikely to win the Show-Me State in his re-election bid. Full story
It’s been a couple of rough weeks for former Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R) after his Senate campaign released a controversial campaign advertisement panned by Democrats and Republicans as racially insensitive.
But Hoekstra’s campaign today flaunted a new Detroit News poll that showed he’s still in good shape to win the GOP nomination — although similar surveys show he continues to face a tough race against Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.).
Just more than 50 percent of survey respondents picked Hoekstra over his chief competition in the primary, charter schools executive Clark Durant, who received just less than 5 percent in the poll. Thirty-eight percent of registered GOP voters polled were undecided about the Aug. 7 primary. Full story
February 14, 2012
Chaos over the state legislative redistricting maps might delay Pennsylvania’s April 24 primary — a move that would effect Congressional and presidential races, too.
A later primary would give the Keystone State less prominence on the presidential nominating calendar, as well as influence several House contests, including the high-profile primary between Democratic Reps. Jason Altmire and Mark Critz in the redrawn 12th district.
Earlier this month, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered a state redistricting commission to redraw its controversial proposal for the legislative districts. But there’s growing concern the state Legislative Reapportionment Commission will not have enough time to pass new maps.
A new poll found Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown (R) and presumptive Democratic nominee Harvard Law School professor Elizabeth Warren essentially tied in the tossup Senate race.
Warren led Brown by 3 points in a horse-race matchup, 46 percent to 43 percent — within the margin of error. Eleven percent of those polled didn’t know for whom they would vote. Full story
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.).
http://youtu.be/RDXkpu0L3VQ Full story
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