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July 17, 2012

North Carolina: Establishment-Backed Richard Hudson Wins

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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 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

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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

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.

Full story

July 16, 2012

Connecticut: Christopher Shays Decides Against TV Ads in GOP Primary

Connecticut: Christopher Shays Decides Against TV Ads in GOP Primary

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Full story

Michigan: Nancy Cassis Banks Second Congressional Endorsement

Rep. Tim Walberg (R-Mich.) backed former state Sen. Nancy Cassis (R) in the 11th district Monday, marking the write-in candidate’s second Congressional endorsement.

Cassis faces an uphill climb to defeat reindeer rancher Kerry Bentivolio, the only Republican on the Aug. 7 primary ballot.

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Pennsylvania: Democratic Poll Shows Mark Critz With Single-Digit Lead

Pennsylvania: Democratic Poll Shows Mark Critz With Single Digit Lead

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A new Democratic poll showed Rep. Mark Critz (D) leading his GOP opponent, attorney Keith Rothfus, by a slim 6-point margin in the competitive southwestern Pennsylvania district.

Critz led Rothfus, 44 percent to 38 percent, in the survey conducted for House Majority PAC, a Democratic super PAC, and the SEIU.

Republicans plan to target the elusive 12th district after several unsuccessful attempts to pick it up in recent years. Last year, Keystone State GOP officials redrew the Congressional boundaries and made Critz’s district more conservative.

This survey marks the second Democratic poll showing Critz ahead since the April primary. The Critz campaign released its own poll from mid-June showing the Congressman with a 10-point lead.

Benenson Strategy Group conducted the House Majority PAC and SEIU poll of 400 likely general election voters from July 9 to 11. The survey had a margin of error of 4.9 points.

Roll Call rates this race as a Tossup.

Sheldon Adelson Gives $5 Million to YG Action Super PAC

Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson gave $5 million to YG Action Fund, a super PAC run by two former top aides to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.).

The donation helped YG Action Fund achieve its best fundraising quarter since opening shop last year. The super PAC raised just more than $5.3 million from April through June.

The money came just in time for the group to spend more than $500,000 to boost Richard Hudson, a former House chief of staff, in the runoff for North Carolina’s 8th district on Tuesday. Full story

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