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Zach C. Cohen and Nia Prater
April 19, 2018, 11:21 a.m.

AL GOV: “Gov. Kay Ivey's (R) absence from the Republican debate stage ahead of the June 5 primaries is occurring the same time national polls suggest a widening enthusiasm gap between Democrats and Republicans ahead of November's midterm elections. The Alabama GOP governor hopefuls, individually, are pointing to their own candidacies to suggest that the disenchantment, reflected in poll after poll, isn't trickling into their race. But Ivey's lack of interest in attending the debates isn't helping to drum up Republican enthusiasm. … the governor's race, overall, is lacking in much intrigue just months after the international spotlight shined on Alabama during the special U.S. Senate race.” (

AR GOV: Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) “reported raising more $272,000 in contributions last month” and reported $1.85 million on hand. Gun right advocate Jan Morgan (R) “raised more than $26,000 in campaign contributions in March” and ended the month with $16,000 on hand. Former state Teach for America executive Jared Henderson (D) “reported getting more than $42,000.” (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)

GA GOV: Former Navy SEAL Clay Tippins (R) “debuted a new TV ad Thursday … that’s backed by $500,000. … It opens with an impersonator of Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle (R) “dancing provocatively in a nightclub. ‘Casey Cagle talks about his Georgia values, but he championed tax cuts for a strip club,’ Tippins said in the ad. … Then viewers are transported to the woods, where” an actor portraying former state Sen. Hunter Hill (R) “is seen hiding behind trees dressed in Revolutionary War-era garb. ‘Hunter Hill talks like he’s Rambo, but he’s really a Benedict Arnold who’s for gun control. Just ask the NRA.’” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Georgia Equality endorsed former state House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams (D). (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

ID GOV: Lt. Gov. Brad Little’s (R) latest TV ad attacks developer Tommy Ahlquist’s (R) previous support of state Democrats, not voting for President Trump, and raising taxes. (KTVB)

Protect Freedom PAC released a TV ad that “will run on broadcast statewide and will be backed with a significant buy.” The spot refers to Little and Ahlquist as “snakes” for opposing Trump, supporting Common Core, and Planned Parenthood. It then praises Rep. Raúl Labrador’s (R) record on abortion and immigration. (release)

Rep. Mike Simpson (R) endorsed Little. (NewsRadio1310)

KS GOV: “State Insurance Commissioner Ken Selzer (R) recently launched a new TV ad … that tries to portray him as the Kansas version of ‘outsider businessman’ Donald Trump, while making no mention that he's currently in office. Selzer uses the tagline ‘Kansas First’ and hits standard conservative themes on immigration and the Second Amendment.” (Daily Kos)

“Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) “violated a court order that required his office to inform certain people that they were eligible to cast a ballot while a lawsuit challenging a state law requiring proof of U.S. citizenship worked its way through the courts, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.” (Kansas City Star)

NY GOV: Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announced that parolees will now have the ability to vote, an action he’s taking via executive order without help from the state legislature. “The move makes New York the 15th state to restore voting rights to people still on parole … and it would impact some 35,000 current parolees.” (Wall Street Journal)

TN GOV: While meeting at the first televised debate, housing services executive Bill Lee (R), Rep. Diane Black (R), and former state cabinet member Randy Boyd (R) said Memphis was wrong to have removed Confederate monuments. (AP)

SC GOV: Tech consultant Phil Noble (D) raised $85,000 in the first quarter and reported $50,000 on hand. (Twitter)

State Senate President Pro Tem Hugh Leatherman (R) denied he endorsed Gov. Henry McMaster (R) after photos emerged of Leatherman wearing a “I Back Henry Mac" sticker. Leatherman: "I do lots of foolish things. [Someone] came up and said, 'Can I put that on you?' 'Oh yeah, you can put that on.” (Charleston Post & Courier)

TX GOV: Gov. Greg Abbott (R) led former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez (D) 49-40 percent and Houston investor Andrew White (D) 48-41 percent in a new Quinnipiac University poll (April 12-17; 1,029 voters; +/-3.6%). (release) “Abbott's campaign has seemed confident that the popular governor had an even larger lead on both Democrats, and it seems to challenge White's assertion that he would be the stronger challenger against Abbott in the general election.” (Houston Chronicle)


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