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June 21, 2013

Special-Election Polling Doesn’t Match 2010 Upset #MASEN

Special Election Polling Doesnt Match 2010 Upset #MASEN

Brown's 2010 success likely won't be repeated. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Sen. Scott P. Brown, who lost a bid for a full term in November, will make his first appearance on the Massachusetts special-election campaign trail June 24. But a day before the election, the race will likely look more like his November 2012 loss than his January 2010 upset.

Republican nominee Gabriel Gomez’s team remains optimistic based on a solid Tuesday debate performance and a recent internal poll that showed him within striking distance of Rep. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass. Plus, turnout is unpredictable in any special election.

But even if Gomez is still down just 7 points internally, public polls released this week don’t offer any evidence of a surge of support like the one that lifted Brown to a 5-point special-election victory on Jan. 19, 2010:

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GOP Chairman Resigns After Comparing Candidate to a ‘Street Walker’ #IL13

The Illinois GOP county chairman who compared a female House candidate to a “street walker” resigned Thursday from his position, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Jim Allen, the Montgomery County Republican chairman, wrote in an email that former Miss America and Republican Erika Harold “is being used like a street walker” and compared her aides to “pimps.” That email was subsequently published on a conservative blog.

Harold is challenging Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., in the 13th District primary. Davis called on Allen to resign in a phone news conference on Thursday. Full story

Capito Antsy About GOP Holding House Seat #WV02

Capito Antsy About GOP Holding House Seat #WV02

Capito is running for Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., may be looking ahead to her Senate race, but she is keeping a close eye on the race to replace her in the 2nd District. And the seven-term congresswoman is not exactly confident about her party’s chances of holding the seat.

“I think we can hold it, but not without a lot of resources and a good candidate,” she said in a phone interview. Full story

June 20, 2013

House Democrats Raise More Than Republicans in May

House Democrats Raise More Than Republicans in May

Rep. Steve Israel of New York leads House Democrats' campaign arm. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised $1.4 million more than the National Republican Congressional Committee for the month of May, according to sources at both committees.

The NRCC raised $4.7 million and had $9.5 million in cash on hand at the end of last month. Full story

Calling Miss America a ‘Street Walker’ May Get GOP Honcho the Boot #IL13

Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., called on a local GOP official to resign after calling the congressman’s primary opponent a “street walker” in an email.

Montgomery County GOP Chairman Joe Allen made several disparaging comments about former Miss America Erika Harold, who recently announced a primary challenge to Davis, in an email. Allen used explicit and racially charged language to describe Harold in an email published by a conservative blog in its entirety. Full story

Ami Bera Draws First GOP Challenger #CA07

Ami Bera Draws First GOP Challenger #CA07

Emken will challenge Bera, above. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Elizabeth Emken, a Republican who has run unsuccessfully twice for Congress, announced she is challenging first-term Rep. Ami Bera, D-Calif., in the 7th District.

That district is a top GOP target this cycle, and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has already placed Bera in its Frontline program for vulnerable incumbents. Bera defeated then-Rep. Dan Lungren, R-Calif., by 4 points in 2012.

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Super PAC Targets McConnell #KYSEN

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is the target of a negative media campaign that will run from now until Election Day 2014, a Democrat-aligned super PAC announced on Thursday.

Senate Majority PAC and its nonprofit affiliate Patriot Majority USA launched a “major” statewide TV buy to kick off the effort against the Kentucky Republican, who is seeking a sixth term next year.

 

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Senate Democrats Raised $4.9M in May (Updated)

Updated 4:00 p.m. | The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee announced raising $4.9 million last month and ending May with “nearly $10 million” on hand.

“We still have a very long road to travel, but we are off to a strong start,” DSCC Executive Director Guy Cecil said.

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House Democrats Post Strong May Fundraising

House Democrats raised $6.1 million in May, bringing their total fundraising this year to $34.1 million, according to a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee aide.

The monthly haul is $700,000 more than the party raised in April and brings the DCCC’s cash on hand to $11 million.

The numbers come after President Barack Obama headlined a number of high-profile events for the DCCC in May, including two fundraisers in Chicago at the end of the month.

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June 19, 2013

Brian Schweitzer Wants You to Know He Hates Washington, D.C. #MTSEN

In Washington, D.C., the “traffic is bad,” “most of the people you talk to are frauds” and Georgetown “sucks,” at least according to former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer.

Schweitzer, a possible Democratic candidate for Senate, called CQ Roll Call on Monday to chat after we reached out to a source close to him for comment on this story.

Schweitzer would be favored to win if he decided to run for the seat of retiring Democratic Sen. Max Baucus. Of course, he didn’t say much in the five-minute interview and boasted as much at its conclusion.

The Big Sky Democrat is no stranger to national politics: He had a prime speaking slot at the Democratic National Convention, plus he once served as chairman of the Democratic Governors Association. But in the interview, Schweitzer highlighted his outsider status, downplaying connections to party leadership in Washington or any interest in the city itself.

Here is an excerpt from the Q&A with Schweitzer:

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Rush Holt: ‘I’m No Cory Booker’ (Video)

Rep. Rush D. Holt of New Jersey says he’s “no Cory Booker” in an introductory video to launch his new Senate campaign website.

Booker, the mayor of Newark, is the heavy favorite in the four-candidate Democratic primary on Aug. 13. Holt’s video concedes that fact and attempts to explain why he would “run for Senate against Cory Booker.”

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Another Republican Is Running for Bachmann’s Seat #MN06

The GOP primary for Minnesota’s 6th District became more crowded this week, when state Sen. John Pederson filed federal paperwork to run for the seat.

Pederson is the third Republican to enter the primary after GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann announced her retirement last month.

Former state Rep. Tom Emmer, who unsuccessfully ran for governor in 2010, announced earlier this month that he will seek Bachmann’s seat. Emmer was followed into the race by Anoka County Commissioner Rhonda Sivarajah, who announced last week that she too is running in the GOP primary. Full story

June 18, 2013

3 Ways to Rule on the Voting Rights Act

The Supreme Court is expected to rule next week on Section 5 of the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965, which requires certain states with a history of discrimination to get federal approval for any changes to voting laws.

The ruling could have wide impact on how states such as Texas apportion their congressional districts, among other state laws governing the most basic franchise of citizenship.

According to election law experts from both parties, here are the three most likely ways the court decision could come down:

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Retiring Baucus Donates $100K to DSCC

Retiring Baucus Donates $100K to DSCC

Baucus will retire next year. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., cut a $100,000 check on Tuesday to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, according to a source familiar with his campaign.

Baucus had nearly $4.9 million in his campaign account as of March 30, three weeks before announcing he would not seek a seventh term. He donated $470,000 to the DSCC last cycle, according to Center for Responsive Politics, not counting the money he raised on the committee’s behalf. Full story

Cory Booker Hires Another Obama Alumnus #NJSEN | Shop Talk

Cory Booker Hires Another Obama Alumnus #NJSEN | Shop Talk

Booker hired more staff. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Newark Mayor Cory Booker announced he hired another veteran of President Barack Obama’s campaign team to join his Senate campaign in New Jersey.

Addisu Demissie will manage Booker’s bid for the special election, according to a Tuesday news release. He joins several other former hired hands for Obama: strategists Mitch Stewart and Jeremy Bird, polling firm Benenson Strategy Group and campaign spokesman Kevin Griffis. Full story

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