IL-03: A Public Policy Polling survey found marketing consultant Marie Newman (D) “in a statistical dead heat” with Rep. Dan Lipinski (D). “The poll, made available first to POLITICO, showed 43 percent of those surveyed supported Lipinski and 41 percent backed Newman - the two percentage points were within the margin of error. The automated poll of 648 likely Democratic primary voters was taken Feb. 27-28. Here is the Memo and Crosstabs.
“The numbers reflect a huge jump in Newman’s name recognition since October, when she only logged 18 percent in a Normington Petts poll . Since then, various groups, including NARAL, Planned Parenthood and SEIU have backed Newman, and a superPAC targeting Lipinski has helped drive up her name ID and his negatives. While Lipinski has more money in his account than Newman, over the last few weeks, the Citizens for a Better Illinois political action committee spent nearly $700,000 on ads attacking Lipinski. Newman had the help of veteran Democrats” Reps. Jan Schakowsky (D-09) and Luis Gutierrez (D-04) “who publicly rejected Lipinski, calling his views opposing abortion rights and votes on immigration too conservative for his district. The AFL-CIO has backed Lipinski and he has the support from dozens of mayors and village presidents.” (Politico)
MA-03: Mayoral chief of staff Daniel Koh (D) “listens, politely looking for ways to relate. Mastering the art of making small talk with strangers, surrounded by the press, is no easy task, and he finds himself treading water. All around, people have local accents, but not Koh, even though he’s from the area. Instead, he speaks with a placeless articulation that gives him away as someone who has spent much of his life in rarified air. That is to say, ever since he built his first personal computer as a teenager, Koh has had a habit of making success look easy. The grandson and great-grandson of immigrants from Korea and Lebanon, Koh in many ways is the fulfillment of the American dream. … In the battle to replace” retiring Rep. Niki Tsongas (D) “in the state’s third congressional district—which stretches from Haverhill to Gardner and includes such towns as Lawrence and Concord—he brings more money, national connections, and stamina to the race than any of the other candidates in an extremely crowded Democratic primary field.
“The coming months, however, are going to test how long he can keep it up. Koh’s early money and endorsements failed to scare off other challengers, teeing up a 13-way street fight for the rare open congressional seat. With the better part of a year left to go before the election, Koh’s opponents are already turning his image against him, labeling him as overconfident and an outsider. And as the clock ticks down on what is shaping up to be the fiercest contest in the state this political season, it’s only a matter of time before the gloves come off completely. When they do, Koh is going to have to show he’s more than just a work-hard, play-nice golden boy with an impressive résumé and the right connections. If he wants the people of the third district to punch his ticket to Washington, he will have to do something harder than collecting Harvard degrees or running marathons or even managing multibillion-dollar budgets: He’ll have to excite voters and make them like him.” (Boston Magazine)
In a new 2-minute ad, Enterprise Bank Vice President Bopha Malone (D) documents her family’s escape from violence in Cambodia and their journey to the U.S. as refugees. Positioning herself as an outsider to politics, Malone touches on the “siege” on institutions, and a lack of accountability in Washington. She also highlights her investments in the district as bank vice president.
Malone: “We spent six years in a refugee camp, waiting for the moment when violence would return. Until America offered us a lifeline. That’s what this country does. It’s who we are, or at least who we should be.”
MI-13: “A group of Detroit clergy, labor union leaders and Democratic Party activists have voted to throw their support behind” Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones (D) to replace former Rep. John Conyers (D). “The group of so-called stakeholders made their decision over the weekend after meeting with most, if not all, of the candidates in the crowded field of Democrats running to replace Conyers, 88, who stepped down in December amid allegations he sexually harassed or otherwise acted inappropriately with women staffers. … the group of about 30 people convened last week to begin meeting with candidates in order to settle on one they would endorse, said Jonathan Kinloch, chairman of the 13th District Democratic Party organization.
“Kinloch — who did not reveal the names of the people in the group or their organizations — said the people who voted were now expected to go back to their respective organizations and urge them to get behind Jones in an attempt to consolidate support behind a single Democrat.” (Detroit Free Press)
NV-02: Former Senate candidate Sharron Angle (R) filed her candidacy papers Monday to unseat Rep. Mark Amodei (R) in June’s Republican primary. “Angle, a conservative activist … announced nearly a year ago she intended to take on Amodei in the 2nd Congressional District that covers the northern half of Nevada and has never elected a Democrat.” (Las Vegas Review-Journal)