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Some GOP Candidates Bash Mueller Investigation

McCaskill raised the most of any endangered senator in the first quarter.

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Kimberly Railey
April 18, 2018, 9:43 a.m.

“Republican Senate candidates in competitive primary races have begun to call for an end to the special counsel’s investigation of Russian tampering in the 2016 election, breaking from congressional GOP leaders. Candidates in Montana, Indiana, Arizona and Mississippi have gone public since Sunday with their concerns that the investigation by Robert S. Mueller III has gone on too long, expanded too broadly or is motivated by improper partisan interests.” (Washington Post)

FUNDRAISING OVERVIEW. “Democratic Senate incumbents rapidly built up massive campaign accounts in the early months of 2018, while some Republican candidates slowly improved their fundraising.” Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) “leads the pack with $3.9 million raised, followed closely behind by Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), who raised $3.7 million and now has $7.8 million banked away.”

McCaskill, along with Sens. Bob Casey (D-PA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Bill Nelson (D-FL), all surpassed $10 million in cash on hand. (The Hill)

MESSAGING. Regarding Democrats’ election agenda, DSCC Chairman Chris Van Hollen said, “My view is we should continue to focus on key issues in the election, including the fact that people are facing rising health care costs and other pocketbook issues.” (Bloomberg)

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