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May 31, 2012

Hawaii: VoteVets.org Adds $50K to TV Buy for Tulsi Gabbard

VoteVets.org, the largest progressive organization of veterans in the country, spent $50,000 on Wednesday to keep on air its TV ad supporting Honolulu City Councilwoman Tulsi Gabbard. The spot will now run for two more weeks.

Gabbard, who was endorsed Wednesday by EMILY’s List, is one of several Democrats vying for the nomination in Hawaii’s 2nd district, currently held by Rep. Mazie Hirono (D), who is running for Senate. Full story

Florida: Vern Buchanan Reserves $4M in TV Time

Florida: Vern Buchanan Reserves $4M in TV Time

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.) has reserved $4 million worth of television advertising time in the Tampa/Sarasota media market, locking in rates and placement in what is expected to be a very crowded media environment.

According to a memo from Buchanan’s media firm, SRCPmedia, campaign advertising will begin Aug. 1 and end on Election Day, with a “two-week hiatus in late August.”

The reservation includes a whopping 12,000 gross rating points of advertising on Tampa stations, the memo said.

Buchanan, independently wealthy, is in a comfortably Republican district, but a series of dark ethics clouds have been hovering over him.

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Virginia: Tim Kaine Purchases $2.5M in Fall Airtime, Outraises George Allen

Virginia: Tim Kaine Purchases $2.5M in Fall Airtime, Outraises George Allen

Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine announced a TV ad buy for his Senate race. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine purchased $2.5 million in fall TV time for his blockbuster Senate race with fellow former Gov. George Allen.

The campaign announced the buy today along with its pre-primary fundraising. From April 1 to May 23, Kaine outraised Allen by about $450,000, raising more than $1.2 million to Allen’s $751,000. Full story

South Carolina: André Bauer Gets Mike Huckabee Endorsement, TV Ad

Former South Carolina Lt. Gov. André Bauer picked up the endorsement of 2008 GOP White House hopeful and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) today.

Huckabee’s endorsement — which included the governor lending his voice to a TV ad — could give Bauer a boost in the crowded GOP primary in the 7th district, which was newly created after redistricting. Full story

Missouri: Crossroads GPS Ad Ties Claire McCaskill to Barack Obama

The juggernaut GOP-affiliated group Crossroads GPS is launching a scathing new attack ad against vulnerable Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) today across the Show-Me State. It links her with President Barack Obama and his health care law, which is deeply unpopular in Missouri.

“Obamacare? More like Obama-Claire,” a female narrator says. “Because Sen. Claire McCaskill has voted with President Obama 90 percent of the time — including Obamacare.”

“Obama-Claire brought us Obamacare, and that’s bad medicine for health care,” the narrator says at the end of the ad.

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May 30, 2012

North Carolina: Mark Meadows Gets Patrick McHenry Endorsement

Real estate investor Mark Meadows, in a runoff for the GOP nomination in North Carolina’s 11th district, picked up the endorsement of Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) today. Meadows, a strong candidate with support from the tea party and the establishment, faces businessman Vance Patterson in the July 17 runoff.

“Mark Meadows is the only true conservative Western North Carolinians can count on to fight President Obama’s assault on our values,” McHenry said in a statement released by the Meadows campaign. “Mark is a conservative businessman willing to challenge the status quo in Washington and fix this broken economy. I strongly urge those who want less government and more conservative solutions to send Mark Meadows to Congress.”

McHenry represents the neighboring 10th district.

The winner of the GOP primary in the western North Carolina district is the favorite to win the general election against the Democratic nominee, Hayden Rogers, the former chief of staff to retiring Rep. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.). The newly configured 11th is the most Republican district in the Tar Heel State.

Roll Call rates the race as Likely Republican.

EMILY’S List Endorses Two in Competitive Primaries

EMILYS List Endorses Two in Competitive Primaries

Tulsi Gabbard is one of the candidates who got the full stamp of approval from EMILY's List. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

EMILY’s List announced today it is fully endorsing two female candidates locked in competitive Democratic primaries in Wisconsin and Hawaii.

The group, which helps elect women that support abortion rights, is backing state Rep. Kelda Roys in Wisconsin’s open 2nd district and Honolulu City Councilwoman Tulsi Gabbard in Hawaii’s open 2nd district. Roys is the former executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin and Gabbard is a veteran and former state representative. Full story

New Jersey: More Members Side With Bill Pascrell

New Jersey: More Members Side With Bill Pascrell

More Members have donated to Rep. Bill Pascrell in his race against a fellow Democratic incumbent. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

With less than a week to go before the primary, more Members are picking sides in the battle between New Jersey Democratic Reps. Steven Rothman and Bill Pascrell.

The Member-vs.-Member race has already revealed divided allegiances among legislators. The bulk of Member donations have been directed to Pascrell, who is also getting a campaign visit Friday from President Bill Clinton. Full story

Montana: Denny Rehberg Hits Jon Tester Again in TV Ad

Montana Rep. Denny Rehberg (R) launched another new TV ad today tying Sen. Jon Tester (D) to Washington, D.C., and President Barack Obama.

Titled “Baloney 2,” it’s a follow-up to an ad released two weeks ago. The campaign spent about $60,000 to air the ad statewide this week on broadcast and cable TV. Full story

Illinois: Democrats Look for Brad Harriman Ballot Replacement

Southern Illinois Democrats started their search for a new nominee in the 12th district today after their elected candidate dropped off the ballot for health reasons this week.

Potential candidates include Madison County Circuit Court Chief Judge Ann Callis, former state Rep. Jay Hoffman and state Rep. John Bradley, according to Illinois Democrats.

Former St. Clair County Regional Superintendent of Schools Brad Harriman, who won the Democratic primary in March, left the race this week because a longtime “neurological condition” forced him to curtail campaigning. Now Democrats must find a new candidate to face GOP nominee Jason Plummer in the competitive race for retiring Rep. Jerry Costello’s (D) seat.

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New Mexico: Eric Griego Fires Back After Michelle Lujan Grisham Ad

New Mexico state Sen. Eric Griego is slamming his 1st district Democratic primary opponent, Michelle Lujan Grisham, in a new TV ad set to be released today.

With less than a week to go until the primary, the ad comes in response to an attack ad Lujan Grisham leveled against Griego. Both candidates have been neck and neck in public and private polling, with former Albuquerque Mayor Marty Chavez in third place.

The Griego ad is part of a large ad buy and directs its focus to Lujan Grisham’s time as director of the New Mexico Agency on Aging and as state secretary of Health. It cites a U.S. Justice Department investigation into the Fort Bayard Medical Center.

Full story

Florida: John Mica Poll Shows Him Up Big Against Sandy Adams

Florida: John Mica Poll Shows Him Up Big Against Sandy Adams

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

A new poll of likely GOP primary voters commissioned by Rep. John Mica showed him leading fellow Republican Rep. Sandy Adams by more than 30 points in Florida’s newly configured 7th district.

In a horserace matchup between the two Members, Mica led 55 percent to 25 percent for Adams.

In a poll commissioned by Adams earlier this year, Mica led by 16 points. Full story

Illinois: Bobby Schilling Poll Shows Him Over 50 Percent

Illinois: Bobby Schilling Poll Shows Him Over 50 Percent

A poll for the campaign of Rep. Bobby Schilling shows him leading the Democratic nominee in the 17th district. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A new poll done for Rep. Bobby Schilling’s (R-Ill.) re-election campaign showed him with a double-digit lead over former East Moline Alderwoman Cheri Bustos, the Democratic nominee.

The poll — paid for by Schilling’s campaign — gave the Republican a large 16-point lead, 51 percent to 35 percent, over Bustos. Full story

New York: Charlie Rangel Picks Up Bloomberg Endorsement

New York: Charlie Rangel Picks Up Bloomberg Endorsement

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Charlie Rangel, facing a serious primary challenge next month, today picked up the endorsement of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) and former New York Mayor and Rep. Ed Koch (D).

“I’m proud to join with Ed Koch and so many others in endorsing Charlie Rangel,” Bloomberg said in a statement released by the veteran Democrat’s campaign. “For more than four decades, he has delivered for New York City time and time again. We’ve had six very different Mayors during his tenure in Congress, but we all shared one thing in common: when the City needs results in Washington, you pick up the phone and call Congressman Rangel.” Full story

Texas: Silvestre Reyes Ousted in Democratic Primary

Texas: Silvestre Reyes Ousted in Democratic Primary

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 2 a.m. | Rep. Silvestre Reyes was defeated Tuesday by former El Paso City Councilman Beto O’Rourke in the 16th district Democratic primary.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, the eight-term lawmaker trailed 44 percent to 50 percent. O’Rourke had been hovering around the key 50 percent mark needed to avoid a runoff all night as results trickled in. The Associated Press called the race a little before 2 a.m. Full story

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