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Hotline's Wake-Up Call!

Sasse, Ricketts Win Neb. GOP Primaries; Mooney Nominated in WV-02; Conyers Booted from Ballot

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WHAT'S NEWS

  • Midland University president Ben Sasse (R), "a favorite of conservative outside groups, won the" NE SEN Republican primary "Tuesday night, paving his way to the Senate and giving his allies a much-sought victory." (Hotline reporting)
  • Final results, with 100% of precincts reporting: 49% for Sasse, 22% for banker Sid Dinsdale (R), 21% for former state Treasurer Shane Osborn (R), and 6% for attorney Bart McLeay (R). (AP)
  • In NE GOV, investor and 2006 SEN nominee Pete Ricketts (R) "narrowly won" the Republican primary "Tuesday night, putting him on track to become the Cornhusker State's next chief executive." (Hotline reporting)
  • Final results, with 100% of precincts reporting: 26% for Ricketts, 25% for Bruning, 21% for state Sen. Beau McCoy (R), and 19% for state Auditor Mike Foley (R). (AP)
  • In WV-02, former Maryland Republican Party chairman Alex Mooney (R) won the "crowded Republican primary race ... Tuesday night, instantly becoming the favorite to replace" Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R) "in the House and handing the outside groups that supported him a big win in an open House seat." (Hotline reporting) With 98% of precincts reporting, Mooney carried 36% of the vote. (AP)
  • In NE-02, Rep. Lee Terry (R) fended off a primary challenge from businessman Dan Frei (R), 53-47%. (AP) Terry: "We won; that's the major issue." (AP)
  • In CO SEN, the American Energy Alliance launched a new TV ad attacking Sen. Mark Udall (D) for opposing construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. "The ad buy is for $405,450 and will run until May 23rd in Denver and Colorado Springs." (release)
  • In GA SEN, Rep. Phil Gingrey (R) labels his GOP rivals as "the moderates" in his latest TV ad. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
  • In IA SEN, the National Rifle Association endorsed state Sen. Joni Ernst (R). (release)
  • In LA SEN, Sen. Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) is out with a pair of new TV ads featuring former New Orleans Mayor Moon Landrieu (D), who touts his "hard-headed" daughter. (release)
  • In WV SEN, Secretary of State Natalie Tennant (D) challenged Capito to five televised debates following their respective primary victories Tuesday night. (release)
  • In CA-25, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) endorsed former state Sen. Tony Strickland (R). (Roll Call)
  • In CA-31, a "super PAC ... backing" former Rep. Joe Baca (D) "sent three mailers" calling him a "Reagan Fiscal Conservative." (Roll Call)
  • FL-13, Marine Corps Reserve colonel Ed Jany (I), who "Democratic leaders hailed as an ideal candidate to take on newly elected" Rep. David Jolly (R), "is dropping out of the race. The sudden and surprise announcement comes days after a Tampa Bay Times report about him seemingly padding his educational background and resume." (Tampa Bay Times)
  • In MI-13, Rep. John Conyers (D) "does not have enough signatures to remain on the Aug. 5 ballot, Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett said Tuesday -- a decision that puts his half-century career in Congress at risk." (Detroit News)
  • In NJ-03, Rep. Jon Runyan (R) endorsed former Randolph Mayor Tom MacArthur (R). (USA Today)
  • In PA-08, businesswoman Shaughnessy Naughton (D) released a new TV ad criticizing former CIA officer Kevin Strouse (D) for supporting a drilling plan for the Delaware River Basin. (PoliticsPA)
  • In TX-04, former Rep. Ron Paul (R) endorsed Rep. Ralph Hall (R). (Dallas Morning News)
  • In AR GOV, former Rep. Mike Ross (D) raised $491,000 in April and had nearly $2 million cash on hand, while former Rep. Asa Hutchinson (R) raised $240,000 and had nearly $904,000 cash on hand. (AP)
  • In IL GOV, "[w]ord that" businessman Bruce Rauner (R) "attended a pro-choice fundraiser Saturday night is not setting well with some members of his party. ... Rauner's wife, Diana, was one of the hosts of the" ACLU event. The Rauner campaign said Rauner's wife "asked him to stop by because she could not." (WMAQ-TV)
  • In MD GOV, former President Bill Clinton touted Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown (D) "as the candidate best positioned to build on the state's successes at a fundraiser Tuesday night ... that organizers said pulled in more than $1 million for Brown's campaign." (Washington Post)
  • Newark Councilman Ras Baraka, a "fiery community activist who campaigned on the vow to 'take back Newark' from outsiders, was elected mayor of New Jersey's largest city in decisive fashion Tuesday night, declaring victory before the votes were even fully counted." (Newark Star-Ledger)

NUMBER BRUNCHING

  • In OH GOV, a new Quinnipiac University poll of RVs, conducted May 7-12, shows Gov. John Kasich (R) leading Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald (D), 50-35%. In a mid-February poll, Kasich led 43-38%.(release)
  • In PA GOV, a new Franklin & Marshall College poll of RVs, conducted May 6-12, shows businessman Tom Wolf (D) leading the Democratic primary with 33%, compared to 14% for Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D), 9% for Treasurer Rob McCord (D), and 5% for former Department of Environmental Protection secretary Katie McGinty (D). 39% of registered Democrats are still unsure. (release)

OUR CALL

Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day

• For all the hand-wringing about divisive primaries hurting in the general election, Florida Democrats are clearly wishing they hadn't cleared the field for Marine Corps veteran Ed Jany in FL-13. Now that Florida's filing deadline has passed, they're left without a candidate, having pressured one Democrat off the ballot, in what should have been a competitive race against Rep. David Jolly. The short-lived Jany saga is proof that a strong candidate is more valuable than a clear path. -- Jack Fitzpatrick

• Sasse has a lot of people to thank for his victory in Nebraska last night, including backers from all shades of the Republican spectrum. His campaign touts the candidate as the solution to the GOP "civil war," but meeting everyone's expectations may be difficult. Just look at how much attention he got yesterday for saying he'd support Mitch McConnell for majority leader. -- Andrea Drusch

• House watchers should book the night of May 10, 2016 on their calendars: That's when Terry will next face GOP primary voters in NE-02 (assuming he wins reelection this year). Terry's primary margins have dipped in three successive elections, all the way down to 53 percent against a single underfunded challenger last night, and Terry's legislative scores from several conservative groups have been in decline, too. Sooner or later, someone may look at this and take a stronger run at the 8-term incumbent. -- Scott Bland

• With both Ricketts and Sasse likely to win general elections this fall in Nebraska, it's changing of the guard time in the state: Gov. Dave Heineman has been in office of 10 years, and Sen. Mike Johanns was governor for six years before serving a term in the Senate. Together, the outgoing Republicans have over 20 years experience in the state's two highest offices, while Sasse and Ricketts have never been elected to anything. -- Karyn Bruggeman

 

HAIR OF THE DOG

FRESH BREWED BUZZ

  • "Same-sex couples could flood county courthouses Friday morning, seeking to exercise a newly declared right to marry in Idaho. A Tuesday evening ruling by U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Dale striking down Idaho's 2006 constitutional amendment prohibiting gay marriage takes effect at 9 a.m. (PT) Friday." (Idaho Statesman)
  • "This week," House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's "opponent in the June 10 primary" -- economics professor David Brat (R) -- "is gaining national attention as a potential threat to Cantor's hold on his solidly Republican, suburban" VA-07 district. "Brat has won support from some big-name conservatives and has tapped into discontent across" the district. "On Wednesday, Brat planned to travel to Washington to meet with leading conservative agitators, a sign that his effort is starting to be taken seriously at the national level." (Washington Post)
  • Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) said at a National Press Club luncheon that he's never doubted the climate is changing, but expressed skepticism that any specific policy could fully address the issue. Rubio: "Headlines notwithstanding, of course the climate is changing, the climate is always changing. The issue is not whether the climate is changing ... the issue is whether there are legislative proposals before us that can do anything about it." (Hotline reporting)
  • "Girding for a Fight, McConnell Enlists His Wife" (New York Times)
  • "I can tell you my intent is not to run for re-election. To say I'm 100 percent sure, I would never box myself in like that." -- Rep. Vance McAllister (R-LA) (Alexandria Town Talk)
  • "[A]fter 35 years" as a member of the Army National Guard, NH SEN candidate Scott Brown (R) "is officially retired." (WMUR-TV)
  • "California GOP worried over top-two governor race" (AP)
  • "Charleston County Republicans fought among themselves Monday night before deciding to issue a 'censure' of" Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) "for not being Republican enough." (Charleston Post and Courier)
  • "More than 200 people packed an American Legion hall in central Phoenix on Tuesday evening, decrying flawed medical care for veterans, delivering personal stories and seeking answers to problems of delayed care within the Phoenix VA Health Care System." (Arizona Republic)
  • "More than a year after she was forced from office," former Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll (R) "continues to antagonize her former boss," Gov. Rick Scott (R). "Carroll said Scott had 'issues' with Medicaid fraud and that his 'good ol' boy system' was difficult for minorities." (Tampa Bay Times)
  • "The youngest son of" Vice President Biden, "Hunter Biden, has been appointed head of legal affairs at Ukraine's largest private gas producer." (Moscow Times)
  • "The Arena Football League Players Union is affiliating with the AFL-CIO." (AP)

PLAY OF THE DAY!

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ROOSTER'S CROW

  • The Senate returns at 9:30 a.m.
  • Biden delivers remarks on infrastructure investment in Cleveland. (2:15 p.m.)
  • Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell testifies at a Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control hearing. (Dirksen Senate Office Building, 2:30 p.m.)
  • President Obama delivers remarks on infrastructure near the Tappan Zee Bridge in New York. (3:25 p.m.)
  • RGA Chairman and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) attends a RGA finance event in Washington at 4 p.m. and a RGA fundraising dinner in McLean, Va., at 6:30 p.m.
  • Obama attends a DNC event in New York at 5 p.m. and delivers remarks at a DSCC event at 7:05 p.m.
  • Have an event for us to highlight? Email us!

SWIZZLE CHALLENGE

  • In 1852, Democrat Franklin Pierce defeated Whig Winfield Scott. In 1880, Republican James Garfield defeated Democrat Winfield Scott Hancock.
  • The winner is Jamie Roe, and here's today's Swizzle Challenge: "One Major League Baseball team has had three pitchers who had perfect games broken up with two outs in the 9th inning. Name the team and the pitchers." The 3rd correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.

NJ'S EARLY BIRD SPECIALS

SHOT...

"I scratched my ear and noticed I had a hangnail. My mom always told me to keep my fingers out of my mouth, and now I know why." -- Rep. Joe Garcia (D-FL), in response to a video that appears to show him picking at his ear and eating ear wax (WTVJ-TV)

...CHASER

"Was it a scratch ... or a pick?" -- George Costanza

"It was a scratch!" -- Jerry Seinfeld, in Seinfeld

Adam Wollner, Editor

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