Voters on both sides of the aisles in New Hampshire have clearly lost their minds. You can scroll down to see our complete primary night coverage below. South Carolina is 10 days away. Hopefully voters there have more sense than to just pick a candidate because they got electrolytes.
MI-Gov: A petition to recall Governor Rick Snyder (R) from office will soon be circling the state. The Michigan Board Of Canvassers approved a petition Monday night to recall the Governor, but not over the Flint Water crisis– but rather for his decision in 2015 to move the state school reform office to a department under his control. The petition is valid for only 180 days. Organizers have sixty days within that window to collect 789,133 valid signatures. While it is highly unlikely that they will be able to collect enough valid signature if it does somehow happen, the recall could be on the August 2, 2016 ballot. If Snyder is voted out Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley (R) would take his place until the next Gubernatorial Election.
IL-Sen: In an interview with the Chicago Tribune editorial board Rep Tammy Duckworth (D) blamed the radicalization of young Muslims who support ISIS on “people like Mark Kirk who demonize Muslims and Islam“. Sen Mark Kirk (R) took to Twitter to respond. In a series of tweets Kirk called Duckworth a “naive fool” and slamming Duckworth for living in a “fantasy world” and exhibiting a “misunderstanding” that would “put innocent American lives at risk.”
IN-Sen: Rep. Todd Young (R) may not have submitted enough valid petition signatures to qualify for Indiana’s Republican Senate primary, putting his campaign in jeopardy. To win spots on the primary ballot in Indiana, Senate candidates must get at least 500 registered voters in each congressional district to sign nominating petitions. But multiple hand counts of Young’s petitions conducted by the Indiana Democratic Party found just 498 valid signatures from Indiana’s 1st District, and the party now plans to challenge Young’s eligibility for the ballot. If true this is an unbelievable stupid error on the part of Young’s campaign and could hand the GOP nomination to Rep Marlin Stutzman without the need to fight a divisive primary.
NC-Sen: A High Point University poll has Sen. Richard Burr (R) leading his primary challenger Greg Brannob 46% to 10%. On the Democrat side ex-state Rep. Deborah Ross leads businessman Kevin Griffin 19-6 with 66% of voters undecided.
MD-8: Businessman David Trone (D) is going all in in his last minute bid for Congress. He’s dropped $1 million into ad buys in his first week in the campaign for this open D+11 district. Trone faces a crowded Democrat primary that included MSNBC host Chris Matthews’ wife Kathleen Matthews and state Sen. Jamie B. Raskin.
NC-2: The Club For Growth is going up on the air with $400,000 in ad spending in support of Jim Duncan (R) ahead of the March 15 primary with Rep. Renee Ellmers (R) in this R+10 district. The ad (which you can see here) hits Ellmers, who has a 61% rating from the CfG, as being way too liberal for North Carolina. In addition to Duncan, Ellmers has three other primary opponents, Frank Roche, Kay Daly and Tim D’Annunzio. In North Carolina, the top two vote-getters in a primary only advance to a runoff if no one takes more than 40 percent.
NC-Redistricting: A Federal court has denied the request to stay a judge’s order to redrawn North Carolina’s congressional districts.
OH-8: The Club for Growth just launched an ad campaign on behalf of Warren Davidson (R) ahead of the primary for the special election for the R+15 seat of former House Speaker John Boehner. Davidson has revived the backing of conservative and tea party groups like the CfG in the crowded primary that includes state Sen. Bill Beagle and State Rep Tim Derickson.
State, Local & Other:
IN-Lt Gov: Governor Mike Pence (R) has made it official and announces that he will nominate Eric Holcomb (R) as Indiana’s next lieutenant governor following current Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann’s (R) announcement that she will resign to become president at Ivy Tech Community College. Holcomb dropped out of the race for Senate to become Lt Governor.
IL HD-5: The Democrat primary for this heavily Democrat state house seat in Chicago has turned into a proxy war between House Speaker Mike Madigan (D) and Gov. Bruce Rauner (R). The incumbent state Rep Ken Dunkin (D) has broken with Madigan on 2 key votes that prevented Democrats from overturning Rauner vetoes. As punishment Madigan and the Chicago Democrat machine is backing Juliana Stratton (D) in the the March 15 primary.
WI-State Supreme Court: In the final days before a three-way primary for state Supreme Court two of the leading candidates have launched new TV ads. Milwaukee County Judge Joe Donald and Appeals Court Judge JoAnne Kloppenburg debuted their ads in recent days as they challenge Bradley, who was appointed to the state Supreme Court by Republican Gov. Scott Walker in October. Bradley has not run her own TV ad, but is benefiting from about $1 million in spending by the conservative Wisconsin Alliance for Reform. The two who perform best in the Feb. 16 primary will advance to the April 5 general election.
MD-Felon Voting: Democrats who control the Maryland Senate have overridden a veto of a bill that would restore the voting rights of convicted felons once they physically leave prison, but before they complete their full sentence by serving their probation.
PA-AG: The top-ranking Republican in the state Senate has said that the Senate will vote today on whether to remove from office Attorney General Kathleen Kane (D) from office.
MN-SD-35, MN-LD-50B: Republicans went 2 for 2 last night in MN, as we easily held a state Senate seat with ex-State Rep. Jim Abeler (R) and picked up a state house seat with realtor Chad Anderson (R), son-in-law of a State Senator.