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Oklahoma Poll Shows Cornett, Lamb Leading GOP

Rep. Brad Sherman is supporting John Chiang in California.

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Zach C. Cohen
April 5, 2018, 10:56 a.m.

AZ GOV: Gov. Doug Ducey (R) “is embracing President Donald Trump’s announcement that he wants to deploy the military along the border with Mexico.” (AP)

CA GOV: Rep. Brad Sherman (D-30) gave $1,000 to state Treasurer John Chiang (D) on Wednesday. (California Target Book) Longtime Sherman adviser Parke Skelton, who also previously consulted for Chiang: “Chiang and Sherman have worked together for years. John was Brad’s Chief Deputy when Brad served on the Board of Equalization. Brad has tremendous confidence in John Chiang’s leadership and fiscal acumen.” (Hotline reporting)

“[The March 18 shooting death of Stephon Clark … has sparked calls from some Democrats to change longstanding California law that protects police conduct in officer-involved shootings, while others say the state’s tight restrictions on public access to law enforcement personnel records should be loosened to help illuminate past instances of discipline of excessive use of force — especially in misconduct investigations.” (Sacramento Bee)

GA GOV: Secretary of State Brian Kemp (R) sent a letter “late Wednesday to NRA chief executive Chris Cox” accusing Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle (R) “of defying his broad promise to ‘kill’ any legislation that would benefit Delta Air Lines because of a mass transit measure that could exempt jet fuel from a local transportation tax.” Campaign manager Scott Binkley: “Brian Kemp should go to one of them to save on his next purchase of jet fuel he was sniffing before sending out that statement. He is obviously as clueless about legislation as he is about protecting voters’ personal information.” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

HI GOV: The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Locals 1186, 1260 and 1357 on Wednesday endorsed Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D). (release)

NY GOV: “Of the state’s 5.9 million Democrats in 2014, fewer than 600,000—less than 10 percent—cast ballots in the primary between Cuomo and law professor Zephyr Teachout. Will New Yorkers dissatisfied with Cuomo turn out in significant numbers on primary day this time around? And will the traditionally powerful get-out-the-vote operation of New York’s labor unions, who are increasingly siding with Cuomo, overpower Nixon’s nimble digital team? The path to victory, however unlikely, relies on eager volunteers who’ve already signed up by the hundreds and a digital strategy. And it runs directly through New York City and upstate urban areas like Buffalo and Syracuse, where Cuomo found significant support four years ago. In 2014, about 56 percent of Cuomo’s votes came from New York City.” (Politico)

OK GOV: According to a new Sooner Poll (IVR) (March 14-19; 292 GOP LVs; +/- 5.7%), former Oklahoma City mayor Mick Cornett (R) and Lieutenant Governor Todd Lamb (R) lead the Republican primary with 22 and 21.2 percent. “No other candidate tops 8% in the poll.” In the Democratic primary (224 Dem LVs; +/-6.6%), former state Attorney General Drew Edmondson (D) led former state Sen. Connie Johnson (D) 34-12 percent. (News6)

SC GOV: Tech consultant Phil Noble (D) “selected Findit Inc, owner of, to aid in increasing his online social media and web presence through various social networking sites. … Since starting the Noble marketing campaign with Findit, his traffic ranking to his site,, is up nearly 3.65 million spots.” (release)

SD GOV: State Attorney General Marty Jackley (R) released his third TV ad on Wednesday, highlighting his career of “defending states rights and individual liberties” and his endorsement from “62 local sheriffs.” (release)

TN GOV: According to a Middle Tennessee State University poll (March 22-29; 600 RVs; +/- 4%), “favorability ratings among all state voters for” former state cabinet official Randy Boyd (R), Rep. Diane Black (R), state House Speaker Beth Harwell (R), and former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean (D) “range from 30 percent for Boyd and Black to 26 percent for Dean and 23 percent for Harwell. Given the poll’s error margin of plus-or-minus four percentage points, the results can’t determine which, if any, of the four leads the others. However, the results do indicate that” housing services executive Bill Lee (R) and state House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh (D) “both with 16 percent approval, significantly trail Boyd, Black and Dean.” (release)


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