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Valdez Airing Radio Ads in South Texas Ahead of Tomorrow’s Primary

New York GOP leaders are rallying behind Marc Molinaro to challenge Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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Zach C. Cohen
March 5, 2018, 11:05 a.m.

AL GOV: Gov. Kay Ivey (R) “raised $358,000 in February” and had “a balance of $2.2 million in her account.” (

According to filings campaigns submitted on Friday, she outraised her opponents last month and reported more on hand as of Feb. 28.

Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle (R) raised $135,000 and had $1.3 million on hand, including $38,000 from a PAC supporting him, Moving Alabama Forward.

State Sen. Bill Hightower (R) raised $62,000 and had $653,000 on hand.

Evangelist Scott Dawson (R) raised $58,000 and had $377,000 on hand.

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox (D) raised $102,000 and had $184,000 on hand.

Former state Supreme Court Justice Sue Bell Cobb (D) raised $27,000 and had $197,000 on hand. (Hotline reporting)

CA GOV: Rep. Mimi Walters (R-45) endorsed businessman John Cox (R) on Friday. (release)

GA GOV: “PowerPAC Georgia, a political action committee, plans to spend $2.5 million to boost” former state House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams (D). “Marvin Randolph, president of the Southern Election Fund, is running the effort. The PowerPAC Georgia effort aims to turn out 80,000 additional black voters in the primary, especially from rural areas of the state. The effort will boost Abrams’ name identification through digital and radio ads, calling 200,000 voters to help identify voters who back Abrams, and hire 250 organizers to mobilize new voters.” (Politico)

Former Sen. Max Cleland (D) endorsed former state Rep. Stacey Evans (D) on Friday, pledging his “undying support.” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Secretary of State Brian Kemp (R) released his first ad on Monday, which calls for securing the border and ending sanctuary cities, “so our kids don’t become the next victims” of violence by undocumented immigrants. (release) Kemp spokesman Ryan Mahoney said the ad will start running on TV Tuesday morning. (Hotline reporting)

KS GOV: Former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (D) endorsed state Sen. Laura Kelly (D) on Friday. (release)

“The Kansas Democrats running for governor clashed Saturday over who can best beat a Republican, or independent Greg Orman.” (Kansas City Star)

NY GOV: “Republican leaders from across the state selected Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro (R) as their choice to run for governor in a straw poll Friday. During a party meeting in Saratoga, Molinaro won 55 of the 83 votes cast, with 23 for Syracuse state Sen. John De Francisco (R), and five for former state housing commissioner Joe Holland (R).” (New York Post) State GOP Chairman Ed Cox: “He told the assembled state and county committee folks that he is running.” (New York Daily News)

OR GOV: “Retired U.S. Navy pilot Greg Wooldridge (R) won a Republican gubernatorial straw poll at the Dorchester Conference Saturday” with “40 percent of the votes, compared with 29 percent for” state Rep. Knute Buehler (R). (OPB)

SD GOV: Rep. Kristi Noem (R) and state Attorney General Marty Jackley (R) during this legislative session “advocated for legislation in hearings, rubbed elbows in the hallways and in caucus meetings and talked political process over lunch. … Noem issued statements endorsing and vowing to sign campus free speech and permitless pistol carry bills. … Jackley, meanwhile, sought to stick to a tough-on-crime image, bringing five bills on behalf of his office that would increase penalties for those charged with dealing or making methamphetamine.” (Sioux Falls Argus Leader)

“Jackley has rolled out a campaign of endorsements from community leaders across South Dakota and is planning a grand opening of his Rapid City campaign headquarters.” (Rapid City Journal)

TN GOV: “Rep. Diane Black said Tuesday she’s currently not sure she’d vote for the bump stock ban. … She also said raising the minimum age for gun purchases needs to be decided state-by-state, but she opposes it.” Housing services executive Bill Lee (R) “said he’d be open to a possible bump stock ban, but not to raising the weapon age limit.” State House Speaker Beth Harwell (R) and former state cabinet official Randy Boyd (R) “have not offered concrete positions.” State House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh (D) “said he’d support both changes. Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean said Thursday (D) that Tennesseans need to ask themselves what age limit makes sense for semi-automatic weapons. He said he supports a bump stock ban.” (AP)

TX GOV: Former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez (D) aired Spanish-language radio ads in South Texas, including the Rio Grand Valley and Laredo, highlighting her career as a “Dallas’ first Latina sheriff” and pledging to “to stand up for every Texan and give us all a voice.” (release)

Valdez “received the endorsement and support of all Democratic members of the Dallas County Commissioners Court, including County Judge Clay Jenkins, Commissioner Theresa Daniel, Commissioner Elba Garcia, and Commissioner John Wiley Price.” (release)


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