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March 21, 2012

Illinois: DCCC Names Five Nominees to Red to Blue Program

One day after Illinois Democrats picked their House race nominees, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel (N.Y.) anointed five winners to the Red to Blue program.

On Wednesday, Israel named the following five candidates to the benchmark program: Iraq War veteran Tammy Duckworth in the 8th district, businessman Brad Schneider in the 10th district, former Rep. Bill Foster in the 11th district, former St. Clair County Regional Superintendent of Schools Brad Harriman in the 12th district and former East Moline Alderwoman Cheri Bustos in the 17th district.

Notably absent from Israel’s list is the nominee in the 13th, a competitive district where Rep. Timothy Johnson (R) is running. National Democrats recruited Greene County State’s Attorney Matt Goetten to run there, but he trailed his lesser-known opponent, emergency room doctor David Gill, by a couple hundred votes today.

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Illinois: Super PAC Spent Big for Adam Kinzinger in Home Stretch

Illinois: Super PAC Spent Big for Adam Kinzinger in Home Stretch

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (left) won a hotly contested primary against a fellow GOP Member on Tuesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Freshman Rep. Adam Kinzinger had some outside help in his victory over veteran Rep. Don Manzullo in Tuesday’s primary.

The Campaign for Primary Accountability, a super PAC, spent a whopping $222,000 on Kinzinger’s behalf late in the race. That’s more than four times as much as the $52,000 radio ad buy that YG Action Fund, a super PAC run by a former aide to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (Va.), put into the race.

The six-figure sum is also more cash than the controversial, Texas-based super PAC has spent in any other race this cycle. Full story

Arizona: Club For Growth Threatens to Intervene on Schweikert’s Behalf

Club for Growth President Chris Chocola sent a letter this morning to Republican House leadership threatening to mobilize his group on behalf of Rep. David Schweikert should they show favoritism to Rep. Ben Quayle in what is going to be a brutal primary in Arizona’s 6th district.

Chocola urged neutrality, citing concerns about Majority Leader Eric Cantor (Va.) backing Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R) in an Illinois primary over Rep. Don Manzullo. Kinzinger defeated the veteran lawmaker Tuesday. Chocola then noted that Speaker John Boehner’s (Ohio) leadership political action committee made a donation to Quayle’s campaign prior to the release of Arizona’s redistricting map and the formation of the Schweikert-Quayle race.

“In the name of neutrality, we urge Speaker Boehner to contribute the same $10,000 to Rep. Schweikert that he has already given to Rep. Quayle,” Chocola wrote in the letter. Full story

March 20, 2012

Nevada: NRCC Places Three ‘On the Radar’

Three candidates running in Nevada’s new 4th district have advanced to the second step of the National Republican Congressional Committee’s Young Guns candidate program.

The committee will announce today that state Sen. Barbara Cegavske, 2010 Senate candidate Danny Tarkanian and businessman Dan Schwartz have all made it to the “On the Radar” step of the program, which allows candidates to advance based on district-specific benchmarks such as fundraising and organization. Full story

Kinzinger Defeats Manzullo in GOP Primary

Kinzinger Defeats Manzullo in GOP Primary

Rep. Adam Kinzinger's victory is likely to stun many GOP operatives and Capitol Hill aides who dismissed the Air Force Reserve pilot. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Freshman Rep. Adam Kinzinger defeated longtime Rep. Don Manzullo in the first Member-vs.-Member GOP primary of 2012. Kinzinger led 56 percent to 44 percent when the Associated Press called the race just after 11 p.m. EST.

Kinzinger’s victory may partially vindicate House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, whose endorsement of Kinzinger elicited outcries from the House Republican Conference. Last week, a super PAC run by a former Cantor aide also spent $52,000 on a radio ad to boost the freshman lawmaker. Full story

Illinois Primaries: Jackson Jr., Duckworth, Schneider Big Winners

Illinois Primaries: Jackson Jr., Duckworth, Schneider Big Winners

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 11:48 p.m. | Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. routed his bitter nemesis and ex-colleague, former Rep. Debbie Halvorson, in a Democratic primary today, virtually ensuring he will be elected to a ninth term in his South Side Chicago district.

West of the Windy City, Iraq War veteran Tammy Duckworth (D) captured her party’s nomination in the 8th district, putting her on a path to win a seat in Congress if she defeats Rep. Joe Walsh (R) this fall. Full story

Mitt Romney Easily Wins Illinois Primary

Mitt Romney Easily Wins Illinois Primary

(Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Updated: 10 p.m. | Mitt Romney easily won the Illinois Republican primary today, leading networks to call the race just a half-hour after polls closed.

With 7 percent of precincts reporting, the former Massachusetts governor had 55 percent of the vote, while former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum had 28 percent.

Farther back in the pack, Texas Rep. Ron Paul had 10 percent and former Speaker Newt Gingrich (Ga.) had 7 percent. Full story

NRCC Dinner Brings in $12 Million

NRCC Dinner Brings in $12 Million

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley will deliver the keynote address at the NRCC's annual dinner tonight. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The National Republican Congressional Committee raised $12 million for its annual dinner, taking place tonight at the National Building Museum and keynoted by South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R).

This year’s take tops last year’s $10 million dinner haul. Full story

Nebraska: Kerrey, State GOP Dispute His Eligibility

Nebraska Republicans are pursuing legal actions to remove former Sen. Bob Kerrey from the state’s ballot in the race to replace retiring Sen. Ben Nelson (D).

The issue at hand is Kerrey’s residency, which had started as a political problem and has become a legal one.

The state Republican Party is challenging in court a prior ruling from Secretary of State John Gale. Gale ruled on Friday that although Kerrey violated Nebraska ballot requirements, he did qualify under the U.S. Constitution to appear on the ballot.

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Virginia: Obama’s Numbers Up; Senate Race Still Tied

Virginia: Obamas Numbers Up; Senate Race Still Tied

There is no doubt that President Barack Obama's performance in Virginia will have some degree of effect on Tim Kaine's (left) Senate campaign, either positive or negative. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

With no end in sight for the GOP presidential nomination fight, President Barack Obama’s numbers are on the rise in the Old Dominion.

A Quinnipiac University poll released today found Obama’s support in Virginia reaching new heights, while the Senate race remains within the margin of error.

In a race with Mitt Romney, Obama hit 50 percent support and led the likely GOP nominee by 8 points, up from a 4-point margin last month. Likely Senate nominee Tim Kaine (D) has not received the same kind of boost against George Allen (R), as the battle of the former governors remains a statistical tie, where it’s been since Kaine entered the race last April. Full story

New Mexico: Dan Lewis Drops Bid for 1st District

Albuquerque City Councilor Dan Lewis has dropped out of the open 1st district race in New Mexico.

Lewis’ exit leaves former state Rep. Janice Arnold-Jones and retired Army Sgt. Gary Smith as the only Republicans vying for the seat of Rep. Martin Heinrich (D), who is running for Senate. Full story

FreedomWorks PAC Endorses 10 Candidates

Conservative organization FreedomWorks PAC today released its “first slate” of House endorsements.

“Through extensive personal interviews, detailed research of their records, and feedback from activists in their districts, we are confident these candidates will expand the freedom caucus in the House and lead the fight for economic freedom and constitutionally limited government,” FreedomWorks PAC Executive Director Max Pappas said in a statement.

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Missouri: No Senate Bid for Tom Schweich

There won’t be yet another Republican vying to take on Sen. Claire McCaskill in Missouri this year.

State Auditor Tom Schweich, who holds the same position McCaskill had when she first ran for Senate in 2006, announced today that he is no longer considering entering the GOP primary fray. Schweich said the decision was personal and did not take any internal polling. Full story

Maryland: Democratic Primary to Face Bartlett Heats Up

Maryland: Democratic Primary to Face Bartlett Heats Up

Maryland state Sen. Rob Garagiola (right) makes a point at Saturday's forum in Hagerstown. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

With the April 3 primary only two weeks away, Maryland’s 6th district race has become one of the most heated in the country.

Democratic candidates are busy campaigning across the district — which covers western Maryland and stretches all the way to the Washington, D.C., suburbs — in hopes of challenging Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, the likely Republican nominee, in the fall.

The top two Democratic contenders, state Senate Majority Leader Rob Garagiola and businessman John Delaney, participated in a candidate forum on Saturday sponsored by the Washington County Democratic Central Committee. The event was held at the UAW Hall in Hagerstown. Garagiola and Delaney, along with the other three Democrats running, also participated in a debate Sunday in Gaithersburg to discuss issues ranging from Iran to women’s contraception. Full story

North Carolina: Richard Hudson Begins Airing TV Ad

Republican Richard Hudson, a former Congressional aide running in North Carolina’s reconfigured 8th district, begins airing an ad today that uses humor to hit vulnerable Rep. Larry Kissell (D).

Sitting on a porch, Hudson introduces his bulldog, Hoover, at the beginning of the spot. He compares his pooch to Congress.

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