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December 9, 2013

House GOP Women Fundraise for Florida Special Candidate (Updated)

Wagner is one of a handful of women who are supporting Peters in the special election. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 11:07 a.m. | Six House Republicans — including a handful of women — are slated to host a fundraising luncheon for state Rep. Kathleen Peters’ special-election bid on Wednesday, according to an invitation obtained by CQ Roll Call.

Peters is running against lobbyist David Jolly in the competitive primary for Florida’s 13th District. Republican Rep. C.W. Bill Young died earlier this year, creating the vacancy.

Five House Republican women, plus one GOP congressman from Florida, are on the Washington, D.C., event invitation. Full story

December 6, 2013

Cochran Faces Toughest Test in 30 Years

Cochran will seek another term. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In one of the last red-state bastions of appreciation for appropriations, Sen. Thad Cochran’s decision to seek re-election sets up a unique test for hard-line conservative groups that have targeted incumbents over the past few cycles.

The six-term Republican and veteran appropriator is beloved in Mississippi for his efforts to direct federal funding to a state in need — especially in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina — so labeling him the “king of pork” won’t necessarily be a winning argument, even in a low-turnout Republican primary.

“If you can’t identify a Bridge to Nowhere, which I think they’re going to be hard-pressed to do, then you better come with something better than that,” said Hayes Dent, a Mississippi-based lobbyist. Full story

Second Republican Goes on the Air in Florida Special Election (Updated)

Updated 2:16 p.m. | State Rep. Kathleen Peters has joined lobbyist David Jolly on the airwaves for the Republican primary in the special election to succeed the late Rep. C.W. Bill Young, R-Fla.

Peters is even spending more than Jolly — so far — in television advertising, according to a Democratic media buyer monitoring the Tampa media market.

Peters placed a one-week ad buy on Tampa cable worth around $22,000. Roll Call reported on Thursday that Jolly placed about $6,000 in ads. Media buying sources said Jolly’s team expanded its buy to around $15,000 later that day. Both buys are set to last between Dec. 6-12.

The Peters campaign confirmed the ad and the buy on Friday. The 30-second spot seeks to frame the race as a local politician versus a Washington insider:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7Y8Ei9LBAQ Full story

Club for Growth Stands With Cochran Challenger

The Club for Growth reiterated its support for state Sen. Chris McDaniel’s GOP bid for Senate in Mississippi, hours after longtime Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., announced he will seek a seventh term.

“Senator Cochran … is a strong supporter of wasteful earmarks — something that is opposed by Republican leaders in both the Senate and the House. Mississippi voters will make the final judgment as to whether it is time for a change,” Club for Growth President and former Rep. Chris Chocola, R-Ind., said in a release. Full story

December 5, 2013

David Jolly Goes on the Air in Florida Special (Updated)

Updated 3:52 p.m. | Lobbyist David Jolly put up his first television ad Thursday.

It’s worth at least around $5,800 in cable advertising, according to a GOP media buyer who is not involved in the race. The Jolly campaign did not immediately reply to an email request for the buy size.

Jolly is facing off against state Rep. Kathleen Peters in the Republican primary to succeed the late Republican Rep. C.W. Bill Young in Florida’s 13th District.

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Democratic Super PAC Drops Major Buy in North Carolina

The latest ad targets Tillis. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

While Democrats up for re-election are facing heat over Obamacare, a Democratic-aligned super PAC launched a TV ad targeting the leading Republican in the North Carolina Senate race on the issue of health care.

According to a Republican tracking ad buys, Senate Majority PAC is spending $736,000 over the next two weeks across four media markets to defend Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan and criticize her top Republican challenger, state Speaker Thom Tillis. Full story

Chamber Launches Second Coal Ad This Week

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is launching its second TV ad this week highlighting a Republican Senate candidate’s support of the coal industry.

The chamber’s latest spot comes to the defense of West Virginia Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, who is running for an open Senate seat in the Mountain State.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgImNxKv8eY Full story

Conservative Group Backs State Lawmaker Over Bob Barr in Georgia

The Madison Project PAC, a group that supports conservative candidates across the country, endorsed Republican state Sen. Barry Loudermilk in Georgia’s 11th District, according to a release obtained exclusively by CQ Roll Call.

“As an expert on the history of our founders and the founding documents, Sen. Loudermilk understands that the only path to fundamentally restoring our constitutional republic is over the heads of leadership in both parties,” Madison Project President Drew Ryun said in a release.

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December 4, 2013

Republican Will Challenge Peterson in Minnesota

Peterson has a new opponent. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

GOP state Sen. Torrey Westrom will announce Thursday that he will challenge longtime Rep. Collin C. Peterson, D-Minn., in the 7th District.

Westrom, the first legally blind person elected to the Minnesota Legislature, will make the announcement Thursday morning in the northwestern part of the state, according to a news release from the campaign.

Westrom is the first Republican to announce a bid against Peterson. Republicans have made the 12-term Democrat a top target in 2014.

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Montana Triumvirate Backs Former Hill Staffer for House Seat

Montana’s top three statewide officials endorsed former Capitol Hill staffer John Lewis’ bid for the at-large district.

“John has traveled to every corner of our state as a problem-solver and a listener, and he knows it better than anyone I know. He will serve the people of Montana well,” said Democratic Sens. Max Baucus and Jon Tester and Gov. Steve Bullock in a joint statement released on Wednesday. Full story

Republican Hits Kirkpatrick on Obama’s ‘You Can Keep Your Health Care Plan’ Promise

Arizona House Speaker Andy Tobin went up this week with a new radio spot seeking to tie Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz., to President Barack Obama’s promise that Americans could keep their health plans under his 2010 health care law.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ssceAZXICw

It is one of the first times this cycle that a candidate has used this line of attack against a House Democrat in a campaign advertisements. The National Republican Congressional Committee previously attacked Kirkpatrick on the same issue in a Facebook ad buy.

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Republican Imitates Van Damme Truck Trick in New Ad

Talk about a wedge issue. Trucking company owner Mike Collins, one of six Republicans vying for Georgia’s open 10th District, has gone where no other House candidate has gone before by attempting to perform Jean-Claude Van Damme’s epic split between two Volvo trucks.

In a Web-only spot released Wednesday, Collins tries the stunt between two semi-trailer trucks to highlight the dangers of Obamacare.

“Starting a trucking business, I’ve had my ups and downs, my fair share of bumpy roads and heavy winds,” says Collins. “That’s what’s made me what I am today. Now I stand here before you, what you see is a small businessman confronted with Obamacare. A disastrous government plan that defies the laws of the market and a mindset that government knows better. “

http://youtu.be/_rzKp6gYpSU

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Internal Poll: Former Miss America Trails Freshman Republican in Illinois

Freshman Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., holds a large lead over his GOP primary opponent, former Miss America Erika Harold, according to a poll obtained exclusively by CQ Roll Call.

Davis leads Harold by a massive 48 points in the poll of likely GOP primary voters commissioned by his campaign and conducted by the GOP survey firm Public Opinion Strategies. Twenty percent of respondents in the poll said they were undecided.

The survey showed Davis with 63 percent and Harold with 15 percent.

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December 3, 2013

House Democrats Shift to Back Bentivolio Challenger in Michigan

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on Tuesday swiftly moved behind former State Department adviser Bobby McKenzie’s bid to oust embattled Rep. Kerry Bentivolio — hours after the party’s top recruitment prospect declined to challenge the Michigan Republican.

McKenzie is seeking the Democratic nomination in the 11th District. Bentivolio is also contending with a primary challenge from attorney David Trott.

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Second Republican Calls Dibs on McKeon Seat if He Retires

Republicans speculate McKeon will retire from Congress, but his spokeswoman said he has not made a decision yet. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

State Sen. Steve Knight told the local press Tuesday that he will run for the 25th District if current Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Calif., retires.

Knight marks the second Republican to stake his claim on the district. Former state Sen. Tony Strickland filed federal paperwork over the weekend to run in the district, but the GOP hopeful said through an aide he will only follow through with the bid if McKeon retires.

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