2018 Campaign

Nunes Sees Grassroots Fundraising Explode

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) “raised an extraordinary approximate sum of $2.25 million in six weeks as grassroots Republicans rewarded the House Intelligence Committee chairman for quarterbacking President Trump’s counterattack against allegations of collusion with Russia in 2016,” the Washington Examiner reports.

“The haul should push Nunes’ midterm war chest past $5 million, with donations pouring in from a national fundraising program.”

Quote of the Day

“If Democrats gain power they will try to reverse these incredible gains, these are historic gains, they will try and reverse many of them. So your vote in 2018 is every bit as important as your vote in 2016 — although I’m not sure I really believe that, but you know. I don’t know who the hell wrote that line!”

— President Trump, speaking at the Susan B. Anthony List Campaign for Life Gala

Mike Pence Flops In Texas

New York Times: “The vice president’s political clout was tested on Tuesday night in Texas, where he backed Bunni Pounds, a conservative activist, in a Republican primary for the Dallas-area House seat that Representative Jeb Hensarling is vacating. Mr. Pence stepped in at Mr. Hensarling’s request, endorsing Ms. Pounds in a tweet after President Trump declined to get involved in a low-profile nomination contest.”

“But despite the unusual intervention of the nation’s second-highest officeholder, Ms. Pounds was defeated on Tuesday night, losing the Republican nomination to Lance Gooden, a former member of the State Legislature. Ms. Pounds boasted repeatedly of Mr. Pence’s support, and it was not enough.”

Obscure Candidate Could Help Save GOP House Seats

Politico: “Republicans in this heavily Democratic state long ago abandoned almost any hope of winning the governorship, but getting shut out in California’s primary — where the top two finishers advance, regardless of party — could depress turnout and lead to devastating losses in House races statewide. In a warning to Republicans in April, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich wrote that Cox advancing to the November ballot ‘will be vital for keeping the Republican majority.'”

“Trump’s endorsement of Cox, a wealthy businessman who previously ran unsuccessfully for House and Senate seats in Illinois and, briefly, for president in 2008, was the culmination of weeks of effort by Republican leadership, including endorsements from House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA).”

Stacey Abrams Wins Democratic Nod for Georgia Governor

Stacey Abrams (D) “won the Democratic nomination for Georgia’s top office on Tuesday, defeating ex-state Rep. Stacey Evans (D) and advancing her quest to become the nation’s first black female governor,” the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

“She will face one of five Republicans in November in the race to succeed Gov. Nathan Deal, a competition that will test whether the state is truly competitive after more than a decade of GOP rule.”

Amy McGrath Wins Nomination In Kentucky’s 6th

Former fighter pilot Amy McGrath (D) surged to victory over Lexington Mayor Jim Gray (D) in the Democratic primary for Kentucky’s 6th Congressional District, “setting up a November election that will attract national money and attention as Democrats try to make Kentucky part of a possible blue wave in 2018,” the Lexington Herald Leader reports.

“She is a candidate who fits the Democratic moment. The former fighter pilot — the first woman Marine to fly into combat in an F-18 — is a political newcomer at a time Democrats across the country are looking for a fresh response to the 2016 election of President  Trump.”

Volatile Race for Second Spot for California Governor

A new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll in California shows Gavin Newsom (D) leading the gubernatorial race with 21%, but with the race between John Cox (R) and Antonio Villaraigosa (D) for second place unpredictable and volatile.

“With the second slot up for grabs and a substantial bloc of undecided voters two weeks from the election, Newsom’s campaign has unleased a barrage of ads in an attempt to manipulate the primary vote. The strategy aims to influence who he’ll face in the general election, with Cox — a conservative out of step with California’s left-leaning voters on many issues including immigration policy — among his top choices.”

A wildcard: 39% are still undecided.