10:23 AM, Apr 18, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Jack Kingston, the Savannah-based Republican congressman running for the U.S. Senate, has been endorsed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Here's more from the Washington Post:
"Now more than ever we need conservative leaders with a demonstrated record of fighting for Georgia jobs, and that leader is Jack Kingston. As senator, Jack will help lead America’s comeback and lay the groundwork for more jobs, more growth, and a generation of prosperity," said Rob Engstrom, the business group's political director.
The chamber's endorsement is important because the group has been known to spend significant money on behalf of candidates it supports.
Kingston is in a five-way primary for the Republican nomination, facing businessman David Perdue, former secretary of state Karen Handel, and two of his House colleagues: Paul Broun and Phil Gingrey. Kingston has earned the endorsement of Sean Hannity, and is considered a favorite among Republican strategists in Washington. The well-funded Kingston campaign released a 30-second TV ad this week, focused on his plan to get more welfare and food-stamp recipients back to work. Watch it below:
A poll released Thursday found Kingston in second place in the GOP primary, with 15 percent support, behind David Perdue at 19 percent. Perdue was the first primary candidate to run TV ads, though his campaign hit a snag recently after video footage was released showing the businessman (and cousin of former governor Sonny Perdue) criticizing one of his opponents for only having a high school diploma. That candidate was Karen Handel, who polled not far behind Kingston with 13 percent support. Handel has been buoyed in her underfunded campaign by endorsements from Sarah Palin and Arizona governor Jan Brewer, as well as the fallout from the Perdue video.
The Republicans are running to succeed retiring GOP senator Saxby Chambliss. The primary will be on May 20, and in this crowded field, no candidate is likely to get the requisite 50 percent support. The top two vote-getters will advance to a July 22 runoff, the winner of which will face presumptive Democratic nominee Michelle Nunn.
10:59 AM, Apr 15, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Democratic senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana is in a tough reelection battle because of her support for Obamacare. So its not surprising her latest TV ad focuses on the one high-profile fight she's had with the Obama administration, over oil and gas exploration. The 60-second spot features people watching Landrieu arguing for expanding energy exploration in Louisiana and criticizing Barack Obama for its restrictionist policies. Watch the video below:
7:49 AM, Apr 15, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A new 30-second TV ad from Republican Senate candidate Tom Cotton hits back at an attack from the Harry Reid-affiliated Senate Majority PAC.
10:41 AM, Apr 14, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Michelle Nunn, the presumptive Democratic nominee for an open Senate seat in Georgia, has raised $2.4 million in the first quarter of 2014. The Associated Press reports:
A spokesman for Democrat Michelle Nunn says she'll report about $2.4 million in contributions, her strongest fundraising quarter to date in her bid for Georgia's open U.S. Senate seat.
Kingston gets Hannity support.12:10 PM, Apr 11, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential candidate, features heavily in a new TV ad from Georgia Senate candidate Karen Handel. "You know her background. You know her record," says Palin, who endorsed Handel two weeks ago. "The conservative who has walked the walk."
Watch the 30-second ad below:
3:12 PM, Apr 10, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A new poll released Thursday found New Hampshire Democrat Jeanne Shaheen with an eight-point lead over her Republican challenger for the Senate, Scott Brown. The survey of registered voters, conducted by Democratic polling firm PPP on behalf of the League of Conservation Voters, found 49 percent would support Shaheen, the first-term incumbent, with 41 percent supporting Brown.
2:58 PM, Apr 10, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin broke with his party's leader in the Senate by refusing to attack a pair of wealthy billionaire brothers who donate to free-market causes. Asked about Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's frequent attacks on Charles and David Koch, Manchin told Brian Kilmeade of Fox News Thursday morning that there's nothing wrong with what the brothers are doing.
1:15 PM, Apr 10, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Three Republican House members from Georgia, who are also running for the Senate, voted against their conference's budget Thursday. Jack Kingston, Phil Gingrey, and Paul Broun joined nine other Republicans in voting against the budget, authored by chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.
10:55 AM, Apr 10, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
In a new radio ad, Republican Senate candidate Karen Handel of Georgia hits back at her primary opponent David Perdue for his recently released comments about her lack of a college education. Perdue also touted his international business experience. The minute-long Handel ad replays Perdue's comments.
Poll shows Nebraska senate race is a dead heat. 9:19 AM, Apr 9, 2014 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
Nebraska Senate candidate Ben Sasse has been declared "Obamacare's Nebraska Nemesis," and in a new ad Sasse explains why he's personally invested in repealing the law. In 2007, his wife Melissa had an aneurysm followed by an arduous recovery, which left his family with $160,000 in medical bills. Sasse ended up waging a months-long battle against the health insurance system, and Sasse is convinced Obamacare will only make these problems worse:
2:32 PM, Apr 8, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A new poll from Talk Business found Mark Pryor, the sitting Democratic senator from Arkansas, with a three-point lead over Republican challenger Tom Cotton. The survey of more than 1,000 likely voters found 45.5 percent said they would vote for Pryor, while 42.5 percent said they would vote for Cotton.
The poll also found that Pryor has a 10-point lead among women, while Cotton has a 7-point lead among men and just a 5-point lead among white voters.
1:31 PM, Apr 8, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A new ad from a Republican primary challenger to Michigan congressman Justin Amash notes he has voted for bills supported by Barack Obama more than any other Republican in Congress. Brian Ellis, a businessman from Grand Rapids, released the 30-second ad on Tuesday.
"Amash was the only Michigan Republican to vote against a balanced budget amendment, and Amash voted against banning gender selection abortions," says the voiceover. "The fact is, Justin Amash voted with President Obama 51 percent of the time." Watch the full video below:
9:29 AM, Apr 8, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republican Scott Brown leads incumbent Democratic senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire by five points in a recent poll obtained by THE WEEKLY STANDARD. The poll, commissioned by the Republican Governor's Association, was conducted on March 19 and 20 and asked 600 likely voters in New Hampshire who they would vote for in the U.S. Senate election. Respondents were given both Brown and Shaheen's names and their respective parties.