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EMILY’S List Endorses Kelly in Kansas

Idaho Republican Tommy Ahlquist aired a positive ad ahead of the May 15 primary.

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Zach C. Cohen
May 3, 2018, 10:45 a.m.

AL GOV: Gov Kay Ivey (R) raised $504,000 in April and reported $1.8 million on hand as of April 30.

Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle (R) raised $254,000 and had $1.1 million on hand.

State Sen. Bill Hightower (R) raised $105,000 and had $505,000 on hand.

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox (D) raised $136,000 and had $274,000 on hand.

Evangelist Scott Dawson (R) and former state Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb (D) raised less than $100,000 each. (Hotline reporting)

Battle, Dawson, and Cobb plan to release their medical information. (WHNT)

CA GOV: The California Charter Schools Association Advocates super PAC supporting former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) placed another $1.5 million TV buy. (California Target Book)

“Families & Teachers for Democrat Antonio Villaraigosa has placed $110,000 on cable from May 5-20. This brings their total for the election to $10.72 million.”

“Nurses Trust Newsom has placed $184,000 on radio from May 14-June 5 in Los Angeles. This is their first flight of the election in support of” Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D). (Politico)

ID GOV: Developer Tommy Ahlquist (R) released Wednesday his latest statewide TV ad, which promises to “get rid of the regulations and let our teachers teach” and improve vocational education. Ahlquist closes: “The professional politicians won’t do” it. “But working together with a fresh approach, we will.” (release) The primary against Lt. Gov. Brad Little (R) and Rep. Raul Labrador (R) is May 15.

KS GOV: EMILY’s List endorsed state Sen. Laura Kelly (D). EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock: “Laura is likely to face off against one of two out of touch Republican candidates. … Laura plans to be the leader Kansans can count on to fight for them and their priorities - like good jobs and excellent schools.” (release)

NY GOV: Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) led actress Cynthia Nixon (D) 50-28 percent in a Quinnipiac University poll (April 26-May 1; 473 Democrats; +/-5.7%). In a hypothetical general election matchup (1,076 voters; +/-3.7%), Cuomo bested Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro (R) 57-26 percent. “If Nixon is on the November ballot as the Working Families Party candidate, Cuomo’s support drops to 40 percent, with 23 percent for Molinaro and 20 percent for Nixon.” Cuomo’s job approval was 54-39 percent, and his favorability was 49-41 percent. (release)

Democracy for America endorsed Nixon on Wednesday. (release)

OK GOV: First son Donald Trump Jr. spoke at a fundraiser for Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb (R) on Wednesday. “Lamb … said he got to know Trump through their mutual interest in hunting. Trump said he was the ‘Yankee’ who won events at Lamb’s annual turkey hunt. … Trump did not deliver prepared remarks at the $500-a-person fundraiser. In a talk show setting, Lamb asked friendly questions, mostly about the president and his policies.” (NewsOK)

OR GOV: State Rep. Knute Buehler (R) “launched a radio advertisement criticizing Bend businessman Sam Carpenter (R) for frequently failing to pay his state, federal and local taxes on time. … Buehler has been regarded as the front-runner in the primary race. He’s the only one in the 10-candidate field who can afford a major advertising campaign and he has several key business and political endorsements.” (OPB) The primary to face Gov. Kate Brown (D) is May 15.

SC GOV: Planned Parenthood Votes South Atlantic endorsed state Rep. James Smith (D). (Columbia State)

TN GOV: Rep. Diane Black (R) joined 17 other House Republicans in nominating President Trump for a Nobel Peace Prize for his “tireless work to bring North Korea to the table and end its nuclear weapons programs.” (release)

TX GOV: Former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez (D) and Houston investor Andrew White (D) “just weeks before a May 22 runoff to decide who will challenge” Gov. Greg Abbott (R), “agreed Wednesday to an Austin debate on May 11.” (Houston Chronicle)

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