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March 20, 2012

Kinzinger Defeats Manzullo in GOP Primary

Kinzinger Defeats Manzullo in GOP Primary

Rep. Adam Kinzinger's victory is likely to stun many GOP operatives and Capitol Hill aides who dismissed the Air Force Reserve pilot. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Freshman Rep. Adam Kinzinger defeated longtime Rep. Don Manzullo in the first Member-vs.-Member GOP primary of 2012. Kinzinger led 56 percent to 44 percent when the Associated Press called the race just after 11 p.m. EST.

Kinzinger’s victory may partially vindicate House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, whose endorsement of Kinzinger elicited outcries from the House Republican Conference. Last week, a super PAC run by a former Cantor aide also spent $52,000 on a radio ad to boost the freshman lawmaker. Full story

Illinois Primaries: Jackson Jr., Duckworth, Schneider Big Winners

Illinois Primaries: Jackson Jr., Duckworth, Schneider Big Winners

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 11:48 p.m. | Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. routed his bitter nemesis and ex-colleague, former Rep. Debbie Halvorson, in a Democratic primary today, virtually ensuring he will be elected to a ninth term in his South Side Chicago district.

West of the Windy City, Iraq War veteran Tammy Duckworth (D) captured her party’s nomination in the 8th district, putting her on a path to win a seat in Congress if she defeats Rep. Joe Walsh (R) this fall. Full story

Mitt Romney Easily Wins Illinois Primary

Mitt Romney Easily Wins Illinois Primary

(Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Updated: 10 p.m. | Mitt Romney easily won the Illinois Republican primary today, leading networks to call the race just a half-hour after polls closed.

With 7 percent of precincts reporting, the former Massachusetts governor had 55 percent of the vote, while former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum had 28 percent.

Farther back in the pack, Texas Rep. Ron Paul had 10 percent and former Speaker Newt Gingrich (Ga.) had 7 percent. Full story

NRCC Dinner Brings in $12 Million

NRCC Dinner Brings in $12 Million

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley will deliver the keynote address at the NRCC's annual dinner tonight. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The National Republican Congressional Committee raised $12 million for its annual dinner, taking place tonight at the National Building Museum and keynoted by South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R).

This year’s take tops last year’s $10 million dinner haul. Full story

Nebraska: Kerrey, State GOP Dispute His Eligibility

Nebraska Republicans are pursuing legal actions to remove former Sen. Bob Kerrey from the state’s ballot in the race to replace retiring Sen. Ben Nelson (D).

The issue at hand is Kerrey’s residency, which had started as a political problem and has become a legal one.

The state Republican Party is challenging in court a prior ruling from Secretary of State John Gale. Gale ruled on Friday that although Kerrey violated Nebraska ballot requirements, he did qualify under the U.S. Constitution to appear on the ballot.

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Virginia: Obama’s Numbers Up; Senate Race Still Tied

Virginia: Obamas Numbers Up; Senate Race Still Tied

There is no doubt that President Barack Obama's performance in Virginia will have some degree of effect on Tim Kaine's (left) Senate campaign, either positive or negative. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

With no end in sight for the GOP presidential nomination fight, President Barack Obama’s numbers are on the rise in the Old Dominion.

A Quinnipiac University poll released today found Obama’s support in Virginia reaching new heights, while the Senate race remains within the margin of error.

In a race with Mitt Romney, Obama hit 50 percent support and led the likely GOP nominee by 8 points, up from a 4-point margin last month. Likely Senate nominee Tim Kaine (D) has not received the same kind of boost against George Allen (R), as the battle of the former governors remains a statistical tie, where it’s been since Kaine entered the race last April. Full story

New Mexico: Dan Lewis Drops Bid for 1st District

Albuquerque City Councilor Dan Lewis has dropped out of the open 1st district race in New Mexico.

Lewis’ exit leaves former state Rep. Janice Arnold-Jones and retired Army Sgt. Gary Smith as the only Republicans vying for the seat of Rep. Martin Heinrich (D), who is running for Senate. Full story

FreedomWorks PAC Endorses 10 Candidates

Conservative organization FreedomWorks PAC today released its “first slate” of House endorsements.

“Through extensive personal interviews, detailed research of their records, and feedback from activists in their districts, we are confident these candidates will expand the freedom caucus in the House and lead the fight for economic freedom and constitutionally limited government,” FreedomWorks PAC Executive Director Max Pappas said in a statement.

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Missouri: No Senate Bid for Tom Schweich

There won’t be yet another Republican vying to take on Sen. Claire McCaskill in Missouri this year.

State Auditor Tom Schweich, who holds the same position McCaskill had when she first ran for Senate in 2006, announced today that he is no longer considering entering the GOP primary fray. Schweich said the decision was personal and did not take any internal polling. Full story

Maryland: Democratic Primary to Face Bartlett Heats Up

Maryland: Democratic Primary to Face Bartlett Heats Up

Maryland state Sen. Rob Garagiola (right) makes a point at Saturday's forum in Hagerstown. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

With the April 3 primary only two weeks away, Maryland’s 6th district race has become one of the most heated in the country.

Democratic candidates are busy campaigning across the district — which covers western Maryland and stretches all the way to the Washington, D.C., suburbs — in hopes of challenging Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, the likely Republican nominee, in the fall.

The top two Democratic contenders, state Senate Majority Leader Rob Garagiola and businessman John Delaney, participated in a candidate forum on Saturday sponsored by the Washington County Democratic Central Committee. The event was held at the UAW Hall in Hagerstown. Garagiola and Delaney, along with the other three Democrats running, also participated in a debate Sunday in Gaithersburg to discuss issues ranging from Iran to women’s contraception. Full story

North Carolina: Richard Hudson Begins Airing TV Ad

Republican Richard Hudson, a former Congressional aide running in North Carolina’s reconfigured 8th district, begins airing an ad today that uses humor to hit vulnerable Rep. Larry Kissell (D).

Sitting on a porch, Hudson introduces his bulldog, Hoover, at the beginning of the spot. He compares his pooch to Congress.

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March 19, 2012

North Carolina: Club for Growth Backs Keadle in 8th District

The powerful pro-free-market Club for Growth endorsed former Iredell County Commissioner Scott Keadle in the Republican primary race to take on vulnerable Rep. Larry Kissell (D-N.C.). Full story

New York: Bob Turner Makes Senate Primary Ballot

New York: Bob Turner Makes Senate Primary Ballot

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

At the Empire State’s GOP convention on Friday, Rep. Bob Turner just made the cut to have his name on the Republican primary ballot for Senate. In the June primary, he’ll face attorney Wendy Long and Nassau County comptroller George Maragos. The winner of that contest will take on Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a prohibitive favorite to win her first full term in office. Full story

New York: Grace Meng Nabs Local Party Nod for Ackerman Seat

The Queens County Democratic Organization endorsed state Assemblywoman Grace Meng for the open Queens-based 6th district seat Monday.

Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D) will challenge Meng in a primary in the strongly Democratic district. Full story

NRCC Feels Bullish on House Prospects

NRCC Feels Bullish on House Prospects

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Pete Sessions held a news briefing with reporters this afternoon, and he and his deputies indicated they are bullish on House GOP prospects this cycle.

Sessions cited fundraising and what he described as a lasting backlash against health care reform as reasons the Republicans will hold the House.

His head of recruitment also questioned the “Drive for 25″ effort of its Democratic counterpart, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, to take back control of the chamber.

“I want to touch on the myth out there with [DCCC Chairman Steve] Israel and [Rep. Chris] Van Hollen and others, they started this ‘Drive for 25.’ If you notice, they’re not really saying it as much anymore because the numbers just don’t add up for them,” Rep. Steve Scalise (La.) said. “I don’t think many people believe they can flip 25 seats in the first place.”

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