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April 10, 2012

Fundraising: Campaigns Begin to Release Numbers

Crowing campaigns are beginning to leak their first-quarter fundraising numbers. Generally, any campaign releasing its fundraising numbers this early is happy with its totals. Reports must be postmarked by midnight Sunday.

  • Mo. Senate: Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) raised $2.3 million and has about $6 million in cash on hand.
  • Wis. Senate: Former Rep. Mark Neumann (R) raised $650,000. Although his campaign did not release cash on hand, the campaign noted that none of the money came “from Neumann himself.” Full story

Pennsylvania: Pat Toomey Endorses Mitt Romney

Pennsylvania: Pat Toomey Endorses Mitt Romney

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Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) endorsed Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign today, becoming the 98th Member of Congress and the 20th Senator to do so.

“With his extensive private sector experience, his knowledge of economic issues, and his gubernatorial track record, Governor Romney is exactly the kind of leader our country needs to solve our fiscal crisis and restore American prosperity,” he said in a statement.

Toomey also praised former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, who dropped out of the race this afternoon.

“I also congratulate Senator Santorum on a hard fought primary race,” he said. “He put up a valiant fight and deserves to be commended for his spirited effort.”

Toomey had a complicated history with Santorum. In 2004, Santorum endorsed then-Sen. Arlen Specter in a GOP primary race against Toomey.

In a Feb. 23 tweet, Toomey said that was “ancient history” and praised Romney’s “pro-growth tax reform plan,” but he had said he would not endorse in the presidential campaign.

New Hampshire: Ann McLane Kuster Brings In $350,000 in First Quarter

Ann McLane Kuster’s campaign released her first-quarter fundraising in her race to displace Rep. Charles Bass (R).

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Rick Santorum Suspends Presidential Campaign

Rick Santorum Suspends Presidential Campaign

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Updated | 2:35 p.m. Former Sen. Rick Santorum suspended his presidential campaign today at a press conference in Gettysburg, Pa.

“We made the decision to get in this race at our kitchen table, against all the odds,” Santorum said. “And we made a decision over the weekend that while this presidential race for us is over for me, and we will suspend our campaign effective today, we are not done fighting.”

The decision for Santorum comes one week after losing the Wisconsin primary and two weeks before the primary in his home state of Pennsylvania.

Santorum’s exit essentially clears the way for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney to become the GOP nominee. Two other candidates are still technically in the race, former Speaker Newt Gingrich (Ga.) and Rep. Ron Paul (Texas), but they have won a total of two states. Romney had 661 delegates following his wins on April 3, according to the Associated Press.

“Miracle after miracle, this race was as improbable as any race that you will ever see for president,” Santorum said. “Against all odds, we won 11 states. Millions of voters, millions of votes. We won more counties than all the other people in this race combined.”

Missouri: Claire McCaskill Pulls In More Than $2 Million in First Quarter

Vulnerable Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) raised $2.3 million in the first three months of 2012 and ended March with about $6 million in cash on hand.

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Tim Pawlenty Retires Presidential Campaign Debt, Closes Committee

Tim Pawlenty Retires Presidential Campaign Debt, Closes Committee

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Ex-GOP presidential candidate and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has retired his campaign debt and filed papers to terminate his committee.

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New York: Kirsten Gillibrand Strong in New Poll

New York: Kirsten Gillibrand Strong in New Poll

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand remains in an extremely strong position to be elected to her first full term, according to a new survey.

A Siena College poll released today found that 51 percent of registered New York voters had a favorable opinion of the Democrat, while only 25 percent held an unfavorable opinion.

Gillibrand did even better when those surveyed were asked whether they would vote to re-elect her: 54 percent said yes, 28 percent said they would prefer someone else and 18 percent didn’t know. Full story

April 9, 2012

Indiana: Make That Address List, Check It Twice

Indiana: Make That Address List, Check It Twice

A campaign mailing from Sen. Dick Lugar (above) was sent to the household of his possible general election rival for Senate in Indiana. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) received a surprise in his mailbox last week.

Six-term Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.), who faces the toughest primary challenge of his career on May 8, sent the likely Democratic Senate nominee’s “household” a piece of his own campaign mail.

The mail piece, provided by the Indiana Democratic Party, emphasized that Lugar wants to repeal “Obamacare” and “cut spending.” There’s an application to vote absentee in the upcoming primary attached to it.

But on the whole, it’s a relatively nonpartisan mailer for a primary, especially given Lugar is running in a highly competitive GOP primary against state Treasurer Richard Mourdock. Just last week, an independent poll showed Lugar leading Mourdock by a mere 7 points with the help of GOP-leaning independents in Indiana’s open primary.

So is Lugar targeting Democrats to cross over to vote for him in the primary? Full story

Arizona: Redistricting Plan Pre-Cleared

Arizona’s Congressional redistricting plan has been pre-cleared by the Department of Justice.

In a letter dated today, Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez wrote that the department has no objection under the Voting Rights Act to the proposed boundaries.

The plan was drawn up by the state’s Independent Redistricting Commission, a bipartisan group made up of two Republicans, two Democrats and a registered Independent named Colleen Mathis.

The plan was approved by Mathis and the Democrats, but state and national Republicans were angered. Gov. Jan Brewer (R) and the GOP-controlled state Senate removed Mathis from the commission, but they were overruled by the state Supreme Court.

California: Internal Jared Huffman Poll Finds a Race for Second

It’s a race for second place in Northern California’s coastal 2nd district, according to an internal poll for state Assemblyman Jared Huffman’s campaign.

The Democrat holds a wide lead in the 12-candidate all-party primary with 24 percent, followed by fellow Democrats Stacey Lawson with 9 percent, Norman Solomon with 7 percent and Susan Adams with 5 percent. Dan Roberts and Michael Halliwell, the only two Republicans in the race, took 5 percent each. Full story

New Jersey: Steven Rothman Barely Beats Bill Pascrell in Quarterly Money Chase

New Jersey: Steven Rothman Barely Beats Bill Pascrell in Quarterly Money Chase

Rep. Steven Rothman (above) just barely outraised fellow Rep. Bill Pascrell in the first quarter. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In New Jersey’s hotly contested Member-vs.-Member Democratic primary, Rep. Steven Rothman narrowly outraised Rep. Bill Pascrell by about $30,000 in the first quarter. Rothman “raised over $540,000,” while Pascrell raised “approximately $510,000,” according to campaign press releases.

As for cash on hand, Rothman had just less than $1.8 million. Pascrell’s campaign did not release its cash total. At year’s end, Pascrell had $1.5 million in the bank, versus Rothman’s $1.7 million.

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Pennsylvania: Challenger’s Poll Shows Tim Holden Trailing

Pennsylvania: Challengers Poll Shows Tim Holden Trailing

Rep. Tim Holden faces a competitive primary in two weeks. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

BEAVER, Pa. — Rep. Tim Holden’s challenger released a new poll today that shows the 10-term Congressman trailing his Democratic opponent just a few weeks before the Keystone State primary.

Attorney Matt Cartwright led Holden, 42 percent to 36 percent, in the poll paid for by Cartwright’s campaign.

The survey is yet another indication that Holden’s political future is on the line in the April 24 primary. Pennsylvania Republicans redrew the Congressional map last year, forcing Holden to seek re-election in a mostly new district. Full story

Poll: Independent Voters Like Barack Obama but Prefer Mitt Romney’s Message

Poll: Independent Voters Like Barack Obama but Prefer Mitt Romneys Message

(Saul Loeb/AFP/Pool)

With campaign polling so ubiquitous, I’m not often driven to report on a survey this far out from Election Day. Horse race polling this early can be deceiving and the volume of surveys produced has made it more difficult to identify significant trends.

But every rule has an exception, and the poll of battleground independents conducted for Third Way, a centrist Democratic think tank, merits discussion. The organization’s latest poll reveals the complexity of choices before independent voters — a crucial demographic that could determine the outcome of the Nov. 6 elections — and the subtle nuances that could influence whom they might ultimately support.

Third Way surveyed independent voters in a dozen battleground states, including Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.

Perhaps the poll’s most informative findings in terms of educating us on the direction of the 2012 presidential race and what might affect the outcome: Third Way reports in a memo discussing the survey that it has refined its data to identify the 38 percent of independent voters that are still “up for grabs” — voters it designates as “swing state independents” — and discovered that while this demographic has more positive feelings toward President Barack Obama than his presumptive Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, these voters are “closer ideologically” to the former Massachusetts governor.

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New Mexico: Martin Heinrich Raises Nearly $500,000 in First Quarter

New Mexico: Martin Heinrich Raises Nearly $500,000 in First Quarter

Rep. Martin Heinrich is the favorite to win the June Democratic primary in New Mexico's Senate race. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

New Mexico Rep. Martin Heinrich raised $490,000 in the first quarter and had $1.6 million in cash on hand as of the end of March, his Senate campaign announced today.

This is the last quarterly report before Heinrich and state Auditor Hector Balderas face off in the June 5 Democratic primary, which Heinrich is favored to win. Balderas has yet to announce his quarterly numbers, which are due to be postmarked to the Federal Election Commission by midnight on Sunday.

According to the Heinrich campaign, 73 percent of his contributions came from within the state and 80 percent were under $200.

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Florida: Vern Buchanan Pulls In Almost $500,000 in First Quarter

Florida: Vern Buchanan Pulls In Almost $500,000 in First Quarter

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Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.), under growing ethical scrutiny, will report an impressive $484,000 in fundraising receipts in the first three months of this year, according to an internal memo obtained by Roll Call.

The campaign had about $1.5 million in cash on hand at the end of March, according to the memo to supporters from Celena Thibodeaux, Buchanan’s finance director.

It was unclear if the Congressman’s first-quarter campaign haul included contributions or loans from himself. A call and email to a campaign spokeswoman were not immediately returned this afternoon.

Buchanan, the vice-chairman for finance for the National Republican Congressional Committee, is seen as a top target by Florida and national Democrats, especially after a front-page New York Times story reported an apparently “widening” federal investigations into the Congressman. But his fundraising in the first quarter shows that he continues to have strong financial support and resources available for a campaign.

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