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Primary Day In N.C., Ohio, Ind.; Franken Airs First TV Ad; Hillary Clinton's 2014 Political Foray

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  • In NC SEN, "[n]ational politics took the stage Monday in ... a race that offers the year's first real test of clout between the GOP establishment and grass-roots insurgents." Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), "a tea party favorite and possible GOP presidential candidate, headlined a Charlotte rally for" pastor Greg Brannon (R). 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney (R) "became the latest establishment figure to back Brannon's rival," state House Speaker Thom Tillis (R). Polls close at 7:30 p.m. ET. (Charlotte Observer)
  • A few House races to watch tonight -- NC-03: Rep. Walter Jones (R) looks to fend off a primary challenge from Taylor Griffin (R), a former President George W. Bush aide; NC-06: Nine Republicans are vying to replace retiring Rep. Howard Coble (R); NC-07: Former state Sen. David Rouzer (R) and New Hanover County Commissioner Woody White (R) battle for the GOP nomination in retiring Rep. Mike McIntyre's (D) district; OH-14: Freshman Rep. David Joyce (R) hopes to beat back a challenge from state Rep. Matt Lynch (R). Polls also close at 7:30 p.m. in Ohio.
  • In GA SEN, philanthropist Michelle Nunn (D) released a new TV ad focusing on her faith and her relationship with her grandmother. (release)
  • Also in GA SEN, the Tea Party Express endorsed former Secretary of State Karen Handel (R). (release)
  • In KY SEN, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's campaign is "spending more than $100,000 on a new TV ad set to begin airing statewide on Tuesday." McConnell "has turned his eyes toward improving his chances against" Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D). (AP)
  • In IA SEN, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) endorsed state Sen. Joni Ernst (R). (release)
  • In MN SEN, Sen. Al Franken (D) launched his first TV ad of the race, featuring Elizabeth Abraham, a local small business owner, who touts Franken's efforts to fill open high-skilled jobs. (release)
  • In NE SEN, Senate Conservatives Fund launched a new TV ad urging voters to support Midland University Ben Sasse (R) in the May 13 primary. "The cost of the media buy, including a similar 60-second radio ad, is $200,000." (release) Madison Action Fund also released a new radio ad attacking banker Sid Dinsdale (R) as a "liberal" who "is trying to fool voters by claiming to be a conservative Republican." (release)
  • In CA-07, the Sacramento Bee endorsed Rep. Ami Bera (D) and former Rep. Doug Ose (R) to advance to the general election. (Sacramento Bee)
  • In CA-21, former Senate staffer Amanda Renteria (D) released her first two TV ads Tuesday, one in Spanish and one in English. (Hotline reporting)
  • In CA-33, EMILY's List "will begin sending mail on Tuesday and later launch targeted radio ads to boost" former Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel (D). (Roll Call)
  • In PA-08, businesswoman Shaughnessy Naughton (D) released her first TV ad of the race, highlighting her work at her family's business. (PoliticsPA)
  • In PA-13, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D) "will be the star attraction at a May 15 fundraiser for her daughter's mother-in-law," former Rep. Marjorie Margolies (D). "It represents the first political activity Clinton ... has engaged in this year." (Politico)
  • In WV-03, Rep. Nick Rahall (D) released a TV ad saying he wants "to set the record straight" in the wake of "out-of-state billionaires" Charles and David Koch are "spending millions to lie about my record." (release)
  • In CA GOV, former Treasury Department official Neel Kashkari (R) released his first TV ad of the campaign, in which he chops wood while saying he will "take an axe to wasteful spending." (release)
  • In CO GOV, Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) raised "nearly" $1 million from Jan. 1-April 30 and has $1.75 million cash on hand. (Denver Post)
  • In FL GOV, the Republican Party of Florida is airing a TV ad in the Miami market featuring video footage of former Gov. Charlie Crist (D) calling for former President Bill Clinton's resignation in the 1990s. Clinton is scheduled to headline a DGA fundraiser in Miami on Tuesday. (release)
  • In MD GOV, Attorney General Doug Gansler (D) released two new TV ads. The first spot highlighting his efforts to control pollution, while the second focuses on his plan to improve education by emphasizing teachers' skill over their seniority. (release)
  • In NE GOV, 2006 SEN nominee Pete Ricketts (R) raised $172,000 from from April 9-28 and has $793,000 cash on hand, while Attorney General Jon Bruning (R) raised $281,000 and has $432,000 cash on hand. State Sen. Beau McCoy (R) raised $303,000 during the same period and has $195,000 cash on hand. (AP)
  • In PA GOV, former Department of Environmental Protection secretary Katie McGinty (D) released a new TV ad touting her record as "a problem solver." (release)
  • In SC GOV, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) will campaign for state Sen. Vincent Sheheen (D) on Friday. (CNN)


  • According to a new CNN/ORC International poll of RVs, conducted May 2-4, Republicans lead the generic congressional ballot 46-45%. (release)
  • The poll also shows that 43% of national adults approve of the way President Obama is handling his job, while 55% disapprove. In the previous poll, conducted Narch 7-9, 43% approved and 53% disapproved. (release)


Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day


• For the last two months, North Carolina political insiders have waffled on whether Thom Tillis reaches the 40 percent threshold he needs to avoid a costly Republican run-off. But uncertainty has given way to firm conviction in the race's final days: There's almost universal agreement among Tar Heel State operatives that the state House speaker will capture the GOP nomination outright Tuesday. Anything less would count as a big disappointment to the party establishment. -- Alex Roarty

• It's not all big-name Senate endorsements and TV ad appearances for Mitt Romney these days; the former presidential nominee is also getting involved in smaller political contests. This morning, Nevada Assemblyman Cresent Hardy (R) announced Romney's endorsement in NV-04, and yesterday, GROW Elect -- a PAC seeking to elect more Latino Republicans in California -- sent a release announcing Romney's support, too. -- Scott Bland

• A pair of new ads hint further at a shift in the Nebraska primary lineup. While the Senate Conservatives Fund boosts Sasse with a positive TV ad, the Madison Action Fund is out with a radio ad attacking bank president Sid Dinsdale (R), who has so far been running in third but just lent his campaign $1 million. We're not the only ones taking a potential late surge from Dinsdale seriously. -- Andrea Drusch



  • "The Supreme Court on Monday ruled that a town in upstate New York did not violate the Constitution by starting its public meetings with a prayer from a 'chaplain of the month' who was almost always Christian." Justice Anthony Kennedy, "writing for the majority in a 5-to-4 decision that divided the court's more conservative members from its liberal ones, said the prayers were merely ceremonial. They were neither unduly sectarian nor likely to make members of other faiths feel unwelcome." (New York Times)
  • "Massachusetts plans to scrap the state's dysfunctional online health insurance website, after deciding it would be too expensive and time-consuming to fix, and replace it with a system used by several other states to enroll residents in plans. Simultaneously, the state is preparing to temporarily join the federal insurance marketplace in case the replacement system is not ready by the fall." (Boston Globe)
  • Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway (D) "will announce as early as Tuesday that he's officially in the" 2015 KY GOV "race and has selected" state Rep. Sannie Overly (D) "as his running mate." (CN2)
  • "Louisiana Senate contest embodies Democrats' task: win black voters" (Los Angeles Times)
  • Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) "performed CPR on an unconscious woman while waiting for paramedics to arrive in downtown Portland Monday evening." (KOIN-TV)
  • Rep. Bill Foster (D-IL) "is scheduled to host a trapeze school fundraiser in June." (Roll Call)
  • 2014 GOP gov's race getting uglier: Donnelly website charges Kashkari supports Shariah law (San Francisco Chronicle)
  • "I only have two years and three quarters left as the Secretary, provided I don't screw up in the next few months." -- Secretary of State John Kerry (Weekly Standard)
  • "Utah GOP chairman: Draft Mitt in 2016" (Deseret News)


How the House of Representatives celebrated Cinco de Mayo



  • The Senate returns at 10 a.m., while the House is back at noon.
  • Vice President Biden delivers remarks at the Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month opening ceremony. (Interior Department, 11:45 a.m.)
  • Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx delivers remarks at the National Maritime Strategy Symposium. (Transportation Department, 12:15 p.m.)
  • Obama sits for interviews by local and national meteorologists participating in "Weather from the White House." (White House, 2:45)
  • The Nationals take on the Dodgers. (Nationals Park, 7:05)
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  • Rep. Thomas Alford (D-AR) was the first member of the House to be elected by a write-in vote in 1958.
  • The winner is Joe Luchok, and here's his Swizzle Challenge: "Who was the first member of Congress to release his/her own iPhone app?" The 3rd correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.



"I don't eat competitively." -- Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D), when asked during a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" session how many crab cakes he has devoured as a record (Washington Post)


"Would you like to come upstairs for some coffee?" -- "Carol"

"No thanks, I can't drink coffee late at night. It keeps me up." -- "George Costanza," in Seinfeld

Adam Wollner, Editor


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