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August 20, 2012

Republicans Pile On Criticism of Todd Akin’s Rape Comment

Republicans Pile On Criticism of Todd Akins Rape Comment

Sen. Scott Brown (above) called on Rep. Todd Akin to relinquish his Senate nomination after his controversial remarks about rape. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

On day two of the media firestorm around Rep. Todd Akin’s (R-Mo.) comments about rape, the Republican Senate nominee is discovering that his harshest critics are not Democrats, but members of his own party.

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) was restrained in her criticism of her opponent this morning on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” The incident has breathed new life into her campaign for re-election.

Instead, it is Republicans in tough fall races who are piling on:

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August 16, 2012

Virginia: Outside Group Ad War Continues in Senate Race

The League of Conservation Voters and Majority PAC, a Democratic-aligned independent expenditure committee, have teamed up for a $1.6 million ad campaign against Republican George Allen, who is seeking his former Senate seat in Virginia. Full story

July 11, 2012

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 9, 2012

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.

June 28, 2012

Virginia: State Democrats Expand Campaign

The Virginia Democratic coordinated campaign, dubbed VA Victory 2012, announced this week an expansion of its organizing efforts in the battleground state.

The coordinated campaign announced nine new senior hires who will oversee a team of more than 30 organizers from around the state, as well as six new offices — including in Roanoke, Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia — to go along with its three offices in Richmond, Alexandria and Virginia Beach.

State party Chairman Brian Moran announced the additions of Deputy Field Director Arthur Scott, Targeting and Data Director John Davis, and seven regional field directors, who all work under Keren Charles Dongo, the VA Victory 2012 director.

The commonwealth is home to tossup races at the presidential and Senate levels and at least one competitive House race.

June 26, 2012

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

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

(Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

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

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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Virginia: Tim Kaine, George Allen to Participate in Forum

Former Govs. Tim Kaine (D) and George Allen (R) are scheduled to participate in a town hall forum at Microsoft’s offices in Reston next week.

According to a joint announcement by the Northern Virginia Technology Council and Microsoft, the Senate candidates will appear separately at the June 28 event to provide remarks and answer questions from a panel of business leaders related to their views on technology and business policy. They will also answer questions from the audience.

Roll Call rates the race as a Tossup.

June 13, 2012

New American Crossroads Ads Target Six States

American Crossroads is targeting six Senate races in a new round of television ads set to hit the airwaves today.

The Republican super PAC and its nonprofit arm, Crossroads GPS, has invested a combined $4.6 million in this buy, set to run statewide on broadcast and cable television in Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio and Virginia. Except for Nevada, all of the seats are held by Democrats and considered top Republican pickup targets.

The spots include three attack ads from American Crossroads that are worth $2.6 million and critical of the Democratic nominees in Nebraska, Nevada and Virginia. The three issue ads from Crossroads GPS are running in Missouri, North Dakota and Ohio and focus on spending, debt and President Barack Obama’s health care law.

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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

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

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

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

May 21, 2012

Study: Democrats Must Win Moderates to Hold Senate

In a study that could annoy Democrats and perturb proponents of the “base election” theory, a centrist Democratic think tank is arguing that its party’s hold on the Senate hinges on political “moderates.”

Third Way, in a report set for release today, asserts not only that ideological moderates will determine control of the Senate in November, but that Democrats need to win more of these voters in 10 states with tossup Senate contests than do the Republicans. The think tank crunched exit polling data from recent presidential and midterm elections and concluded that Democrats face a significant challenge in their bid to retain their thin, four-seat Senate majority.

“Crucially for Democrats, they must garner a majority of moderates in nine of 10 toss-ups to win, and in seven of those the bar is even higher — Democrats must clear 60 percent [of moderates] to win,” Third Way policy advisers Michelle Diggles and Lanae Erickson write in the think tank’s report.

Third Way classifies 10 Senate races as Tossup; Roll Call currently rates eight races as Tossup.

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May 8, 2012

Tim Kaine: Barack Obama Link a Wash Politically

Tim Kaine: Barack Obama Link a Wash Politically

(Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call)

Tim Kaine thinks the Senate and presidential races in Virginia are as close as most recent polls have shown and conceded his political fate is closely tied to the performance of his good friend in the White House.

Kaine spoke with reporters today in Washington, D.C., at a breakfast hosted by the Democratic-leaning think tank Third Way, three days after rallying a Richmond crowd to help kick off President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign. The Senate candidate and former Virginia governor said there will undoubtedly be a “strong linkage” in the results of the presidential race and Kaine’s expected matchup with Republican George Allen. Full story

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