Campaign and Election News – Covering Key Races Around the Country
SSP Daily Digest: 4/30 (Morning Edition)
NH-Everything: UNH is out with their latest Granite State poll, and the results aren’t particularly appetizing. Kelly Ayotte leads Paul Hodes by 47-31 in the Senate race, and even Bill Binnie and Ovide Lamontagne claim razor-thin leads, too. In the 1st CD, Carol Shea-Porter trails Frank Guinta by 42-38, Rich Ashooh by 39-36, and Sean Mahoney by 40-37. In the 2nd, ex-Rep. Charlie Bass leads Katrina Swett by 44-27, and is ahead of Ann McLane Kuster by 42-30.
FL-Sen: Perhaps sensing this race was just too boring, billionaire real estate investor Jeff Greene is throwing his hat into the Democratic Senate primary against Kendrick Meek.
CA-Gov: Steve Poizner is going after Meg Whitman hard over her past tenure on the board of Goldman Sachs in a new ad. I like this primary!
CO-Gov: Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper reported raising $1.1 million in the first quarter, even though he didn’t enter the race until halfway through January. His opponent, Republican ex-Rep. Scott McInnis, raised only $550K. (D)
OH-15: Republican retread Steve Stivers thinks he’s hit upon a new winning issue: He wants to repeal the 17th Amendment. That’s, uh, the one which requires senators to be directly elected by the people, rather than appointed by state legislatures. Weirdly, he claims it’s a “states rights” issue, which I guess makes sense, if by “states” you mean a bunch of elected elites. Maybe we can have an appointed president, too? What a freak. (D)
OH-18: Bad blood already brewing? ’08 Republican nominee and ex-state Agriculture Director Fred Dailey, who’s facing against state Sen. Bob Gibbs (and a dozen other teabaggers) in the primary to settle the rights to take on Zack Space, is crying foul over the state GOP’s favoritism of Gibbs. Dailey claims that someone from the state party contacted his campaign website operator to ask that his site be “taken down”, and that the party is steering prospective staffers to other races.
WV-01: State Sen. Mike Oliverio, waging a primary challenge against Dem Rep. Allan Mollohan, won’t commit to voting for Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House if he wins. Dick Morris (yeah, whu?) wanted him to commit to voting against her, so I guess this is a hopeful sign…? Meanwhile, the Republican primary is just as lively, with two candidates heavily investing in their own campaigns. (D)