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July 15, 2013

Ex-Miss America Raises Meager Sum for Primary Challenge #IL13

Former Miss America Erika Harold raised just $78,000 for her primary campaign against freshman Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., in the second quarter, according to her recently filed fundraising report.

Her haul is hundreds of thousands of dollars less than Davis, who raised more than $450,000 in the second quarter and has more than $700,000 in the bank. Harold reported $62,000 in cash on hand, according to the report.

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Ellmers Raises Small Sum in Second Quarter

Ellmers filed her fundraising report. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-N.C., raised $158,000 in the second quarter — a relatively small haul for anyone thinking about running for Senate.

Ellmers has said she is still considering a bid to challenge Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan in 2014. Full story

Conservative Democrat Runs for House Seat in Ohio #OH06

Johnson, a Republican, has drawn a new challenger. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former state Rep. Jennifer Garrison announced Monday that she will challenge GOP Rep. Bill Johnson for his conservative, southeast Ohio district.

“Both political parties have not focused enough on jobs, job security, and the kitchen table issues that our neighbors and families face everyday,” Garrison said in a release. Full story

Ex-Rep. Margolies Last in Fundraising Race #PA13

Leach is running for Pennsylvania's 13th District. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call)

State Sen. Daylin Leach raised more than $350,000 in the second quarter for the open-seat primary in the 13th District, putting him ahead of a crowded, four-candidate field of Democrats in the fundraising race.

Former Rep. Marjorie Margolies, D-Pa., reported that she raised $185,000 since she announced her comeback bid for Congress in May, the lowest sum out of the four candidates in the race.

Rep. Allyson Y. Schwartz, D-Pa., is running for governor in 2014, leaving a wide-open primary for her heavily Democratic district in southeastern Pennsylvania. Four Democrats have announced campaigns so far: Leach, Margolies, University of Pennsylvania Medical School professor Valerie Arkoosh and state Rep. Brendan Boyle.

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July 13, 2013

Brian Schweitzer Not Running for Senate (Updated)

Schweitzer will not run for Senate. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Updated 1:15 p.m. | Former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer, a Democrat, will not run for the Senate, according to an Associated Press report.

The stunning decision immediately puts the open seat in jeopardy for Democrats and makes the party’s hold of the majority in 2014 a heavier lift.

“I love Montana. I want to be here. There are all kinds of people that think I should be in the U.S. Senate,” Schweitzer told the AP. “But I never wanted to be in the U.S. Senate. I kicked the tires. I walked to the edge and looked over.”

Just a few days ago, he was expected to run. Earlier in the cycle, operatives believed he would have been the frontrunner if he sought the seat given his popularity as governor.

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Fundraising Roundup: Smaller Sums Trickle In as Filing Deadline Approaches

Members continued to release impressive fundraising numbers as the final full week to report second-quarter fundraising drew to a close, but the stragglers have not been as impressive as the early birds.

Both House and Senate candidates have raised the bar as to what constitutes an eye-catching quarterly fundraising total, but history dictates that members who release their reports toward the end of the filing deadline usually have lower hauls to report. That rung true for some reported totals.

Check out Friday’s fundraising numbers:

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July 12, 2013

Brendan Mullen Not Running for Indiana’s 2nd #IN02 (Updated)

Updated 4:34 p.m. | Veteran Brendan Mullen will not launch a rematch against Rep. Jackie Walorski.

He was a top Democratic recruit, but he exclusively informed CQ Roll Call on Friday afternoon of his decision not to run again. He lost to her by a 1-point margin in 2012.

“For the many supporters who knocked countless doors, made thousands of telephone calls, and supported our campaign, I am deeply moved and grateful,” Mullen wrote in an email to supporters. “It’s a true testament to the power of good, hard-working, and motivated people that our first-time campaign nearly toppled the institution of a career politician.”

“For now, I’m enjoying quality time with my with amazing and talented wife, cooking dinner, doing the laundry, and trying desperately to potty-train our 2 year old daughter, Lilly, and helping teach our 11 month old daughter, Frankie, how to walk,” he added.

The name Democrats are most likely to coalesce around now that Mullen is taking a pass is state Rep. Ryan Dvorak. His name surfaced in the Indiana edition of CQ Roll Call’s “Farm Team” series.

 

Most Eye-Popping Fundraising Hauls of the Second Quarter … So Far

After the drip-drip of campaign fundraising leaks over the past two weeks, it’s now clear that the amount of money it took to look impressive is staggering.

Challengers and incumbents raised the bar so high that to be considered a standout this time around, a candidate had to have raised $2 million for a Senate campaign or more than half a million for the House.

A number of nervous senators raised more than a million dollars in the second quarter, but it was the $2 million mark that made us look twice at recent reports.

As for the House, it was only last cycle when $200,000 to $400,000 marks were above-average for candidates in competitive races. That is no longer the case. At least 10 incumbents or challengers raised between $400,000 and $500,000 this quarter.

Here are some of the numbers raised our eyebrows over the past two weeks:

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Ohio’s Most Vulnerable House Republican Raises Big Bucks

Rep. David Joyce, R-Ohio, raised a strong $406,000 in the second quarter of this year as he gears up for what will likely be a tough re-election race.

National Democrats have already said they see the 14th District as a pick-up opportunity in 2014. Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel named Joyce as a top GOP target in an interview with CQ Roll Call, although the only organized challenger so far is attorney Michael Wager. Full story

Senate Democrats Hire More Campaign Staff | Shop Talk

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee announced Friday two staff changes for the 2014 cycle.

Ben Nathanson will be the DSCC’s new policy director, and the committee promoted Matthew Kehres to digital director. More about their new gigs: Full story

July 11, 2013

GOP Poll: McSally and Barber Tied in Arizona

McSally has filed to run for Congress again. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Ret. Air Force Colonel Martha McSally, a Republican, would be locked in a tight race with Rep. Ron Barber, D-Ariz., in the 2nd District, according to a new poll commissioned by the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Barber led McSally by a single point in the survey, 46 percent to 45 percent, released on Thursday evening.

McSally has not officially announced, but she filed a statement of candidacy last week. Last cycle, Barber narrowly defeated McSally by just 2,500 votes. There’s been speculation about a rematch ever since.

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Thursday Fundraising Roundup: Senators Raise the Bar

Several Senate candidates posted seven-figure hauls on Thursday as second-quarter fundraising announcements trickled in ahead of the July 15 reporting deadline.

Here’s today’s fundraising roundup:

Senate

  • #NJSEN: Newark Mayor Cory Booker, a Democrat, raised $4.6 million and will report $4.5 million in cash on hand for his special-election bid.
  • #NHSEN: Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen raised $1.2 million and will report $2.15 million in the bank.
  • #SCSEN: Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham reported more than $1.4 million raised in the first quarter. That’s the most the senator has ever brought in during a single quarter, according to his campaign. He will report $6.25 million in cash on hand. Full story

Capito Raises $770,000 in Second Quarter #WVSEN

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

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., said she raised about $770,000 in the second quarter for her Senate campaign.

“It’s been a very successful quarter,” Capito told CQ Roll Call between votes Thursday at the Capitol. Full story

Gomez Catches House GOP’s Eye After Massachusetts Loss

Walden, the NRCC chairman, has expressed interest in Gomez running for the House next year. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The House GOP’s campaign chief expressed interest in Republican Gabriel Gomez running in Massachusetts’ 9th District next year against Democratic Rep. William Keating.

Gomez lost to Democrat Rep. Edward J. Markey in the special election for Senate last month. But the former Navy SEAL’s candidacy caught the attention of the national GOP — including National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden.

“He did outperform Markey in the [9th District] by 7 points,” Walden told CQ Roll Call in a Wednesday interview. “That got our attention.” Full story

By Emily Cahn Posted at 3:32 p.m.
House 2016, Mass.-9, NRCC

Schweitzer Expected to Run, but When? #MTSEN

Schweitzer is considering a bid for Senate. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Former Gov. Brian Schweitzer is widely expected to run for Montana’s open Senate seat — the only question is when.

State legislators and operatives had heard he was preparing to announce his bid on Tuesday, but that day came and went without a peep from the populist Democrat.

Another likely option? The state party is holding a convention in Lewiston on Friday and Saturday, offering Schweitzer a room already packed with party faithful. At least one local Democratic official speculated he could make an announcement then.

“I think that there’s probably a 99.9 percent likelihood that he will [run],” said state Senate Minority Whip Robyn Driscoll, a Democrat supportive of Schweitzer. “Rumors have been floating around for a few weeks about when the announcement would be made. … We are having our Democratic convention this weekend, and so I’ll be looking for an announcement maybe then.”

Attempts to reach Schweitzer and his team about the delay were unsuccessful, and Schweitzer — who is known for personally calling reporters — did not return a call to his cellphone.

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