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GOP Businessman to Enter Wyoming Race This Week

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo easily led Cynthia Nixon in a new poll.

March 19, 2018, 11:20 a.m.

AZ GOV: The Arizona Education Project took down an ad touting education funding during Gov. Doug Ducey’s (R) tenure because of inaccuracies in the spot. (KPNX)

CA GOV: Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s (D) team responded to former state Department of Justice staffer Amanda Renteria’s call for him to resign “in blunt terms, accusing Renteria of exploiting the #MeToo phenomenon for political gain. The effort is one they describe as a ‘self-serving political stunt’ that ‘cheapens’ and ‘degrades’ the movement.” (BuzzFeed)

Network for Public Education (NPE) Action, led by President Diane Ravitch, endorsed state Treasurer John Chiang (D). (release)

GA GOV: Former state House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams’s (D) deputy campaign manager, Chris Smith, sent an email to Congressional Black Caucus aides on Tuesday seeking legislators’ support. (BuzzFeed)

“State Sen. Michael Williams (R), who has pumped more than $1 million into his campaign, said he was worth about $9 million.” Former state Rep. Stacey Evans (D) reported a net worth of roughly $5.2 million thanks partly to a victory in a Medicaid fraud lawsuit. The $1.25 million she’s already pumped into the contest is roughly one-quarter of her wealth, and it shows she likely can’t substantially finance her campaign.” Former Navy SEAL Clay Tippins, (R) who has already loaned himself $450,000 to jump-start his campaign … reported a net worth of about $750,000.” Former state Sen. Hunter Hill (R) “has a net worth of roughly $450,000 and stakes in consulting firms and a real estate investing company. … Other leading Republicans in the race have amassed seven-figure fortunes, but not enough to rely on to fuel their own campaigns. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

“Hill is out with an early March poll of the Republican primary from Clarion Research that has him edging out Secretary of State Brian Kemp (R) for second place behind Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle (R), who has led in every publicly available poll to date. The Clarion survey has Cagle leading Hill 48-21, while Kemp takes 15 percent … Tippins earns 8 percent, and … Williams sports just 7 percent.” (Daily Kos)

Williams met with Vice President Mike Pence on Friday. (Twitter) Williams called for deputizing law endorsement as ICE agents to expedite deportation of undocumented immigrants. (Breitbart)

ID GOV: Idaho First PAC, a group supporting developer Tommy Ahlquist (R), attacks Lt. Gov. Brad Little (R) for having “supported higher taxes” and Rep. Raúl Labrador (R) for having “voted no on millions for Idaho schools and roads.” (KREM)

NY GOV: Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) led actress Cynthia Nixon (D) 66-19 percent among registered Democrats in a new Siena College poll (March 11-16; 772 RVs; +/-4%). Among all voters, Cuomo had a 52-40 percent favorability to Nixon’s 20-19 percent. Cuomo led among self-identified liberals, young voters, and upstate Democrats. Among Republicans, state Senate Deputy Majority Leader John DeFrancisco (R) and Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro (R) were nominally tied, 21-17 percent. Cuomo also led DeFrancisco and Molinaro by double digits. (release)

“Cuomo and his political operation have accelerated into overdrive. … His campaign invited big donors to a new round of fund-raisers. He held an event with former Vice President Al Gore. He received endorsements from key Latino leaders and Elton John. The state Democratic Party, which he controls, announced a new gun-control push and booked a $100,000 ad for him. He even lay on the ground in Zuccotti Park for an anti-gun ‘die-in’ alongside a national teacher union leader.” (New York Times)

OK GOV: There is “speculation” that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt (R) “might jump in as a last-minute candidate.” (New York Times)

SC GOV: Gov. Henry McMaster (R) will officially file to run for a full term on Tuesday. (Charleston Post & Courier)

SD GOV: Rep. Kristi Noem (R) and state Attorney General Marty Jackley’s (R) TV ads are booked “through the national [NCAA men’s basketball] championship game.” (Politico)

“Patrick Callahan runs [public access channel] Oahe TV, but he also … spent a weekend photographing a pheasant hunt for … Jackley. … Jackley’s most recent campaign finance report lists Callahan’s work as a $2,000 ‘in-kind’ donation. Also listed: $980 in ‘web and IT services’ from BPro, Inc., a Pierre-based firm that’s collected $1.9 million in state money since 2011 for work across 11 state agencies, including the Governor’s Office. … The donations speak to Jackley’s personal connections in the capital, but also to campaign finance laws that do little to stop companies and citizens who contract with the state from donating to the candidates who might hire them after the election.” Noem “collected $3,000 in contributions this cycle from members of the Sioux Falls family whose company feeds inmates in the state prison system. The same family donated to Gov. Dennis Daugaard. Another $8,000 in recent donations came from a Rapid City family whose company has collected more than $4.9 million fueling state vehicles.” (Sioux Falls Argus Leader)

“Noem accused … Jackley of falsely claiming to have created an internet crimes task force, and Jackley clarified the claim.” (Rapid City Journal)

TN GOV: Former state cabinet official Randy Boyd (R) “is running TV ads during the [NCAA men’s basketball] tournament’s first weekend on the three Turner-owned networks.” (Politico)

Rep. Diane Black (R) is running Facebook ads promising to “veto any bill granting in-state tuition to illegal immigrants.” (Hotline reporting)

TX GOV: “Lupe Valdez (D) said she had an image as a strong woman when she was Dallas County sheriff but that she privately cried as she wondered if she could change the way people treated the LGBTQ community. … Houston entrepreneur Andrew White (D) was looking for a more cerebral way to shake up the runoff campaign. … The differing approaches highlight the styles of the candidates, who have been working to raise funds and plotting their next moves since getting enough primary election votes to advance to the runoff. … The runoff odds are in Valdez’s favor not only because of her leading performance in the primary but because the hardest-core base voters typically turn out for a runoff, and they may be less than enchanted with White’s moderate message.” (San Antonio Express News)

WY GOV: “Sam Galeotos (R) plans to officially announce he is running” on “March 21 over at the Old West Museum. Galeotos resigned as the president of the Downtown Development Authority Board of Directors last week so focus on his campaign.” (KGWN)

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