GOP Looks to Governor Prospects for Senate Help

Republicans think well-positioned gubernatorial candidates might aid their states’ Senate candidates.

National Journal
Andrea Drusch and Karyn Bruggeman
Add to Briefcase
Andrea Drusch Karyn Bruggeman
July 16, 2014, 4:38 p.m.

Republicans have long been bullish about their chances of taking back the Senate this year but are perhaps more excited right now about their prospects in gubernatorial races.

Phil Cox, executive director of the Republican Governors Association, says Senate candidates across the map are benefiting from strong gubernatorial candidates in their states, and four may even get a boost from candidates who are running ahead of them.

“Of the 36 governors’ races, we have 25 U.S. Senate races that overlap,” Cox said Wednesday. “Unlike in 2012, when candidates were distancing themselves, the candidates are reinforcing each other.”

Cox gushed about the RGA’s fundraising haul in the second quarter and the $70 million it has ready to deploy. He said the group plans to spend $100 million in the last 100 days before the election.

“This cycle, there are four states where governors are running ahead of Senate candidates and will help them — Iowa, Michigan, Georgia, and Arkansas,” Cox said.

Cox’s logic is based on polling that shows Republicans Terry Branstad, Rick Snyder, Nathan Deal, and Asa Hutchinson faring better with voters than Joni Ernst, Terri Lynn Land, Michelle Nunn’s two potential challengers in Georgia, and Tom Cotton.

Ernst has long owed some credit for her position to the help of Branstad, who has invested in making her the state’s first woman elected to national office. And Land, who has been dragging in the polls, could potentially benefit from Snyder, who looks comparatively more assured in his race for reelection against Democrat Mark Schauer.

Deal and Hutchinson may poll ahead of the respective Senate candidates, but the high-profile races in the battle for control of the upper chamber will more likely benefit the governors.

Nonetheless, it’s a unique situation that offers both sides a chance to benefit from another strong candidate. These races include some of Republicans’ top recruits, who still need all the help they can get.

What We're Following See More »
JUST IN CASE…
White House Adds Five New SCOTUS Candidates
10 hours ago
THE DETAILS

President Trump added five new names to his Supreme Court short list on Friday, should a need arise to appoint a new justice. The list now numbers 25 individuals. They are: 7th Circuit Appeals Judge Amy Coney Barrett, Georgia Supreme Court Justice Britt C. Grant, District of Columbia Circuit Appeals Court Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, 11th Circuit Appeals Judge Kevin C. Newsom, and Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice Patrick Wyrick.

SAVE THOSE PERTAINING TO EXEC BRANCH
Sessions: DOJ Will No Longer Issue Guidance Documents
10 hours ago
WHY WE CARE

"Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Friday the Justice Department will revamp its policy for issuing guidance documents. Speaking at the Federalist Society’s annual conference in Washington Friday, Sessions said the Justice Department will no longer issue guidance that 'purports to impose new obligations on any party outside the executive branch.' He said DOJ will review and repeal any documents that could violate this policy." Sessions said: “Too often, rather than going through the long, slow, regulatory process provided in statute, agencies make new rules through guidance documents—by simply sending a letter. This cuts off the public from the regulatory process by skipping the required public hearings and comment periods—and it is simply not what these documents are for. Guidance documents should be used to explain existing law—not to change it.”

Source:
STARTS LEGAL FUND FOR WH STAFF
Trump to Begin Covering His Own Legal Bills
12 hours ago
THE DETAILS
DISCUSSED THE MATTER FOR A NEW BOOK
Steele Says Follow the Money
13 hours ago
STAFF PICKS

"Christopher Steele, the former British intelligence officer who wrote the explosive dossier alleging ties between Donald Trump and Russia," says in a new book by The Guardian's Luke Harding that "Trump's land and hotel deals with Russians needed to be examined. ... Steele did not go into further detail, Harding said, but seemed to be referring to a 2008 home sale to the Russian oligarch Dmitry Rybolovlev. Richard Dearlove, who headed the UK foreign-intelligence unit MI6 between 1999 and 2004, said in April that Trump borrowed money from Russia for his business during the 2008 financial crisis."

Source:
BRITISH PUBLICIST CONNECTED TO TRUMP TOWER MEETING
Goldstone Ready to Meet with Mueller’s Team
14 hours ago
THE LATEST

"The British publicist who helped set up the fateful meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a group of Russians at Trump Tower in June 2016 is ready to meet with Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller's office, according to several people familiar with the matter. Rob Goldstone has been living in Bangkok, Thailand, but has been communicating with Mueller's office through his lawyer, said a source close to Goldstone."

Source:
×
×

Welcome to National Journal!

You are currently accessing National Journal from IP access. Please login to access this feature. If you have any questions, please contact your Dedicated Advisor.

Login