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May 23, 2012

Massachusetts: Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren in Dead Heat

Massachusetts: Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren in Dead Heat

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

If there were ever any doubt that the Massachusetts Senate race is close (and there wasn’t), let it be vanquished.

A new poll of likely Massachusetts voters from Suffolk University and 7News found the race to be a statistical dead heat. In a horse-race matchup, Republican Sen. Scott Brown got 48 percent while presumptive Democratic nominee Elizabeth Warren got 47 percent. Five percent were undecided.

While 72 percent of voters knew about the controversy surrounding Warren and her claim that she is of Native American heritage, it did not appear to have a demonstrable effect on the race. Earlier polls, taken before the controversy, found the race to be neck and neck.

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New Jersey: A Poll, Robocalls and Presidential Politics

New Jersey: A Poll, Robocalls and Presidential Politics

Rep. Bill Pascrell's campaign released a poll that showed his race with fellow Democratic Rep. Steven Rothman to be very close. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

With less than two weeks until the primary, today was a big day in the Member-versus-Member race between Demcratic Reps. Bill Pascrell and Steven Rothman of New Jersey.

Before the close of business, political observers got their first glimpse of polling, the Pascrell camp released robocalls from President Bill Clinton and Obama senior adviser David Axelrod made news while campaigning for Rothman in the district.

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NRSC Welcomes Deb Fischer, Richard Mourdock With Fundraisers and Cash

Senate Republicans are helping to refill the coffers of their newly minted nominees in Indiana and Nebraska following bruising primaries.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee contributed the maximum allowed — $43,000  — to state Sen. Deb Fischer, the GOP’s nominee in Nebraska, and state Treasurer Richard Mourdock, the GOP’s nominee in Indiana.

The donations mark the first of their kind from the NRSC to nonincumbent candidates this cycle. Republicans have the edge in both Senate races, but Democrats contend the states will be highly competitive this November. Roll Call rates both races as Leans Republican.

Nonetheless, Republicans want to give Fischer and Mourdock a financial boost after long and expensive primaries wiped out the their campaign bank accounts.

To further help with that task, Senate GOP leadership will host two separate fundraisers for Mourdock and Fischer on June 5 and 6, respectively. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and NRSC Chairman John Cornyn (Texas) are headlining both events, according to a copy of the emailed invitation.

Additionally, Cornyn’s Alamo PAC gave the $5,000 maximum to both candidates.

South Carolina: Jay Jordan Launches TV Spot in New District

Attorney Jay Jordan (R), running for South Carolina’s new 7th district, launched a spot on local television today underscoring his conservative values.

The ad is backed by about $26,000 and set to run through Memorial Day weekend in the Myrtle Beach-Florence, S.C., market on broadcast and cable. In the spot, Jordan attempts to differentiate himself from the the crowded GOP primary field, although it’s unclear if his approach is all that unique.

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Utah: Sarah Palin Backs Orrin Hatch Ahead of Primary

Utah: Sarah Palin Backs Orrin Hatch Ahead of Primary

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Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin endorsed Sen. Orrin Hatch for re-election to a seventh term.

Palin’s backing offers Hatch another conservative endorsement as he holds off a Republican primary challenge from former state Sen. Dan Liljenquist. Hatch, who has faced criticism from some conservatives for past votes, narrowly missed securing the nomination at the state party convention last month, forcing the two into a June 26 primary. Full story

Missouri: Claire McCaskill Starts Push on Veterans Issues

Missouri: Claire McCaskill Starts Push on Veterans Issues

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Vulnerable Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) launched an effort today to underline her commitment to veterans issues with a video and website.

The push on these issues emphasizes one of McCaskill’s key lines of messaging to voters so far this cycle as the former Missouri auditor works to remind them of her brand as a watchdog.

Without a clear opponent — the three Republicans looking to take her on in November are locked in a nasty primary — McCaskill has focused on attacking the third-party groups that attack her and burnishing her credentials on veterans issues.

The new video features McCaskill’s mother, Betty Anne McCaskill, talking about the Senator’s response to the scandal at Arlington National Cemetery.

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Arkansas: Tom Cotton Wins GOP Primary

Veteran, attorney and rising GOP star Tom Cotton won a solid victory in Arkansas’ 4th Congressional district GOP primary, avoiding a runoff with 2010 nominee Beth Anne Rankin.

With 62 percent of precincts reporting, the Associated Press called the race for Cotton. He had 56 percent of ballots cast, Rankin had 38 percent and a third candidate, John Cowart, had 6 percent.

Cotton, a Harvard Law School graduate who volunteered for the Army infantry after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and served in Iraq and Afghanistan, is the favorite to become the Congressman in this open Republican-leaning seat. Rep. Mike Ross (D) announced his retirement last July. Full story

May 22, 2012

Kentucky: Thomas Massie Wins GOP Nomination

In a stinging rebuke of the Kentucky Republican establishment, tea-party-affiliated Lewis County Judge-Executive Thomas Massie won tonight’s GOP primary to replace retiring Rep. Geoff Davis (R) in the 4th district.

With 72 percent of precincts reporting, the Associated Press called the race for Massie. He had 44.9 percent of vote, state Rep. Alecia Webb-Edgington had 29 percent and Boone County Judge-Executive Gary Moore had 17.4 percent.

Davis, along with former Kentucky Sen. Jim Bunning (R), backed Webb-Edgington, who had broad establishment support. Conservative Republican Sens. Rand Paul (Ky.) and Mike Lee (Utah) backed Massie. Full story

Massachusetts: Dem Poll Has Senate Race Tied

Massachusetts: Dem Poll Has Senate Race Tied

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A poll from earlier this month of likely Massachusetts voters found the competitive Senate race between Sen. Scott Brown (R) and Harvard Law School professor Elizabeth Warren tied.

In a horserace matchup between Brown and Warren, the presumptive Democratic nominee, both took 46 percent of the vote. Full story

New Mexico: Internal Polls Illustrate Tight Race for Democratic Nod

Two new internal polls in New Mexico’s 1st district illustrate how tight the battle for the Democratic nomination is with just two weeks to go.

Former Albuquerque Mayor Marty Chavez, state Sen. Eric Griego and Bernalillo County Commissioner Michelle Lujan Grisham are running in the June 5 Democratic primary. The winner will be favored to hold the Albuquerque-based seat, which Rep. Martin Heinrich (D) is vacating to run for Senate. Full story

California: Gary Miller Posts Outtake Video on His Website

Rep. Gary Miller (R-Calif.) is embracing a video of himself that was mistakenly posted on YouTube and distributed to the media by Pete Aguilar, his Democratic opponent in the 31st district

Aguilar’s campaign found video of Miller stumbling through the filming of a television ad. The outtakes were posted on the YouTube channel of media firm Revolvis Consulting, which advises Miller on media strategy. The video included unfortunate fumbles, including: “I’m ready to keep fighting for Washington.” The Aguilar campaign edited the video and released it on Monday.

Now, the Miller campaign has posted the video at the top of its own website. In a press release today, Miller campaign manager Chris Marsh explained the thinking behind highlighting the Congressman’s outtakes: Full story

Texas: Tom Leppert Puts Up New Television Ad

Updated: 2:23 p.m. | Former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert added another television advertisement to his rotation today. It continues his campaign theme that his fellow GOP candidates in the primary to replace retiring Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R) are “empty suits.”

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South Carolina: Ted Vick Launches TV Spot in New 7th District

Democratic state Rep. Ted Vick, running for South Carolina’s new 7th district, launched a biographical spot on local television today.

Backed by a one-week, $37,330 buy in the Myrtle Beach-Florence, S.C., media market, the Vick campaign expects to have a TV presence through the June 12 primary.

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Crossroads GPS Launches Huge Anti-Obama Ad Buy

Pro-GOP super PAC Crossroads GPS launched a new television ad today knocking President Barack Obama for letting voters down.

The spot is backed by $9.7 million over three weeks on broadcast television in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia. The ad attempts to tap into voter discontent — charging that Obama has fallen short of what he promised when he ran for president four years ago.

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Utah: Dan Liljenquist Slams Orrin Hatch on Lack of Debates

Former Utah state Sen. Dan Liljenquist launched the first TV ad of his Republican primary challenge to longtime Sen. Orrin Hatch.

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