Democrats took a 10-point lead on a new Quinnipiac generic ballot (March 3-5; 1,122 voters; +/- 3.5%), leading 48 percent to 38 percent. Among Independents, Democrats’ lead increases to 12 points, 45 percent to 33 percent. (release) Meanwhile a Monmouth University poll showed Democrats with a 9-point lead on a generic ballot (March 2-5; 708 RVs;+/- 3.7%), leading 50 percent to 41 percent. That’s an increase from a 2-point lead in January. (release)
MOBILIZATION. Tom Steyer’s NextGen Climate organization announced a $7 million voter turnout effort to be split evenly between Florida and California. The group will target 300,000 young voters via 80 organizers in seven GOP-held congressional districts, including those of retiring Reps. Darrell Issa (CA-49), Ed Royce (CA-39), and Dana Rohrabacher (CA-48). In Florida, the group will boost Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL 07) and three other GOP-held seats. (The Hill)
FUNDING MATTERS. Daily Kos announced raising $225,000 to distribute amongst the eventual nominees of the winners of the primary runoffs against Reps. Will Hurd (R-TX 23), John Culberson (R-TX 07), and Pete Sessions (R-TX 32) and the Senate race. (release)
ON BOARD. NARAL Pro-Choice announced endorsements of former State Department adviser Lauren Baer (D) in the race against Rep. Brian Mast (R) and 2016 state Senate candidate Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D) in the race against Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R). (Florida Politics)
PRIMARY POLITICS. “Can the” DCCC “and the Resistance share a midterm election without driving each other crazy? … The basic problem is that the two camps have fundamentally different approaches to elections. Former DCCC deputy executive director Ian Russell” notes “that DCCC decisions are ‘data-driven: Who’s the best candidate? Not ideologically who’s too liberal or too conservative … but who is running a professional campaign? Do we have polling that this individual can win?’”
“But the network of progressive groups playing in House races believe fervently that ideologically like-minded candidates are not only superior on policy grounds, they also have the best chance to win.” (Politico)
Former DCCC Chairman Steve Israel: “The job of the chairperson is to win seats. That’s it. It’s not to enforce party doctrine, purge ideological dissenters, or purify the wellspring of party orthodoxy. It’s to set a battlefield of offense and defense that maximizes your potential to win general elections and, in the case of the DCCC, win the majority.” (The Hill)
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The Senate passed the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act, or SESTA, by a vote of 97-2. The bill now heads to the White House, where President Trump is expected to sign it into law. SESTA lifts federal immunity for internet platforms involved in sex trafficking, "a move that prosecutors, victims and anti-trafficking activists are heralding as an essential step in cracking down on the crime." Opponents of SESTA argue had argued that lifting the immunity could open websites up to lawsuits based on user-generated content, which could lead to a crackdown on free speech.
In a lengthy Facebook post, Mark Zuckerberg responded to reports that Cambridge Analytica had accessed the personal data of 50 million users, and kept the data after being told by the social media company to delete it. "I started Facebook," wrote Zuckerberg, "and at the end of the day I'm responsible for what happens on our platform ... While this specific issue involving Cambridge Analytica should no longer happen with new apps today, that doesn't change what happened in the past." On Monday, Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, called for “Mr. Zuckerberg and other CEOs” to testify "about social media manipulation in the 2016 election."