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Clawson Wins FL-19 GOP Primary; AFP Hits Shaheen in NH SEN; Brannon, Tillis Spar in NC SEN Debate

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  • Businessman Curt Clawson (R), "the 'outsider' candidate who invested millions of dollars in his campaign, has won the Republican nomination to replace" former Rep. Trey Radel (R) in the FL-19 Special. "Clawson will be the favorite over" public-relations firm owner April Freeman (D), "the lone candidate in the Democratic primary, in a June 24 special election" in a "district that heavily favors Republicans." (Hotline reporting)
  • The final results, with all precincts reporting: Clawson, 38%; state Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto (R), 26%; former state Rep. Paige Kreegel (R), 25%; aviation consultant Michael Dreikorn (R), 11%. (AP)
  • In AK SEN, Sen. Mark Begich (D) is shown on a snowmobile in his latest TV ad, which highlights his fight to allow oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean. (release)
  • Also in AK SEN, Put Alaska First, the pro-Begich super PAC, is out with a new TV ad tying former Attorney General Dan Sullivan (R) to industrialists Charles and David Koch, and hitting him over his Alaskan residency. (Hotline reporting)
  • In CO SEN, Sen. Mark Udall's (D) first TV ad of the race attacks Rep. Cory Gardner's (R) record on abortion and birth control. The ad buy is worth $500,000 spread over two weeks. (Hotline reporting)
  • In GA SEN, Rep. Phil Gingrey (R) released a new TV ad featuring Patti Saylor, the mother of Army Sgt. Paul Saylor, who was killed in Iraq in 2005. Patti Saylor says Gingrey "went beyond what he had to do" to help find out what happened to her son after the family was not able to have his remains delivered to them. (release)
  • In KY SEN, businessman Matt Bevin (R) released a new TV ad featuring his nine children. "Mitch McConnell is telling a bunch of lies about my dad. Don't be fooled," one of Bevin's daughters says to open the spot. (Washington Times)
  • In MS SEN, state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) launched his first TV ad of the campaign, focusing on his support for prayer in public schools and 2nd amendment rights, and his opposition to Obamacare and wasteful spending. "[O]ur politicians in Washington have forgotten our conservative Mississippi values," McDaniel says in the spot, which will run statewide on broadcast and cable TV. (release)
  • In NE SEN, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) endorsed Midland University President Ben Sasse (R), and will appear at a rally for Sasse along with former Alaska Gov. Sarah Plain (R), Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and former Nebraska Gov. Kay Orr (R) on Friday. (release)
  • In NH SEN, Americans for Prosperity is launching a new TV ad attacking Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D) for supporting Obamacare. "AFP has put $457,000 behind" the spot, "which is scheduled to run for two weeks on New Hampshire broadcast stations" WMUR-TV and WBIN-TV, "as well as on cable." (Roll Call)
  • In NC SEN, physician Greg Brannon (R) "repeatedly challenged" state House Speaker Thom Tillis's (R) "conservative credentials Tuesday while Tillis saved his punches for" Sen. Kay Hagan (D) "in the first debate of the Republican ... primary. The two Republicans dominated the debate with their back-and-forth as" pastor Mark Harris (R) and nurse Heather Grant (R) "sought to remain largely above the fray." (Raleigh News & Observer)
  • In the OK SEN Special, FreedomWorks PAC endorsed former state House Speaker T.W. Shannon (R). (release)
  • In OR SEN, pediatric neurosurgeon Monica Wehby (R) released a new TV ad featuring Gresham, Oreg., resident Lexi Liebelt, who says Wehby fixed her baby daughter's back shortly after birth. Liebelt says another doctor had previously suggested looking at terminating the pregnancy. (Hotline reporting)
  • In MI-14, former Rep. Hansen Clarke (D) joined the race. (MLive)
  • In WI-06, state Sen. Joe Leibham (R) and Winnebago County Executive Mark Harris (D) announced they are running. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
  • In NE GOV, Cruz endorsed 2006 SEN nominee Pete Ricketts (R). (Washington Post)
  • In OH GOV, Gov. John Kasich (R) released his second, minute-long biographical TV ad. (Columbus Dispatch)
  • In PA GOV, Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D) released a new TV ad highlighting her work "with President Obama on the Affordable Care Act and getting health care coverage to all Americans." Schwartz goes on to say: "It was my legislation that said insurance companies can no longer deny coverage to kids with pre-existing conditions." (release)
  • In SC GOV, Gov. Nikki Haley's (R) first two TV ads focus on her economic record. (Columbia State)


    A New York Times/Kaiser Family Foundation poll of RVs, conducted April 8-15, surveyed races in four southern states (release):

  • In AR SEN, Sen. Mark Pryor (D) leads Rep. Tom Cotton (R) 46-36%.
  • In AR GOV,  former Rep. Asa Hutchinson (R) leads former Rep. Mike Ross (D) 41-40%.
  • In KY SEN, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell leads Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) 44-43%.
  • In LA SEN, Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) leads Rep. Bill Cassidy (R) 42-18%, while 20% had no opinion.
  • In NC SEN, Hagan leads Tillis 42-40% and Brannon 41-39%.
  • In CO GOV, a new Quinnipiac University poll of RVs, conducted April 15-21, finds Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) with an edge over each of his potential GOP opponents. He leads former Rep. Tom Tancredo (R) 47-40%, former Rep. Bob Beauprez (R) 48-39%, Secretary of State Scott Gessler (R) 48-38%, and former state Sen. Mike Kopp (R) 47-38%. (release)


Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day

Takeaways from the series of red-state Senate NYT/Kaiser polls out this morning: 1) Mark Pryor's job approval is holding steady despite early attacks, a sign that he's going to hold his own against Tom Cotton. That said, he's polled at 46% in the last three surveys -- suggesting his numbers have been very consistent -- and that's not a healthy place for an incumbent; 2) Mary Landrieu and Kay Hagan continue to look highly vulnerable, though Landrieu's job approval is higher than in other public surveys; 3) Mitch McConnell faces a tough race, though his job disapproval (52%) isn't quite as bad as some other public surveys. -- Josh Kraushaar

• Kay Hagan's radio ad blasting Thom Tillis for once suggesting that Obamacare is a "great idea" (a clip that notably leaves out the North Carolina Republican quickly adding that "it can't be paid for") is the second clear example of Democrats meddling in the state's GOP primary. But make no mistake, these ads serve a dual purpose: As much as they might hurt Tillis in a primary, they also leave a mark on voters who won't cast their ballot until the fall. With no conservative challenger presenting a real threat to Tillis, it's a smart investment for Democrats to start beating him up now while still hoping to force him into a time and money-wasting Republican run-off. -- Alex Roarty

• Curt Clawson's win in last night's FL-19 Republican primary is good news for the tea party, and Clawson emphasized that in his victory speech last night, calling for "more outsiders" and "more constitutional conservatives who have fought the fight in the free market." But keep in mind that Clawson won in a state that doesn't require a runoff. He received 38% of the vote compared to Lizbeth Benacquisto's 26% and Paige Kreegel's 25%. Considering that the so-called establishment Republicans collectively took the majority, last night's result doesn't necessarily signal good news for other candidates taking on the establishment one-on-one, like Bryan Smith in ID-02 or John Ratcliffe in TX-04. --Jack Fitzpatrick

• Rick Santorum's endorsements of Terri Lynn Land and Cory Gardner come at less than ideal timing for two candidates fighting to separate themselves from Democrats' "war on women" attacks. Gardner recently walked back his stance on personhood, an issue Santorum's PAC lists as a top priority, and Land's latest ad plays defense on some of the same women's health issues that hurt Santorum in 2012. Not all endorsements are helpful. -- Andrea Drusch



  • 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney (R) "has made a personal donation of $10,000 to" former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's (R) "legal defense fund." (Washington Post)
  • "The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Michigan's ban on using race as a factor in college admissions. ... The justices said in a 6-2 ruling that Michigan voters had the right to change their state constitution in 2006 to prohibit public colleges and universities from taking account of race in admissions decisions. The justices said that a lower federal court was wrong to set aside the change as discriminatory." (AP)
  • Sen. John Boozman (R-AR) "is in recovery after undergoing heart surgery at a hospital in his home state." (AP)
  • "The Democratic Party has asked 15 mayors to submit formal bids to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention, an event that could cost a city as much as $60 million but the payout could be triple the investment or more." (CNN)
  • "It's been three weeks since the Supreme Court stripped away the overall limits on how much money top political donors can give, and this much is clear: Republicans are moving more swiftly than Democrats to take advantage of the new rules. Republicans have already rolled out two new supersized vehicles to collect bigger-than-ever checks from their top contributors since the Court allowed donors to make contributions to an unlimited number of politicians and party committees." (National Journal)
  • "I never thought I'd be on the same list as Hulk Hogan." -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), who was named 'Father of the Year' by the Father's Day-Mother's Day Council (New York Times)
  • "Wolf wins animal PAC endorsement" (Philadelphia Inquirer)
  • "I'm going to be around for the 2016 election. And if not, I'm going to vote absentee." -- Former Sen. Bob Dole (R-KS) (Washington Post)
  • "The long shot effort to remove" Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) "from office will get underway on Wednesday, when a state House committee will hold a hearing on three articles of impeachment." (Kansas City Star)
  • "Marionville (Mo.) Mayor Dan Clevenger resigned Monday night for making anti-Semitic comments in the wake of the arrest of white supremacist Frazier Glenn Miller and after aldermen voted ... to start the impeachment process. ... It was a raucous meeting. Police were present, and at times residents shouted at one another." (Springfield News-Leader)
  • "Ideological people don’t give you a whole lot of money." -- Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) (Politico)


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  • Labor Secretary Thomas Perez participates in an event on reducing black-lung risks among miners in West Virginia. (10:45 a.m.)
  • Attorney General Eric Holder speaks at an event on diversity and inclusion. (Justice Department, 11 a.m.)
  • Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx speaks at the NAFTANEXT Summit in Chicago. (6 p.m.)
  • The Nationals close out their three-game series against the Angels. (Nationals Park, 7:05)
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  • Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Woodrow Wilson are the two presidents with the first name "Thomas."
  • The winner is Trevor Foughty, and here's his Swizzle Challenge: "The 1860 presidential election between Stephen Douglas and Abraham Lincoln marked the first time the two major party nominees for president hailed from the same state. How many times has that happened since?" The 3rd correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.



Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), who was in New York on Tuesday "for a trip trying to lure businesses to the Lone Star State, offered a Texas-sized take-down of" New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's (D) "record on job creation this morning and challenged him to a debate." (New York Observer)


"Before we do this, let's go over the groundrules. Rule number one: No touching of the hair or face. ... And that's it!" -- "Ron Burgandy" in Anchorman

Adam Wollner, Editor


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