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April 16, 2012

Obama Raises More Than $53 Million in March; Republicans Pounce

The Obama campaign announced today in a Web video that its collective March fundraising total was “over $53 million.”

The video featured various campaign supporters announcing their small donations to the campaign, followed by a message from campaign manager Jim Messina. The figures include fundraising from the Democratic National Committee.

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Rhode Island: Anthony Gemma Back for Primary Rematch With David Cicilline

As expected, Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) officially has a primary challenge in his first re-election race. Businessman Anthony Gemma announced Sunday that he would seek the Democratic nomination in Rhode Island’s 1st district, according to WPRI.

Cicilline has been in deep electoral trouble since he was sworn into office in early 2011. It was revealed soon after the former mayor of Providence came to Congress that the city was in dire financial straits, and he has been under fire ever since. Full story

New York: EMILY’s List Endorses Louise Slaughter, Kathy Hochul

New York: EMILY’s List Endorses Louise Slaughter, Kathy Hochul

EMILY's List has endorsed Rep. Louise Slaughter, who faces a serious re-election challenge in New York. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

EMILY’s List gave its official endorsement to two vulnerable Congresswomen from New York today, backing Democratic Reps. Louise Slaughter and Kathy Hochul. Full story

April 15, 2012

New York: Edolphus Towns Retiring After 15 Terms

New York: Edolphus Towns Retiring After 15 Terms

(Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 9:35 p.m. | A knowledgeable source confirmed to Roll Call that 15-term Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.), first elected in 1992, will retire at the end of the 112th Congress. The news was first reported by the New York Daily News tonight on Twitter.

Towns, 77, had faced a very serious primary challenge from state Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, who is now the frontrunner for the safe Democratic seat, New York Democrats said. Also in the Democratic primary is New York City Councilman Charles Barron. One other name floated by a Big Apple Democrat as a potential candidate: state Sen. Kevin Parker.

Towns, a former chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, showed little appetite for campaigning this cycle, leading to growing local speculation that he might drop out of the race.

April 14, 2012

Underdog in Giffords Special Positioned to Be Force in Arizona Politics

Underdog in Giffords Special Positioned to Be Force in Arizona Politics

(Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call)

Who is Martha McSally? That’s the question being asked in GOP political circles in Arizona and Washington, D.C., over the past several months.

The retired Air Force colonel is among the Republicans running in the special election to succeed former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.). She probably will not win the primary, but some important Republicans wish she would.

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April 13, 2012

Friday Fundraising Roundup

Campaigns have until Sunday to file Federal Election Commission reports, but a few campaigns made their numbers public today.

Senate: 

  • Hawaii: Rep. Mazie Hirono (D) raised more than $1 million from 7,161 individual donors in the first quarter. Former Gov. Linda Lingle (R) raised close to $1.4 million. Neither released cash-on-hand totals, and former Rep. Ed Case (D) has not yet released any of his numbers.
  • Minnesota: Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D) continues to prove herself as a fundraising powerhouse. She raised $1 million in the first quarter and has $5.2 million in her war chest. Full story

North Carolina: Ethan Wingfield Launches Ad in 11th District

Ethan Wingfield, a 26-year-old Republican businessman, will begin airing a 30-second TV ad in North Carolina’s 11th district on Monday, aiming to introduce himself to voters before a crowded GOP primary on May 18.

Wingfield’s ad, which is backed by a $25,000 week-long buy on cable and broadcast TV across the district, shows him standing in front of a white background next to an easel pad with graphics drawn on it.

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Massachusetts: Richard Tisei Outraises John Tierney for Second Straight Quarter

Massachusetts: Richard Tisei Outraises John Tierney for Second Straight Quarter

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

UPDATED 5:50 p.m. | Rep. John Tierney (D-Mass.) announced his first-quarter fundraising figures today. He raised more than $320,000 in 2012′s first three months, which underlines his vulnerability this cycle.

That means Tierney, an eight-term Member of Congress, has been outraised by a challenger two quarters in a row. Full story

Massachusetts: Joseph Kennedy III Raises $1.3 Million in First Quarter

Attorney Joseph Kennedy III (D), the son of former Rep. Joseph Kennedy (D-Mass.), raised more than $1.3 million in the first quarter in his bid for the Bay State’s 4th district seat.

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Pennsylvania: Jason Altmire’s Finances Still Ahead of Mark Critz in Primary

Pennsylvania: Jason Altmires Finances Still Ahead of Mark Critz in Primary

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Rep. Jason Altmire maintained his strong financial position over fellow Democratic Rep. Mark Critz in the weeks leading up to their April 24 primary, new fundraising reports show.

While Altmire continued to raise funds at a fast clip, the records show Critz dipped into his own pocket last month for $50,000 to fuel his campaign in the southwestern Pennsylvania 12th district. The two Democrats are locked in the competitive primary for the seat north of Pittsburgh, although Altmire has the geographical and financial edge. Full story

Poll: Three Top Republicans Within Striking Distance of Jim Matheson

Poll: Three Top Republicans Within Striking Distance of Jim Matheson

(Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The three top Republican challengers to Utah Rep. Jim Matheson are all within 6 points of the six-term Democrat, according to a poll taken a week before the state GOP’s nominating convention.

Matheson, one of the most vulnerable incumbents in the country, led former state Rep. Carl Wimmer 46 percent to 45 percent, Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love 45 percent to 42 percent, and former state Rep. Stephen Sandstrom 47 percent to 41 percent. The poll of 625 likely voters, conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling and Research for the Salt Lake Tribune, was taken April 9-11 and had a 4-point margin of error. Full story

April 12, 2012

Pennsylvania: Members Rally to Fund Embattled Holden

Pennsylvania: Members Rally to Fund Embattled Holden

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Rep. Tim Holden (D-Pa.) was burning up the phone lines to his Congressional colleagues in March, just a few weeks ahead of his competitive primary.

Dozens of Democratic House Members anted up more than $70,000 for Holden’s campaign, the Congressman estimated in an interview with Roll Call today.

“Absolutely, it’s a competitive race,” Holden said minutes before a county Democratic Party fundraiser. “We’re being outspent, there’s no question about it. We’re working like we’re 20 points behind, and we’re working every day at it.”

In Holden’s most competitive race in a decade, the Congressman faces attorney Matt Cartwright in the Democratic primary on April 24. Republicans overhauled Holden’s 17th district last year, adding vast amounts of new territory for the 10-term incumbent, including the Democratic strongholds of Wilkes-Barre and Scranton. Full story

New Jersey: Steven Rothman Goes On the Air

Rep. Steven Rothman is on the air with his first ad in the Member-vs.-Member race against Rep. Bill Pascrell. The two are vying for the Democratic nomination in New Jersey’s 9th district.

The ad makes it clear this is a race to the left. With words like “Democratic values” and “progressive” and an image of the candidate with President Barack Obama, Rothman is clearly trying to burnish his Democratic bona fides.

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Today’s First-Quarter Fundraising Roundup

First-quarter fundraising numbers continued to trickle out today, as campaigns inch toward Sunday’s filing deadline. These are the first money figures in an election year, and therefore they provide a window into the state of many races as campaigns become more organized.

Tuesday and Wednesday were fairly heavy with Democratic reports, but more Republicans began to show their cards today.

Senate:

  • Arizona: Rep. Jeff Flake raised $935,000 for his Senate bid in the first quarter of the year and ended March with about $3 million in cash on hand.
  • Montana: We do not have exact figures, but it’s about a tie. Both campaigns are saying they raised about $1.2 million in the first quarter. However, Sen. Jon Tester (D) has the upper hand in cash on hand. He had $4.3 million at the end of last month compared with Rep. Denny Rehberg‘s (R) $2.7 million. The two are facing off in a race that Roll Call rates as a Tossup. Full story

Pennsylvania: Bill Clinton Endorses Mark Critz

Pennsylvania: Bill Clinton Endorses Mark Critz

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Bubba waded into da ‘burg’s most competitive House primary today.

Bill Clinton, who remains one of the most popular Democrats in western Pennsylvania, threw his support behind Rep. Mark Critz over fellow Rep. Jason Altmire in the primary for a House district north of Pittsburgh.

“I am proud to endorse Mark Critz for Congress,” Clinton said in a statement provided by the Critz campaign. “I know that Mark will continue his work to create jobs, strengthen the middle class, to protect Social Security and Medicare, and do what is right for western Pennsylvania and our nation.” Full story

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