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Nixon Surpasses Cuomo in Small-Dollar Donors

Diane Black released another TV ad showing her with Donald Trump.

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Zach C. Cohen
March 22, 2018, 11:14 a.m.

AL GOV: Huntsville Tommy Battle (R) “sent Gov. Kay Ivey (R) a letter on Tuesday, urging her to join him and other candidates for the state’s top office on the debate stage.” (AL.com)

CA GOV: Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) and businessman John Cox (R) nabbed the top two spots in the latest Public Policy Institute of California poll (March 4-13; 931 LVs; +/- 4.5%). Newsom led with 28 percent, with Cox, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D), and state Assemblyman Travis Allen (R) statistically tied at 14, 12, and 10 percent, respectively. The rest of the field trailed in the single digits. “A majority of likely voters (55%) are satisfied with candidate choices in the gubernatorial primary, with Democrats (71%) much more likely than independents (48%) or Republicans (42%) to be satisfied.” (release)

Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R) endorsed Cox on Wednesday. (release)

GA GOV: “The Republican candidates for governor gunning for a spot in a likely runoff have increasingly pivoted toward social issues, some more divisive than others, to contrast themselves in the crowded field.” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

KS GOV: “In picking Wink Hartman to be his running mate,” Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) “may be able to access the oil businessman’s considerable wealth to strengthen his campaign. … Hartman gave himself about $1.65 million during his campaign, before dropping out last month. He had $1.5 million cash on hand as of Dec. 31, 2017. Neither Hartman nor Kobach would say whether Hartman will give a similar sum to Kobach’s campaign, but they didn’t rule it out.” (Kansas City Star)

“Before endorsing Kobach, Hartman had publicly derided Kobach for ‘not doing his current job.’ Hartman also emailed several lawmakers, prominent GOP donors and activists in June about Kobach’s claims that Topeka is rife with corruption. ‘This is exactly the type of elected official that Kansas does not need for its’ next Governor. Leadership is not about making false accusations on yet another subject.’” (Kansas City Star)

NY GOV: Actress Cynthia Nixon (D) “says in her first day as a candidate she received more small donor donations than” Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) “has in last 7 years.” “In one day, Nixon had 2,214 contributions of less than $200 … Since 2011, Cuomo has had 1,369 such small donations.” (New York Times)

“The creators of a popular Instagram site that chronicles the fashion prowess of the HBO series — ‘Every Outfit on Sex & the City’ — have pledged to donate 15% of the proceeds from the sale of their ‘We Should All Be Mirandas’ T-shirt to Nixon’s campaign for governor. Nixon … played Miranda Hobbes on the show.” Election lawyer Jerry Goldfeder said, “The site will probably have to register with the State Board of Elections as an Independent Expenditure committee because they are obviously pushing Nixon’s candidacy. And once they do that, they will not be able to make any contributions to her campaign.” (New York Daily News)

Nixon also continues to make hay out of former New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s (D) description of the candidate as an “unqualified lesbian.”: “I just want to say tonight she was technically right. That I don’t have my certificate from the Department of Lesbian Affairs. But, in my defense, there is a lot of paperwork involved.” “Ms. Quinn vowed to campaign for Mr. Cuomo ardently: ‘As they say, “every day and twice on Sunday.”’”

“People close to Ms. Nixon say it was the 2013 [Democratic New York City mayoral primary between now-Mayor Bill de Blasio and Quinn] where Ms. Nixon gained a front-row seat to political combat in New York and witnessed the disruptive potential of a message about the ravages of inequality. … Ms. Nixon helped wrangle celebrity endorsers for Mr. de Blasio, among them Alec Baldwin, Sarah Jessica Parker, Alan Cumming, Tony Kushner, and Sarah Paulson. In August, Ms. Nixon helped produce and appeared in an ad for Mr. de Blasio that starred a mosaic of famous New Yorkers including Harry Belafonte, Lee Daniels and the Lady Bunny.” (New York Times)

Nixon “has a chance to make a strong showing (certainly better than what Siena’s poll showed) and there’s even a small chance of victory. Cuomo had a weak primary performance in a primary four years ago. He defeated relative unknown Zephyr Teachout, but she scored a little over 33% of the vote. That’s about tied with Mary Anne Krupsak in 1978 for the strongest challenge ever to an incumbent New York governor since the primary system was established in the state in 1970. Teachout did so despite raising little money and having basically no name recognition at the beginning of the campaign. Krupsak, on the other hand, was the sitting lieutenant governor when she ran.” (CNN)

TN GOV: “Rep. Diane Black (R) released a TV ad Wednesday highlighting her work ‘battling Planned Parenthood’ and ‘fighting for the Trump agenda.’ Black spokesman Chris Hartline said the spot will run as part of the campaign’s ongoing ad buy, which has reached $1.6 million.” (National Journal)

Former state cabinet official Randy Boyd (R) spent $1.5 million on television ads, according to Boyd campaign CEO Chip Saltsman. (Hotline reporting)

TX GOV: The Victory Fund endorsed former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez (D). (release)

WY GOV: IT services executive Sam Galeotos (R) “announced his campaign Wednesday in Cheyenne. … Galeotos says Wyoming needs to build on its economic strengths to address growing deficits due to declining revenue from the energy industry.” (AP)

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