AL GOV: Gov. Kay Ivey’s (R) campaign on Wednesday dismissed talk of a "blue wave." On Tuesday, Ivey received 325,201 votes, while 283,135 votes went to all the Democratic candidates. When you add in the votes her opponent garnered, Republicans collected 170,643 more votes than Democrats. (release)
“Expectations for Alabama's June 5 primary election turnout were right on the mark, according to Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill's office. Prior to the election, Merrill said the state was anticipating a turnout of around 25 to 30 percent. Based on tabulations Wednesday, about 26 percent of the state's registered voters made their voices heard at the polls.” (WSFA)
GA GOV: Gov. Casey Cagle (R) is invoking a past state Senate vote from Secretary of State Brian Kemp (R) that Cagle believes put Georgians at risk.
“The divide involves a failed 2003 measure that would have repealed a law that allowed the governor to suspend the sale of guns to some Georgians during a state of emergency. Kemp was one of six Republicans who voted to table the measure, while Cagle supported it.” An ad released by the Cagle campaign attempts to make the case that a state of emergency is one of the most important instances where a person might need a firearm and that, with his vote, Kemp potentially endangered Georgia residents.
“At a time when you might need a firearm the most to defend your home, your family, your very lives, Brian Kemp was one of only six Republicans to join liberal Democrats and vote to let the government ban ‘the sale, dispensing or transportation of firearms,” the ad voiceover says.
The ad ends with the narrator saying, “Brian Kemp. Incompetent. Untrustworthy.” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
MA GOV: After a failed Senate bid, Heidi Wellman of Marlborough, MA “announced this week that she has taken over as the communications director” for pastor Scott Lively (R).
“The Republican said she jumped at the opportunity to join Lively's campaign after taking time some to recover from her own run, which ended when she did not receive the minimum 15 percent of the vote from delegates at the state GOP convention to qualify for Massachusetts' Republican primary.”
“Wellman, who said she turned down Lively's previous offer of serving as his lieutenant governor running mate due to her own campaign, offered that she supports his commitment to fighting political corruption, as well as his grassroots approach.” (MassLive)
MD GOV: State Sen. Richard Madaleno (D) released a TV ad Thursday enumerating the ways he would stand up to President Trump, the NRA, and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. The 30-second ad features Madaleno and his husband of 16-years sitting and kissing on the front lawn of their home, along with their two children, making it the first political TV ad to feature a kiss between a candidate and their same-sex spouse. The ad will run on cable in Montgomery County and on the ‘Fox & Friends’ show on Fox News in the Washington region. (release)
Former NAACP President Ben Jealous (D) is gaining traction in Maryland with a campaign closely associated with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I). In May, Sanders appeared “for the third time to support Jealous’ run for Maryland governor.”
“With nearly 4 in 10 voters still undecided three weeks before the June 26 Democratic primary, the first-time candidate is one of two contenders leading a crowded field: Twenty-one percent of likely voters say they support him while 16 percent support Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III, according to a Washington Post-University of Maryland poll.”
“Some analysts say Jealous, 45, is too far to the left to beat popular Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, noting that while Maryland has a 2-to-1 Democratic voter advantage, Sanders lost to Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Democratic primary by a similar margin.”
“His “godbrother,” comedian Dave Chappelle, is heading to Maryland to campaign for him this weekend,” the first in a series of star-studded rallies. (Washington Post)
Former Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to give the keynote speech at a Maryland Democratic Party unity event late this month after the state's primary. ... The party said Wednesday that the post-primary celebration will be at Camden Yards in Baltimore on June 30. The Democratic nominees for governor and U.S. Senate also are slated to speak at the event, which will be on a Saturday.” (AP)
NE GOV: Gov. Pete Ricketts (R) said that a potential trade war in the wake of Trump’s proposed tariffs would hurt Nebraskan industries.
Ricketts: “We’ve got manufacturers here in the state that are being impacted by this by seeing increased steel prices. We need to get this resolved in a short period of time here, so that we make sure that we’re not hurting jobs here in Nebraska.”
Ricketts is also concerned about retaliatory tariffs from Mexico and Canada in response to the U.S., saying “The tariffs we’re talking about that other countries are planning on putting on are with regard to agriculture. But if steel prices go up, then our manufacturers become less competitive when they want to sell in those foreign markets.” (Nebraska Radio Network)
TN GOV: Rep. Diane Black (R) released a TV ad Thursday that promotes her plan to address infrastructure and fix congestion in Middle Tennessee. Her campaign will run the ad in the Nashville media market. (release)
Housing services executive Bill Lee (R) released a TV ad Wednesday that positions Lee as the outsider among his fellow Republican contenders and the only candidate who is not a career politician. The announcer notes Lee has “been voted the most admired CEO in Nashville and his Lee Company was named the best place to work in Middle Tennessee.” The 30-second ad will run statewide on cable and broadcast television. (release)
“House Majority Whip Steve Scalise will headline the latest Tennessee Republican Party’s Statesmen’s Dinner … [last year’s dinner] was the first gathering of the top-tier Republican candidates for governor, and will be followed with the attendance again this year of U.S. Rep. Diane Black, House Speaker Beth Harwell, entrepreneur Randy Boyd and Williamson County businessman Bill Lee.” (Tennessean)