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Valdez, White Make Texas Democratic Primary Runoff

Cynthia Nixon is hiring staff to challenge New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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Zach C. Cohen
March 7, 2018, 10:53 a.m.

AZ GOV: Santa Cruz County Sheriff Tony Estrada endorsed former state associate superintendent David Garcia (D) on Tuesday. (release)

CA GOV: Businessman John Cox (R) released a statewide radio ad on Tuesday in which he promises to “repeal [Gov.] Jerry Brown and [Lt. Gov.] Gavin Newsom’s Sanctuary State, and restore the rule of law,” citing the “senseless, random killing of 32-year-old Kate Steinle by an illegal alien convict.” (release)

GA GOV: San Francisco philanthropist Susan Sandler is launching a $2.5 million effort to help former state House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams (D) by spending $1 million of her own money and another $1 million in commitments from other donors. “The early money is aimed at increasing black turnout for the May 22 primary and boosting the name recognition of Abrams. … Sandler and [her husband Steve] Phillips want turn out 80,000 black voters to back Abrams in the primary through a mix of advertising, phone calls and door-knocking. They also plan to hire 250 organizers.” (USA Today)

Abrams and former state Rep. Stacey Evans (D) filed to qualify early this week. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

ID GOV: Boise developer Tommy Ahlquist (R) on Tuesday “filed his declaration of candidacy paperwork with the Idaho Secretary of State placing him officially on the ballot.” (release)

Lt. Gov. Brad Little (R) will file Wednesday afternoon. (release)

NY GOV: Actor Cynthia Nixon (D) is “assembling staff to lay the groundwork for a competitive campaign. … Rebecca Katz and Bill Hyers, two veterans of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s first campaign for mayor, are expected to play a major role. Nixon hasn’t officially declared her candidacy, and a spokesperson claims a final decision has not yet been made.” (NY1) Hyers and Katz “have been informally reaching out to Democratic staffers about potential jobs on a Nixon campaign for weeks.” (Politico) “Nixon has also been studying up on other policy areas, in particular transportation policy. … The ongoing woes of New York City’s subway system, which are run by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority — overseen by Mr. Cuomo — are widely seen as one of Mr. Cuomo’s greatest political vulnerabilities.” (New York Times)

“Cuomo’s team was caught by surprise Tuesday. … The famous plotting politician received the news without any polling on Nixon or any other potential primary challenger. The governor and his team didn’t expect one to materialize.”

“Cuomo pollster Jef Pollock also dismissed Nixon for waging ‘a vanity run.’ … Plus, Pollock argued, Nixon is the wrong type of celebrity. ‘Let’s not overstate the name ID of Cynthia Nixon statewide. It’s not that high, and in a primary electorate in New York state that is far more demographically attuned to ‘60 Minutes’ more than ‘Sex and the City.’” (Politico)

OK GOV: Former U.S. Attorney Gary Richardson (R) will begin airing a new TV ad this week boasting that former President Reagan “trusted” Richardson “to help clean up” “the largest corruption scandal in U.S. history.” Richardson than promises to “audit every state agency, find the waste, and put an end to the corruption.” (release)

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett (R) “said Monday night that he would not support a potential walkout by the state’s teachers over pay.” Richardson urged teachers to “be patient.” Oklahoma Auditor Gary Jones (R) “said Tuesday that a walkout was avoidable.” Tulsa businessman Kevin Stitt said Tuesday said he supports a teacher pay raise and hopes a walkout “can be avoided.” Former state Attorney General Drew Edmondson (D) said he will “stand with” teachers who strike, despite it being illegal to do so. (NewsOK)

SC GOV: Anderson Mayor Terence Roberts (D) endorsed tech consultant Phil Noble (D). (Anderson Independent Mail)

TN GOV: Rep. Diane Black (R) released a statewide TV ad on Wednesday proposing going after “human traffickers with every law on the book. We need new tools to prosecute the traffickers and their customers, and a tough grandmother as governor.” (release)

State House Speaker Beth Harwell’s (R) “PAC has released a second ad,” which “uses the same theme as the perky first one — people holding up signs — but this time the topic is the opioid epidemic. … The PAC has purchased $276,000 in airtime for the new ad over the next two weeks.”

“The ethics complaints [against the PAC alleging illegal coordination] are likely to be discussed by TREF at its monthly meeting later this month.” (Nashville Post)

TX GOV: Former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez (D) and Houston investor Andrew White (D) will face off in a runoff May 22 for the Democratic nomination. Valdez won 43 percent to White’s 29 percent in Tuesday’s primary, according to Texas Secretary of State returns with 99 percent of precincts reporting as Wednesday morning. Gov. Greg Abbott (R) faced only nominal competition for the Republican nomination. (Hotline reporting)


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