Cochran resigning on April 1
Republican Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi will resign on April 1. The Appropriations Committee chairman, who has served in Congress since 1973, has been subject to speculation about his health in recent months. Per state law, Gov. Phil Bryant will appoint a replacement and a blanket special election will be held in November (with a runoff three weeks later should no one reach a majority) for the final two years of Cochran’s term, which expires January 2021.
Braun drops fifth ad in Indiana race
Indiana Republican Senate candidate Mike Braun released a new statewide TV ad accusing “career politicians” of forcing American companies and jobs overseas. In the spot, Braun’s fifth, he slams Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly for his family business’s use of Mexican labor, and GOP Reps. Luke Messer and Todd Rokita for voting to fast-track President Obama’s trade deals.
Poll: Walker approval at 47 percent
A new Marquette University Law School poll in Wisconsin (Feb. 25-March 1; 800 registered voters; +/- 4.5 percent) shows Gov. Scott Walker‘s approval and disapproval rating both at 47 percent and Sen. Tammy Baldwin at 37 percent favorable to 39 percent unfavorable. Among likely Democratic gubernatorial primary voters, state school superintendent Tony Evers leads with 16 percent, followed by Madison Mayor Paul Soglin at 9 percent. Among likely Republican Senate primary voters, management consultant Kevin Nicholson leads state Sen. Leah Vukmir 28-19 percent. Challengers in both races are widely unknown to voters.