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Aiken’s Primary Looks Close; Jones’s Challenger Runs on Bush Legacy

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Jack Fitzpatrick
May 2, 2014, 7:35 a.m.

CA-33: The Los Angeles Times en­dorsed ra­dio host Matt Miller (D) in the 17-way race for re­tir­ing Rep. Henry Wax­man’s (D) seat. The news­pa­per’s ed­it­or­i­al board said Miller has a “keen ana­lyt­ic­al mind and a set of cre­at­ive and for­ward-look­ing pro­pos­als, from ideas for re­ju­ven­at­ing teach­er se­lec­tion, edu­ca­tion and re­ten­tion, to bring­ing down health­care costs, to re­form­ing cam­paign fin­ance laws by fo­cus­ing on great­er trans­par­ency and dis­clos­ure.” (Los Angeles Times)

NC-02: Clay Aiken’s (D) May 6 primary against former North Car­o­lina Com­merce Sec­ret­ary Keith Crisco (D) and men­tal health coun­selor Toni Mor­ris (D) could be more com­pet­it­ive than ori­gin­ally ex­pec­ted. One Aiken cam­paign con­sult­ant said a loss wouldn’t be sur­pris­ing. “We’ve been out­spent and that con­cerns me,” he said. “Clay has a lot go­ing in the dis­trict and has strong pop­ular­ity, but right now I wouldn’t be sur­prised either way.” Crisco has out­spent Aiken on TV ad­vert­ising by a 4-to-1 ra­tio, cut­ting in­to Aiken’s name-re­cog­ni­tion ad­vant­age. (Roll Call)

NC-03: Rep. Wal­ter Jones’s (R) primary chal­lenger, former George W. Bush White House aide Taylor Griffin (R), has em­braced his la­bel as an es­tab­lish­ment Re­pub­lic­an against the anti-war Jones. Des­pite the na­tion­al in­flux of “out­sider” can­did­ates chal­len­ging Re­pub­lic­an in­cum­bents, Griffin de­fends Bush’s leg­acy in a Slate pro­file. “I ob­served George W. Bush as a per­son who got up every morn­ing think­ing about what was right for the coun­try,” he said. “You’ve got to re­mem­ber, this was a time when we felt the threat of a ter­ror­ist at­tack was very real.” He also says it is in­ac­cur­ate to com­pare the liber­tari­an-lean­ing Jones to Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), and pro­motes his en­dorse­ment from Sarah Pal­in without em­bra­cing her com­ments on wa­ter­board­ing be­ing a way to “bap­tize ter­ror­ists.” (Slate)

NE-02: Rep. Lee Terry re­leased a TV ad fea­tur­ing a wo­man whose health in­sur­ance plan was can­celled due to the Af­ford­able Care Act. ” My monthly ex­penses were go­ing to go up, min­im­um, by $300 a month,” she said. “Obama­care is not good for my fam­ily.” (Politico)

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NV-04: Polit­ic­al con­sult­ant Ni­ger In­nis (R) leads in an in­tern­al poll from PMI (R) (IVR) poll (April 22-24; 1,210 LVs; +/-5 per­cent) in his primary race against state As­sembly­man Cresent Hardy (R). In­nis re­ceived 19 per­cent and Hardy re­ceived just un­der 8 per­cent, while 73 per­cent were un­de­cided. An In­nis spokes­wo­man said the high por­tion of un­de­cided voters was “not a sur­prise.” In­nis and Hardy are chal­len­ging Rep. Steven Horsford (D) in a dis­trict that fa­vors Demo­crats. (Las Ve­gas Re­view-Journ­al)

PA-09: Tea party can­did­ate Art Halvor­son (R) re­leased his first TV ad in his primary chal­lenge to Rep. Bill Shuster (R). In the ad, Halvor­son de­scribes him­self as a “com­mon­sense con­ser­vat­ive” who wants to “stop this end­less debt and re­store eco­nom­ic op­por­tun­ity.” (Polit­ic­sPA)

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PA-13: State Sen. Daylin Leach (D) re­leased a TV ad cri­ti­ciz­ing state Rep. Brendan Boyle (D) for spon­sor­ing a bill “to lim­it abor­tion rights for wo­men.” “We need someone who’s for wo­men’s rights,” says one of sev­er­al wo­men nar­rat­ing the ad. (Polit­ic­sPA)

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