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August 21, 2013

Schwartz Hires New Spokesman for Pennsylvania Gubernatorial Campaign

Schwartz has a new spokesman. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Democratic operative Mark Bergman is leaving Mission Control, a top Democratic direct mail firm, to become the communications director for Rep. Allyson Y. Schwartz’s 2014 gubernatorial bid in Pennsylvania. Full story

Obama Backs Cory Booker in New Jersey Special Election | #NJSEN

Booker is the front-runner for Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

President Barack Obama endorsed Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s special-election campaign for Senate, calling the New Jersey Democrat an “important partner” for his party’s key issues. Full story

Margolies Poll Gives Her Large Lead in Crowded Democratic Primary | #PA13

Former Rep. Marjorie Margolies’ new poll shows her with a strong lead in the 13th District primary, boasting a 28-point advantage over her closest Democratic opponent.

The Pennsylvanian is attempting a comeback bid two decades after losing re-election to the House.

The poll, released Wednesday, shows her garnering 48 percent of the vote in a four-way primary, followed by state Rep. Brendan Boyle, who picked up just 15 percent.

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FreedomWorks Vs. John Cornyn: Round 2 | #TXSEN

FreedomWorks, a national organization aligned with the tea party, took its second shot at Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, this summer as part of a digital advertisement campaign targeting several GOP senators.

The Facebook spots link to a letter that notes “a number of Senators have joined Mike Lee’s efforts to defund ObamaCare.” The Utah Republican’s efforts are essentially a defacto threat to shut down the government if funding for the 2010 health care law is not eliminated.

“Now some are getting cold feet,” FreedomWorks continued. “Senator John Cornyn – one of the original supporters – has bowed to the Republican Establishment and no longer wishes to help Senator Lee. Why is Senator Cornyn withdrawing his support for Mike Lee?”

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EMILY’s List Endorses Mitch McConnell’s Opponent in Kentucky Senate Race | #KYSEN

Schriock is the president of EMILY's List. (Bill Clark/Roll Call via Getty Images)

EMILY’s List has endorsed Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes’ bid against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

The group’s president, Stephanie Schriock, called Lundergan Grimes “an energetic rising star” in a Wednesday release announcing the endorsement. Full story

August 20, 2013

House Campaign Committees Virtually Tied in July Fundraising

Walden is the NRCC's chairman. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The National Republican Congressional Committee brought in just slightly more cash than House Democrats’ campaign arm during the month of July, according to new fundraising reports filed on Tuesday.

House Republicans raised $4.44 million, while the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee brought in $4.36 million. Full story

Virginia Foxx Says No to Senate Bid in North Carolina | #NCSEN

Foxx will not run for Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., announced Tuesday that she will not run in one of the country’s most competitive Senate races, instead opting to seek re-election to the House.

For months, Republican operatives mentioned Foxx as a potential candidate to challenge Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan — although it was somewhat unclear just how serious the five-term Republican was about a statewide race.

“The encouragement I’ve received to enter the race to become North Carolina’s next United States Senator is truly humbling,” Foxx said in a release. “But I already have the best job in North Carolina. Representing the people of North Carolina’s 5th Congressional District while working to encourage job growth, repeal ObamaCare, and return decision-making power in education back to our state is where my heart and focus lie.”

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Crossroads Boosts Indiana Congressman With Online Ads | #IN08 (Video)

Crossroads GPS has purchased $20,000 worth of online advertising in support of Rep. Larry Bucshon, R-Ind., according to a forthcoming news release shared first with CQ Roll Call.

The GOP super PAC’s buy is likely meant to bolster Bucshon’s re-election; some Republicans speculate that the two-term incumbent could face a primary challenge in 2014.

The advertisement will appear on Facebook, as a pre-roll ad on YouTube and on other online sharing sites. The issue spot thanks Bucshon for supporting the Save American Workers Act, which would restore the “40-hour workweek.”

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Lamar Alexander Challenger Swiftly Loses Consultant | #TNSEN

Republican strategist Chip Saltsman announced he has resigned from the campaign of Joe Carr — just hours after the candidate switched from a House race to challenge Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., in the primary.

“I signed up to help you run for Congress, not the Senate,” Saltsman wrote in his letter of resignation, which the operative released to the press Tuesday morning.

Carr, a state representative, initially launched a campaign to challenge embattled Rep. Scott DesJarlais in the 4th District GOP primary. However, that race was getting crowded, with state Sen. Jim Tracy also vying for the nomination and so far leading in the fundraising battle. Full story

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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McConnell Strikes Again on TV Against GOP Challenger | #KYSEN (Video)

In his latest TV ad, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell attempts to undercut the credibility of his Republican primary challenger in Kentucky.

Referring to tea-party-backed Louisville businessman Matt Bevin as “Bailout Bevin,” the ad, supported by a six-figure buy, claims Bevin has prevaricated about past tax issues and his connection to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

A McConnell news release from this morning states that “it appears the only thing we really know about Matt Bailout Bevin is that he’s not a Kentucky conservative.” Full story

Lamar Alexander Draws GOP Primary Opponent in Senate Race | #TNSEN

Alexander has a new challenger. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

State Rep. Joe Carr, a conservative Republican who has been running against embattled Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., announced Tuesday that he will switch gears to challenge Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., instead.

Carr is the first Republican to announce a primary challenge to Alexander, who has received fierce backlash from some tea party groups for his work with his Democratic colleagues.

Local tea party activists are currently vetting other potential Alexander challengers — a process they say will begin this month. Other potential GOP primary challengers include Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett and former Williamson County Chairman Kevin Kookogey, according to the Tennessean.

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Braley Hires Top Operative as Senate Race Campaign Manager | #IASEN

Braley is the front-runner for Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

With a Senate victory already under her belt this cycle, top Democratic operative Sarah Benzing is headed home to Iowa to manage the Senate campaign of Rep. Bruce Braley.

Most recently, Benzing led Edward J. Markey’s victorious campaign in the June special election for Senate in Massachusetts. But she’s worked for Braley before as campaign manager on his first election to Congress seven years ago and later as his chief of staff. She will officially rejoin Braley on Sept. 3 for his campaign for the competitive open-seat race in 2014, according to a news release obtained by CQ Roll Call.

“Sarah Benzing is the best campaign manager in the country, period,” Braley said in a statement. “I’m so proud to have her return to lead my campaign team.” Full story

August 19, 2013

Gavin Newsom, Zoe Lofgren Take Sides in Crowded House Primary | #CA31

Lofgren joined several California Democrats in endorsing Aguilar in the 31st District primary. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s recruit to take on vulnerable GOP Rep. Gary G. Miller, touted the endorsements of two more prominent California Democrats on Monday.

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and Rep. Zoe Lofgren joined several California Democrats, including 13 members of Congress from the Golden State, in backing Aguilar in the crowded Democratic primary field.

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Republicans Wait on Daines’ Decision in Montana Senate Race | #MTSEN #MTAL

Daines is mulling a Senate bid. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Montana state Sen. Matt Rosendale, a Republican, recently filed papers with the Federal Election Commission to start raising money to run for Congress — he’s just not sure which office yet.

Like several other ambitious Republicans in the state, his decision to run for either the House or Senate will depend on whether Rep. Steve Daines, a freshman Republican, enters the race for Montana’s open Senate seat. Even state Rep. Champ Edmunds, who is currently in the Senate race, has said he would switch races if Daines jumps in.

As Rosendale’s campaign treasurer, Bill VanCanagan, wrote in a note filed Aug. 16 to the FEC, “we will not designate which office is being sought until Representative Steve Daines announces whether he’s seeking re-election for the U.S. House of Representatives or running for the U.S. Senate.”

Either would be a statewide race, as Montana has only one representative in the House. Full story

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