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July 17, 2012

Arizona: Jim DeMint, Pat Toomey Raise Money for Jeff Flake

Arizona: Jim DeMint, Pat Toomey Raise Money for Jeff Flake

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

More and more Republican Senators are actively supporting Rep. Jeff Flake’s Senate campaign.

Flake is set to host a pair of Washington, D.C., fundraisers Wednesday and Thursday, according to an invitation to the events.

Special guests to this evening’s fundraiser at Charlie Palmer Steak include GOP Sens. Jim DeMint (S.C.) and Pat Toomey (Pa.). Attendees are being asked to contribute $1,000.

On Thursday, Sen. Lamar Alexander (Tenn.) is set to be a special guest at Flake’s luncheon fundraiser at Johnny’s Half Shell. PACs are being asked to contribute $1,000; individuals are being asked to donate $500.

Flake is embroiled in a nasty primary with real estate investor Wil Cardon in the race to replace retiring Sen. Jon Kyl (R). Former Surgeon General Richard Carmona is the presumptive Democratic nominee. Roll Call rates this race as Leans Republican.

Washington: Intrigue in 1st District’s Top-Two Primary

With ballots in the mail-only “jungle” primary set to go out this week and five Democrats battling for a spot in the top two, the pace and intrigue of the open-seat 1st district race have picked up considerably.

The Seattle Times reported Sunday that the mother of former state Rep. Laura Ruderman, one of the Democratic candidates, funded a super PAC working against one of the party’s frontrunners, former Microsoft executive Suzan DelBene. Then Ruderman’s campaign released a TV ad Monday that features her mother, who is battling cancer.

On Tuesday, state Sen. Steve Hobbs (D) released an internal poll showing him, DelBene and former Microsoft manager Darcy Burner essentially tied for second place behind Republican John Koster. As the lone Republican in the top-two primary, Koster is all but assured of advancing in this swing district.

Burner is distributing a 12-page “magazine” mail piece this week that highlights her views and ideas, plus a crossword puzzle. And, in a display of just how fractured the redrawn 1st district is after redistricting, Koster announced Tuesday the hiring of a campaign manager dedicated solely to King County, where about half of the district’s residents reside. Valerie Huntsberry will manage all of Koster’s campaign operations south of the Snohomish County line.

Arizona: Bill Clinton, Trent Franks Endorse in 9th District

Arizona: Bill Clinton, Trent Franks Endorse in 9th District

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

President Bill Clinton endorsed former Arizona Democratic Party Chairman Andrei Cherny on Tuesday in his bid for the 9th district.

Cherny, a former Clinton White House staffer, is running in a competitive Democratic primary against Arizona Senate Minority Leader David Schapira and former state Sen. Kyrsten Sinema.

Clinton has methodically endorsed former staffers, donors or supporters of his and his wife’s presidential campaigns, and those whom he has endorsed who have won competitive Democratic primaries include Reps. Bill Pascrell (N.J.) and Mark Critz (Pa.) and businessman John Delaney (Md.).

Republican Rep. Trent Franks endorsed former Paradise Valley Mayor Vernon Parker, who is running against five candidates in a competitive GOP primary.

Roll Call rates this race as a Tossup.

North Carolina: Establishment-Backed Richard Hudson Wins

North Carolina: Establishment Backed Richard Hudson Wins

(Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In a victory for the Republican establishment, former Hill aide Richard Hudson won his GOP primary runoff in North Carolina’s 8th district tonight, beating dentist Scott Keadle, who was strongly backed by the anti-tax Club for Growth.

With 63 percent of precincts reporting, Hudson was ahead with 64 percent of the vote to Keadle’s 36 percent. In the Republican primary and the runoff, outside groups spent more than $1.6 million on this race.

Hudson will now face vulnerable Rep. Larry Kissell (D), whose district was made significantly more Republican in redistricting. The GOP nominee has a better-than-even chance of unseating Kissell.

Hudson, who most recently worked on the Hill as Texas GOP Rep. Mike Conaway’s chief of staff, had support from the YG Action Fund, a super PAC aligned with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (Va.). Full story

DCCC IE Backs John Barrow and Jim Matheson

DCCC IE Backs John Barrow and Jim Matheson

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee reserved airtime in Rep. Jim Matheson's district. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The independent expenditure of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has reserved time in the districts of vulnerable Democratic Reps. Jim Matheson (Utah) and John Barrow (Ga.).

The DCCC reserved just less than $400,000 of time from Oct. 16 through Election Day in the Salt Lake City media market, covering Utah’s 4th district. Matheson faces a serious challenge there from Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love (R) in a district that will vote strongly for Republican Mitt Romney in the presidential race.

A recent poll showed Matheson leading. The National Republican Congressional Committee reserved $948,000 in that market. Full story

By the Numbers: Fundraising in Member-Vs.-Member Races

By the Numbers: Fundraising in Member Vs. Member Races

Rep. Gary Peters (above) ended June with more than twice as much money in the bank as his Democratic opponent, fellow Rep. Hansen Clarke. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call)

Four down, and just eight more Member-vs.-Member matchups left this cycle. Here’s how the second-quarter fundraising went in the remaining races between two House Members:

Michigan’s 14th district (Aug. 7 primary)

  • Rep. Gary Peters (D) raised $316,000, spent $733,000 and reported $813,000 in the bank.
  • Rep. Hansen Clarke (D) raised $70,000, spent $253,000 and reported $381,100 in the bank. Full story

Montana: Cancer Remains at Heart of Senate Ads

Montana: Cancer Remains at Heart of Senate Ads

Rep. Denny Rehberg launched an ad featuring his mother, a cancer survivor. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Montana Rep. Denny Rehberg today responded to his opponent’s ad that rebuked his voting record on funding for cancer screenings with an ad of his own that features a cancer survivor very close to him — his mother.

The Republican is challenging Democratic Sen. Jon Tester in a race expected to be close until November. It’s also likely to get negative, highlighted most recently by the Tester ad. It featured a cancer survivor discussing how the cuts in an appropriations bill Rehberg supported could have affected her recovery. Full story

Indiana: Jackie Walorski on the Air With First TV Spot

Former state Rep. Jackie Walorski’s (R) campaign went on the air today with her first television spot in the competitive 2nd district race against Iraq War veteran Brendan Mullen (D).

“I was born in South Bend, and I’ve been a Hoosier all my life,” Walorski says in the ad, which highlights her local roots in the north-central Indiana district.

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July 16, 2012

Connecticut: Christopher Shays Decides Against TV Ads in GOP Primary

Connecticut: Christopher Shays Decides Against TV Ads in GOP Primary

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Rep. Christopher Shays (R) has opted against going on television in the lead-up to his Aug. 14 Senate primary against former WWE CEO Linda McMahon.

“Don’t make an assumption because I’m not going to have TV ads that we’re not going to win. We’re taking our money, whatever we have, and we’re going to spend it to talk to 150,000 people. That’s how you win a primary,” he told the Hartford Courant.

McMahon has been on television since May. Roll Call rates this race as Likely Democratic.

Arizona: Trent Franks to Host Fundraiser for Wil Cardon

Arizona: Trent Franks to Host Fundraiser for Wil Cardon

Rep. Trent Franks (above) will host a fundraiser for GOP Senate candidate Wil Cardon. (Bill Clark/Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Trent Franks (R) will host a Washington, D.C., fundraiser for GOP Senate candidate Wil Cardon.

Cardon is in an increasingly negative primary with Rep. Jeff Flake (R) to succeed retiring Sen. Jon Kyl (R).

According to the invitation, the July 24 fundraiser’s suggested contributions are $1,000 for a political action committee or $250 per individual.

Franks endorsed Cardon in June. Flake picked up endorsements last week from Kyl and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). The presumptive Democratic nominee is former Surgeon General Richard Carmona. Roll Call rates this race as Leans Republican.

California: Brad Sherman Loans Himself $450,000 After Primary

California: Brad Sherman Loans Himself $450,000 After Primary

(Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Brad Sherman loaned his campaign $450,000 on June 6, the day after finishing 10 points ahead of fellow Democratic Rep. Howard Berman in the top-two primary.

That helped Sherman bring in $764,000 total in the second quarter and boosted him back above $3 million in cash on hand as of June 30.

“We have more than six times as much money in the bank as Berman,” Sherman chief campaign strategist Parke Skelton said in a statement. “That presents the Berman campaign with a very daunting fund-raising challenge.” Full story

Texas: Ted Cruz Bests David Dewhurst in Individual Donations

When it comes to individual contributions, former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz outraised Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in the GOP runoff to replace retiring Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.

The Cruz campaign raised $1.7 million in individual donations. Individual contributors donated $1.5 million to the Dewhurst campaign.

Still, Dewhurst’s overall financial picture is bright. In total, he took in almost $6 million; about $4.5 million of that was his own money. Cruz, who loaned his campaign $960,000 for a total $2.7 million, will have the help of outside groups such as the Club for Growth and super PACs.

Maine: Democratic Poll Shows Mike Michaud Way Up

Maine: Democratic Poll Shows Mike Michaud Way Up

(Joshua Miller/CQ Roll Call)

A new poll from Maine Rep. Mike Michaud (D) shows him leading his GOP challenger, state Senate President Kevin Raye, by 32 points. In a horse-race matchup among likely voters, Michaud led Raye 62 percent to 30 percent, with 8 percent of those polled undecided.

In a polling memo from Democratic firm Normington, Petts & Associates, which conducted the survey for Michaud, pollster Jill Normington noted that Michaud is well-liked. Fifty-one percent of those polled had a favorable impression of Michaud, while only 21 percent had saw him unfavorably.

The Raye campaign knocked the release of the poll.

“It appears as though the Michaud campaign needs a little comic relief,” said Raye adviser Kathie Summers-Grice. “Any time Mike has a bad fundraising quarter, it’s duck and deflect and let’s throw something out there.” Full story

Florida: Connie Mack IV Beefs Up Fundraising Team

Florida: Connie Mack IV Beefs Up Fundraising Team

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Connie Mack IV (R) has hired veteran Washington, D.C., fundraisers in an effort to bolster his Senate prospects, hoping to capitalize on recent polls that have shown him running competitive with Sen. Bill Nelson (D).

According to Republican sources, Mack, at the urging of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, has hired well-known fundraiser Jim McCray to handle his national fundraising and has brought on Michael Gula and Jonathan Graham of Gula Graham to handle his political action committee fundraising. Among its other Congressional clients, the Gula Graham Group has long been been retained by Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) to run his PAC fundraising. McCray, meanwhile, has worked on multiple GOP presidential campaigns. Full story

Wisconsin: Tommy Thompson Outraises Mark Neumann

Updated 3:30 p.m. | Former Gov. Tommy Thompson outraised his competitors for the Republican nomination for Wisconsin’s open Senate seat with an $834,000 haul. Former Rep. Mark Neumann raised $733,000 and businessman Eric Hovde took in $237,000.

Despite Thompson’s apparent financial advantage, Neumann and Hovde have assets that are not clear from the total raised. Hovde is independently wealthy and has spent millions of his own money on his campaign. Neumann, who is set to up his investment on television advertising, has the backing of outsiders such as the Club for Growth, which has spent heavily to support him.

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