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Poll: Cuomo Led Nixon By Nearly 50 Points

Republicans aired new ads in Georgia, Idaho, and Tennessee.

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Zach C. Cohen
April 13, 2018, 11:13 a.m.

AL GOV: State Sen. Bill Hightower (R), evangelist Scott Dawson (R) and, Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle (R) criticized Gov. Kay Ivey (R) who was absent from a televised debate. Battle: “This isn’t a student government election. This is an election about what is going to happen to the state of Alabama for the next four years. If you can’t come out and give people your vision, your reasons, what you want to see happen, then you’re not a public servant.” Dawson: “I flew back to be here because it’s so important to me. We have to discuss the issues.” (AL.com)

AZ GOV: After mounting protests from state teachers and threats of a walkout, Gov. Doug Ducey (R) agreed to boost “his proposal for teacher raises next year to 9 percent, up from 1 percent he proposed in January, saying lawmakers would work through the weekend to figure out how to fund the plan. … Coupled with 5 percent raises the following two years — and the 1 percent raise given last year — Ducey said his proposal would give teachers a ‘net pay increase’ of 20 percent by 2020.” According to Ducey, the pay increase will raise the salary of the average teacher to $52,725 this fall and $58,130 by 2020. (Arizona Republic)

The Working Families Party endorsed former state associate schools superintendent David Garcia (D) on Thursday. (release)

AR GOV: Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) led former state Teach for America executive Jared Henderson (D) 63-24 percent in a new Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy survey (March 21-24; 625 RVs; +/-4%). Hutchinson had a 65-27 percent approval rating and was popular among 86 percent of Republicans. (release)

CA GOV: “Reed Hastings, the chief executive of Netflix and a wealthy supporter of charter schools, donated $7 million on Wednesday to an independent expenditure group supporting” former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D). (Los Angeles Times)

Lt. Gov Gavin Newsom (D) received the endorsement of the California Labor Federation. (San Francisco Chronicle)

State Assemblyman Travis Allen (R) “decided in January to drop plans for his own initiative and said he would urge supporters to sign a separate petition being supported by several Republican members of Congress. Then last week, the committee Allen formed to finance his ballot measure reported a $300,000 contribution from PISF Inc., a Novato, Calif., real estate firm. … Now, an organizer of the still active ‘Give Voters a Voice’ committee is urging the Allen committee to ‘immediately donate their funds’ in support of the ongoing signature gathering efforts.” Allen pointed out that his opponent, businessman John Cox (R), is co-chairing the initiative drive and declined to donate the funds. (Los Angeles Times)

Cox (R) gave his campaign $36,000 on Wednesday. (California Target Book)

GA GOV: The NRA endorsed Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle (R) on Thursday. “Cagle has earned an A+ rating from the NRA every year he has served in elected office, and has previously been endorsed by the organization.” (release)

Cagle on Friday released his second TV ad, which will “run statewide on broadcast, cable, and satellite.” The spot says he fought to cut taxes and will “stay true to this conservative approach.” It opens with Cagle saying: “Politicians talk. Leaders deliver.” (release)

The Georgia Association of Realtors also endorsed Cagle on Thursday. “It was assessed a record $80,000 fine in May 2008 for failing to disclose more than $585,000 in campaign contributions and other expenditures in 2006.” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

ID GOV: Rep. Raúl Labrador (R) released a radio ad on Thursday that lambasts “attack ads” by developer Tommy Ahlquist, “his team of never-Trumpers, his daddy, and his henchmen” and dismisses them as “shameful” “lies” and touts his “great conservative record” supporting President Trump and opposing “illegal immigration” and “Obamacare.” (release)

KS GOV: Former Kansas Farm Bureau President Steve Baccus will chair Gov. Jeff Colyer’s (R) campaign. (Wichita Eagle)

NY GOV: Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) led actress Cynthia Nixon (D) 68-21 percent in a new Marist College poll (April 3-9; 364 Democratic RVs; +/-6%). “Among voters who are highly enthusiastic to participate in the Democratic primary, Nixon receives 32% to Cuomo’s 60%. Voters statewide though express dissatisfaction with the status quo. A majority of New York State registered voters (697 RVs; +/-4.2%) (54%), including 39% of Democrats, say it is time to elect someone else. Only 39% think Cuomo deserves to be reelected.” (release)

The Working Families Party’s “200-plus state committee members are gathering in Albany on Saturday and could jump the gun to deliver a shock endorsement.” (New York Times)

Nixon will speak at the Progressive Change Campaign Committee’s national candidate training on Saturday. (release)

“Cuomo was jeered by protesters when he showed up unannounced Thursday at a fundraiser for a breakaway group of Senate Democrats that he supposedly dissolved last week. The dustup, outside the New Leaf restaurant in Fort Tryon Park, was caught on video and gave … Nixon fodder to attack.” (New York Post)

Actress Rosie O’Donnell appeared at a fundraiser for Nixon. (New York Post)

OK GOV: Former state Attorney General Drew Edmondson (D) and mortgage executive Kevin Stitt (R) filed for the primary ballots on Thursday. (NewsOK)

SC GOV: Attorney Marguerite Willis (D) “and her husband, Darlington County Economic Development Director Frank Willis, had a combined taxable income of nearly $2.8 million in 2015 and 2016, according to their tax records. They paid $1.1 million in federal income taxes during those two years, which equates to about 40 percent of their taxable income.” (Anderson Independent-Mail)

TN GOV: Former state cabinet official Randy Boyd (R) in his latest TV ad highlights his small-business experience and promises to “cut red tape and fight to get government out of the way.” (release)

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