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July 26, 2012

Florida: Allen West Backs Sandy Adams

Florida: Allen West Backs Sandy Adams

Rep. Allen West backed a fellow freshman lawmaker in a GOP primary against another Member. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Firebrand Rep. Allen West today endorsed fellow GOP Rep. Sandy Adams in her Member-vs.-Member primary race against Rep. John Mica in Florida’s newly configured 7th district.

It’s an important endorsement for Adams from a fellow freshman Member. West, a fundraising juggernaut popular in conservative circles, might give Adams a boost in her race.

The winner of the Aug. 14 primary in the GOP-leaning district is almost certain to be coming back to Congress in January. Full story

July 25, 2012

Wisconsin Senate Primary Attracts Star Musician Power

Rock musician Ted Nugent and country music star Rodney Atkins are scheduled to travel to Wisconsin to headline events for GOP Senate primary candidates.

Nugent is set to perform Thursday for former Gov. Tommy Thompson; Atkins is scheduled to perform for businessman Eric Hovde on Aug. 1. The campaigns hope to translate the musicians’ star power into enthusiasm as the campaign for the primary nomination enters its final weeks.

“This is a rally, a serious rally, for my friend and the great American blood brother for freedom, U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Thompson,” Nugent says in a voice recording sent to Thompson supporters. “If you want upgraded quality of life for the American dream, vote U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Thompson.”

The Atkins event was described by the Hovde campaign as the kickoff to its get-out-the-vote effort. Full story

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley Starts Federal PAC

Maryland Gov. Martin OMalley Starts Federal PAC

(Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley opened a federal political action committee this week, further fueling chatter that the second-term Democrat is eyeing future office.

O Say Can You See PAC will help federal candidates and two state ballot initiatives in the coming months, longtime O’Malley aide Rick Abbruzzese confirmed to Roll Call today.

“It’s a mechanism to help support these ballot initiatives and contribute to the national conversation,” Abbruzzese said.

Democrats often mention O’Malley as a potential candidate for president in 2016. The governor has upped his national presence in recent years, including taking the reins of the Democratic Governors Association. Full story

Arizona: Former Rep. Harry Mitchell Endorses David Schapira

Former Rep. Harry Mitchell (D) has endorsed state Senate Minority Leader David Schapira in the Democratic primary for Arizona’s newly drawn 9th district.

“I believe it is important that we elect someone who understands and values our community — and will work hard to represent it,” he wrote in a statement. “This is why I’ve decided to cast my primary vote for Tempe’s State Senator, David Schapira.”

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Florida: Mike Huckabee Endorses John Mica

Florida: Mike Huckabee Endorses John Mica

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) today endorsed Rep. John Mica (R) in his race against Rep. Sandy Adams (R) in Florida’s newly configured 7th district.

“John Mica is a proven leader who doesn’t just talk; he achieves sound conservative results,” Huckabee said in a statement. “If conservatives want a man of action and a man we can count on, I urge my fellow Floridians in Central Florida to join me in supporting John Mica.”

The endorsement comes after former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) backed Adams.

Mica and Adams are locked in a nasty contest for the district north of Orlando. The winner of the Aug. 14 contest is likely to be coming back to Congress next January, given the GOP lean of the seat.

Democrats Seek to Stir GOP Pot in Missouri, Wisconsin Senate Races

Democrats are not waiting for the general election to officially start in the two most competitive states yet to hold a Republican Senate primary.

Democratic outside groups are playing an active role in defining the GOP candidates in Missouri and Wisconsin, and if they’re lucky, perhaps even helping push their preferred general election opponent ahead. Republicans are targeting both Democratic-held seats in their quest for the Senate majority. Full story

Texas: Sarah Palin, Jim DeMint to Campaign for Ted Cruz

Texas: Sarah Palin, Jim DeMint to Campaign for Ted Cruz

Top conservative surrogates are headed to Texas to campaign for Senate candidate Ted Cruz. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The campaign of former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz announced this afternoon that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) and Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) are scheduled to headline a rally for his campaign Friday evening.

The get-out-the-vote rally will kick off the final weekend of campaigning before Tuesday’s runoff and will be held in the Woodlands, which is an exurban city in the Houston area.

Several local and national tea party leaders are also scheduled to be in attendance, including Amy Kremer of the Tea Party Express.

Cruz faces Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in the runoff for the GOP nomination to replace retiring Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R). Roll Call rates this race as Safe Republican.

 

 

New York: Dan Maffei Up 4 Points Over Ann Marie Buerkle in Democratic Poll

A new poll commissioned by the Democratic-aligned House Majority PAC and the Service Employees International Union found former Rep. Dan Maffei (D) led freshman Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle (R) by 4 points — within the margin of error — in a recent poll of the Empire State’s newly configured 24th district.

In a horse-race matchup, Maffei pulled 44 percent, Buerkle got 40 percent and Green Party candidate Ursula Rozum received 5 percent. Eleven percent of the likely voters surveyed said they were undecided.

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July 24, 2012

Arizona: Wil Cardon Dismisses Jeff Flake Endorsements

Arizona: Wil Cardon Dismisses Jeff Flake Endorsements

Rep. Jeff Flake's GOP primary opponent for the Arizona Senate seat said Flake's backing from Sen. John McCain will have no effect on the race. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Businessman Wil Cardon on Tuesday politely dismissed the ability of Republican Sens. Jon Kyl and John McCain to influence voters in his Senate GOP primary battle with Rep. Jeff Flake.

Kyl and McCain endorsed Flake earlier this month, a move Cardon described as expected.

“I have respect for the service of Sens. Jon Kyl and John McCain, but they’re part of the old guard,” he said.

Kyl, whose retirement created this open-seat race, is appearing in a television ad alongside Flake. The spot began airing this week. McCain has called the Cardon campaign “disturbing” and said he worried that Cardon’s attacks “might make it harder in the general election for us to elect Jeff Flake to the United States Senate.”

Former Surgeon General Richard Carmona is the presumptive Democratic nominee. Roll Call rates this race as Leans Republican.

California Poll: Julia Brownley Leads Tony Strickland in Open 26th

Assemblywoman Julia Brownley (D) led state Sen. Tony Strickland (R) in the race for the 26th district, according to a poll conducted for the Democrat’s campaign and obtained by Roll Call.

In a top pickup opportunity for Democrats, Brownley topped Strickland by 4 points, 48 percent to 44 percent, in the competitive battle for this open, Ventura County-based seat. While Brownley’s lead was within the margin of error, Democrats view this poll as a good sign for her in what could be among the closest House races in California. Full story

Wisconsin: Negative Ads Dominate Airwaves

Congressional candidates and outside groups in Wisconsin have picked up the pace of TV and radio attack ads as the state’s primaries loom three weeks away.

Roll Call counted 10 attack ads released in the past 11 days, including three spots released today.

Most of the ads focus on the race for the state’s open Senate seat. Ads from both sides of the aisle have targeted the GOP primary’s perceived frontrunners, former Gov. Tommy Thompson and businessman Eric Hovde.

The Club for Growth and former Rep. Mark Neumann, who is also competing in the GOP primary, have been especially critical. Majority PAC, which supports Democrats running for the Senate, and EMILY’s List targeted Hovde and Thompson in hopes of aiding presumptive Democratic nominee Rep. Tammy Baldwin. Full story

Georgia: Martha Zoller Gets Sarah Palin Endorsement

Georgia: Martha Zoller Gets Sarah Palin Endorsement

(Roberto Gonzalez/Getty Images)

Congressional candidate Martha Zoller, locked in a tough GOP primary with state Rep. Doug Collins in Georgia’s new 9th district, today picked up the endorsement of Sarah Palin, Zoller’s campaign said.

Zoller, a conservative talk radio host, has positioned herself as the insurgent candidate against Collins, who is close with Gov. Nathan Deal (R) and the Atlanta GOP establishment. Both candidates are very conservative.

“Martha is running against the establishment, which, as we know, is an uphill battle; but with all of our support she can win. In Congress, she’ll vote to cut spending, lower taxes, and repeal Obamacare,” Palin said in a statement released by the Zoller campaign. “I hope you’ll join me and other conservatives like Sean Hannity and Mark Levin in supporting Martha Zoller for Congress!”

Zoller had an absurdly low $7,873 in cash on hand on July 11 while Collins had $60,000 in the bank. Still, unaligned Republicans in the state see the primary race as close, with either candidate having a shot at victory.

Roll Call rates the 9th, one of the most Republican in the country, as Safe Republican. The winner of the July 31 primary will almost certainly be coming to Congress next January.

Arizona: Kyrsten Sinema Airs Women’s Issues Ad

Former Arizona state Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D) began airing her “first TV ad of the summer primary season,” according to a campaign press release.

Sinema is running in the open seat race for the newly drawn 9th district and the new ad focuses on women’s issues. It has five figures behind it and is a targeted cable buy.

In the spot, a quick montage of male Republicans scrolls across the screen. They include former Speaker Newt Gingrich (Ga.), Rush Limbaugh and Arizona Sens. John McCain and Jon Kyl and Arizona Rep. Ben Quayle.

“They’re more focused on dictating women’s personal health care decisions, like birth control, than getting our economy back on track,” Sinema says. Full story

Missouri: Sarah Steelman Gives Campaign $100,000

Missouri Senate candidate Sarah Steelman gave her campaign $100,000 on Friday, according to a Federal Election Commission filing.

Steelman, a former state treasurer who has struggled to raise money, had already loaned her campaign $400,000 this cycle.

While she ended June with $562,000 in cash on hand, Steelman’s campaign spent more than it took in during the second quarter.

Steelman’s spokesman didn’t immediately have a comment on why the candidate had given herself the financial infusion. Full story

Hawaii: Don Young Backs Mazie Hirono

Members of Congress from Hawaii and Alaska have a history of bipartisan cooperation, and that was on full display today in the Hawaii Senate race.

Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) appeared in a 90-second web ad alongside Rep. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) to endorse her for Hawaii’s open Senate seat. Hirono is facing former Rep. Ed Case in the Aug. 11 Democratic primary, the winner of which will take on former Gov. Linda Lingle (R) in the general election.

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