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March 30, 2012

Indiana: Board Grants Lugar Voting Residency Appeal

Indiana: Board Grants Lugar Voting Residency Appeal

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

After weeks of wrangling with local election officials, Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) will be able to use his family farm’s address to vote in the Hoosier State.

Lugar’s agreement with the Marion County Elections Board is good news for the six-term Senator,  who’s facing the toughest primary challenge of his career from state Treasurer Richard Mourdock on May 8.

A couple of weeks ago, the Marion County Election Board ruled Lugar ineligible to vote at his listed address because he and his wife no longer live there. Lugar successfully appealed the ruling — spurring several unflattering headlines in the process — by registering to vote at his family farm instead.

“Today, the court has obtained from the Marion County Election Board assurances that the Lugars may vote from the Lugar family farm, which has been in the family for generations and has been managed by Senator Lugar continuously for many years, and this is now where they should vote,” said a statement from Lugar’s campaign.

Lugar previously registered to vote at the address of a home he sold in 1977, according to the Associated Press.

Washington: Norm Dicks Endorses Derek Kilmer to Replace Him

Retiring Rep. Norm Dicks (D-Wash.) endorsed state Sen. Derek Kilmer to replace him in the 6th district, a move that could keep the Democratic field cleared for Kilmer.

“Derek’s career has been spent trying to retain and attract good jobs for our region and Congress needs more people with that kind of experience,” the Appropriations Committee ranking member said in a statement Thursday. “He’s hard-working, effective, and he’s committed to bringing people together to get the job done.” Full story

Paul Ryan Endorses Mitt Romney

Paul Ryan Endorses Mitt Romney

(Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) became the 93rd Member to endorse Mitt Romney this morning.

In an interview with “Fox & Friends,” Ryan stressed Romney’s capacity to serve as president and his electability.

“I believe he’s the right person for the job, and I think this primary has been productive. I think it’s been constructive up till now,” he said. “I think it’s made the candidates better, but I think we’re entering a phase where it could become counter-productive if this drags on much longer.” Full story

March 29, 2012

Rubio on Romney: ‘I’m Excited About My Support for Him’

Rubio on Romney: Im Excited About My Support for Him

(Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Marco Rubio explained in greater detail today why he waded into the Republican presidential primary to endorse former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

“I think Mitt Romney has won this primary,” the Florida Republican told reporters. “I think the primary’s over now, by the admission of his opponents.”

Former Speaker Newt Gingrich (Ga.) and ex-Sen. Rick Santorum (Pa.), who Rubio was referring to, might take issue with that assertion given that Romney has yet to win the 1,144 delegates he needs to secure the nomination. Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) might also quibble. Rubio, who knows what it’s like to challenge the Republican establishment’s preferred candidate in a primary, acknowledged that some conservatives might be upset with his decision to declare the race over and back Romney. But he didn’t back down, and in fact, he used the words of Gingrich and Santorum against them in explaining his decision and its timing. Full story

Conservative Senators Pick Sides in Texas, Missouri and Maine Primaries

Conservative Senators Pick Sides in Texas, Missouri and Maine Primaries

Sen. Tom Coburn endorsed Senate candidates in Texas and Missouri today. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

There were Senate endorsements galore in GOP circles today, with a few of the highest profile conservative Senators coming out in support of candidates locked in tough GOP primaries. Here’s a quick rundown of what happened:

  • Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz picked up an endorsement from Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.). Alluding to one of the most intense rivalries in college football (between the University of Texas and the University of Oklahoma), Coburn wrote in a statement, “Oklahoma and Texas may have our friendly rivalry, but when it comes to fighting for limited government, I’m proud to endorse my neighbor across the Red River.”
  • Along with Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Coburn also gave his nod to businessman John Brunner, one of three contenders for the GOP nomination in the Missouri Senate race. ”John Brunner will be a force for fiscal conservatism in the U.S. Senate, and I am proud to endorse his candidacy,” Coburn said in a statement released by the Brunner campaign. Earlier this year, Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) endorsed former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman, another GOP contender hoping to take on vulnerable Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) in November.
  • Finally, Lee backed Maine Treasurer Bruce Poliquin in the Pine Tree State’s GOP Senate primary. A source in the Poliquin camp told Roll Call that a statement is forthcoming.

John Delaney Poll Shows Big Lead as Martin O’Malley Backs Rob Garagiola

John Delaney Poll Shows Big Lead as Martin OMalley Backs Rob Garagiola

State Sen. Rob Garagiola (right) trailed businessman John Delaney (left) by a wide margin according to polls done for Delaney's campaign. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

State Senate Majority Leader Rob Garagiola and businessman John Delaney are playing their trump cards today, as the race for the Democratic nomination in Maryland’s 6th district enters the homestretch.

Garagiola announced he has the backing of Gov. Martin O’Malley, the state’s most prominent Democrat. Hours after news of the endorsement surfaced, the Delaney campaign released two internal polls showing him way up over his rivals with less than a week to go before Tuesday’s primary.

The latest poll, conducted March 26-27, showed Delaney garnering 49 percent of the vote, with Garagiola garnering 23 percent of the vote. Dr. Milad Pooran came in third with 10 percent. Sixteen percent of those surveyed were undecided. The winner of the Democratic primary will challenge Rep. Roscoe Bartlett in the fall in a race that Democrats are slightly favored to win.

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Polls: Female Voters Boost Bill Nelson, Sherrod Brown

Polls: Female Voters Boost Bill Nelson, Sherrod Brown

Sen. Sherrod Brown leads GOP nominee Josh Mandel in a new Quinnipiac University poll. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Boosted by strong performance among women, Democratic Sens. Bill Nelson (Fla.) and Sherrod Brown (Ohio) led their GOP challengers in two Quinnipiac University Polls released today.

In horserace matchups, Nelson led GOP frontrunner Rep. Connie Mack IV 44 percent to 36 percent while Brown led GOP nominee Josh Mandel, the state treasurer, 46 percent to 36 percent.

Nelson, seeking his third term representing the Sunshine State, will face the winner of a nasty primary between Mack and former Sen. George LeMieux (R). An earlier Quinnipiac University poll from January found the race between Nelson and Mack a dead heat. In this month’s poll, Nelson tied Mack among men, 41 percent to 41 percent, but led among women, 46 percent to 32 percent. Full story

March 28, 2012

As Deadline Nears for 1st Quarter, Pitches Soar

Saturday marks the all-important first-quarter fundraising deadline, and candidates are getting a little help from their friends in the form of last-minute pleas for donations. Full story

California: Jay Chen Hopes to Put Race on the Map

Small-business man Jay Chen (D-Calif.) today will announce a slew of endorsements from Members of Congress, local officials and labor unions in his uphill challenge to Rep. Ed Royce (R).

This race is not among the top-tier races in the state at this point, but Chen is hoping to change that. According to a source close to the campaign, Chen, who entered the race in late January, will report at the end of the first quarter that he raised about $250,000 in just eight weeks. Full story

Connecticut: Polls Show Linda McMahon Up by Varying Margins

Connecticut: Polls Show Linda McMahon Up by Varying Margins

(Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The campaign of former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon released an internal poll showing her up 21 points over GOP rival former Rep. Christopher Shays.

However, that poll comes only a week after a Quinnipiac University poll showed that she held a slimmer 9-point lead over Shays. Full story

Rubio: Convention Fight ‘Recipe for Disaster’

Rubio: Convention Fight ‘Recipe for Disaster’

(Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Marco Rubio said all of the things you’d expect in a TV interview explaining his decision to back Mitt Romney for president.

The Florida Republican said Romney offers “such a stark contrast” to President Barack Obama’s record, adding that “I have zero doubt in my mind that Mitt Romney will govern as a conservative.”

But it’s what else Rubio said during the interview on Fox’s “Hannity” that caught my attention. Rubio appeared to set about very purposely to shoot down the notion — currently being promoted by former Speaker Newt Gingrich (Ga.) and ex-Sen. Rick Santorum (Pa.) — that a contested or brokered nominating convention would be good for the Republican Party’s chances of defeating Obama on Nov. 6.

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Marco Rubio Endorses Mitt Romney

Marco Rubio Endorses Mitt Romney

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Nearly two months after the Florida primary, Sen. Marco Rubio endorsed Mitt Romney for president.

In an appearance on Sean Hannity’s show on Fox, the first-term Florida Republican said Romney had “earned this nomination” and criticized talk of an open convention.

“I think that’s a recipe for delivering four more years of Barack Obama,” he said.

As a Hispanic lawmaker from a key swing state, Rubio has been discussed as a vice presidential candidate since he won election to the Senate in 2010. Full story

New Hampshire: Politicians Move Closer to Redistricting Map

Updated 6:23 p.m. | New Hampshire might finally be moving toward a redistricting map, according to the New Hampshire Union Leader.

State lawmakers had delegated the map drawing to the state’s two Members, Reps. Charles Bass and Frank Guinta. Both men are Republicans and had been at odds over the state’s single Congressional line.

“This plan, we’re told, helps Bass somewhat while preserving Guinta’s slight lean-GOP district,” the Union Leader reported. “It gives the 1st District swing towns that slightly lean GOP in exchange for swing towns that generally lean a little more heavily to the GOP.”

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Anti-Incumbent Super PAC Adds Jones, Moran to Target List

Anti Incumbent Super PAC Adds Jones, Moran to Target List

Rep. Walter Jones Jr. is one of two Members that an anti-incumbent super PAC has decided to target. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 7:39 p.m. | The Campaign for Primary Accountability plans to launch spending crusades against Reps. Walter Jones Jr. (R-N.C.) and Jim Moran (D-Va.) as part of the super PAC’s growing list of targeted races.

The deep-pocketed super PAC also announced a “Watch List” of more than two dozen veteran Members whom it plans to evaluate and potentially target during the height of primary season during the next three months. Full story

Arizona: Bivens Drops Out, Democratic Field Clears

Former state Democratic Party Chairman Don Bivens is dropping out of the race to replace retiring Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.).

“The continuing head-to-head competition of our Democratic primary is draining resources that we will need as a Party to win the U.S. Senate race in November,” he wrote in a statement. “While I am confident we would win this primary, the cost and impact on the Party I’ve spent my life fighting for could diminish our chance to achieve the ultimate goal: winning in November.”

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