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June 21, 2012

Utah: Orrin Hatch Outraised, Outspent Dan Liljenquist Pre-Primary

Utah: Orrin Hatch Outraised, Outspent Dan Liljenquist Pre Primary

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Orrin Hatch continued to outraise his Republican primary challenger in the pre-primary fundraising period.

Hatch, who faces former state Sen. Dan Liljenquist in Tuesday’s contest, raised $569,000 from April 2 to June 6, according to records filed last week. Liljenquist brought in $309,000, including a $100,000 personal loan.

The discrepancy in spending was much larger. Hatch spent more than $1.9 million during the two-month period, including about $900,000 on media buys. Liljenquist, who needs to overcome a heavy name identification disadvantage, spent $388,000, including $152,000 on radio and television advertising. Full story

Michigan: NRCC Meets Both Hopefuls for Thaddeus McCotter’s Seat

So, this is kind of awkward: Both GOP candidates running for Rep. Thaddeus McCotter’s (R) seat are in town to meet with the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Except one of them is on the primary ballot, and one of them isn’t. Full story

Kyle Downey to Tampa; Drew Maloney to RNC

National Republicans made two additions Wednesday to the party’s 2012 efforts.

Veteran GOP spokesman Kyle Downey was named press secretary for the 2012 Republican National Convention, and the Republican National Committee hired Drew Maloney to serve as external affairs adviser for presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Full story

June 20, 2012

Wisconsin Senate Poll: Tommy Thompson Leads in Republican Primary

Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson led his closest competitor in the Republican Senate primary by a margin of almost 20 points in a Marquette University Law School poll released today. The survey, one of the first in the state since the widely followed gubernatorial recall election earlier this month, also showed Thompson ahead of presumptive Democratic nominee Rep. Tammy Baldwin by 8 points.

Thompson, who was elected four times as the state’s governor, took 34 percent in a test of the GOP primary, according to the survey. The remainder of the GOP field were closely split, with former Rep. Mark Neumann, businessman Eric Hovde and Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald taking 16 percent, 14 percent and 10 percent, respectively. Twenty-five percent of the likely voters polled were undecided. Full story

DSCC Outraised NRSC in May

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee outraised its Republican counterpart last month.

The DSCC announced raising $5.6 million in May, leaving the committee with $28.3 million in cash on hand as of May 31. The National Republican Senatorial Committee announced raising $3.9 million and had $23 million in cash on hand at the end of the month. Reports were due to be filed today.

The DSCC also announced it has raised $70 million so far this cycle, while the NRSC has raised $64.4 million.

Control of the Senate is up for grabs in November. Democrats, who are defending 23 seats compared with 10 for Republicans, currently hold a 53-47 majority.

Pennsylvania: Internal Critz Poll Shows 10-Point Lead

Pennsylvania: Internal Critz Poll Shows 10 Point Lead

Rep. Mark Critz is one of the most vulnerable House Members this cycle. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Mark Critz (D-Pa.) released an internal poll today showing him with a 10-point advantage over his Republican opponent, attorney Keith Rothfus.

Crits led Rothfus 46 percent to 36 percent in the survey paid for by the Congressman’s campaign and released to reporters.

Full story

DSCC Raises $5.6 Million in May

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee announced raising $5.6 million in May, leaving the committee with $28.3 million in cash on hand.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee has not yet announced its May fundraising totals, which are due to be filed today.

Control of the Senate is up for grabs in November. Democrats, who are defending 23 seats compared with 10 for Republicans, currently hold a 53-47 majority.

Florida: George LeMieux Drops Senate Bid

Former Florida Sen. George LeMieux today dropped his bid to return to the Senate, making Rep. Connie Mack IV (R) the presumptive GOP nominee to face Sen. Bill Nelson (D) in November.

Mack has stacked up endorsements from every part of the Republican Party — including both tea-party-affiliated Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. And he declined to debate LeMieux, where the former Senator could have made his case to Florida voters.

Full story

Massachusetts: Richard Tisei Reserves TV Time in Race Against John Tierney

Massachusetts: Richard Tisei Reserves TV Time in Race Against John Tierney

Massachusetts House candidate Richard Tisei has reserved airtime in the 6th district race. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republican candidate Richard Tisei reserved almost $650,000 of advertising time on cable and broadcast television for the last month of his competitive race against Rep. John Tierney (D).

Tisei, a former state Senator and 2010 nominee for lieutenant governor, reserved time on cable stations from Oct. 9 to 15. And he reserved time on both cable and Boston broadcast stations from Oct. 16 through Election Day.

Both the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee have reserved millions of dollars in airtime in the Boston media market, some or all of which could be used in the 6th district race. Full story

House GOP Makes Second Round of IE Buys

The National Republican Congressional Committee’s independent expenditure arm announced $5.7 million in new ad reservations across competitive races Tuesday. That amount included money in eight media markets, with more than $890,000 targeting vulnerable Democratic Rep. John Barrow in two Georgia markets.

Other NRCC media reservations include almost $1.7 million in San Diego that could help shore up Rep. Brian Bilbray and $1.6 million in Philadelphia that could be used to support freshman Rep. Jon Runyan (N.J.) or Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (Pa.).

Also part of the buy: almost $800,000 in two Michigan markets that cover freshman GOP Rep. Dan Benishek’s district, $437,000 in the Des Moines, Iowa, market covering the Member-vs.-Member race between Reps. Leonard Boswell (D) and Tom Latham (R), and $312,000 in the Youngstown, Ohio, market where Rep. Bill Johnson (R) has a competitive race.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has reserved more ad time for the fall than its GOP counterpart. The DCCC had reserved $46.1 million compared with the NRCC’s $23.9 million as of Tuesday.

By Joshua Miller Posted at 12:01 a.m.
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Hawaii: Dueling Polls in Open 2nd District Democratic Primary

Hours after an independent poll showed a tied race in the open 2nd district Democratic primary, former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann released an internal poll that found him continuing to hold a double-digit lead over Honolulu City Councilwoman Tulsi Gabbard.

Hannemann led in his survey with 42 percent, followed by Gabbard with 26 percent and former state Rep. Bob Marx with 8 percent. None of the other candidates received more than 2 percent, and 17 percent of those polled remained undecided.

The Hannemann poll, conducted June 14-16 by QMark Research, included 407 registered voters and had a 4.9-point margin of error. Full story

June 19, 2012

New York: Bill Clinton Robocalls for Sean Patrick Maloney

It’s the New York Times versus former President Bill Clinton in the race to take on freshman Rep. Nan Hayworth (R) in the Empire State’s 18th district.

Robocalls with Clinton’s voice begin going out tonight to Democratic primary voters on behalf of attorney Sean Patrick Maloney, a former Clinton aide who is running for the Democratic nomination in the district.

On Saturday, the New York Times endorsed Maloney’s top opponent, physician Richard Becker. There are three other candidates on the Democratic ballot. The winner will take on Hayworth, who is vulnerable in a redrawn district that would have voted for Barack Obama in 2008. Full story

Nebraska: Deb Fischer Has Wide Lead Over Bob Kerrey in Internal GOP Poll

Nebraska state Sen. Deb Fischer’s (R) campaign released an internal poll today that showed her ahead of former Sen. Bob Kerrey (D) by a large margin in the race to replace retiring Sen. Ben Nelson (D).

The poll showed Fischer at 58 percent while Kerrey garnered 33 percent.

A source from the Kerrey campaign told Roll Call that other private polling shows a much tighter race, and the source stressed that Fischer is widely unknown in the state.

Full story

Report: Mitch Daniels to Become President … of Purdue University

Report: Mitch Daniels to Become President ... of Purdue University

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Is it finally time to count Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) out of the veepstakes?

The Indianapolis Star confirmed the popular outgoing governor will become the next president of Purdue University.

Early this year, Republicans often mentioned Daniels as a potential running mate for presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney. But in recent interviews, Daniels never seemed too jazzed about the possibility of coming back to Washington, D.C., to serve in his administration. Full story

North Dakota: DSCC Invests More Ad Time in Heidi Heitkamp

National Democrats upped the ante in the North Dakota Senate race with a second ad buy to boost their nominee, former state Attorney General Heidi Heitkamp.

This week, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee placed another $86,000 statewide ad buy through their independent expenditure arm. The 30-second spot, which runs from today to July 2, blasts Heitkamp’s opponent, freshman Rep. Rick Berg (R-N.D.).

Full story

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