Today’s Hotline features our quarterly fundraising rundown. For a sampling, here are our winners and losers:
— On the Senate side, Alison Lundergan Grimes proved her fundraising potential, bringing in $2.5M and outraising the Senate Minority Leader. Arkansas Rep. Tom Cotton (R) matched Sen. Mark Pryor (D) in his first quarter as a Senate candidate. Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) continues to impress, more than doubling GOP challenger Thom Tillis‘ haul. Democrat Michelle Nunn‘s name paid dividends, outraising all of her challengers in the Georgia Senate race. In Michigan, Terri Lynn Land (R) beat expectations, raising $1.05 million and outdistancing Rep. Gary Peters (D-MI).
— Others fell short of expectations. Rep. Bill Cassidy‘s (R-LA) fundraising dropped off considerably, raising just $700,000 after bringing in $1.1 million in the second quarter. Conservative congressmen Paul Broun and Phil Gingrey couldn’t even hit $300K in Georgia; neither could Karen Handel. Sen. Michael Enzi (R-WY) was outraised by Liz Cheney (R), even though her $1M haul was ordinary given her family connections. Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) hasn’t released his numbers yet, often a troubling sign.
— House winners include: Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY), newly-targeted by Dems, raised an impressive $550K. Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-FL) topped $500K, while his GOP rivals raised little. Republican Mia Love raised more than Rep. Jim Matheson (D-UT) for the second straight quarter. Both Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) and Dem challenger Andrew Romanoff (D) are among their party’s fundraising standouts. Gwen Graham brought in nearly $500K against Rep. Steve Southerland (R-FL).
On the downside, Rep. John Tierney (D-MA) was outraised by his primary opponent. So was Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-MI), by a huge margin. Despite representing swing seats, Reps. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) and Jon Runyan (R-NJ) barely topped $100K. David Rouzer, Rep. Mike McIntyre‘s (D-NC) opponent, only raised $91K. Kevin Strouse, Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick‘s (R-PA) hyped Dem challenger, brought in only $151K. And expect to hear retirement rumors from Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA), outraised by his second-time Dem challenger, and Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA), who only brought in $40K.
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Trump, in a statement: “Based on the fact that the Democratic nominating process is totally rigged and Crooked Hillary Clinton and Deborah Wasserman Schultz will not allow Bernie Sanders to win, and now that I am the presumptive Republican nominee, it seems inappropriate that I would debate the second place finisher. ... I will wait to debate the first place finisher in the Democratic Party, probably Crooked Hillary Clinton, or whoever it may be.”
"It's about time for unity," said UAW President Dennis Williams. "We're endorsing Hillary Clinton. She's gotten 3 million more votes than Bernie, a million more votes than Donald Trump. She's our nominee." He called Sanders "a great friend of the UAW" while saying Trump "does not support the economic security of UAW families." Some 28 percent of UAW members indicated their support for Trump in an internal survey.
"Donald Trump on Thursday reached the number of delegates needed to clinch the Republican nomination for president, completing an unlikely rise that has upended the political landscape and sets the stage for a bitter fall campaign. Trump was put over the top in the Associated Press delegate count by a small number of the party's unbound delegates who told the AP they would support him at the convention."
"Clinton and Bernie Sanders "are now devoting additional money to television advertising. A day after Sanders announced a new ad buy of less than $2 million in the state, Clinton announced her own television campaign. Ads featuring actor Morgan Freeman as well as labor leader and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta will air beginning on Fridayin Fresno, Sacramento, and Los Angeles media markets. Some ads will also target Latino voters and Asian American voters. The total value of the buy is about six figures according to the Clinton campaign." Meanwhile, a new poll shows Sanders within the margin of error, trailing Clinton 44%-46%.