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March 6, 2012

Florida: Poll Shows Mica With Surmountable Lead vs. Adams

Florida: Poll Shows Mica With Surmountable Lead vs. Adams

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Ten-term Rep. John Mica (R) led freshman Rep. Sandy Adams (R) in a new poll of Republican primary voters in Florida’s reconfigured 7th district in which both Members are running for re-election.

Mica led Adams 46 percent to 30 percent in a horse-race matchup , but Mica’s lead appears surmountable with the proper messaging, according to a polling memo obtained by Roll Call.

In the two-page memo, dated Monday to the Adams campaign team, respected pollster Neil Newhouse of Public Opinion Strategies wrote: “Adams has a terrific shot to defeat John Mica in a Republican primary if she has the necessary financial resources to compete. As Republican primary voters learn more information about the two candidates in the months leading up to the August primary, Sandy will close this ballot gap significantly.”

When interviewers added neutral biographical information about both candidates, Adams took a lead in a head-to-head matchup, 42 percent to 39 percent.

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March 5, 2012

Ohio: Four Democrats Seek New Columbus Seat

Ohio: Four Democrats Seek New Columbus Seat

Former Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy is the favorite to win the Democratic primary in Ohio's 3rd district. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As the White House hopefuls fight to win the Buckeye State in today’s GOP primary, several Democrats are vying for a ticket to Capitol Hill in a lesser-watched open-seat primary. Full story

Illinois: Schneider Airs First TV Spot in 10th District

Illinois: Schneider Airs First TV Spot in 10th District

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Businessman Brad Schneider went up with his first television advertisement in Illinois’ 10th district race, marking the second Democrat in that primary to hit the airwaves. Full story

North Carolina: Pittenger to Join GOP Field to Replace Myrick

Former state Sen. Robert Pittenger (R) is set to announce his candidacy today for North Carolina’s open 9th district, currently represented by retiring Rep. Sue Myrick (R). Full story

Michigan: Another Democrat Challenges Justin Amash

Former state Rep. Steve Pestka announced Monday that he will seek the Democratic nomination to challenge Rep. Justin Amash (R) in the fall. Full story

Maine: King Enters Senate Race; Democrats Express Unease

Former Maine Gov. Angus King (I) declared his candidacy to succeed retiring Sen. Olympia Snowe (R) this evening.

Despite his lack of official party affiliation, state operatives have repeatedly described King as a worthy opponent, more frontrunner than spoiler. His political ideology is described as socially moderate or liberal and fiscally conservative.

And the middle ground is where King is planting his flag.

“In a closely divided Senate, I can be a broker for common sense,” King said in his announcement at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. “In a national debate that’s largely taken over by the extremes … I can speak for the middle.”

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North Carolina: Kissell Opponent Releases Ad

Neurosurgeon John Whitley, one of five Republicans running for North Carolina’s reconfigured and strongly Republican 8th district, started airing a TV ad today knocking incumbent Rep. Larry Kissell (D) and promoting his conservative bona fides. Full story

Pennsylvania: Court Rules Altmire Stays on Ballot

Pennsylvania: Court Rules Altmire Stays on Ballot

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A Pennsylvania court ruled today that Rep. Jason Altmire had enough valid signatures to stay on the Democratic primary ballot with fellow Rep. Mark Critz.

Critz will likely appeal the decision to the state Supreme Court. After the ruling, Critz campaign adviser Mike Mikus said they disagree with the judge’s decision and “are currently exploring our legal options.”

Several weeks ago, Critz challenged Altmire’s ballot access after he turned in only 1,651 nominating signatures. Pennsylvania election law requires 1,000 signatures to get on the ballot for Congress, but campaigns typically file twice as many to ward off these kinds of challenges. Full story

Maine: Indie Angus King Set to Run for Olympia Snowe Seat

Former Maine Gov. Angus King (I) will throw his hat into the race to succeed retiring Sen. OIympia Snowe (R), according to local reports. He will make the announcement tonight at Bowdoin College.

The Portland Press Herald and Boston Globe are reporting that King will run as an Independent, a factor that will make the normal political calculus difficult to determine. King was originally a Democrat, but he served as an Independent governor in the 1990s and early 2000s. In an interview last week with Roll Call, King declined to indicate which party he would caucus with if elected as an Independent.

Among the Democrats weighing Senate bids are Rep. Chellie Pingree and ex-Gov. John Baldacci. Republicans mulling the open-seat contest are Maine Secretary of State Charlie Summers, state Treasurer Bruce Poliquin and Attorney General William Schneider. Full story

Illinois: Nancy Pelosi Backs Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. in Primary

Illinois: Nancy Pelosi Backs Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. in Primary

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi endorsed Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s re-election bid during a stop at the Rainbow PUSH Coalition’s Saturday Morning Forum in Chicago.

“Jesse Jackson Jr. comes from a proud tradition but came to the Congress and is making his own mark there,” Pelosi said. “He deserves re-election and we all want to do everything possible to make sure that happens.”

The Congressman’s father, the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., is the founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition.

Jackson faces a primary challenge from former Rep. Debbie Halvorson (D-Ill.) in the 2nd district south of Chicago. The Congressman is favored to win re-election, but Halvorson is on track to provide one of the toughest political challenges he’s faced in his federal career. The primary is March 20.

Here’s the full Pelosi endorsement video, courtesy of NBC Chicago.

Maryland: Bill Clinton Backs John Delaney

Maryland: Bill Clinton Backs John Delaney

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President Bill Clinton has endorsed businessman John Delaney in the Democratic primary in Maryland 6th district.

“John Delaney is a lifelong Democrat who has real life job creation experience, he’s a progressive business leader with a long record of civic activism and charitable causes,” Clinton said in a statement.

Delaney raised more than $800,000 for then-Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, according to the Washington Post.

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Washington: State Sen. Derek Kilmer Will Run for Norm Dicks’ Seat

Washington state Sen. Derek Kilmer today became the first Democrat to announce for the seat of retiring Rep. Norm Dicks (D).

“Norm Dicks may be the best Congressman in the history of Washington State,” Kilmer said in a statement. “No one can fill his shoes, but I’ll work to continue his legacy of fighting for jobs and standing up for the little guy.” Full story

March 4, 2012

Massachusetts: Scott Brown Up Eight Points in Latest Poll

Massachusetts: Scott Brown Up Eight Points in Latest Poll

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Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) led Elizabeth Warren (D) by 8 points in a new poll released today.

A survey by the Western New England University Polling Institute found 49 percent of registered Massachusetts voters would cast their ballot for Brown if the election were held today, while 41 percent would vote for Warren, a Harvard professor and the presumptive Democratic nominee. Ten percent were undecided.

The poll, taken Feb. 23 through Thursday, matches two other February polls that showed Brown leading Warren in a horse-race matchup. Full story

March 3, 2012

Ohio: Members Send Late Money to Marcy Kaptur

Ohio: Members Send Late Money to Marcy Kaptur

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Just days before Ohio Democratic Reps. Marcy Kaptur and Dennis Kucinich square off in a primary, two fellow Democrats, including Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (Ill.), picked sides.

Earlier this week, Rep. David Price’s (D-N.C.) re-election committee and Durbin’s Prairie political action committee each donated $1,000 to Kaptur. The Congresswoman also received a $1,000 check from Rep. Rosa DeLauro’s (D-Conn.) campaign at the start of this year, according to online fundraising records. Both Price and DeLauro serve with Kaptur on the Appropriations Committee. Durbin, also an appropriator, was first elected to the House in 1982, the same year as Kaptur.

Kucinich’s fundraising reports from this year did not show any transfers from his Congressional colleagues. However, the late Rep. Tom Lantos’ (D-Calif.) campaign committee donated $2,000 to Kucinich in early February. Full story

March 2, 2012

Utah: Mitt Romney Urges Support for Orrin Hatch in Ad

Utah: Mitt Romney Urges Support for Orrin Hatch in Ad

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Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) is leaning on one of the most well-known names in the state to help him win a seventh term.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who is heading into the final weekend before Super Tuesday, lent his voice to a radio ad launched today by the Hatch campaign.

In the ad, Romney, who endorsed Hatch in September, explains the importance of Hatch’s potential chairmanship of the Senate Finance Committee — one of Hatch’s leading arguments for re-election — and encourages voters to attend local precinct caucuses on March 15 to elect delegates to the state convention. Full story

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