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May 23, 2012

Missouri: Claire McCaskill Starts Push on Veterans Issues

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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

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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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Texas: League of Conservation Voters Ties Ciro Rodriguez to President George W. Bush

The League of Conservation Voters will go up today on San Antonio airwaves with its campaign against former Rep. Ciro Rodriguez in Texas’ 23rd district Democratic primary.

The group’s new television ad does not name LCV’s endorsed candidate in the primary, state Rep. Pete Gallego. It does, however, mention another Texan — President George W. Bush. The intent is to tie Rodriguez’s environmental record with that of Bush’s.

“Say no to Bush, and say no to Ciro Rodriguez,” a female narrator says.

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Minnesota: Kurt Bills Picks Up State GOP Senate Endorsement

State Rep. Kurt Bills has won the Minnesota GOP endorsement to challenge Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D).

“Congratulations to Kurt Bills on receiving the Republican endorsement to run for US Senate,” state GOP Chairman Pat Shortridge and Deputy Chairwoman Kelly Fenton wrote in a joint statement. Full story

Washington: Democratic Candidates Defy Party in 1st District

Against the wishes of the state Democratic Party, four of the party’s candidates running for the redrawn 1st district have also filed to run concurrently in a special election being held in the seat’s old boundaries to fill the vacancy caused by former Rep. Jay Inslee’s (D) resignation.

Inslee’s decision to leave Congress in March to run for governor generated a confusing process to replace him that was further complicated by redistricting. Seven candidates filed by Friday’s deadline to run for a full term under the 1st district’s new lines. Ten candidates filed to run in the Nov. 6 special election to fill the remainder of Inslee’s term under the district lines as drawn 10 years ago. Full story

Connecticut: Richard Blumenthal Backs Christopher Murphy in Primary

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D) endorsed Rep. Christopher Murphy (D) for Senate on Monday.

“From standing up for American jobs and manufacturers to protecting Medicare and Social Security, Chris has been a strong partner for me during his service in the House,” Blumenthal said.

Murphy is the frontrunner in the Democratic primary, which also features former Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz. Full story

May 21, 2012

Ohio: Majority PAC Extends Senate Race Buy to $600K

A Democratic super PAC spent an additional $300,000 in airtime to promote Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) this week — yet another sign that his race has become increasingly competitive.

The Majority PAC’s latest buy allows the group’s advertisement to stay on the airwaves a second week. The group has now spent $600,000 to air this spot on Brown’s GOP opponent, Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel:

Outside groups have been pouring money into the race for months, but Democrats have been outspent by almost a 6-to-1 margin. The latest Majority PAC buy marks the largest investment to boost Brown’s re-election yet by an outside group.

Roll Call rates this race as Leans Democratic.

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