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Internal Poll: Black 41%, Boyd 26%

Former HUD Secretary Julian Castro endorsed Valdez in Texas.

May 11, 2018, 10:53 a.m.

AL GOV: A staffer for former state Supreme Court Justice Sue Bell Cobb’s (D) campaign, Paul Littlejohn III, who is a registered sex offender, has been released from jail after his arrest Thursday for failing to report his employment as a pastor of a church that operates a daycare, and is next door to an elementary school. (WBMA) Cobb has defended him, saying the crime happened 35 years ago and that he is “the picture of redemption.” (WVTM)

CA GOV: "A KQED News analysis of donors to the last two Republicans to advance in a gubernatorial general election -- Meg Whitman and Neel Kashkari -- shows that those contributors are sending more money to leading Democrats this time around." Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) "has received at least $1.1 million from Whitman and Kashkari donors, while" former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) "has taken home more than $1 million." Businessman John Cox (R) and state Assemblyman Travis Allen (R) "both received less than $100,000 from these individuals and businesses." (KQED)

Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown (D) said Allen is "the greatest threat to the candidacy of Gavin Newsom," likening Allen to Trump during a speech at the Commonwealth Club this week. (release)

Some voters are perturbed at receiving unsolicited text messages from campaigns, like one they received from Newsom’s campaign. "Just like political phone banking, campaigns are texting you at the number you voluntarily gave when you registered to vote. It started during the 2016 presidential campaign, and now, Newsom's campaign is one of many using text as a means of outreach." Newsom's campaign digital director Emmy Bengtson: "Texting hundreds of thousands of voters per week -- and this is an effort to really talk to voters in a way that's native to them." (KGO)

The Los Angeles Times editorial board endorsed Villaraigosa. (Los Angeles Times)

"Citizen Support for Newsom has placed $155,000 on broadcast from May 11-31 in Santa Barbara, Sacramento, Fresno, San Diego, Chico, and Bakersfield. This is" its "first flight of the election." (Politico)

ID GOV: Former state Rep. Paulette Jordan’s (D) deputy campaign manager and treasurer Emily Mowrer resigned, submitting her resignation a day before Jordan's political director Jenn Martinez left the campaign. Mowrer declined to say why she left. (Lewiston Tribune)

Rep. Raul Labrador (R), Lt. Gov. Brad Little (R), and developer Tommy Ahlquist (R) all signed "conservative activist Grover Norquist's famous anti-tax pledge." Labrador and Little signed earlier this week after Norquist's group approached them, while Ahlquist had signed last summer. (KTVB)

KS GOV: “Former state budget director Duane Goossen endorsed state Sen. Laura Kelly (D), on Thursday, praising her as a fiscally responsible candidate for governor.” (Topeka Capital-Journal)

NH GOV: Former state Sen. Molly Kelly (D) was endorsed by Teamsters Local 633. (WMUR)

Kelly and former Portsmouth Mayor Steve Marchand (D) said they won’t accept corporate contributions to their campaigns. (WMUR)

SC GOV: Stephen Gilchrist, the chairman of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, says he shouldn’t have been included in a list put out by mortgage company executive John Warren (R) that named business leaders who support Warren’s campaign.

Gilchrist: “We don't ever do endorsements. It is nothing personal against John."(Greenville News)

SD GOV: Leverage Public Strategies released a poll (May 4-7; 350 LV; +/– 5.2%) that found the race effectively tied ahead of the June 5 primary, with state Attorney General Marty Jackley (R) leading Rep. Kristi Noem (R) 39-38 percent. Both candidates have high favorability ratings, and Noem performed slightly better among male voters while female voters preferred Jackley. (KELO)

TN GOV: An internal poll (May 4-6; 800 RV) conducted by Grassroots Targeting for Rep. Diane Black's (R) campaign found Black leading former state cabinet member Randy Boyd (R) 41-26 percent, followed by housing services executive Bill Lee (R) with 11 percent. A spokesman for the Boyd campaign called the poll "bogus." (Tennessee Journal)

Candidates at a governor forum Thursday said they are concerned about President Trump's plan to raise tariffs, but they also believe Trump can secure a better deal. Black "was the sole candidate to note only positives about the tariffs," while state House Speaker Beth Harwell (R) said she was "gravely concerned" but trusted Trump has a long-term plan. "The Democrats in the race, former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and state House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh, echoed the concerns about the tariffs." (AP)

TX GOV: Former HUD Secretary Julian Castro (D) endorsed former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez (D) ahead of the May 22 runoff. (release)

The Beaumont Enterprise editorial board endorsed Houston investor Andrew White (D). (Beaumont Enterprise)

WY GOV: Megadonor Foster Friess (R) told attendees at a campaign stop Wednesday "that he would be sourcing most of his contributions from out of state, and said he wanted to put a cap of $5 on Wyoming contributors. When asked why entities outside of Wyoming would contribute to his campaign, Friess said, 'Because they love me.' As to how much he expects his campaign to spend, Friess said 'whatever it takes.'”

Friess: “A couple million, $3 million; might take $4 million. God’s given me a lot of money, and I’m draining it out of my kids’ inheritance.” (Wyoming Tribune Eagle)

Perennial candidate Rex Rammell "announced Thursday that he was leaving the crowded Republican primary to instead run for Wyoming governor on the Constitution Party ticket, guaranteeing himself a place on the general election ballot." The GOP primary field now includes six candidates. (KPVI)

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