2018 Campaign

Key Senators Face Ad Blitz

NBC News: “The Charles Koch-backed organization Americans for Prosperity announced Monday that it will spend ‘seven figures’ on grassroots organizing, paid media and door-to-to door canvassing in the ten states that Democrats are trying to defend in November. And other political interest groups are planning a barrage of campaign ads as well as on-the-ground grassroots activities. Among those Democrats bearing the brunt will be Sens. Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia.”

Scott Outpaces Nelson in Florida Senate Fundraising

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) announced that his campaign has raised more than $10.7 million in three months — three times what incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) received, Roll Call reports.

“Scott himself has not contributed any money to the campaign… even though he reported a net worth of $149 million last year. Scott has a track record of donating to his own campaigns: $75 million in his 2010 bid for governor and $12.8 million in his 2014 reelection campaign.”

Hegar Raised $750K Off Her Viral Ad

“In the 10 days after long shot Democratic candidate and veteran MJ Hegar published her widely-praised viral video, her campaign to unseat U.S. Rep. John Carter (R-TX) raised $750,000,” the Texas Tribune reports.

“It’s only the latest large fundraising figure reported by a Democratic U.S. House candidate from Texas, but it might well be one of the most jaw-dropping in the country.”

RNC Has Already Contacted 20 Million Voters

NBC News: “Heading into the summer with a major cash advantage over the Democrats, the RNC says its efforts to contact voters ahead of the November midterms are on pace to match, and in some categories have already surpassed, the 2016 presidential election. The RNC told NBC News it has already made 20 million traditional voter contacts by phone or door knocking this election cycle, a large number for a non-presidential election year.”

“That’s just part of the total 487 million contacts it says it has already made this cycle, including emails opened (250 million), calls made for data gathering purposes (183 million), digital petitions or surveys completed (19 million), direct mail sent (9.6 million), and get-out-the-vote calls made (5.6 million).”

The Gender Gap Gets Wider and Deeper

“The disconnect between President Trump and female voters is serious and not getting better. That’s a potentially big problem for Republicans in the November elections — but only if the women opposed to the president turn out to vote,” the Washington Post reports.

“Trump’s election divided an already fractured country, deepening the red-blue chasm that has become the defining feature of today’s politics. But the revulsion among many women toward the president adds another layer to the politics of discontent.”

“Trump is doing nothing to mitigate the problem. Just the opposite.”

GOP Candidate Sees ‘Only Barbarism’ Outside Western Life

Kansas state Sen. Steve Fitzgerald (R), who is running for Congress, told a group of Republicans that “outside of Western civilization there is only barbarism,” CNN reports.

Said Fitzgerald: “We are being told that Western civilization is the problem in the world. Outside of Western civilization there is only barbarism.”

He added: “Our Judeo-Christian ethic is what is civilization. And that is what is under attack here and abroad. It also goes by a different name. Christendom. It’s under attack. And even speaking about it can bring you under attack. It has brought me under attack.”

Red State Democrats Face an Agonizing Choice

“Democratic senators running for re-election in Trump Country face an agonizing choice over President Trump’s coming Supreme Court nominee: Vote to confirm the pick and risk demoralizing Democratic voters ahead of the midterm elections, or stick with the party and possibly sacrifice their own seats — and any chance at a Democratic majority in 2019,” the New York Times reports.

“The actions of a handful of Senate Democrats struggling to hold their seats in red states where Mr. Trump remains popular — notably Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Donnelly of Indiana and Joe Manchin III of West Virginia — will have broad implications for the party at a critical political juncture.”

Lobbying Firms Planning for Democratic Takeover

Politico: “Corporate America couldn’t hire Republican lobbyists fast enough after President Trump’s election gave the GOP unified control of Washington. Now there are signs that Democrats are back in demand. Companies and trade groups are trying to hire congressional staffers with ties to influential House Democrats four months ahead of the midterm elections, in which Democrats are expected to pick up seats and potentially retake control of the House.”

“Lobbyists are helping their clients meet with the Democrats who would become committee chairs if the party does win back the chamber. And trade groups are talking to members about what to expect from a Democratic takeover.”

Republicans Fear Trade War Will Cost Them the House

Playbook: “Republicans have privately warned us they think that a trade war with China is enough to cost them their majority in the House. The everyday economic impact — higher prices, businesses laying off employees — would blunt any positive impact of tax reform. Well, the trade war is here. Combine that with rising gas prices four months before Election Day.”

GOP Candidate Questioned Careers for Women

Mark Harris (R), who won the GOP nomination in North Carolina 9th congressional district, once delivered a religious sermon questioning whether it was the “healthiest pursuit” for women to prioritize their careers in lieu of their biblical “core calling,” ABC News reports.

In one portion of Harris’ sermon, he tells parishioners that “only one title is given to a woman in all of scripture… the title given to a woman is ‘helper.'”

He then quoted from the Epistle of Paul to Titus, reading, “The older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior… that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God not be blasphemed.”

Kelli Ward’s Husband Spread Conspiracy Theories

Arizona U.S. Senate candidate Kelli Ward’s (R) husband “has a history of promoting fringe conspiracy theories on social media,” a CNN reports.

“Michael Ward, who like his wife is a doctor, is an Arizona political activist and heavily involved in his wife’s campaign for the Republican nomination for US Senate in Arizona in the race to replace retiring Sen. Jeff Flake. He frequently appears at campaign events, knocks on doors to speak with voters and has even appeared at a local event on his wife’s behalf.”