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April 6, 2012

Pennsylvania: Jason Altmire Raises More Than Mark Critz in Past Three Months

Pennsylvania: Jason Altmire Raises More Than Mark Critz in Past Three Months

Rep. Jason Altmire (above) faces fellow Democratic Rep. Mark Critz in a primary forced by redistricting later this month. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Jason Altmire raised slightly more than Rep. Mark Critz in the final months before their April 24 Democratic primary in a southwestern Pennsylvania House district.

Altmire’s campaign announced he raised about $330,000 from Jan. 1 through April 4, which is the pre-primary reporting period.

Critz raised about $285,000 during the same period, his top campaign aide confirmed to Roll Call. Full story

April 5, 2012

Indiana: New Poll Shows Dick Lugar With 7-Point Lead

Indiana: New Poll Shows Dick Lugar With 7 Point Lead

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Embattled Sen. Dick Lugar (Ind.) has had a rough couple of weeks, and a new poll underscores just how much trouble he is in against state Treasurer Richard Mourdock in the GOP primary next month.

Lugar led Mourdock 42 percent to 35 percent among likely GOP primary voters, according to the Howey/DePauw Indiana Battleground Poll released today. While the poll showed Lugar with a single-digit lead, 42 percent is a dangerously low number for a veteran lawmaker and it underscores just how competitive Lugar’s first tough re-election battle has become.

Indiana has an open primary, and therefore, independents and Democrats can vote in the May 8 contest. Lugar and Mourdock ran even among self-identified Republicans in the poll, which suggests the Senator’s saving grace lies with independents. Lugar led among independents and voters who said they lean Republican, 52 percent to 26 percent. Full story

Massachusetts: Tisei Posts $350,000 Quarter in Race Against Tierney

Massachusetts: Tisei Posts $350,000 Quarter in Race Against Tierney

(Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republican Richard Tisei pulled in an impressive $350,000 in the first quarter of 2012 in his bid to unseat Rep. John Tierney (D-Mass.). Tisei, a former state Senator and GOP nominee for lieutenant governor, managed to raise the substantial sum despite being a Republican in a state that overwhelmingly favors Democrats.

His campaign told Roll Call he ended last month with $454,000 in cash on hand. Tierney’s fundraising numbers for the first quarter were not immediately available.

In the fourth quarter of last year, Tisei raised $312,000 to Tierney’s $161,000, according to Federal Election Commission filings. Full story

Arizona: Ron Barber Pulls In $550,000 in Two Months

Arizona: Ron Barber Pulls In $550,000 in Two Months

Ron Barber is running to replace his old boss, ex-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. (Jonathan Gibby/Getty Images)

Ron Barber, a former aide to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), is off to a strong start in his campaign to fill the ex-Congresswoman’s seat.

In the reporting period that began Jan. 1 and ended March 28, the Democrat raised almost $550,000 and had nearly $465,000 in the bank.

Barber raised the large sum in less than two months with a big hand from a who’s who of Democratic interest groups and Members. Full story

Parties Look Back, Ahead in Maryland’s 6th District

Parties Look Back, Ahead in Marylands 6th District

Wealthy businessman John Delaney (above) is favored over Rep. Roscoe Bartlett in Maryland's 6th district race this fall. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Those deeply invested in Maryland’s 6th district — a seat Democrats are counting as a top pickup opportunity this fall — spent most of Wednesday making sense of this week’s primary results.

On the Democratic side, wounds remain raw. State Senate Majority Leader Rob Garagiola was supposed to win it all, but he lost big in the primary to businessman John Delaney, who poured more than $1.6 million of his own money into the campaign.

Garagiola’s mentor, state Sen. Thomas V. “Mike” Miller, gave a backhanded endorsement of Delaney on Wednesday, according to several reports.

But among party operatives — the Democrats who care more about a pickup in the delegation than the personalities involved — there is an almost palpable sense of relief that Delaney won.

Full story

April 4, 2012

Illinois’ Timothy Johnson to Retire

Illinois’ Timothy Johnson to Retire

Rep. Timothy Johnson is regularly seen around Capitol Hill talking to constituents on his cellphone. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 9:37 p.m. | Rep. Timothy Johnson (R-Ill.) will not seek re-election after all, according to a House Republican leadership aide.

His eleventh-hour retirement stunned many of his House Republican colleagues. Johnson made every indication he’d seek re-election in the mostly new territory, including securing the GOP nomination in the March 20 primary.

What’s more, Johnson’s decision puts his downstate Illinois seat in play. Democrats redrew Johnson’s district to be more competitive during redistricting last year.

The Illinois politics tip sheet, Capitol Fax, first reported Johnson’s retirement. According to the report, Johnson feels he can step aside now because he believes the seat is not competitive with emergency room doctor David Gill as the Democratic nominee. Full story

Michigan: Stabenow Raises $1.5M for ‘Best Quarter Ever’

Michigan: Stabenow Raises $1.5M for ‘Best Quarter Ever’

(Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Debbie Stabenow raised $1.5 million in the first quarter of this year — a sum her campaign called her “best fundraising quarter ever.”

The Michigan Democrat banked about $7 million by the end of March for her race against the likely GOP nominee, former Rep. Pete Hoekstra.

Stabenow faced the first tough re-election challenge of her career at the start of the 2012 cycle. But Hoekstra stumbled earlier this year when his campaign released a controversial Super Bowl spot that even Republicans criticized for its racial overtones. Full story

Barack Obama Vs. Mitt Romney: The Campaign Begins

Barack Obama Vs. Mitt Romney: The Campaign Begins

(Scott Olson/Getty Images)

If former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney defeats President Barack Obama on Nov. 6, his road to victory might lead all the way back to the speech he delivered Friday in Appleton, Wis.

In that address, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee presented his philosophy on the economy and its relationship with the federal government as a vision. And more importantly, he provided a moral underpinning for his viewpoint that attempted to connect his ideas to average Americans. Voters might reject Romney’s vision and opt for Obama’s. The president has been quite adept at framing his policies on taxes and government spending in terms of “balance” and “fairness” for the “middle class,” and polling data has shown that voters have reacted favorably. Full story

Georgia: NRCC Hits John Barrow in TV Spot to Air During Masters

The National Republican Congressional Committee will begin airing a television ad in the Augusta, Ga., media market Thursday knocking vulnerable Democratic Rep. John Barrow and attempting to tie him to President Barack Obama.

The ad, set to air during the Masters Tournament, uses a golf theme. It shows two silhouetted figures holding golf clubs — who appear to look something like Obama and Barrow — with one’s arm around the other. The NRCC is backing the ad with a weeklong $36,000 buy.

Full story

Arizona: Pat Toomey Endorses David Schweikert Against Ben Quayle

Arizona: Pat Toomey Endorses David Schweikert Against Ben Quayle

Sen. Pat Toomey endorsed Rep. David Schweikert (above) in his Member-vs.-Member primary. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. David Schweikert, who is locked in a heated GOP primary against fellow Rep. Ben Quayle, picked up an endorsement this morning from Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.).

The two Arizona lawmakers are facing off in a race to the ideological right in their Member-vs.-Member primary in the suburban Phoenix 6th district. Toomey’s support helps Schweikert make his case as the most conservative candidate in the race, although Quayle has prominent conservative supporters of his own.

“Congressman Schweikert is one of the great defenders of liberty in the U.S. Congress,” Toomey said in a press release from the Schweikert campaign. Full story

New York: Tim Bishop Poll Shows Him Up 17 Points

A Democratic poll from late last month showed New York Rep. Tim Bishop, who won a squeaker of an election against businessman Randy Altschuler in 2010, faring quite well in their likely rematch this November.

The survey, done by for Bishop by respected firm Global Strategy Group, found the Democrat led Altschuler 53 percent to 36 percent among likely voters in New York’s 1st district, with 11 percent undecided. Full story

April 3, 2012

Maryland: John Delaney, Roscoe Bartlett Win Primaries

Maryland: John Delaney, Roscoe Bartlett Win Primaries

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

It would have shocked the Maryland political world six months ago, but businessman John Delaney beat out the state establishment favorite, state Senate Majority Leader Rob Garagiola, in the Maryland 6th district Democratic primary today, according to the Associated Press.

The seat’s current occupant, Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, eased past the GOP primary as well. His closest challenger, state Sen. David Brinkley, came in second place. The tone between the two turned especially nasty in recent days.

The wins are not yet official, but Garagiola already conceded to Delaney.

The Democratic primary was a race between a candidate favored by mapmakers versus a candidate with a massive capacity to self-fund.

Full story

Maryland: Mitt Romney Snags Easy Win

Maryland: Mitt Romney Snags Easy Win

(Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 9:31  p.m. | Mitt Romney easily won the Maryland primary tonight, putting the finishing touches on his quest for the Republican presidential nomination.

Continuing his string of wins in moderate Northeastern states, the former Massachusetts governor did well enough in exit polls that the Associated Press called the race less than 15 minutes after polls closed at 8 p.m.

Updated 8:46 p.m.

Romney was projected to win a primary in Washington, D.C., by multiple news outlets before 9 p.m., when polls close in Wisconsin.

Updated 9: 31 p.m.

News networks also called Wisconsin for Romney around 9:30 p.m., essentially ending the Republican primary season.

In a defiant speech, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum vowed to stay in the race.

Florida: Alan Grayson Pulls in Big Bucks

Former Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) said he raised more than $550,000 in the first quarter of this year in his bid to return to Congress representing the new Orlando-area 9th district.

“We are doing something special. Our campaign model shows that you can raise money and win elections without having to sell out to special interests or the lobbyists,” Grayson said in a statement. The campaign said it raised the massive haul from almost 12,000 contributors.

Grayson spokesman Todd Jurkowski said the campaign didn’t yet have a firm sense of how much cash on hand it ended the quarter with. Full story

Virginia: George Allen Raised $1.4 Million in First Quarter

Virginia: George Allen Raised $1.4 Million in First Quarter

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

George Allen’s Senate campaign announced today that the former governor and Senator raised more than $1.4 million in the first quarter of 2012, leaving the Republican with $2.7 million in cash on hand as of the end of March.

Allen is likely to advance beyond the June 12 primary to face off against former Gov. Tim Kaine (D), who earlier today announced raising $2.2 million last quarter. Kaine’s campaign is expected to report $4.4 million in the bank as of Saturday. Full story

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