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September 27, 2013

Tillis Sets $12M Goal for Senate Race (Video) | #NCSEN

The candidate: North Carolina Speaker Thom Tillis, a Republican
The member: Sen. Kay Hagan, a first-term Democrat.
The state: In 2012, GOP nominee Mitt Romney carried North Carolina by a 2-point margin. In 2008, Hagan defeated former Sen. Elizabeth Dole, a Republican, by 8 points in a favorable year for Democrats.
The candidate’s team: Brad Todd of OnMessage Inc. (media), Paul Shumaker (general consultant), Bellwether Consulting Group (fundraising), Public Opinion Strategies (polling).

www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqkN-OlzeNI&feature=c4-overview&list=UUEpx2l9WZ3jyCCcCKheKi4g

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Super PAC Hits McConnell With New Ad | #KYSEN

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell

McConnell is a top Democratic target in 2014. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A top Democratic super PAC announced Friday that it will launch a radio ad targeting Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, calling him “out of touch with Kentucky” on local airwaves.

The ad — run by Senate Majority PAC and backed by a roughly $75,000 buy – is a response to a pro-McConnell spot run by a Kentucky-based super PAC last week. Full story

Obama Campaign Manager Fundraises for House Candidate

Messina is a former deputy chief of staff in the White House. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

President Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign manager will help his former colleague, John Lewis, a Democrat who faces a tough challenge in the at-large House seat race in Montana.

Jim Messina sent a fundraising email to boost Lewis, who worked with him in the office of Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont.

“And as someone personally invested in the progress and success of Big Sky Country, I know he’s the right person to represent this great state in Congress,” Messina wrote on Thursday.

A veteran operative in Montana, Messina served as chief of staff to Baucus before he joined Obama’s operation. Baucus will retire after this Congress, creating a domino effect in Big Sky State politics. Rep. Steve Daines, R-Mont., will likely run for Baucus’ Senate seat in 2014, leaving a wide-open race for the state’s only House seat. Full story

September 26, 2013

Tea Party Candidate Eyes Thad Cochran Primary Challenge

Cochran is considering retirement. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., mulls retirement, a local lawmaker is considering a mounting a primary challenge against him in the Magnolia State.

State Sen. Chris McDaniel, a Republican aligned with the tea party, confirmed to CQ Roll Call this week that he’s considering challenging the six-term senator.

“We are keeping all of our options open because we want to do the right thing for the conservative movement,” McDaniel said in a Wednesday phone interview. “No firm decision has been made one way or the other.” Full story

Sheriff Releases Ad in Wide-Open Massachusetts Special | #MA05

Middlesex County Sheriff Peter Koutoujian, one of five Democrats running in a special-election primary in Massachusetts’ 5th District, released his first ad of the campaign, less than three weeks before the Oct. 15 primary.

The 30-second spot touches on Koutoujian’s stance on gun control, Social Security and women’s rights. The campaign says the “six-figure buy” will air on cable and broadcast stations in the 5th District, located in the suburbs of Boston.

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EMILY’s List Endorses West Virginia Senate Candidate

EMILY’s List, an organization that backs female Democratic candidates who support abortion rights, has endorsed West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant’s bid for Senate.

“I wanted to personally let you know that today we’re endorsing Natalie Tennant for the U.S. Senate race in West Virginia,” EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock wrote to the group’s supporter email list. Full story

September 25, 2013

Social Conservatism Rebounds in Special-Election Primary | #AL01

An under-the-radar Alabama special election might have paved the way for one of the most outspoken, socially conservative Republicans yet to ascend to the House: businessman Dean Young.

“This race shows that this is the Deep South, and that social conservatives win races down here,” said Alabama Republican consultant Bob Kish. “This isn’t North Carolina or Virginia. This is the Deep, Deep South where people go to church twice a week, on Wednesdays and Sundays, so it’s pretty conservative society.”

On Tuesday night, Young and former state Sen. Bradley Byrne made it into a GOP runoff for the 1st District nomination. Byrne, a 2010 gubernatorial candidate, had the most money and highest name identification of the nine Republicans running in the primary and took 35 percent. But Young stunned Republicans by garnering 23 percent and earning the second spot on the Nov. 5 runoff ballot.  Full story

Obama Opposition Researcher Launches New Firm

Nick Hackworth, the director of strategic research for President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign, launched a new research firm called M Street Solutions on Wednesday.

“We gather information from many different sources, both online and onsite, to provide the most thorough and accurate report possible,” a news release stated. “Whether you are a political organization, non-profit, or corporation, we work closely with you to tailor a plan that furthers your strategic goals.”

(Check out the latest in political operative news in this week’s Shop Talk column.) Full story

Ex-Congresswoman Won’t Seek Rematch in New York | #NY24

Buerkle won't try to come back to Congress.

Former Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle, R-N.Y., announced on Wednesday that she will not seek a rematch with her two-time rival, Rep. Dan Maffei, D-N.Y.

“Serving the people of Upstate New York in Congress has been one of the highest honors of my life,” Buerkle wrote in a morning email to supporters. “While I love Upstate New York and will always remain deeply committed to the people who live here, I have decided that I will not seek election to Congress in 2014.” Full story

By Shira T. Center Posted at 9:17 a.m.
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September 24, 2013

Byrne, Young Advance to Runoff in Alabama Special Election | #AL01

Former state Sen. Bradley Byrne and businessman Dean Young advanced to a runoff in Alabama’s 1st District on Tuesday night, emerging from a crowded GOP special-election primary.

Byrne — who lost a GOP primary for governor in Alabama in 2010 — received 33 percent, while Young received 25 percent, with 61 percent of precincts reporting, according to The Associated Press.

Both will face off in a Nov. 5 GOP runoff election, which is expected to pick the district’s next member of Congress in this conservative House district. Full story

Montana House Hopeful Hits Capitol Hill | #MTAL

Sonju met with Walden, right, about his House race in Montana. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Montana state Sen. Jon Sonju was on Capitol Hill last week meeting with GOP-aligned groups ahead of a potential House bid in 2014.

Sonju, who ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor last year, spent much of Thursday at the National Republican Congressional Committee, which is preparing for a potential Senate bid by freshman GOP Rep. Steve Daines.

If Daines runs for Senate — very likely at this point — Republicans expect a crowded field of Republicans for his at-large House seat in the Big Sky State. Along with Sonju, the NRCC has also been in contact with former state Sen. Corey Stapleton, state Sen. Matt Rosendale and former state Sen. Ryan Zinke. Full story

FreedomWorks Backs House Aide Over Ex-Congressman | #CA07

FreedomWorks PAC has endorsed former Capitol Hill aide Igor Birman over former Rep. Doug Ose in the crowded GOP primary for California’s 7th District.

“The constituents of California deserve better than a rank and file follower or a recycled politician searching for another turn in the spotlight,” FreedomWorks PAC President Matt Kibbe said in a release. “Igor is a policy expert who understands exactly what needs to be done to get our country back on track and he has the spine to stand up and make sure it happens.”

The super PAC typically supports conservative candidates aligned with the tea party. Birman, who most recently served as chief of staff to Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif., is running in a GOP primary against autism activist Elizabeth Emken and Ose. The former congressman represented a large portion of the 7th District from 1999 to 2005. Full story

Poll: Booker Up 12 in New Jersey Senate Special | #NJSEN

In its first survey of likely voters, a Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday found Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s lead in next month’s New Jersey Senate special election down to 12 points.

Booker, favored to win the Oct. 16 special in this Democratic-leaning state, led 53 percent to 41 percent over Republican Steve Lonegan, with 5 percent undecided.

Quinnipiac and other polling firms had Booker ahead by leads at least twice as large in previous surveys. It’s also smaller than President Barack Obama’s 17-point winning margin in the state last year. Full story

Begich Challenger Hopes to Carry On Ted Stevens Legacy (Video)

The candidate: Republican Mead Treadwell, lieutenant governor of Alaska
The member: Democratic Sen. Mark Begich, who is up for his first re-election
The state: In 2008, Begich became the first Democrat elected to the Senate from Alaska since 1974. Four years later, Barack Obama became the first Democratic presidential nominee to break the 40 percent mark there in four decades.
The candidate’s team: Eddie Mahe and Ladonna Lee (general consultants), Dave Sackett of the Tarrance Group (polling),
Burke Wood (media).

www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDEjGGJUaWY

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September 23, 2013

Republican Eyes Primary Challenge to NRCC Chairman | #OR02

Updated 6:23 p.m. | Klamath County Commissioner Dennis Linthicum, a Republican, announced last week that he is eyeing a primary challenge to longtime Rep. Greg Walden, chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee.

The Oregonian has been named a top target of the Club for Growth, which placed the eight-term Republican on a list of GOP members it is seeking to primary in 2014.

A Club for Growth spokesman said the group had spoken with Linthicum over the phone, but has yet to have a formal meeting with him.

“We are watching the race,” Club for Growth spokesman Barney Keller said about whether the group is considering endorsing Linthicum in a primary.

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