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October 23, 2014

July 10, 2014

Club for Growth Gets Second Chance in Alabama Race

Club for Growth Gets Second Chance in Alabama Race

Chris Chocola is president of the Club for Growth. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A six-week mulligan for the Club for Growth ends on July 15, when voters will pick a GOP nominee in Alabama’s 6th District runoff.

After the club’s preferred candidate did not advance to the runoff, it regrouped by endorsing the second-place primary finisher, conservative activist Gary Palmer. And this time, GOP operatives in the state said the club’s spending could be enough to propel Palmer to victory over his foe, state Rep. Paul DeMarco, in the race to succeed retiring Republican Rep. Spencer Bachus.

“Palmer has benefited from the Club for Growth,” said Bob Kish, a GOP operative who has worked on Alabama races. “I think it’s enough to put Gary over the top.”

July 9, 2014

Super PAC Makes $7.3 Million in TV Reservations for Midterms

House Majority PAC announced Thursday it had placed a third round of television advertisement reservations worth $7.3 million.

The super PAC, which aims to elect Democrats to the House, made the reservations across across 13 media markets.

“As races across the country start to shape up, it is clear that we are well-positioned to have a successful cycle,” HMP Executive Director Alixandria Lapp said in a statement. “These early reservations will help our dollars go further and secure the air time we will need to pick up seats in November.”

Democrats must pick up a net of 17 seats to win the House majority — a difficult task this cycle. Party organizations, including the congressional campaign committees, are in the process of reserving airtime in many of the most competitive districts for the fall.

A super PAC spokesman declined to specify race targets, noting that many of those markets feature more than one House race.

HMP has now made $20 million in television airtime reservations for the 2014 elections. However, groups often release these reservations to the press as a means to communicate with other party entities about buying television ads in the same races.

These are the markets and values of the reservations:

Martha McSally Places Fall TV Reservation for Top Race

Martha McSally Places Fall TV Reservation for Top Race

McSally is placing fall TV reservations. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The fall air wars are amping up in a top House race in Arizona.

Ret. Air Force Col. Martha McSally, a Republican challenging Democratic Rep. Ron Barber, placed television reservations in the Tucson media market for the final weeks of the 2nd District race, according to a campaign source.

The total sum of the McSally buy is $460,000 on broadcast and cable in the relatively inexpensive market.

Additionally, House Majority PAC, a Democrat-aligned super PAC, is upping its own reservation in the district from $140,000 to $440,000, according to a Democratic source watching the Tucson media market.

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Howard Coble Wields Influence in North Carolina Race

Howard Coble Wields Influence in North Carolina Race

Coble has endorsed a candidate to replace him. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Outgoing Rep. Howard Coble, R-N.C., has become a fixture in the GOP runoff to determine his successor in the 6th District.

Coble, 83, announced in November he would not seek another term in his Greensboro-based district. Nine Republicans vied to succeed him in a May primary, and the race culminates in a GOP runoff between Rockingham County District Attorney Phil Berger Jr. and Baptist Pastor Mark Walker on July 15.

Initially, the 15-term Republican refused to take sides in the race, but he endorsed Berger after the primary. Since then, he’s become a frequent presence in the contest, appearing at Berger’s campaign events and fundraisers, making robocalls to voters on behalf of his campaign and riding in the July Fourth parade alongside the front-runner.

Coble told CQ Roll Call that he decided to endorse a potential successor after getting numerous inquiries from the press and candidates about whom he supported. Full story

Freshman Democrat Rakes in More Than $580,000

Freshman Democrat Rakes in More Than $580,000

Kyrsten Sinema announced her most recent fundraising totals. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema raised $582,000 in the second quarter — a hefty sum as the freshman Democrat awaits her GOP opponent in Arizona’s 9th District.

Sinema’s haul left her war chest at $1.59 million as of June 30, the last day of the second quarter.

Two Republicans are running in the Aug. 26 primary: retired Air Force Officer Wendy Rogers and former Arizona State University quarterback Andrew Walter.

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Shelley Moore Capito Campaigns Amid Father’s Complicated Legacy

Shelley Moore Capito Campaigns Amid Fathers Complicated Legacy

Shelley Moore Capito at a Fourth of July event. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Shelley Moore Capito Campaigns Amid Fathers Complicated Legacy RIPLEY, W.Va.— In Rep. Shelley Moore Capito’s bid for Senate, Republicans and Democrats frequently cite one major political asset: Her middle name.

It comes from her father, the beloved former Gov. Arch A. Moore, Jr., who brought the Mountain State’s infrastructure and education system into the modern age during his two separate tenures in the 1970s and 1980s.

But Capito’s father also holds a complicated place in West Virginia history. In addition to introducing kindergarten to the state and overseeing a massive Interstate construction project, Moore spent over two years in federal prison.  Full story

Florida House Candidate Posts Another Big Fundraising Quarter

Florida House Candidate Posts Another Big Fundraising Quarter

Graham, Democrat, is challenging Southerland, above. ( Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Attorney Gwen Graham, a Democrat, raised $563,000 in the second quarter, adding to her war chest as she gears up for a competitive race in Florida’s 2nd District, according to numbers provided first to CQ Roll Call.

Graham’s haul brings her total cash on hand to $1.57 million in her race against GOP Rep. Steve Southerland II. At the end of the first quarter in March, Graham reported $1.4 million in the bank.

Southerland has yet to release his second-quarter numbers, which cover the period between April 1 and June 30. They are due to the Federal Election Commission on July 15. Southerland ended March with $1.18 million in the bank — a cash-on-hand disadvantage compared to Graham.

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‘Nicky Joe’ Bets Political Survival on His Local Brand

Nicky Joe Bets Political Survival on His Local Brand

Rahall, center, before he speaks to the crowd at the West Virginia Freedom Festival. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Nicky Joe Bets Political Survival on His Local Brand LOGAN, W.Va. — The West Virginia Freedom Festival offered choices for Confederate flag accessories: jewelry, belts, pins and oven mitts. A couple blocks away, in the shadow of a “Hillbilly Mobile Zipline” platform, a Tennessee-based vendor called for a treason trial and eventual public execution of President Barack Obama.

It’s hard to find a Mountaineer who would go that far — but most of them blame Obama and his Environmental Protection Agency for the economic hardship plaguing the state’s coal miners. The anger toward Obama is so widespread that it’s easy to see how it could taint anyone with even the most tenuous ties to him and his administration.

On a hot and clear Saturday afternoon near the Kentucky border, this is Rep. Nick J. Rahall II’s challenge. The November election will be a test of whether the vaunted “Nick Joe” brand can sustain staggering outside spending and a seething hatred for the leader of his party. A Rahall defeat would prove national political forces can reign supreme, anytime or anywhere.

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July 8, 2014

Mitch McConnell: It’s Clear Thad Cochran Won Mississippi Runoff (Video)

Mitch McConnell: Its Clear Thad Cochran Won Mississippi Runoff (Video)

Thad Cochran won the runoff in Mississippi, McConnell said. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky dismissed allegations from Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, of impropriety in the Mississippi Republican primary — but noted it’s an issue for state officials to decide.

“I assume the people in Mississippi will look at what ever complaints are filed,” McConnell told reporters Tuesday when asked to comment on Cruz’s call for an investigation in to voter fraud. “That is what typically happens in a post election situation if there are complaints filed they are dealt with at the state level.”

“I think it’s pretty clear who won. Sen. [Thad Cochran, R-Miss.,] ran a very successful runoff campaign and got the most votes,” McConnell added. “But anybody is entitled to contest the outcome and that well may happen in Mississippi.”

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Sean Patrick Maloney Turns in Another Strong Fundraising Quarter

Sean Patrick Maloney Turns in Another Strong Fundraising Quarter

Maloney turned in another strong quarter. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-N.Y., posted another impressive fundraising haul, bringing in $550,000 in the second quarter, according to figures provided first to CQ Roll Call.

The freshman Democrat’s fundraising brings his total cash on hand to $1.75 million as he gears up for a rematch with the Republican he ousted in 2012: former Rep. Nan Hayworth. Full story

RNC 2016 Convention Heads to Cleveland

RNC 2016 Convention Heads to Cleveland

The RNC convention in 2016 will be in Cleveland, and Portman played a leading role in Congress to bring the confab there. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Republican National Convention is headed to The Cleve in 2016.

The party’s site selection committee has picked Cleveland as the host city for the quadrennial conference that will nominate the GOP’s presidential ticket over the other finalist, Dallas.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus told Fox News Tuesday that the convention will either start on June 28 or July 18.

Top Ohio Republicans in Congress — Sen. Rob Portman and House Speaker John A. Boehner — lobbied the RNC to bring the convention to the lakeside city. Supporters argued the city could host more delegates near the Quicken Loans Arena and there were political benefits of picking a swing state like Ohio.

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By Shira T. Center Posted at 12:10 p.m.
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New Ads Invade Arkansas Airwaves

New Ads Invade Arkansas Airwaves

Pryor faces Cotton in Arkansas. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Three new campaign ads hit the Arkansas airwaves Tuesday, with less than four months to go in one of the most competitive Senate races in the country.

Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor and Republican Rep. Tom Cotton are fighting for a seat crucial to the GOP’s hopes of winning the Senate majority. They took aim at each other in their respective ads, while GOP-aligned Crossroads GPS tied Pryor to the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama and Washington.

Arkansas ranks fourth in independent-expenditure spending, behind Kentucky and North Carolina — which feature competitive general-election races — and Mississippi, which just concluded an extended GOP primary. Full story

NRCC Touts 11 More ‘Young Gun’ Candidates

NRCC Touts 11 More Young Gun Candidates

Among the new Young Guns candidates is former Rep. Nan Hayworth, R-N.Y. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The National Republican Congressional Committee promoted 11 more candidates to ‘Young Gun’ status Tuesday morning, elevating their campaigns to the highest level of the program that provides organizational and fundraising support in top House contests.

The 11 additions brings the NRCC’s total number of Young Gun candidates this cycle to 32.

“Candidates that reach ‘Young Gun’ status have met a series of rigorous goals that will put them in position to win on Election Day,” NRCC Chairman Greg Walden of Oregon said in a news release.

The new Young Gun candidates are:

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July 7, 2014

Chris McDaniel Campaign Wants Runoff Redo

Chris McDaniel Campaign Wants Runoff Redo

The McDaniel campaign is challenging the results of last month's runoff. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

State Sen. Chris McDaniel’s attorney confirmed Monday the campaign’s plans to challenge the results of last month’s Senate runoff, arguing the only solution is to hold a new election for the GOP nomination.

McDaniel lost to Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., in the June 24 GOP runoff by about 6,700 votes. Since then, McDaniel’s allies have contested the results and his team offered a cash prize for anyone who can provide evidence of voter fraud.

“The correct remedy is a new election,” said Mitch Tyner, lead counsel for the McDaniel campaign. He added campaign volunteers have reviewed runoff results in 82 counties and have found evidence of voter fraud.

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Ohio Republicans Crusade for Cleveland Convention

Ohio Republicans Crusade for Cleveland Convention

In the fight to host the Republican Convention in 2016, Portman has taken a top role in working to bring the quadrennial confab to Cleveland. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Who will be next to call Cleveland home: LeBron James, or the 2016 Republican National Convention?

In the coming days, GOP officials are expected to announce their pick — Cleveland or Dallas — to host the quadrennial confab that officially nominates the party’s presidential ticket. For months, Ohio’s most powerful GOP players in Congress have put the full-court press on the Republican National Committee’s site selection committee to bring the 2016 convention to the re-emergent lakeside city.

Looking for delegate-friendly tourist attractions in The Cleve, or as those less charitable may refer to it, The Mistake by the Lake? Speaker John A. Boehner has some tips. Another top Buckeye Republican, Sen. Rob Portman, keeps in touch with site selection committee members in between their Cleveland visits. Their efforts stand out compared to the Texas delegation, which left much of the city’s bid work to Dallas pols and business leaders.

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