Please check back at Noon today for the first installment of our general election preivews, covering legislatures in the northeast. Also be sure to check out izengabe’s how-to guide to write-in voting.
Clinton fundraising: Priorities USA, a pro-Clinton super PAC, raised $24.6 million in September, its best fundraising month to date. With the super PAC swimming in cash and Clinton doing well enough in some swing states, they are now expanding the map and sending some money to races down the ballot. They recently decided to run ads for Clinton in Georgia, and are considering doing so in Arizona. Confident of their position in New Hampshire and Pennsylvnania, they have stopped advertising for Clinton in those states, and are now running ads against Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R) and Pat Toomey (R). They are also considering contributing to House races, although no decisions have been made yet.
CA-Sen: Attorney General Kamala Harris (D) has a huge money lead over Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D) going into the final stretch of their campaigns for Senate. She has a more than 4-1 cash on hand lead with over $4 million in her campaign account compared to $879,000 for Sanchez.
FL-Sen: Sen. Marco Rubio (R) has walked a fine line on Donald Trump, endorsing him but not really enbracing him. President Obama took him to task yesterday for his position on Trump, pointing out in a rally in Miami that Rubio called Trump a “con artist” during the primaries, but now says he plans to vote for him. Obama said of Rubio “that’s a sign of somebody who will say anything, do anything, pretend to be anybody just to get elected.”
More FL-Sen: Sen. Marco Rubio (R) appeared to rule out a 2020 presidential bid in a Wednesday radio interview. He said “if I wanted to run for something else, I wouldn’t have run for Senate.” He also said “If I wanted to run for president in 4 years, I would have just stayed out of this race and started running on November the 9, which a lot of other people are going to do.”
LA-Sen: New Orleans economic development official Abhay Patel (R) is dropping out of the race for US Senate and endorsing Rep. Charles Boustany (R). Patel was one of 24 people to file for the race, but never received much attention in a race with many well-known names. Patel appeared with Boustany in the New Orleans area to make the endorsement calling Boustany a “man of integrity who has devoted his life to getting results.”
NV-Sen: Although Sen. Harry Reid (D) is not on the ballot this year, the race to replace him is being seen as his last stand. Reid has been vocal in his criticism of Rep. Joe Heck (R), calling him a “mini-Trump”, despite Heck saying recently that he now will not vote for him. Heck has also turned things around on Catherine Cortez Masto (D) by accusing her of being hypocritical for criticizing controversial things Trump has said, but not criticizing some of Reid’s own outrageous comments. Heck also has to walk a fine line on Trump, choosing not to criticize him publicly at a recent rally in Ely where some in the audience were wearing Trump’s “Make America Great Again” hats. There is concern that some Trump-supporting Republicans will use Nevada’s famous “None of the Above” option in protest against Heck saying he will not vote for Trump.
NH-Sen: Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R) is criticizing Donald Trump’s refusal to accept the results of the presidential election in advance, saying “The voters are going to decide this election, and Donald Trump needs to accept the outcome. If there are reports that need to be investigated, they will be, as I used to do as Attorney General.” Ayotte has been accused by Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) of not standing up to Trump enough.
CA-10, CA-25, CA-49: Two national political analysts are increasingly seeing 3 Republican held seats in danger due at least in part to Trump. The Cook Political Report and Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball have both moved the Republican held seats of Rep. Jeff Denham (CA-10), Rep. Steve Knight (CA-25), and Rep. Darrell Issa (CA-49) from “lean Republican” to “toss-up”. Trump being a bad fit for California, dispirited Republicans not turning out, and the US Senate race featuring two Democrats are cited as reasons why the 3 seats are more vulnerable.
OK-Gov 2018: Attorney General Scott Pruitt (R) says he is considering running for governor in 2018 and will make a decision sometime after the November election. Pruitt had also been mentioned as a possible candidate for the OK-1 congressional seat in 2018 as Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R) appears set on sticking to a three term limit pledge he made when he first ran. However, Pruitt says he is not considering a run for Congress.
WA Republicans/Trump: The state of Washington appears to be the strongest hotbed of anti-Trump sentiment among Republican candidates. Only one Republican for statewide office, LG candidate Marty McClendon has pledged to support him. Others, including gubernatorial candidate Bill Bryant, US Senate nominee Chris Vance, state treasurer candidates Michael Waite and Duane Davidson and state auditor candidate Mark Miloscia have either said they will not support him or have refused to say who they will support.