ID-01: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) endorsed former state Sen. Russ Fulcher (R) for the open seat. In a statement from Fulcher’s campaign Tuesday, Cruz said “that voters should carefully consider their choices in the upcoming May primary election and that Fulcher was a conservative with conviction.” (U.S. News)
MA-07: “Giving an unexpected cold shoulder to a colleague and fellow Democrat, both Massachusetts senators and two of its representatives are declining to back 10-term incumbent” Rep. Michael Capuano (D) “in his congressional primary fight against” Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley (D). “While Capuano, a staunch progressive, has the support of most of his colleagues in the state’s congressional delegation,” Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D) and Ed Markey (D) “are not currently among them,” nor are Reps. Niki Tsongas (D) and Seth Moulton (D). “None of Capuano’s colleagues has endorsed Pressley. But the slight is unusual because the delegation generally presents a united front. Capuano is running, in part, based on his chops as ‘an inside politician’ — someone with the relationships to get the job done for his Boston-area constituents.”
Capuano, on the non-endorsements: “I am truly grateful for the support I’m receiving all across the district from local, state and federal officials as well as community and union leaders who know I will continue championing progressive values and standing strong against Trump’s destructive agenda.”
“Even among the members of Congress endorsing Capuano,” such as Rep. Katherine Clark (D-05), “there was praise for Pressley.” Reps. Richard Neal (D-01), Jim McGovern (D-02), Joe Kennedy (D-04), Stephen Lynch (D-08), and William Keating (D-09) also are backing Capuano. “For her part, Pressley, serving her fifth term on the council, has yet to receive much support from her Boston colleagues.” Of the five councilors who replied to the Boston Globe, one had endorsed Pressley, two will be endorsing Capuano, and two will not be endorsing in the primary. (Boston Globe)
MD-06: Rep. Anthony Brown (D-04) “said Tuesday he is supporting” wine retailer David Trone (D), “marking the first time a member of the state’s congressional delegation has weighed in on the competitive race.” Brown: “I’ve always been impressed by his commitment to the community and progressive causes.” (Baltimore Sun)
State Del. Aruna Miller (D) “won a straw poll held after the ‘Our Revolution’ candidate forum on Saturday. … The campaign also announced reaching the $1 million donations. It said the $1 million mark was reached as of February 28, 2018. In its last quarterly report to the Federal Election Commission, the campaign reported receiving $860,158 through the end of 2017. The Miller campaign said more than 97 percent of the contributions have come from individuals.”
Miller: “It’s exciting to see so many people come out on a Saturday afternoon to hear from candidates running in a Congressional primary. It’s even more exciting to see that our message is resonating with these engaged voters.” (American Bazaar)
ND-AL: State Sen. Kelly Armstrong (R) “has raised over $250,000 since announcing his candidacy two weeks ago.”
Armstrong campaign manager Michael Howe: “The amount of support Kelly has received in just two weeks shows how eager North Dakotans are to have a candidate that has a proven, conservative legislative record, as well as someone they know can get things done for North Dakota.”
“Armstrong has consistently had one of the most conservative voting records in the North Dakota Senate, finishing 10th in 2013, 3rd in 2015, and 4th in 2017.” (release)
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