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Tillis Wins NC SEN GOP Nomination; N.C., Ohio House Primary Roundup; Chamber Launches New Ad Effort

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  • In NC SEN, state House Speaker Thom Tillis (R) "will take on" Sen. Kay Hagan (D) "in November after pulling together enough support during Tuesday's Republican primary to avoid a runoff and win the nomination outright, the outcome many national Republicans hoped for." (Hotline reporting)
  • Final NC SEN GOP primary results: 45% for Tillis, 27% for physician Greg Brannon (R), and 18% for pastor Mark Harris (R).(AP)
  • In NC-02, Rep. Renee Ellmers (R) defeated her primary challenger, radio talk show host Frank Roche (R), 59-41%. The Democratic primary between pop singer Clay Aiken (D) and former state Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco (D) remains too close to call. (AP)
  • In NC-03, Rep. Walter Jones (R) won his renomination battle over former George W. Bush aide Taylor Griffin (R), 51-45%. (AP)
  • In NC-06, Rockingham County District Attorney Phil Berger, Jr. (R) and pastor Mark Walker (R) are headed to a July 15 runoff, as no GOP candidate recieved more than 40% of the vote Tuesday. (AP)
  • In NC-07, former state Sen. David Rouzer (R) defeated New Hanover County Commissioner Woody White (R) in the GOP primary, 53-40%. (AP)
  • In NC-12, state Rep. Alma Adams (D) won the Democratic nomination over six other candidates with 44% of the vote. (AP)
  • In OH-14, Rep. David Joyce (R) survived his first primary challenge, beating state Rep. Matt Lynch (R), 55-45%, with 98% of precincts reporting. (AP)
  • The Chamber of Commerce is launching a new round of TV ads supporting Republican candidates in two Senate races and 11 House races. In CO SEN, the Chamber will run ads featuring Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) promoting Rep. Cory Gardner (R) in both English and Spanish. The business group's KY SEN spot touts Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's opposition to Obamacare. On the House side, the Chamber is airing ads in support of: former Rep. Doug Ose (R) in CA-07, Rep. David Valadao (R) in CA-21, Rep. Mike Coffman (R) in CO-06, Rep. Mike Simpson (R) in ID-02, former Rep. Bob Dold (R) in IL-10, Rep. Andy Barr (R) in KY-06, former state Sen. Richard Tisei (R) in MA-06, Rep. Dan Benishek (R) in MI-01, farming executive Stewart Mills (R) in MN-08, Rep. Joe Heck (R) in NV-03, and Rep. Chris Gibson (R) in NY-19. (Hotline reporting)
  • In IA SEN, American Heartland PAC, a new super PAC, is running a TV ad attacking businessman Mark Jacobs (R) as a "Texas millionaire" who advocated "for Barack Obama's liberal cap-and-trade scheme." (Des Moines Register)
  • In MI SEN, Senate Majority PAC launched a new TV ad saying former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land (R) would take women "backwards." The ad buy is for $600,000. (Detroit News)
  • In MT SEN, Rep. Steve Daines (R) released a new TV ad highlighting his opposition to Obamacare. (release)
  • In NE SEN, the Freedom Pioneers Action Network is out with a 15-second TV ad accusing Midland University President Ben Sasse (R) of hiding behind his family on the issue of Obamacare. (Omaha World-Herald)
  • In OR SEN, American Principles Fund, a new super PAC "financed almost entirely by" New York hedge fund manager Sean Fieler, is running a TV ad calling pediatric neurosurgeon Monica Wehby (R) "pro-abortion" and saying she won't vote to repeal Obamacare. (Portland Oregonian)
  • In WV-03, House Majority PAC (D) released another new TV ad tying state Sen. Evan Jenkins (R) to the industrialists Charles and David Koch. (Hotline reporting)
  • In CO GOV, former Rep. Tom Tancredo (R) raised $279,000 from Jan. 1-April 30 and has $111,000 cash on hand, while former Rep. Bob Beauprez (R) raised $224,000 and has $118,000 cash on hand. (Colorado Independent)
  • In IA GOV, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) will host a fundraiser for Gov. Terry Branstad (R) in Coral Gables, Fla., on May 22. (Des Moines Register)
  • In MA GOV, 2010 nominee Charlie Baker (R) raised $303,000 in April and has $855,000 cash on hand. Treasurer Steve Grossman (D) raised $126,000 and has $939,000 cash on hand, while Attorney General Martha Coakley (D) raised $172,000 and has $520,000 cash on hand. (Boston Globe)
  • In NE GOV, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) endorsed 2006 SEN nominee Pete Ricketts (R). (Lincoln Journal Star)
  • In WI GOV, a "federal judge ordered a halt Tuesday to the John Doe investigation into campaign spending and fundraising by" Gov. Scott Walker's (R) "campaign and conservative groups, saying the effort appeared to violate one of the group's free speech rights." (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)


  • In ME GOV, a new Critical Insights poll of RVs, conducted April 16-23, Rep. Mike Michaud (D) leads Gov. Paul LePage (R) 37-36%, while 2010 candidate Eliot Cutler (I) is at 18%. (release)


Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day


• Senate Democrats, as they did in a memo Wednesday morning, have a point when they argue "establishment" GOP candidates have adopted tea party positions: Moderate agendas don't survive Republican primaries anymore. But the messaging is also indicative of a party realizing it might not get another round of Todd Akins to run against. It's no coincidence the memo came a day after Tillis won the North Carolina GOP nomination -- amid a primary season that looks increasingly favorable to the Republican establishment. -- Alex Roarty

• As Washington-based outside groups backing David Rouzer (R) in NC-07 and Alma Adams (D) in NC-12 celebrated their primary victories Tuesday night, a handful of other House primary results highlighted what a long-term investment spending in an open primary can be. GOP freshmen like Richard Hudson, Mark Meadows, and George Holding all won renomination unopposed after hard-fought primaries in 2012. Most often, win a safe seat primary and you're in for a long time, something Rouzer and Adams have to look forward to now. -- Scott Bland

• Last night's establishment victory in North Carolina has largely been pitched as a model for other GOP primaries this cycle, but it may not be a one-size-fits-all narrative. In Georgia, we see a similar influence from outside groups that aren't afraid to wade into a primary, but the tea party versus establishment lines are far less clear. Many of the seven candidates take ideology -- and money -- from both sides, and most importantly, no candidate is expected to come even close to the majority needed to avoid a Peach State runoff. -- Andrea Drusch

• Gubernatorial candidates in early primary states of Iowa, South Carolina and New Hampshire are getting special attention from 2016 presidential contenders. Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley will travel to South Carolina to boost Democrat Vincent Sheheen this weekend, and Iowa Governor Terry Branstad just earned himself a fundraiser with Jeb Bush in Florida. Given the spread of GOP presidential hopefuls relative to the thin ranks of Democrats still waiting on a decision from Hillary Clinton, Republicans incumbents up for reelection this year probably have more to gain, dollar-wise, from the courtship game than their Democratic counterparts. -- Karyn Bruggeman


    "The owners of a small dog suspect an eagle or other large bird attempted to carry it away from their home." (AP)


  • "The undercover senator: Tim Scott goes anecdote shopping in South Carolina" (Washington Post)
  • "I think again we're way out of balance. We've got to rein in what has become almost an article of faith that almost anybody can have a gun anywhere at any time. And I don't believe that is in the best interest of the vast majority of people." -- Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D), speaking at a National Council for Behavioral Health conference outside of Washington (National Journal)
  • "In a move that would have been unthinkable for any statewide Florida candidate just a few years ago," former Gov. Charlie Crist (D) "is looking into visiting Cuba this summer." (Tampa Bay Times)
  • "Members of the" RNC "gathering in Memphis, Tennessee, for their spring meeting are set to join a lawsuit seeking to strike down campaign finance limits and free the GOP to spend unlimited money on get-out-the-vote efforts." (Washington Times)
  • In CA-52, Rep. Scott Peters's (D) "campaign staff issued an apology Tuesday for a post on his website that included what's been characterized as a gay slur against former San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio (R). "The post on" Peters's "campaign site referred to DeMaio, a gay Republican, as a 'Mary.'" (U-T San Diego)
  • Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) "drew criticism from Republicans Tuesday after" her "campaign sent out an e-mail that asked supporters to add their names to an online petition calling for a 'full investigation' of the Phoenix VA hospital crisis -- and at the same time offered an opportunity to contribute to her re-election effort." (Arizona Republic)
  • Former Rep. Robert Andrews (D-NJ), "who resigned from Congress in February, has registered as a lobbyist." Andrews "resigned amid an investigation by the House Ethics Committee over allegations that he improperly used campaign funds for personal trips, among other things." (The Hill)
  • "In Va.'s 8th District, reconciling past and future" (Washington Post)
  • "Now this is going to sound outrageous, I'd rather see another terrorist attack, truly I would, than to give up my liberty as an American citizen." -- GA-01 candidate Bob Johnson (R), criticizing the TSA for "indoctrinating" Americans at a forum in February (Politico)
  • "Radio Killed the Political Star" (New York Times Magazine)
  • While former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner "has not provided the White House with advance copies of his book, 'Stress Test,' the text has been reviewed by lawyers at Treasury and the Federal Reserve. And drafts of" Hillary Clinton's "book, 'Hard Choices,' have been circulating for months among a small number of officials in Obama's National Security Council." (AP)
  • "Texas Comptroller Susan Combs is pressing the state's strip clubs to cough up millions of dollars she says they owe under a new 'pole tax' even though the $5-a-patron fee still faces a court challenge." (Texas Tribune)
  • "I sure hope so. She is a great candidate and, you know, the family was going through some crises. It's now evened out. She did exactly the right thing to turn her attention to some difficult situations, and she'll do exactly the right thing, in my opinion, if she runs for office again. She'd be a terrific candidate and a terrific representative or senator for us." -- Lynne Cheney, when asked if she thinks her daughter Liz will run for office again (USA Today)
  • "Monica Lewinsky Writes About Her Affair with President Clinton" (Vanity Fair)
  • "In all sincerity, I am one of the most --- strange, it might sound bizarre -- but I really am one of the luckiest members of Congress. And I say that I because I have salt-of-the-earth people in my district." -- Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY), who is facing a 20-count federal indictment (New York Observer)
  • "Using Weathercasters to Deliver a Climate Change Message" (New York Times)


How do 2016 GOP hopefuls woo big donors? Rand Paul would advise bringing them on a date to the Kentucky Derby.



  • Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks at the 44th annual Washington Conference on the Americas. (State Department, 9:15 a.m.)
  • The Senate returns at 9:30 a.m., while the House is back at 10 a.m.
  • Federal Reserve Board Chairman Janet Yellen testifies at a Joint Economic Committee hearing. (Hart Senate Office Building, 10 a.m.)
  • President Obama arrives in Little Rock, Arkansas to tour the devastation from the recent tornadoes and severe storms. Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR) will join him. (12 p.m.)
  • The Nationals close out their series against the Dodgers. (Nationals Park, 1:05 p.m.)
  • Obama attends fundraisers for the DSCC and the DCCC in Los Angeles tonight.
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  • Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH) was the first member of Congress to release his own iPhone app.
  • No one answered correctly. Here's today's Swizzle Challenge: "Who was the first Supreme Court nominee to be rejected by the Senate?" The 3rd correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.



"Charlie Rangel Not Worried About Bill de Blasio's Endorsement" (New York Observer)


"'Hey, hey, hey, the Mayor,' Rangel yelled as de Blasio entered" a meeting with New York's congressional delegation (New York Daily News)

Adam Wollner, Editor

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