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Bloomberg: “The Supreme Court’s Next Three Weeks Could Shake Up The 2020 Election” (Bloomberg, 6/10/19)
CNN: “In Reboot, Koch Network Launches New PACs And Will Take Sides In Upcoming Primary Fights” (CNN, 6/7/19)
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The DNC announced the 20 candidates who met the polling or fundraising measures required to qualify for the party’s first presidential debate later this month. (The Associated Press, 6/14/19)
POLL: This week’s Morning Consult poll of Democratic primary voters found former Vice President Joe Biden leading the field for President with support from 37% of those polled. He is followed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (19%), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (11%), Mayor Pete Buttigieg (7%), and Sen. Kamala Harris (7%). (Morning Consult, 6/10/19)
Axios: “Democrats Buzz About AOC Primarying Chuck Schumer” (Axios, 6/10/19)
A poll commissioned by Tommy Tuberville’s U.S. Senate campaign showed him leading the GOP primary with 23% support. He is followed by Roy Moore at 18%, Rep. Bradley Byrne at 16%, Secretary of State John Merrill at 7%, “Other” at 6%, and state Rep. Arnold Mooney at 2%. (Moore Information Group, 6/12/19)
AR/Intel Insiders: Dig deeper on these candidates with our updated Alabama Senate Race Brief.
Democratic Senate candidate Teresa Tomlinson said she believes House Democrats have a “duty” to begin impeachment hearings against President Donald Trump. (Flagpole, 6/9/19)
The Club for Growth touted results from a recent poll it commissioned that asked Kansas GOP voters to choose between Rep. Roger Marshall (R-KS) and American Conservative Union chair Matt Schlapp in the race to replace retiring Republican Sen. Pat Roberts next year. In a statement, the Club For Growth presented Schlapp as the best option if Secretary of State Mike Pompeo doesn’t enter the race. (The Kansas City Star, 6/12/19)
Betsy Sweet, a progressive Democrat who ran for governor of Maine last year, announced she is running for the Democratic nomination to challenge Sen. Susan Collins. (The Associated Press, 6/14/19)
SENATE NORTH CAROLINA
Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC) has decided not to launch a primary challenge against Sen. Thom Tillis, saying that he believes his “continued service in the House will best help our efforts to reclaim the majority from Nancy Pelosi and advance our shared conservative goals.” (Politico, 6/13/19)
AR/Intel Insiders: We’re keeping close tabs on this critical race – make sure you’re up to speed on the latest developments here.
SENATE WEST VIRGINIA
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) is reportedly considering a possible exit from the Senate in order to run for governor. (The Hill, 6/13/19)
Florida Daily: “Florida Republicans Get Ready To Flip The Script On Congressional Democrats In 2020” (Florida Daily, 6/10/19)
GA-07: Renee Unterman, the Republican state Senator who was a leading voice in passing Georgia’s abortion bill, announced she is running for the open seat to replace retiring Rep. Rob Woodall. (The Associated Press, 6/7/19)
IL-14: Republican state Sen. Sue Rezin said she’s seriously considering a run for Congress against freshman Rep. Lauren Underwood. (Kane County Chronicle, 6/7/19)
IA-02: Scott County Supervisor Ken Croken (D-IA) dropped his bid for Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District seat, saying he views an inter-party challenge against former Iowa Sen. Rita Hart as a “distraction” that will “serve no worthwhile purpose.” (Quad-City Times, 6/7/19)
- IA-02: Democrat Newman Abuissa, an Iowa City Enginieer, announced he is running for the Democratic nomination to replace Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-IA). (The Gazette, 6/10/19)
AR/Intel Insiders: From the presidential election to Senate and House races – Iowa is shaping up to be extremely competitive next year. Get up to speed on all the races here.
MI-03: According to Politico, President Trump and his top advisers have discussed the prospect of backing a primary challenge to Rep. Justin Amash, the sole Republican congressman who has called for the president’s impeachment. (Politico, 6/12/19)
- MI-03: Donald Trump Jr. signaled that he plans to campaign for a primary challenger to Amash. (The Washington Post, 6/13/19)
MN-02: Former Republican Rep. Jason Lewis said he is considering another run for Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District seat or challenging Democratic U.S. Sen. Tina Smith next year. (Twin Cities-Pioneer Press, 6/11/19)
MT-AL: Rep. Greg Gianforte filed paperwork to run for governor in 2020. (Helena Independent Record, 6/6/19)
- MT-AL: Roll Call: “Does Open Seat In Montana Help Or Hurt Democrats’ Pickup Opportunity?” (Roll Call, 6/10/19)
HOUSE NORTH CAROLINA
HOUSE SOUTH CAROLINA
SC-01: Kathy Landing, a Republican councilwoman from Mount Pleasant, announced she is running for the seat currently held by Democrat Joe Cunningham. (CBS-Mount Pleasant, 6/7/19)
TX-28: Jessica Cisneros (D-TX), a human rights and immigration attorney, announced that she is launching a primary bid against Rep. Henry Cuellar. Cisneros was recruited to run by Justice Democrats, the left-wing group behind Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s primary upset last year. (The Huffington Post, 6/13/19)