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March 22, 2012
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) met with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Capitol Hill this morning, an event described by sources as a courtesy call that occurred at the former Massachusetts governor’s request.
Following their one-on-one discussion, DeMint and Romney were joined by a small group of additional Members, sources said. DeMint’s office declined to discuss the meeting but made clear that no endorsement of Romney was forthcoming. DeMint endorsed Romney in 2008 but has declined to back a White House candidate this time around.
“Senator DeMint has made it very clear he’s not endorsing in the presidential primary, he’s simply been meeting with candidates out of courtesy. Senator DeMint is focused on electing principled conservatives to the Senate like Don Stenberg, Ted Cruz, Mark Neumann and Josh Mandel,” DeMint spokesman Wesley Denton said in an emailed statement, referring to GOP candidates the Senator has endorsed in Nebraska, Texas, Wisconsin and Ohio, respectively.
A poll released today by the campaign of vulnerable Rep. Larry Kissell (D-N.C.) showed he led his GOP challengers in horserace matchups but didn’t get support from the majority of voters in his newly configured district.
In a head-to-head ballot test with GOP frontrunner Richard Hudson, a former Congressional aide, Kissell received 46 percent to Hudson’s 36 percent. In matchups with neurosurgeon John Whitley and state Rep. Fred Steen, 46 percent of voters said they would vote for Kissell and 35 percent for Whitley and Steen.
Kissell’s name identification district wide is 64 percent, according to the poll, conducted by widely respected Democratic polling firm Anzalone Liszt Research. Full story
North Carolina state Sen. David Rouzer, locked in a contest for the GOP nomination to take on Rep. Mike McIntyre (D), released a TV ad knocking President Barack Obama’s “liberal compass” and then introduces himself as a candidate with “North Carolina values.”
The first 10 seconds of the ad slam the president for spending, debt and unemployment. Then the spot abruptly shifts to a bio spot for Rouzer.
“I was raised to work hard and have faith in the Lord,” he says. “Sen. Jesse Helms taught me how to defend those values, so in Raleigh, I cut wasteful spending and opposed Obamacare. And in Washington, I’ll do the same.”
March 21, 2012
Rep. Jackie Speier (D) is the third sitting Member to endorse Rep. Janice Hahn in her race against fellow Democratic Rep. Laura Richardson in the redrawn 44th district.
“I’m very proud to strongly back her re-election campaign because I know that she’ll continue to advance the causes that her constituents care about,” Speier said of Hahn, who is heavily favored in the race. Full story
Former TV talk-show host Phil Donahue is headlining a fundraiser on Capitol Hill tonight for 2nd district candidate Norman Solomon.
The Campaign for Primary Accountability aided freshman Rep. Adam Kinzinger’s victory in Tuesday’s primary, and now the group has set its sights on a few more incumbents.
The super PAC will target Pennsylvania Reps. Tim Holden (D) and Tim Murphy (R) in their April 24 primaries, according to spokesman Curtis Ellis. Full story
One day after Illinois Democrats picked their House race nominees, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel (N.Y.) anointed five winners to the Red to Blue program.
On Wednesday, Israel named the following five candidates to the benchmark program: Iraq War veteran Tammy Duckworth in the 8th district, businessman Brad Schneider in the 10th district, former Rep. Bill Foster in the 11th district, former St. Clair County Regional Superintendent of Schools Brad Harriman in the 12th district and former East Moline Alderwoman Cheri Bustos in the 17th district.
Notably absent from Israel’s list is the nominee in the 13th, a competitive district where Rep. Timothy Johnson (R) is running. National Democrats recruited Greene County State’s Attorney Matt Goetten to run there, but he trailed his lesser-known opponent, emergency room doctor David Gill, by a couple hundred votes today.
Freshman Rep. Adam Kinzinger had some outside help in his victory over veteran Rep. Don Manzullo in Tuesday’s primary.
The Campaign for Primary Accountability, a super PAC, spent a whopping $222,000 on Kinzinger’s behalf late in the race. That’s more than four times as much as the $52,000 radio ad buy that YG Action Fund, a super PAC run by a former aide to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (Va.), put into the race.
The six-figure sum is also more cash than the controversial, Texas-based super PAC has spent in any other race this cycle. Full story
Club for Growth President Chris Chocola sent a letter this morning to Republican House leadership threatening to mobilize his group on behalf of Rep. David Schweikert should they show favoritism to Rep. Ben Quayle in what is going to be a brutal primary in Arizona’s 6th district.
Chocola urged neutrality, citing concerns about Majority Leader Eric Cantor (Va.) backing Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R) in an Illinois primary over Rep. Don Manzullo. Kinzinger defeated the veteran lawmaker Tuesday. Chocola then noted that Speaker John Boehner’s (Ohio) leadership political action committee made a donation to Quayle’s campaign prior to the release of Arizona’s redistricting map and the formation of the Schweikert-Quayle race.
“In the name of neutrality, we urge Speaker Boehner to contribute the same $10,000 to Rep. Schweikert that he has already given to Rep. Quayle,” Chocola wrote in the letter. Full story
March 20, 2012
Three candidates running in Nevada’s new 4th district have advanced to the second step of the National Republican Congressional Committee’s Young Guns candidate program.
The committee will announce today that state Sen. Barbara Cegavske, 2010 Senate candidate Danny Tarkanian and businessman Dan Schwartz have all made it to the “On the Radar” step of the program, which allows candidates to advance based on district-specific benchmarks such as fundraising and organization. Full story
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
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
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