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Newsom Attacks Chiang, Villaraigosa in TV Ads

There are primary elections for governor in Georgia, Texas, and Arkansas.

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Drew Gerber, Madelaine Pisani and Nia Prater
May 22, 2018, 10:31 a.m.

AL GOV: The Alabama Democratic Conference endorsed Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox (D) on Saturday.

Maddox: “I’m honored to receive the endorsement of the Alabama Democratic Conference. I’m humbled by the trust and confidence ADC has placed in my campaign for governor. The ADC endorsement is vital if a candidate hopes to have any chance of winning the Democratic primary.” (Alabama Today)

AR GOV: President Trump endorsed Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) on Monday: “He has done an incredible job with a focus on lower taxes, border security, and crime prevention. Asa loves our military and our veterans.” The primary is Tuesday. (Twitter)

Polls are open from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET. Hutchinson faces a primary challenge from gun rights advocate Jan Morgan (R), while former state Teach for America executive Jared Henderson (D) battles hair braider Leticia Sanders (D) for the Democratic nomination. Results can be found here. (Hotline reporting)

AZ GOV: President Trump met with Govs. Doug Ducey (R-AZ), Asa Hutchinson (R-AR), Phil Bryant (R-MS), Henry McMaster (R-SC), and Susana Martinez (R-NM) at the White House to discuss border security. (Arizona Republic)

State Sen. Steve Farley’s (D) campaign hired a new field and political director, Kurt Velock. Velock was previously a senior field organizer with the Arizona Democratic Party. (release)

CA GOV: Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) released a TV ad attacking state Treasurer John Chiang (D) for having “lost track of $31 billion” and “made tens of billions in accounting errors.” The ad’s narrator: “What was John Chiang paying attention to? His special interest campaign contributors.” Chiang’s campaign called the attack “false and erroneous.” (NBC News)

Newsom also released a TV ad, “In It For Himself,” that targets former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) over his ethics fines as mayor and his involvement with the “pyramid scheme” Herbalife. (Politico)

Los Angeles Unified School Board President Monica Garcia endorsed Villaraigosa. (74 Million) So did Santa Barbara District Attorney Joyce Dudley. (Ventura County Star)

GA GOV: Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Former state Rep. Stacey Evans (D) and former state House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams (D) are vying for the Democratic nomination. On the Republican side, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle (R), former Navy SEAL Clay Tippins (R), Secretary of State Brian Kemp (R), former state Sen. Hunter Hill (R), and state Sen. Michael Williams (R) will face off for their party nomination. Results can be found here. (Hotline reporting)

To date, Evans’ campaign has spent $1.5 million in TV advertising. Abrams has spent $475,000 on advertising, but this does not include spending from pro-Abrams PACs like BlackPAC which spent $842,000, PowerPAC Georgia that spent $839,000, and Women Vote! that spent $575,000 on advertising.

On the Republican side, Cagle’s campaign spent the most on TV ads: $4.4 million. Citizens for Georgia’s Future, a pro-Cagle group, spent $1.2 million. Kemp’s campaign spent $1.6 million on TV ads followed by Hill who spent $1.2 million and Tippins who spent $859,000.(NBC News)

HI GOV: A poll (May 3-5; 707 LV; +/- 3.7%) conducted by the Merriman River Group for Civil Beat found Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D) leading Gov. David Ige (D) 37-31 percent, with former state Sen. Clayton Hee (D) trailing at 11 percent. Sixteen percent of voters remain undecided. “Hanabusa carried the Filipino and Hawaiian electorship in the poll while Ige maintained a narrow advantage with Japanese and Chinese voters. Hee trailed the other two candidates across the board but did best with Hawaiians.” Twenty-four percent of white voters were unsure. (Honolulu Civil Beat)

IA GOV: According to fundraising records for Jan. 1 to May 14, former state economic development official Fred Hubbell (D) “raised more than $3 million during the 20-week period, matching his output for all of 2017. But this time, the Des Moines businessman contributed $2.1 million of his own money.” After spending nearly $4 million on TV ads, Hubbell was left with less than $250,000 cash on hand. Local union head Cathy Glasson (D) raised “more than $593,000 this period” which approximately $229,000 cash on hand. State Sen. Nate Boulton (D) “raised more than $500,000 this period” with a little more than $100,000 cash on hand. Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) “raised more than $1.2 million over the period and has more than $4.2 million in her account.” (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

KS GOV: State Insurance Commissioner Ken Selzer (R) chose Jenifer Sanderson, a businesswoman from Goodland, to be his running mate. She was previously chairwoman of the Leadership Kansas Board of Trustees. (Topeka Capital-Journal)

Former Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer (D) announced former Gardner Mayor Chris Morrow as his running mate. (release)

SC GOV: Former state cabinet official Catherine Templeton (R) is expected to announce Greenville solicitor Walt Wilkins as her running mate Tuesday, which is “a sign of the Upstate’s importance to winning” the primary. (Charleston Post and Courier)

SD GOV: “Rep. Kristi Noem’s (R) campaign for governor has nearly twice as much cash on hand as” state Attorney General Marty Jackley (R) heading into the primary on June 5. “Noem’s campaign reported Monday raising more than $619,300 since Jan. 1. Her campaign has more than $1 million cash on hand.” Jackley “reports more than $570,000 cash on hand after raising more than $530,900 since the first of the year. State Senate Minority leader Billie Sutton (D) … raised more than $416,500 since the start of 2018 and has nearly $880,000 cash on hand.” (AP)

TX GOV: Polls are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET in the Democratic runoff. Houston investor Andrew White (D) and former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez (D) will face off for a chance to challenge Gov. Greg Abbott (R). Results can be found here. (Hotline reporting)

After a page for a gun giveaway seemed to have changed following mounting criticism, Abbott’s campaign confirmed that the drawing is no longer happening.

Abbott campaign spokesman John Wittman: “It has been changed. Now it’s just a contest for a $250 gift certificate.”

Abbott faced criticism after his campaign website still promoted the giveaway days after the deadly Santa Fe High School shooting on Friday. “The gun giveaway webpage now redirects to one promoting the gift certificate. A photograph of Abbott with a shotgun, used in the original promotional material for the giveaway, is now featured on the governor’s campaign website’s homepage under a section on ‘protecting the Second Amendment.’” (Dallas Morning News)

Abbott wants to promote discussion on the issues of school safety and is calling for a series of roundtable talks, the first one beginning Tuesday in Austin. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) will be participating in the Tuesday session. (KTRK-TV)

Everytown for Gun Safety took out a full page ad in the Houston Chronicle that consists of a letter signed by 40 students calling for gun control. Addressed to Abbott, the letter reads, “We are dying on your watch. What will you do about it?” (Politico)

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