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Sullivan Wins AK SEN GOP Primary; Center Forward Launches New Ads; RI GOV Poll Shows Close Race

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  • AK SEN: Former Attorney General Dan Sullivan (R) "declared victory early Wednesday in one of the most divisive Alaska Republican primaries in decades." Sullivan will face Sen. Mark Begich (D) in November. (Alaska Dispatch News)
  • General election preview: "Even as the GOP grows more optimistic about a dozen other races across the midterm map, some of the party's operatives worry that, of all places, bright-red Alaska has quietly slipped away." (National Journal)
  • Results, with 99% of precincts reporting: Sullivan 40%, 2010 nominee Joe Miller (R) 32%, Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell (R) 25%. (AP)
  • WY GOV: Gov. Matt Mead (R) won renomination with 55% of the vote. (AP)
  • HI SEN: Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D) will not challenge the results of the election, but said she remains "very concerned about the public's confidence and trust in our election process." (release)
  • NC SEN: Mitt Romney attended a fundraiser for state House Speaker Thom Tillis (R). (Raleigh News & Observer) The NRSC will launch a $1.4 million coordinated buy with Tillis from Sept. 2-22. (Roll Call)
  • AR GOV: Romney is "scheduled to headline a fundraiser for" former Rep. Asa Hutchinson (R) today. (AP)
  • FL GOV: The state GOP released a Creole-language radio ad for Gov. Rick Scott (R) Wednesday. "Beyond the content of the ad, the language is the message for Scott. He's leaving no stone unturned and few voters untouched." (Miami Herald)
  • MA GOV: Attorney General Martha Coakley (D), state Treasurer Steve Grossman (D) and former Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services director Don Berwick (D) "met Tuesday night in their first face-to-face debate since June. ... Some of the sharpest disagreement came on casino gambling." (Springfield Republican)
  • OH GOV: Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald's (D) political director, Chip Shannon, "is stepping in as campaign manager after a major exodus of top aides and consultants." (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
  • OK GOV: State Rep. Joe Dorman (D) raised $267,000 from June 25-Aug. 14 compared to $240,000 for Gov. Mary Fallin (R). But Fallin still has "more than $1.1 million" cash on hand, while Dorman has just $142,000. (Tulsa World)


  • Center Forward launched a series of new TV ads supporting Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR), Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC), Rep. Brad Schneider (D-IL), Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV), Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND), and Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN), with the total buy worth over $738,000. The buy also includes an as yet unreleased ad supporting Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-FL). (Hotline reporting)
  • AR SEN: The DSCC hits Rep. Tom Cotton (R) for voting against the reauthorization of funding for children's hospitals. (release) Crossroads GPS launched a $710,000 buy attacking Pryor on Medicare and Social Security. (release) Rep. Tom Cotton (R) accuses Pryor of "hypocrisy" on Social Security. (release) And the NRSC charges Pryor "voted to give Social Security benefits to illegal immigrants." (The Hill)
  • CO SEN: NextGen Climate Action Committee attacks Rep. Cory Gardner's (R) positions on climate change, gay marriage, and women's issues. (KDVR-TV) Crossroads GPS again hits Sen. Mark Udall's (D) Obamacare vote with a $455,000 buy. (release) Crossroads has booked more than $6 million in airtime from Sept. 23-Oct. 20. (AP)
  • GA SEN: Philanthropist Michelle Nunn (D) details businessman David Perdue's (R) company's closure of the Pillowtex plant in Kannapolis. (release)
  • IA SEN: NextGen Climate Action Committee ties state Sen. Joni Ernst (R) to the "big oil special interests." (release)
  • LA SEN: Americans for Prosperity launched a $700,000 campaign attacking Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) on Obamacare and the national debt. (release) Rep. Bill Cassidy (R) hits Landrieu over Obamacare. (The Hayride)
  • MN SEN: Businessman Mike McFadden (R) accuses Sen. Al Franken (D) of voting with President Obama 97% of the time. (release)
  • AZ-01: Preserve America's Future touts state House Speaker Andy Tobin's (R) conservative credentials. (Arizona Daily Star)
  • GA-12: The DCCC criticizes businessman Rick Allen (R) for taking government contracts, then going over budget. Meanwhile, Allen's first ad rips "the mess Obama's made." (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
  • IA-03: Former state Sen. Staci Appel (D) highlights her efforts to reach "across party lines." (release)
  • IL-12: Rep. Bill Enyart (D) emphasizes his military service and defense of "clean coal." (The Hill)
  • NJ-03: Former Randolph Mayor Tom MacArthur (R) attacks attorney Aimee Belgard (D) as "a typical dishonest politician." (release)
  • NY-19: Venture capitalist Sean Eldridge's (D) first two ads paint him as an "independent advocate" and focus on his work in the Hudson Valley. (release)
  • WV-03: Rep. Nick Rahall (D) hits state Sen. Evan Jenkins (R) on mine safety issues. (Hotline reporting)
  • AZ GOV: Former Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and Maricopa County Joe Arpaio (R) talk up state Treasurer Doug Ducey (R). (release)
  • CO GOV: The RGA's first ad of the race uses Gov. John Hickenlooper's (D) game of pool with Obama against him. (release)
  • CT GOV: Businessman Tom Foley (R) attacks Gov. Dan Malloy (D) as "desperate." (Connecticut Mirror)
  • ME GOV: 2010 candidate Eliot Cutler's (I) first ad touts his business experience. (release)
  • OH GOV: Gov. John Kasich (R) "appears to address his toughest days in office — when he attempted to curb collective bargaining rights for public employees." (Columbus Dispatch)
  • RI GOV: Providence Mayor Angel Taveras (D) charges former Department of Education official Clay Pell (D) "won't get things done" and state Treasurer Gina Raimondo (D) "works for Wall Street." (Hotline reporting)


  • RI GOV: A new WPRI-TV/Providence Journal poll of LVs, conducted Aug. 11-14, shows Raimondo leading the Democratic primary with 32%, followed by Taveras with 27% and Pell with 26%. In a late May poll of RVs, Taveras led with 33%, compared to 29% for Raimondo and 12% for Pell. (WPRI-TV)
  • NH-01: According to a new WMUR-TV Granite State Poll of LVs, conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center from Aug. 7-17, Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D) trails former Rep. Frank Guinta (R) 45-41%, but leads University of New Hampshire professor Dan Innis (R) 44-37%. (release)
  • NH-02: The Granite State Poll also finds Rep. Ann Kuster (D) leading state Rep. Marilinda Garcia (R) 39-36%, former state Sen. Gary Lambert (R) 41-35%, and former state Rep. Jim Lawrence (R) 40-32%. (release)
  • NY GOV: A new Quinnipiac University poll of RVs, conducted Aug. 14-17, shows Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) leading Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino (R) 56-28%. (release)


Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day


• Michael Bloomberg is continuing to spread his money far and wide during his post-mayoral career. Aside from funding his gun control push, he's contributed to Senate Majority PAC and super PACs supporting GOP Sens. Thad Cochran and Lindsey Graham in their primaries. And most recently, Bloomberg cut a $2 million check to EMILY's List's super PAC, pushing his outside group donation total this cycle to over $11 million. -- Adam Wollner

• The Democratic gubernatorial primary in Rhode Island is shaping up to be a genuine three-way contest 20 days out from the Sept. 9 election. The new WPRI/Providence Journal poll confirms the suspicion that Pell is more of a threat to Taveras's ability to overtake Raimondo than the treasurer herself because he splits support among liberal Democrats and public employee unions. At this point pending future movement, it looks completely possible Taveras, who spent less than half as much on TV ads than the other two since early July, could place third. -- Karyn Bruggeman

How important are women's issues to the Colorado Senate race? The first ad there from Steyer's climate change-focused super PAC, NextGen, says it all, moving quickly from a climate hit on Gardner to ones on abortion and birth control. -- Scott Bland

• Early in the race to challenge Rep. Ann Kuster in NH-02, it was odd that state Rep. Marilinda Garcia didn't get more support from national Republicans, considering she's a young, Hispanic woman who could help expand the party's base. But the latest University of New Hampshire poll might help her cause: It shows that voters are more familiar with Garcia than former state Sen. Gary Lambert, and shows her doing better against Kuster, trailing by only three points while Lambert trails by six. -- Jack Fitzpatrick



  • Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) "smiled slightly for his mug shot Tuesday when he turned himself in to be fingerprinted and have his booking photo taken. Perry told supporters and an army of media gathered outside the Travis County Courthouse that 'we will prevail' against charges of abuse of power." (Dallas Morning News)
  • "A Baton Rouge judge on Tuesday ruled in favor of a New Orleans charter school group and the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education in their fight to proceed with national Common Core tests. Judge Todd Hernandez found that" Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) "caused 'irreparable harm' to students and schools when he froze the testing contract for third through eighth graders. The governor said he will appeal." (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
  • Former Obama campaign manager David Plouffe will join Uber as senior vice president of policy and strategy in September. (National Journal)
  • "I don't have any comments here. Sitting among the beautiful trees at the waters of Lake Tahoe, my mind is drawn more to poetry than politics." -- California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) (Sacramento Bee)
  • "Hispanic Rising Stars Under 40" (RealClearPolitics)
  • Former Rep. David Rivera (R-FL) "was officially named as a co-conspirator Tuesday in federal court when his friend and confederate pleaded guilty to criminal campaign-finance violations. ... Rivera did not immediately return a call to his cellphone Tuesday. His voice mailbox was full." (Miami Herald)
  • FL-26 candidate Carlos Curbelo (R) "has accused a local political blogger of asking him to advertise on her website in exchange for friendly coverage." (Miami Herald)
  • Ohio AG candidate David Pepper (D) has paid $10,000 in parking fines over a 14-year period. (Columbus Dispatch)
  • "Cuomo challenger Zephyr Teachout rated as "fantastic teacher" and "hot" by students at Fordham Law School" (New York Daily News)
  • Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) "tried to upstage" New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) "by showing off his robot dance moves with Jamie Foxx at a Hamptons benefit." (New York Post)


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  • Election Day 2014 countdown: 76 days.
  • Christie is in Kansas this morning for a campaign event and two fundraisers with Gov. Sam Brownback (R) before heading to Oklahoma this afternoon for a museum tour and two fundraisers with Fallin.
  • Vice President Biden delivers remarks on on workforce development and skills training at Goodwin College in East Hartford, Conn. Malloy will attend. (12:30 p.m.)
  • Biden attends a DGA event at 4 p.m. and a Democratic Party of Connecticut at 5:30 p.m.
  • The Nationals take on the Diamondbacks. (Nationals Park, 7:05 p.m.)
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  • Granita is the restaurant where the supposed Tony Blair-Gordon Brown pact was established in 1994.
  • The winner is Dawson Hobbs, and here's his Swizzle Challenge: "In U.S. naval history only one aircraft carrier had been lost to enemy surface fire. Name the ship, the battle and the war." The 3rd correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.



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Adam Wollner, Editor

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