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June 21, 2012

Montana GOP Launches TV Ad for Denny Rehberg

The Montana Republican Party has launched a TV ad that highlights Rep. Denny Rehberg’s independence from the GOP on Capitol Hill.

The message comes on the heels of Rehberg’s latest ad that also sought to differentiate the Congressman from the rest of his Republican colleagues and spotlight his standing for Montanans ahead of his party. It’s also a response to a recent ad against Rehberg by the state Democratic Party.

Rehberg is challenging Sen. Jon Tester (D) in one of the most competitive races in the country.

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Wisconsin: Tammy Baldwin Launches First TV Ad in Senate Race

Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) launched her first television advertisement this week in her bid for Wisconsin’s open Senate seat. Baldwin has bought television time from today to Monday at the cost of about $125,000, according to a GOP source who tracks ad buys.

The 30-second spot, which is playing statewide, depicts Baldwin as a bipartisan leader who worked in the House to protect jobs in Wisconsin’s paper industry from unfair practices by Chinese businesses.

“In Wisconsin, we lead the entire nation in paper industry jobs,” Baldwin says in the ad. “But China, they lead the world in cheating. And it’s costing us jobs in Wisconsin.”

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Florida: Bill Nelson Up in New Poll

In a new poll, two-term Sen. Bill Nelson led likely GOP nominee Rep. Connie Mack IV by 4 points in a Florida Senate matchup.

Nelson topped Mack 43 percent to 39 percent in the poll of registered — not likely — Florida voters. Nelson led among independent voters by 11 points, 44 percent to 33 percent.

Forty-four percent of those surveyed had a favorable opinion of Nelson and 26 percent had an unfavorable opinion of him. Full story

Virginia: George Allen First on TV in Senate Race

Updated 12 p.m. | George Allen, the former Virginia governor and Senator running to reclaim his former seat on Capitol Hill, launched the first two TV ads of the highly competitive open-seat race.

Largely out of the spotlight since his upset re-election loss in 2006, the ads focus solely on Allen’s character as the campaign works to reacquaint voters with him. There is nothing in the ads about his past work; policy stances; his opponent, former Gov. Tim Kaine (D); or President Barack Obama, all of which Allen often mentions on the stump.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NW6SBsw1Es&feature=youtu.be Full story

Virginia: Tim Kaine, George Allen to Participate in Forum

Former Govs. Tim Kaine (D) and George Allen (R) are scheduled to participate in a town hall forum at Microsoft’s offices in Reston next week.

According to a joint announcement by the Northern Virginia Technology Council and Microsoft, the Senate candidates will appear separately at the June 28 event to provide remarks and answer questions from a panel of business leaders related to their views on technology and business policy. They will also answer questions from the audience.

Roll Call rates the race as a Tossup.

Utah: Orrin Hatch Outraised, Outspent Dan Liljenquist Pre-Primary

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Orrin Hatch continued to outraise his Republican primary challenger in the pre-primary fundraising period.

Hatch, who faces former state Sen. Dan Liljenquist in Tuesday’s contest, raised $569,000 from April 2 to June 6, according to records filed last week. Liljenquist brought in $309,000, including a $100,000 personal loan.

The discrepancy in spending was much larger. Hatch spent more than $1.9 million during the two-month period, including about $900,000 on media buys. Liljenquist, who needs to overcome a heavy name identification disadvantage, spent $388,000, including $152,000 on radio and television advertising. Full story

Michigan: NRCC Meets Both Hopefuls for Thaddeus McCotter’s Seat

So, this is kind of awkward: Both GOP candidates running for Rep. Thaddeus McCotter’s (R) seat are in town to meet with the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Except one of them is on the primary ballot, and one of them isn’t. Full story

Kyle Downey to Tampa; Drew Maloney to RNC

National Republicans made two additions Wednesday to the party’s 2012 efforts.

Veteran GOP spokesman Kyle Downey was named press secretary for the 2012 Republican National Convention, and the Republican National Committee hired Drew Maloney to serve as external affairs adviser for presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Full story

June 20, 2012

Wisconsin Senate Poll: Tommy Thompson Leads in Republican Primary

Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson led his closest competitor in the Republican Senate primary by a margin of almost 20 points in a Marquette University Law School poll released today. The survey, one of the first in the state since the widely followed gubernatorial recall election earlier this month, also showed Thompson ahead of presumptive Democratic nominee Rep. Tammy Baldwin by 8 points.

Thompson, who was elected four times as the state’s governor, took 34 percent in a test of the GOP primary, according to the survey. The remainder of the GOP field were closely split, with former Rep. Mark Neumann, businessman Eric Hovde and Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald taking 16 percent, 14 percent and 10 percent, respectively. Twenty-five percent of the likely voters polled were undecided. Full story

DSCC Outraised NRSC in May

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee outraised its Republican counterpart last month.

The DSCC announced raising $5.6 million in May, leaving the committee with $28.3 million in cash on hand as of May 31. The National Republican Senatorial Committee announced raising $3.9 million and had $23 million in cash on hand at the end of the month. Reports were due to be filed today.

The DSCC also announced it has raised $70 million so far this cycle, while the NRSC has raised $64.4 million.

Control of the Senate is up for grabs in November. Democrats, who are defending 23 seats compared with 10 for Republicans, currently hold a 53-47 majority.

Pennsylvania: Internal Critz Poll Shows 10-Point Lead

Rep. Mark Critz (D-Pa.) released an internal poll today showing him with a 10-point advantage over his Republican opponent, attorney Keith Rothfus.

Crits led Rothfus 46 percent to 36 percent in the survey paid for by the Congressman’s campaign and released to reporters.

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DSCC Raises $5.6 Million in May

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee announced raising $5.6 million in May, leaving the committee with $28.3 million in cash on hand.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee has not yet announced its May fundraising totals, which are due to be filed today.

Control of the Senate is up for grabs in November. Democrats, who are defending 23 seats compared with 10 for Republicans, currently hold a 53-47 majority.

Florida: George LeMieux Drops Senate Bid

Former Florida Sen. George LeMieux today dropped his bid to return to the Senate, making Rep. Connie Mack IV (R) the presumptive GOP nominee to face Sen. Bill Nelson (D) in November.

Mack has stacked up endorsements from every part of the Republican Party — including both tea-party-affiliated Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. And he declined to debate LeMieux, where the former Senator could have made his case to Florida voters.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIis_pXuAc0 Full story

Massachusetts: Richard Tisei Reserves TV Time in Race Against John Tierney

Massachusetts House candidate Richard Tisei has reserved airtime in the 6th district race. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republican candidate Richard Tisei reserved almost $650,000 of advertising time on cable and broadcast television for the last month of his competitive race against Rep. John Tierney (D).

Tisei, a former state Senator and 2010 nominee for lieutenant governor, reserved time on cable stations from Oct. 9 to 15. And he reserved time on both cable and Boston broadcast stations from Oct. 16 through Election Day.

Both the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee have reserved millions of dollars in airtime in the Boston media market, some or all of which could be used in the 6th district race. Full story

House GOP Makes Second Round of IE Buys

The National Republican Congressional Committee’s independent expenditure arm announced $5.7 million in new ad reservations across competitive races Tuesday. That amount included money in eight media markets, with more than $890,000 targeting vulnerable Democratic Rep. John Barrow in two Georgia markets.

Other NRCC media reservations include almost $1.7 million in San Diego that could help shore up Rep. Brian Bilbray and $1.6 million in Philadelphia that could be used to support freshman Rep. Jon Runyan (N.J.) or Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (Pa.).

Also part of the buy: almost $800,000 in two Michigan markets that cover freshman GOP Rep. Dan Benishek’s district, $437,000 in the Des Moines, Iowa, market covering the Member-vs.-Member race between Reps. Leonard Boswell (D) and Tom Latham (R), and $312,000 in the Youngstown, Ohio, market where Rep. Bill Johnson (R) has a competitive race.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has reserved more ad time for the fall than its GOP counterpart. The DCCC had reserved $46.1 million compared with the NRCC’s $23.9 million as of Tuesday.

By Joshua Miller Posted at 12:01 a.m.
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