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July 9, 2012

Kentucky: Andy Barr Poll Shows Him Behind by 5 Points

Kentucky: Andy Barr Poll Shows Him Behind by 5 Points

Rep. Ben Chandler (right), seen here in 2008 with then-Sen. Barack Obama, will have to run several points ahead of the president in his rural Kentucky district to get re-elected in November. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Ben Chandler (D) leads Republican Andy Barr by 5 points in Kentucky’s 6th Congressional district, according a newly released Republican poll.

Among likely voters surveyed in late June, Chandler got 47 percent to Barr’s 42 percent. The poll, conducted by well-respected GOP firm Public Opinion Strategies for the Barr campaign and the National Republican Congressional Committee, found Barr’s support remains unchanged since a February poll. Chandler’s support ticked down 2 points over the five months, a shift well within the margin of error. Full story

Florida: Allen West Challenger to Post $500,000 Quarter

Patrick Murphy, the likely Democratic nominee in Florida’s 18th district, raised an impressive $508,000 in the second quarter of 2012 in his bid to unseat outspoken GOP Rep. Allen West. Murphy’s campaign will announce the numbers later today.

The businessman, a former Republican, ended June with just less than $1.3 million in cash on hand. He ended March with just more than $1 million in the bank.

West ended March with more than $3.3 million in cash on hand. He does not appear to have released his second quarter numbers yet. Filings are due to the Federal Election Commission on Sunday.

Roll Call rates the race for Sunshine State’s 18th district as Leans Republican.

July 6, 2012

Michigan: Thaddeus McCotter Resigns From Congress

Michigan: Thaddeus McCotter Resigns From Congress

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 6:30 p.m. | Michigan Republican Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, who ran a quixotic presidential bid and then failed to get enough signatures to appear on the GOP ballot for his 6th term, announced late today he had resigned from office.

“Today I have resigned from the office of United States Representative for Michigan’s 11th Congressional District,” he said in a statement sent out by his campaign and posted to Facebook. Full story

New York: Charlie Rangel Vote Drama Deepens

Updated 6:38 p.m. | Longtime Rep. Charlie Rangel probably received more votes than any other candidate in June’s contentious and close 13th district Democratic primary in New York. But that doesn’t mean the 21-term Member has won renomination to his seat just yet.

The ongoing drama continued today as the New York City Board of Elections counted votes in the Harlem and Bronx-based district. With more ballots left to count, Rangel’s lead widened to more than 1,000 votes, according to a local reporter.

But the most interesting news came from a column in today’s New York Daily News. Columnist Juan Gonzalez said there were some apparently unusual meetings held between a BOE official and Rangel aides.

Full story

Texas: Ted Cruz Internal Poll Shows Lead Over David Dewhurst

Texas: Ted Cruz Internal Poll Shows Lead Over David Dewhurst

Ted Cruz (above) led Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in a recent internal poll. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Ted Cruz led Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst by 9 points in a recent internal poll conducted for the former Texas solicitor general’s campaign, a Cruz source has confirmed.

From the earliest days of the race to replace retiring Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R), Dewhurst has been the frontrunner. But in this survey, 49 percent of respondents said they would vote for Cruz. Forty percent supported Dewhurst, and 11 percent were undecided.

Full story

Crossroads GPS Begins Gargantuan Anti-Obama TV Push

Crossroads GPS, the juggernaut Republican-affiliated group, today announced a $25 million television ad blitz over the next month knocking President Barack Obama for his handling of the economy.

The effort begins with an ad, titled “Excuses,” that will start airing next week on broadcast TV in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio and Virginia.

Full story

July 5, 2012

New York: Charlie Rangel Vote Drama Continues

New York: Charlie Rangel Vote Drama Continues

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Vote counting continued today in New York’s 13th Congressional district to determine who won the close Democratic primary race between Rep. Charlie Rangel and state Sen. Adriano Espaillat.

The Associated Press determined Rangel to be the winner by a comfortable margin on the night of the election, but by Saturday, his lead was down to 802 votes. The Board of Elections today began counting provisional and absentee ballots.

It still appears unlikely that the 21-term incumbent will lose the race, but the case is under review by a judge, who could call for a recount, or even a revote, if irregularities in the voting process warrant. Full story

Connecticut: Internal Investigation Clears Chris Donovan

Updated, 4:26 p.m. | An internal investigation released today shows that Connecticut House Speaker Chris Donovan (D) “had no knowledge of illegal contributions to his campaign,” according to the Hartford Courant.

A quid pro quo scandal involving tobacco legislation and campaign donations has rocked the Donovan campaign for the past month. An FBI sting resulted in the arrest of Donovan’s finance director and the termination of two other staffers.

Donovan’s political opponents from both parties were highly critical of the report, conducted by former U.S. Attorney Stanley Twardy. Per the Courant, Twardy lacked subpoena power and attorneys prevented interviews with central figures in the investigation.

Full story

DSCC Raised $2.5 Million After Supreme Court Ruling

DSCC Raised $2.5 Million After Supreme Court Ruling

Angela Botticella of Know Your Care celebrates with supporters of the Affordable Care Act as the Supreme Court announced it decision about the constitutionality of the law. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call)

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee had a big two days after the Supreme Court upheld the president’s health care reform law.

From last Thursday through Saturday, the DSCC raised  $2.5 million. According to a DSCC statement, “On the Thursday of the ruling, the committee shattered the previous record for number of online contributions in one day.”

Full story

Wisconsin: Eric Hovde Poll Shows Narrowing Senate Primary Field

Wisconsin: Eric Hovde Poll Shows Narrowing Senate Primary Field

A new poll for businessman Eric Hovde showed the Wisconsin Senate GOP primary to basically be a two-way race. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call)

Former Gov. Tommy Thompson and businessman Eric Hovde are locked in a close two-way race for the GOP Senate nomination in Wisconsin, according to an internal poll conducted for the Hovde campaign by polling firm On Message Inc.

The poll showed Thompson and Hovde at the top of the primary field, receiving support from 34 percent and 29 percent of likely Republican voters, respectively. Former Rep. Mark Neumann received support from 16 percent of respondents while Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald did not crack the 10 percent mark. Full story

July 3, 2012

Massachusetts: John Tierney Tries to Turn the Page After Bad Week

Massachusetts: John Tierney Tries to Turn the Page After Bad Week

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 3:45 p.m. | Massachusetts Rep. John Tierney (D), facing allegations that he had knowledge of his inlaws’ gambling operation, held a press conference today in an attempt to answer questions and turn the page away from a politically damaging story.

“I am telling the truth. I have always told the truth,” he said at the press conference where he explained he was aware of what he thought was a legal off-shore gambling operation, according to the Boston Globe’s Glen Johnson. Full story

Montana: Democrats Go Up With New Ad Against Denny Rehberg

The Montana Democratic Party has released a new television ad accusing Rep. Denny Rehberg of voting for lower tax rates for the wealthy.

Rehberg is challenging Sen. Jon Tester (D) in one of the most competitive Senate races in the country.

Full story

DCCC Fundraising Surges Since Supreme Court Decision on Health Care

DCCC Fundraising Surges Since Supreme Court Decision on Health Care

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel said the group has raised $2.3 million since last week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised $2.3 million since the Supreme Court’s landmark decision Thursday ruling the Affordable Care Act constitutional.

In a press release, the DCCC said the average contribution was $35 and that “Saturday was the single biggest grass-roots fundraising day in DCCC history.”

“House Democrats are shattering records because Americans are energized about historic protections for middle class health care consumers and appalled that Republicans plan to vote to put insurance companies back in charge of their health care,” DCCC Chairman Steve Israel (N.Y.) said in a statement. Full story

July 2, 2012

New York: Court Hears Charlie Rangel Ballot Challenge

New York: Court Hears Charlie Rangel Ballot Challenge

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

There’s a bit of a worm in the apparent Big Apple primary victory of storied Rep. Charlie Rangel (D).

Rangel originally appeared to have beaten his top competitor, state Sen. Adriano Espaillat, by a wide margin. The New York City Board of Elections now says that with normal ballots counted, Rangel is up by only 802 votes, or about 2 percent of votes cast.

But with more than 2,000 other paper ballots, such as provisional and absentee (from city voters as well as military service members overseas), as yet uncounted, his margin could shrink.

The results are still unofficial and there is a possibility, if very slight, that Rangel didn’t actually win the election. Or, at least, that there could be a recount. Full story

By Joshua Miller Posted at 4:44 p.m.
House 2012, N.Y.-13

Texas: Michael Burgess Backs Ted Cruz for Senate

Texas: Michael Burgess Backs Ted Cruz for Senate

Rep. Michael Burgess made an endorsement in the Texas Senate runoff today even though most Members are sitting on the sidelines. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas) announced today that he is backing former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz in the GOP Senate runoff to replace retiring Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R).

“Ted Cruz is that strong, proven conservative leader, a constitutional scholar, and a fighter through and through,” Burgess said in a press release. “He’ll lead the fight to stop the Obama agenda, and I look forward to fighting alongside Ted to repeal every word of ObamaCare.”

Cruz is engaged in an increasingly tough runoff campaign with Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst. The winner of that July 31 race will almost certainly become the Lone Star State’s next Senator. Full story

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