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July 13, 2012

Wisconsin: Club for Growth Hits Tommy Thomspon, Eric Hovde in New Ad

The Club for Growth launched a large broadcast and cable ad buy today throughout Wisconsin targeting current GOP Senate primary frontrunners former Gov. Tommy Thompson and businessman Eric Hovde.

By taking on both frontrunners, the club reaffirmed its support for former Rep. Mark Neumann, despite his low numbers in recent polls. Many observers have said that dividing support among Thompson’s various challengers would only elevate the former governor above the fray of other candidates.

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Hawaii: Fundraising, Dueling Polls in Senate Race

In their potential showdown for the Hawaii’s open Senate seat, Rep. Mazie Hirono (D) and former Gov. Linda Lingle (R) have in the last two days announced their second-quarter fundraising and released dueling polls.

Lingle raised more than $1.1 million in the second quarter, outpacing Hirono, who brought in $941,000 from April to June and had $2 million in cash on hand as of June 30. Lingle did not release her cash-on-hand total. Full story

July 12, 2012

Harry Reid: Shelley Berkley Will Be Fine

Harry Reid: Shelley Berkley Will Be Fine

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (second from left) continued to assert his confidence in Rep. Shelley Berkley's (left) Senate campaign, despite an ethics investigation. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid reiterated on Thursday that he is unconcerned about the viability of the Senate candidacy of Rep. Shelley Berkley, despite the Ethics Committee launching a formal investigation of his fellow Nevada Democrat.

“Frankly, I think it’s good that this is all coming out in the open,” Reid said of the investigation while on a conference call with reporters. Full story

Florida: Sandy Adams Gets Sarah Palin Nod

Florida: Sandy Adams Gets Sarah Palin Nod

Sarah Palin made her first House endorsement of 2012 today in a Member versus Member race. (Roberto Gonzalez/Getty Images)

Sarah Palin today endorsed Florida Republican Rep. Sandy Adams in her Member-vs.-Member GOP primary brawl with 10-term Rep. John Mica. It is the former vice presidential candidate’s first House endorsement this cycle.

Adams, a freshman, has strong tea party support in the Sunshine State’s 7th district, a seat north of Orlando where both Members are running as a result of redistricting. Mica, the chairman of the powerful House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, has locked up a solid chunk of establishment backing.

The former Alaska governor’s endorsement goes a few steps beyond a boilerplate statement and knocks Mica. Full story

Maryland: Redistricting Map Critics Meet Referendum Threshold

Maryland’s controversial redistricting map will be put to the voters in a referendum this fall.

Enough signatures were validated Wednesday afternoon to meet the legal threshold of about 56,000 signatures to put the map on the ballot when voters go to the polls in November, according to the Maryland State Board of Elections. The referendum awaits official certification from the board and that process is not complete.

If the referendum is certified by the board, it is uncertain what will happen if voters strike down the new Congressional boundaries map. Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) told the Baltimore Sun that even if voters overturn the map, he would send a new one to the Legislature with only “marginal” changes.

The map was considered one of the ugliest in the country. Democrats and Republicans alike howled over the boundaries after its October release. The most common derogatory description for the new lines was “Rorschach test.” Roll Call rated Rep. John Sarbanes’ (D) 3rd district as one of the five ugliest districts in the country.

But it is the 6th that was affected the most politically. Maryland Democrats went into redistricting with the intent of picking up another seat in the delegation, and they likely will accomplish that goal in the fall elections. Lawmakers redrew Rep. Roscoe Bartlett’s district (R) so dramatically that his once-safe seat now favors the  Democrats.

Even Democrats critics of the overall map emerged, most notably Rep. Donna Edwards. But it was Republican state Del. Neil Parrott who led the referendum effort.

Texas: San Antonio Mayor Endorses Pete Gallego

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro endorsed state Rep. Pete Gallego this morning in Texas’ 23rd district Democratic runoff.

Gallego is running in a primary runoff against former Rep. Ciro Rodriguez for the right to challenge Rep. Francisco “Quico” Canseco (R) in the fall.

“He is the best candidate in this race to take on Quico Canseco in November, and a proven leader whose steady hand we can count on to serve our community in Congress for years to come,” Castro said.

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Nevada: Shelley Berkley Hits Back in Two New Ads

Rep. Shelley Berkley responded with two new Senate campaign television ads launched three days after the Ethics Committee announced that she was the subject of a formal investigation.

The Democrat’s ads, unveiled today, both downplay the scrutiny the Congresswoman is facing and turn the focus back onto the voting record of Sen. Dean Heller (R), whom Berkley is challenging. The Las Vegas Sun first reported the ads this morning. A source told Roll Call that it is a “very significant buy.” Full story

Wisconsin: Club for Growth Going Up With Senate Ad Buy

The Club for Growth will go up with a sizable ad buy in the competitive Wisconsin Senate GOP primary Friday, according to sources with knowledge of the race.

The club endorsed former Rep. Mark Neumann (R-Wis.) in September and has attacked former Gov. Tommy Thompson, who began the Senate race as the frontrunner due to his high name identification, from the right.

But businessman Eric Hovde has emerged as the primary conservative challenger to Thompson in recent weeks despite the club’s endorsement of Neumann. Recent polls have shown Hovde and Thompson breaking away from the rest of the GOP primary pack. Hovde, who has never before served in public office, has spent millions of his own money to introduce himself to Wisconsin voters.

It is unclear what the content of the Club for Growth ad is, and whether it targets Thompson or both Thompson and Hovde. It’s unlikely the spot is a positive ad highlighting Neumann’s record.

The primary is Aug. 14. The winner will face Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D) in what is expected to be a hard-fought general election this fall.

NRCC Locks In Third Clip of Young Guns

NRCC Locks In Third Clip of Young Guns

Maine Senate President Kevin Raye, who is running in the state's 2nd district, was one of seven candidates announced in a new round of the NRCC's Young Guns today. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The National Republican Congressional Committee today announced its third round of Young Guns — candidates who have reached the highest tier of the committee’s recruitment and candidate support program.

The seven new candidates are:

  • Former state House Majority Leader Adam Hasner, running in Florida’s open 22nd district
  • Attorney Ben Lange, running in Iowa’s 1st district against Rep. Bruce Braley (D)
  • John Deere attorney John Archer, running in Iowa’s 2nd district against Rep. Dave Loebsack (D)
  • State Senate President Kevin Raye, running in Maine’s 2nd district against Rep. Mike Michaud (D)
  • State Public Service Commissioner Kevin Cramer, running in North Dakota’s open at-large seat
  • Businessman Danny Tarkanian, running in Nevada’s open 4th district
  • Former Erie County Executive Chris Collins, running New York’s 27th district against freshman Rep. Kathy Hochul (D)

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Texas: Club for Growth Announces TV and Radio Ad Buy for Ted Cruz

As expected, the Club for Growth announced this morning that it was making a significant financial investment in former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz, who is battling Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in the Senate Republican primary runoff.

The $1.5 million buy is sizable but does not go as far in Texas as it would in other states with cheaper media markets. The runoff election is scheduled for July 31.

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Hawaii: GOP Poll Finds Close Senate Race

Hawaii: GOP Poll Finds Close Senate Race

A poll for Republican Linda Lingle's campaign showed the Hawaii Senate race is competitive. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A poll conducted for former Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle’s campaign found the Republican would be in a tight race with either of her potential Democratic opponents in this Democratic-leaning state.

According to a polling memo from Jan van Lohuizen, the Voter Consumer Research poll found Lingle leading Rep. Mazie Hirono by 5 points and trailing former Rep. Ed Case by 1 point, which is within the 4-point margin of error. The survey of 600 likely general election voters was taken July 8-10. Full story

July 11, 2012

Massachusetts: Seth Moulton Being Encouraged by Democrats

Seth Moulton, the Marine veteran eyeing an independent bid against Rep. John Tierney (D-Mass.), said he is being encouraged to run for Congress by notable Massachusetts Democrats, many of whom are worried about holding the district.

Massachusetts: Seth Moulton Being Encouraged by Democrats

(Courtesy Seth Moulton)

“Obviously, they’re concerned that Tierney’s going to lose the seat,” he said. “This wasn’t Republicans who asked me to do this, this was Democrats.”

Moulton declined to say who these Democrats were, but he specified that none were associated with the formal party apparatus in the state or in Washington, D.C. Full story

California: Big Money Raised in Battle for 26th District

State Sen. Tony Strickland (R) and state Assemblywoman Julia Brownley (D), battling for the open 26th district in Ventura County, both raised more than $600,000 in the second quarter.

Strickland, a top Republican recruit, announced raising $605,000 for the period ending June 30 and had more than $1 million in cash on hand.

Brownley, who entered the race late after another Democrat opted not to run, announced raising $637,000 and had $320,000 in cash on hand. She’s raised a total of $923,000 to date.

Texas: David Dewhurst Leads in Internal Poll

Texas: David Dewhurst Leads in Internal Poll

(Pat Sullivan/Associated Press)

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst led former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz by 8 points in a recent internal poll obtained by Roll Call.

Fifty percent of respondents said they would vote for Dewhurst in the July 31 GOP runoff, while 42 percent supported Cruz. National Journal’s the Hotline first reported the results of the poll, which was conducted by Dewhurst pollster Mike Baselice.

It is a striking difference from a late June Cruz internal poll obtained last week that showed Cruz with a 9-point lead over Dewhurst.

The difference in the results appears to be rooted in how each campaign determines who is a “likely runoff voter.” The Dewhurst poll surveyed those who had voted in previous GOP primaries and stated an intent to vote in the runoff. Full story

Michigan: Count Cassis in for Special Election

Former state Sen. Nancy Cassis (R) will run in the special election for former Rep. Thaddeus McCotter’s (R-Mich.) seat, her campaign confirmed Wednesday.

Cassis joins reindeer rancher Kerry Bentivolio (R) in the special primary on Sept. 5, the winner of which will run in the Nov. 6 special election to serve out the final few weeks of McCotter’s term.

The special primary marks the second time in a month the two Republicans will face each other for the west Detroit district. After McCotter dropped his re-election bid, Bentivolio was the only candidate left on the Aug. 7 Republican ballot.

Many local GOP officials are supporting Cassis as a write-in candidate for a full term on the GOP ballot instead.

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