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July 27, 2014

6 Reasons Senate Republicans Should Be Optimistic — and Concerned About Election Day

6 Reasons Senate Republicans Should Be Optimistic — and Concerned About Election Day

In 2014 Senate races, Republicans are optimistic they can defeat Braley, above, and pick up a seat in Iowa. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

With 100 days to go until Election Day, Senate Republicans have plenty of reasons to be optimistic about winning the majority — but they also have grounds for concern.

After coming up short in 2010 and 2012, the GOP is unquestionably well positioned to finish the job this time. Republicans need to match their November 2010 score of six seats to take the majority, and the party has multiple paths to the finish line.

That’s thanks to a successful recruitment push that didn’t conclude until late February, and a playing field naturally tilted in the GOP’s direction — seven Democrat-held seats are in states President Barack Obama lost in 2012, six of those by double digits.

But, as optimistic as Republican operatives are heading into the final stretch, the GOP has reasons to restrain its confidence. With tens of millions of dollars of advertising already spent by outside groups on both sides, just one Democratic incumbent is, at this point, a solid underdog for re-election.

Reasons for Republicans to Be Optimistic Full story

July 12, 2014

Terri Lynn Land Targeted in Super PAC Ad in Michigan

Terri Lynn Land Targeted in Super PAC Ad in Michigan

Gary Peters is getting some outside help. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senate Majority PAC launched a TV ad Saturday aimed at the Republican vying for Michigan’s open Senate seat.

The Democrat-aligned super PAC’s spot, backed by a nearly $650,000 buy and running for two weeks, features three state residents criticizing former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land on issues including tax breaks for the wealthy and women’s health, while labeling Land a “career politician.” Full story

May 22, 2014

Tom Steyer’s 2014 Targets Start With Four Senate Races

Tom Steyer, the Democrats’ financial answer to the Koch brothers, has set his sights on specific Senate and gubernatorial races to spend the $100 million he’s earmarked for the midterm elections.

His super PAC, NextGen Climate Action, aims to promote candidates who support action to mitigate the effects of climate change. It was active in last year’s elections for Virginia governor and a vacant Senate seat in Massachusetts.

The group has now targeted the competitive Senate races in Colorado, Iowa, Michigan and New Hampshire, and the Florida, Pennsylvania and Maine gubernatorial contests. It will back the Democratic candidate in each case. Full story

April 22, 2014

GOP Senate Hopeful Rebuts ‘War on Women’ in First TV Ad

GOP Senate Hopeful Rebuts War on Women in First TV Ad

Peters is running for Senate. (Douglas Graham/ CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senate hopeful Terri Lynn Land, a Republican, is up with her first ad of the cycle in Michigan, making fun of the idea that she — a woman — is waging a war on women.

Land is running against Rep. Gary Peters, D-Mich., for the seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich.

“Congressman Gary Peters and his buddies want you to believe I’m waging a war on women,” Land says, speaking directly to the camera in the 30-second ad.

“Really? Think about that for a moment,” says Land, who pauses, takes a sip of coffee, shakes her head and looks at her watch before beginning to speak again.

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March 28, 2014

Democratic Super PAC Targets Michigan, Arkansas Senate Races

Senate Majority PAC, a outside group committed to electing Democrats to the Senate, released two new ads on Friday targeting races in Arkansas and Michigan. The spots are part of a multi-state campaign to counter massive advertisement spending from Americans for Prosperity, a group supported by conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch.

The spots argue that GOP Senate candidates, Rep. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land, advance corporate interests over the economic well-being of two different demographic groups.

In Arkansas, the super PAC is targeting senior voters to boost vulnerable Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor’s chances of keeping his seat. The Senate Race in Arkansas is rated Tilts Republican by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

“Corporate special interests are spending millions to smear Mark Pryor and elect Tom Cotton,” the narrator said. The ad goes on to accuse Cotton of wanting to give “billions in profits to insurance companies while costing seniors $6,000 more a year.”

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March 27, 2014

Gary Peters Debuts Bio Spot During Sweet 16 Games

Rep. Gary Peters, D-Mich., locked in an increasingly competitive race for Senate, will debut his first television spot this week during two Wolverine State college basketball games.

Peters’ first spot will air Friday as fans settle in to watch the games featuring Michigan State University and the University of Michigan — two teams that have made it to the Sweet 16 round of the March Madness college tournament. (The Spartans play No. 1 ranked Virginia, while the Wolverines face off against surprise challenger Tennessee.)

Peters will most likely face former Secretary of State Terry Lynn Land this November. Public polling shows the race for retiring Democratic Sen. Carl Levin’s seat to be close, but Peters has held a lead of a few digits.

The Democrat’s campaign will air two spots — a 30-second ad and a 60-second version — over a seven-week period as part of a seven-figure buy, according to the Peters campaign. Full story

October 11, 2013

Friday Fundraising Roundup: Senate Candidates Unleash Numbers (Updated)

Updated 4:35 p.m. | A slew of Senate candidate rainmakers released their numbers on Friday — including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and his $2.3 million haul.

Here are the noteworthy numbers to surface on Friday:

Senate: 

  • #KYSEN: McConnell raised $2.3 million and will report just under $10 million in the bank in his latest Federal Election Commission report. His GOP challenger, businessman Matt Bevin, raised $822,000 in the quarter. Of that sum, he loaned his campaign $600,000. He had about $165,000 in cash on hand.
  • #IASEN: Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley raised more than $900,000 and had $2.3 million in cash on hand, the Quad-City Times reported.
  • #WVSEN: Republican Rep. Shelley Moore Capito raised about $777,000 in the third quarter and had about $3.2 million in the bank, according to The Charleston Daily Mail.
  • #MISEN: Democratic Rep. Gary Peters raised more than $1 million in the quarter and had about $2.5 million in cash on hand.

House:

  • #WI01: House Budget Chairman Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., raised $1.174 million in the quarter and reported $2.6 million in cash on hand, according to Political MoneyLine.

Kyle Trygstad contributed to this report. 

Gary Peters Posts Second Million-Dollar Quarter for Senate

Michigan Rep. Gary Peters announced that he will report raising more than $1 million in the third quarter, his second straight million-dollar quarter since launching a bid for Senate.

The Democrat, who is vying for the seat of retiring Democratic Sen. Carl Levin, had nearly $2.5 million in cash on hand as of Sept. 30. That total keeps him ahead of his potential Republican opponent, former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land, who self-funded about half of her first fundraising quarter since entering the race.

Land previously announced bringing in about $2 million last quarter, including a $1 million personal investment, and said she had about $2 million left in the bank. With several other Republicans passing on the race in this Democratic-leaning state, Land has the angle on becoming the GOP nominee.

“We are so proud of our grassroots team, and the incredible support and momentum for Gary only continues to grow,” Peters campaign manager Julie Petrick said.

The race is currently rated Safe Democrat by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

October 7, 2013

Michigan Republican Posts $2 Million for Senate Campaign

Former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land raised about $2 million in the third quarter for her Senate bid — with about $1 million of that sum coming from a personal contribution, according to a campaign source.

She is expected to report about $2 million in the bank in her race for the open Senate seat in Michigan. Full story

September 18, 2013

Amash Clears Way for Republicans to Back Land for Michigan Senate

Amash Clears Way for Republicans to Back Land for Michigan Senate

Amash will not run for Senate. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., officially declined to run for Senate on Tuesday, clearing the path for former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land to be the GOP nominee in the state’s open-seat Senate race in 2014.

“She’s working hard, out there raising money, campaigning all over the state,” GOP consultant Stu Sandler said. He added that state Republicans are “impressed by the campaign she’s run.”

Other Michigan Republicans concur with Sandler’s assessment, including the National Republican Senatorial Committee. During the past week, the committee sent a pair of emails touting her candidacy.

Amash never met with the NRSC, according to a committee spokesman. Full story

August 20, 2013

GOP Congresswoman Endorses in Michigan Senate Race | #MISEN

GOP Congresswoman Endorses in Michigan Senate Race | #MISEN

Miller has endorsed a candidate for Senate in her home state of Michigan. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Candice S. Miller, R-Mich., endorsed former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land’s bid for Senate on Tuesday, calling the GOP hopeful “the type of woman we need to put forward more often in the Republican Party.”

Land is the lone Republican running for retiring Democratic Sen. Carl Levin’s seat in Michigan. GOP Rep. Dave Camp considered a bid but decided against running last week. Republican Rep. Justin Amash continues to mull a campaign for Senate.

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August 16, 2013

Dave Camp Not Running for Senate in Michigan | #MISEN

Dave Camp Not Running for Senate in Michigan | #MISEN

Camp will not run for Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

After a brief reconsideration, Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., has decided once and for all that he will not seek the Wolverine State’s open Senate seat.

“Over the past few months, I have received a lot of encouragement to run for the United States Senate,” the Ways and Means Committee chairman said in a Friday statement. “I have greatly appreciated and am deeply humbled by those calls and conversations. After much thought and careful consideration, I have decided not to run for the United States Senate.” Full story

August 1, 2013

GOP Chairman to Discuss Senate Race With Camp #MISEN

GOP Chairman to Discuss Senate Race With Camp #MISEN

Moran will speak with his former House colleague about a Senate run. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Jerry Moran has yet to discuss a Senate bid with Michigan Rep. Dave Camp, but he said the Ways and Means chairman would be a “viable candidate” and he plans to reach out to him soon.

“I know Dave Camp very well. We served together in the House,” Moran told reporters in the Capitol on Thursday, noting that he planned to speak with the congressman by phone or in person in the next few days. “I’m very interested in having that conversation to see what his interest and issues are.” Full story

July 31, 2013

Would Dave Camp Clear the Senate GOP Field? #MISEN

Would Dave Camp Clear the Senate GOP Field? #MISEN

Camp is considering a Senate bid. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Michigan Republicans are excited about the potential for Rep. Dave Camp to run for their open Senate seat, a move the party believes would instantly put the Democrat-leaning state in play.

Camp, the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, would be the GOP’s most high-profile candidate in the race and its most prolific fundraiser. But would he clear a primary field that still has time to grow? Full story

July 15, 2013

The Senate Majority Fight in Post-Schweitzer World

Senate Democrats’ inability so far to lure top-tier talent to run for their three most vulnerable open seats shifts the spotlight to recruits in its two most promising pickup opportunities — a relative term in this lopsided landscape.

Former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer’s decision this weekend to eschew a Senate race came as an unexpected boon for the GOP’s hopes of netting the six seats necessary to win the Senate majority next year. Pulling off that feat would be an accomplishment for Republicans, even if they are waging war in friendly GOP territory.

But there is a realistic scenario that could force Democrats to rely on two first-time federal candidates in states where the party has enjoyed little success in recent years. If Montana moves off the competitive playing field and Republicans are also favored to pick up the open seats in West Virginia and South Dakota, the GOP would need to pick up just three more seats from their most promising targets in Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana and North Carolina.
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