AL GOV: Gov. Kay Ivey (R) and former state Supreme Court Justice Sue Bell Cobb (D) “were believed to have received subpoenas regarding” potential campaign finance violations. “Cobb’s campaign manager, Landon Nichols [said] Cobb did receive a subpoena from the AG’s office. Nichols said after a review, the AG’s office told the campaign that they were not in violation and that they were released from further obligation.” Ivey’s “campaign manager … would not confirm or deny that Ivey had received a subpoena, only stating that “the campaign” has not received a subpoena.” (Inside Alabama Politics)
AZ GOV: Former state associate schools superintendent David Garcia (D) attributed his fundraising disadvantage to the “donor class” being more “comfortable” with state Sen. Steve Farley (D). Garcia “There’s a reason why somebody with my last name hasn’t made it to the top of the ticket.” (National Journal)
AR GOV: Gun right activist Jan Morgan (R) “plans to file Monday morning. … [S]he already has a plan if she loses the primary but right now, her focus is on her run for the people.” (KARK)
CA GOV: “The Asian American Small Business PAC launched a broadside attack against” Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) “with a website and digital ad accusing him of having inappropriate relationships and a history of violating the ‘public trust.’” (Los Angeles Times)
“The debate among California’s top four Democratic candidates for governor Thursday night was unlike most of their recent match-ups, with long stretches of broad agreement and few, if any, fireworks. … the gathering took place the night before the California Democratic Party meets and its delegates decide whether to endorse a candidate in the governor’s race and other contests.” (Los Angeles Times)
The Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters endorsed former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D). (release)
State Sen. Anthony Portantino (D) endorsed state Treasurer John Chiang (D) on Thursday. (release)
GA GOV: Former state House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams (D) “reported last month having only $177,000 on hand for the primary after raising $2.2 million. The rest of her reported cash-on-hand is reserved for the general or runoff elections. … ‘I have always been a very formidable fundraiser,’ Abrams said. … She added that her ‘hyper-local campaign that is attracting national attention’ allows her to continue to fundraise from small-dollar donors who have yet to max out as well as continue outreach to donors in all 50 states.” (National Journal)
“Asked why this election can reverse a string of Democratic defeats in Georgia,” Abrams and former state Rep. Stacey Evans (D) “quickly showed why this race is being watched nationally as a test of the party’s message in an increasingly competitive state. … Abrams said Democrats can flip the seat for the first time in nearly two decades, if only they can reach out to progressives who feel disenfranchised. … Evans was just as blunt about her tack: ‘We have to go to the suburbs and get moderate Republicans and independents to vote for us.’” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
OR GOV: Former Navy pilot Greg Wooldridge (R) hired Jonathan Lockwood, a former spokesman for state Rep. Knute Buehler (R), “about a week” ago, Lockwood said Thursday.
Buehler campaign manager Rebecca Tweed: “Jonathan was let go from our campaign at the end of January. … We parted ways and wish him well.” Lockwood: “They beat me to the breakup.” (Hotline reporting)
Correction: This post originally misstated Newsom’s party affiliation.
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