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Hutton Drops GOP Bid in Kansas

Filing deadlines passed in Georgia and Idaho.

March 12, 2018, 11:12 a.m.

AK GOV: Former Gov. Sean Parnell (R) “professed no interest in running for his old job, though he also didn’t rule out the idea.” Parnell: “I am making no plans to run for governor in 2018. … I have made none and I’m making none.” Former state Sen. Mike Dunleavy (R), businessman Scott Hawkins (R), and state Rep. Mike Chenault (R) “held their first major forum Friday at the party’s biennial convention.” Businessman John Binkley also attended and joked about his possible entrance into the primary. (Anchorage Daily News)

GA GOV: With Georgia’s filing deadline passing on Friday, the Republican primary will include Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle (R), Secretary of State Brian Kemp (R), former state Sen. Hunter Hill (R), former Navy SEAL Clay Tippins (R), state Sen. Michael Williams (R), restaurant owner Eddie Hayes (R), and former teacher Marc Urbach (R). Former state Reps. Stacey Abrams (D) and Stacey Evans (D) are the only two Democrats running. (AP)

“In their first forum after last week’s formal qualifying period, Georgia’s top Republican candidates … expressed concerns about ‘offering the farm’ to lure … Amazon to the state. All but … Williams … were cautious about the potential for oil and gas drilling off Georgia’s coast. And Williams took every opportunity he had to needle … Cagle.” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

ID GOV: Following Idaho’s filing deadline Friday, the Republican candidates are Rep. Raul Labrador (R); Lt. Gov. Brad Little (R), developer Tommy Ahlquist (R), Steve Pankey (R), Lisa Marie (R), Ben Cannady Dalton (R), and Harley Brown (R). The Democrats are 2014 nominee A.J. Balukoff (D), former state Rep. Paulette Jordan (D), and attorney Peter Dill (D). (Spokane Spokesman-Review)

KS GOV: Former state Rep. Mark Hutton (R) told supporters on Friday that he was dropping out of the race but did not say why. Hutton: “After a great deal of thought and consultation with my team I have decided to withdraw from the race for governor. … It unfortunately is ending sooner than planned, but that doesn’t diminish how grateful I am for you as a supporter.” (release)

NY GOV: Actress Cynthia Nixon (D) “continued to fuel rumors as she was spotted walking the streets of the Big Apple with a full camera crew. … The award winning actress looked completely relaxed as she walked and talked with the camera zoomed in on her face.” (Daily Mail)

The Working Families Party “must decide whether to hold its nose and back Cuomo, who many of its members don’t find liberal enough, or declare war on a sitting governor who is currently the favorite to win a third term by supporting a different candidate.” (New York Daily News)

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro (R) by Friday “had secured the backing of Republican state committee members from counties that will represent about 40 percent of the weighted vote at the GOP nominating convention in May. … Any candidate to secure more than 50 percent of the GOP vote at the convention automatically becomes the party’s nominee on the November ballot.” State Senate Deputy Majority Leader John DeFranciso (R) “locked up about 20 percent of the vote. … Molinaro … now has the backing of 25 Republican county committees across New York. DeFrancisco had about a dozen counties behind him heading into Friday.” (Syracuse Post-Standard) DeFrancisco said “he’ll stay in the race at least through the Republican nominating convention in late May in cases Molinaro changes his mind.” (New York Daily News)

SC GOV: Businessman John Warren (R) at a recent stop said he “cannot imagine anyone running in the Republican primary claiming to be a conservative that has actually voted for a Democrat,” in reference to former state cabinet official Catherine Templeton’s (R) support for state Sen. Vincent Sheheen (D) in 2010. (Charleston Post & Courier)

TN GOV: Rep. Diane Black (R) “is pushing House GOP leadership to protect nurses who do not want to participate in abortion procedures in an upcoming must-pass spending bill.” (Washington Examiner)

TX GOV: Former Balch Springs Mayor Cedric Davis (D), who finished third in the primary with 8 percent of the vote, endorsed Houston investor Andrew White (D) on Friday in the May 22 runoff. “Dallas businessman Jeffrey Payne, “who got about 5 percent of the primary vote and came in fifth, announced Friday that he will not endorse either” White or former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez (D). (Houston Chronicle)

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