Democrats notched a 13-point lead on a Reuters/Ipsos generic ballot poll, leading Republicans 47-34 percent. Independents broke for Democrats, 22-19 percent, in the survey (July 6-10; 1,295 RVs; +/- 3.1%). (release)
ENDORSEMENTS. The NewDemPAC, the political arm of the New Democrat Coalition, backed 13 more candidates "on Thursday, bringing to 27 the PAC’s current endorsements for the 2018 cycle." The new additions: investor Josh Harder in CA-10; nonprofit executive Katie Hill in CA-25; former Army Ranger Jason Crow in CO-06; former UN Ambassador Nancy Soderberg in FL-06; 2016 state Senate candidate Debbie Mucarsel-Powell in FL-26; businessman Mel Hall in IN-02; St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly in IL-12; gelato tycoon Dean Phillips in MN-03; immigration attorney Kathy Manning in NC-13; former State Department official Tom Malinowski in NJ-07; trial attorney Lizzie Pannill Fletcher in TX-07; retired Naval Commander Elaine Luria in VA-02; and former CIA operative Abigail Spanberger in VA-07. (Roll Call)
CROWLEY'S FUTURE? "Even in" community organizer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D) "district, the Working Families Party line was won by" Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY 14), "who had secured that party’s endorsement. Bill Lipton, state director of the Working Families Party, said he immediately reached out to Mr. Crowley’s campaign to request that he vacate the line. To Mr. Lipton’s chagrin, his campaign declined; Mr. Crowley will remain on the ballot in November. 'You’d think that given the moment we’re in,” said Mr. Lipton, 'that Democratic leaders would want to help progressive forces to unite.'”
"Asked about Mr. Crowley’s plans regarding the Working Families Party line, a campaign spokeswoman said only: 'Joe Crowley is a Democrat. He’s made clear he is not running for Congress and supports the Democratic nominee in NY-14.'” (New York Times)
Ocasio-Cortez cited that story in a Thursday morning tweet: ".@repjoecrowley stated on live TV that he would absolutely support my candidacy. Instead, he’s stood me up for all 3 scheduled concession calls. Now, he’s mounting a 3rd party challenge against me and the Democratic Party- and against the will of @NYWFP." (Twitter)
Crowley responded within the hour: "Alexandria, the race is over and Democrats need to come together. I’ve made my support for you clear and the fact that I’m not running. We’ve scheduled phone calls and your team has not followed through. I’d like to connect but I’m not willing to air grievances on Twitter." (Twitter)
NOTABLE QUOTABLE. House Democratic Conference Vice Chairwoman Linda Sanchez (CA-38) "said Wednesday it was time for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and her two long-time deputies to step aside and make way for a younger generation of leaders. ... 'I think it’s time for that generational change,” Sanchez told reporters Wednesday. "I want to be part of that transition, because I don’t intend to stay in Congress until I’m in my 70s.'" (USA Today)
LEADERSHIP MOVES. “House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is quietly lining up votes to succeed Paul Ryan as speaker, reaching out to key lawmakers across the Republican Conference and asking whether they will commit to back him as speaker next January, according to GOP lawmakers and aides. … He isn’t talking to every member of the House GOP Conference, according to lawmakers who have spoken to him about the issue. Instead, McCarthy is targeting select lawmakers who represent different factions of the conference. … A significant number of members have also privately come to McCarthy without being asked to pledge their backing, according to Republicans.” (Politico)
YOUNG GUNS. The National Republican Campaign Committee added 18 candidates to its Young Guns program, including:
ID-01: State Sen. Russ Fulcher
INDIANA: State Rep. Jim Baird (IN-04); businessman Greg Pence (IN-06)
MS-03: Madison and Rankin County District Attorney Michael Guest
ND-AL: State GOP Chairman Kelly Armstrong
PENNSYLVANIA: Former state Revenue Secretary Dan Meuser (PA-09); dermatologist John Joyce (PA-13); state Sen. Guy Reschenthaler (PA-14)
SOUTH CAROLINA: State Rep. Katie Arrington (SC-01); state Sen. William Timmons (SC-04)
SD-AL: Former gubernatorial chief of staff Dusty Johnson
TEXAS: Retired Navy SEAL Dan Crenshaw (TX-02); state Sen. Van Taylor (TX-03); state Rep. Lance Gooden (TX-05); ex-Tarrant County Tax Assessor-Collector Ron Wright (TX-06); former senatorial chief of staff Chip Roy (TX-21); former Victoria County GOP Chair Michael Cloud (TX-27)
VA-06: State Del. Ben Cline
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