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Senate races

Pro-Steelman super-PAC has $450K to spend in Missouri

A super-PAC backing former Missouri state Treasurer Sarah Steelman (R) has just shy of $450,000 to spend in the closing weeks of her primary against businessman John Brunner (R) and Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.), a sum that could be a big boost for the candidate.

Steelman has struggled with fundraising throughout the campaign. She raised just $240,000 in the last fundraising quarter, and has only $560,000 in the bank for the rest of her campaign.

The super-PAC's money will help her stay competitive on the airwaves against Brunner, a self-funding candidate who has already spent nearly $5 million of his own money on the race and who most obsververs say has jumped into the lead.

The primary is on Aug. 7.

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FreedomWorks splits with other conservatives, endorses Hovde in Wisconsin

The Tea Party-affiliated FreedomWorks has endorsed businessman Eric Hovde (R) in Wisconsin, a split between it and other prominent right-wing groups backing former Rep. Mark Neumann (R-Wis.).

"Just like in 2010, our activists want to send new blood to Washington — not the recycled politicians of a bygone era," FreedomWorks PAC Executive Director Max Pappas said, taking a shot at both Neumann and former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson (R). "FreedomWorks PAC activists overwhelmingly want Eric Hovde to be their next senator. They believe Hovde is the outsider they need — a fighter who understands the economy, who will go to the Senate and work to get government out of the way."

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Kaine, Allen agree to late July debate in deadlocked Va. Senate race

Former Virginia Govs. George Allen and Tim Kaine will debate in Hot Springs, Va. later this month in the state's hotly contested U.S. Senate race.

The July 21 event, sponsored by the Virginia Bar Association, will be moderated by CNN's Candy Crowley, with portions of the proceedings to be televised on her Sunday morning talk show.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to attract a national media representative – and someone of Ms. Crowley’s caliber – to moderate. This debate certainly will be one to attend, with Virginia’s Senate seat among the most hotly contested in Congress this year,” said Hugh M. Fain III, president of the VBA, in a statement.

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Poll: Tea Party win brewing in Texas primary

A new poll indicated that Tea Party star Ted Cruz could be poised for an upset victory in Texas' Republican Senate primary, leading state Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst by nine points in a survey released Thursday.

Cruz, a Cuban-American lawyer who has earned the endorsement of former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and the Club for Growth, held a 47-38 percent advantage in the survey, commissioned by Citizens United, an outside group supporting his candidacy.

“Ted Cruz clearly has the momentum in this pivotal race because he believes deeply in the core conservative principles that Texans live by,” said David Bossie, president of Citizens United, in a statement.

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Sen. Nelson outraises Rep. Mack in Florida Senate race

Florida's Sen. Bill Nelson (D) out-raised his presumed GOP challenger in the Florida Senate race during the second quarter, according to fundraising totals released Thursday.

Nelson reported raising $1.8 million in the quarter that ended June 30, giving him nearly $11 million in the bank.

Rep. Connie Mack (Fla.), Nelson's presumed GOP challenger after his primary competition dropped out last month, reported raising $839,000 during the second quarter, giving him just under $1.4 million in the bank.

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McCaskill raises $2.6 million

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) raised $2.6 million in the past three months, according to the Springfield News-Leader, a strong haul that will help her stay competitive on the airwaves this fall.

McCaskill has purchased $3 million in airtime for the fall, and has $3.6 million left in the bank.

She faces a tough race in the Republican-leaning state against any of the three Republicans vying for the GOP nomination, none of whom have released their fundraising totals yet. The Hill rates the race a "toss-up."

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Baldwin raises $2.2M; strongest quarter of campaign

Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) raised $2.2 million for her Senate campaign, her strongest quarter yet — and one that came while she was competing with the state's gubernatorial recall race for time and resources.

This is the second quarter in a row for which Baldwin has topped $2 million, though it's also the second consecutive quarter that she spent much of that. Baldwin now has $3.5 million cash on hand, an increase of just $600,000 from three months ago. Her campaign uses direct mail solicitation, an expensive fundraising method that often racks up huge topline numbers but costs nearly as much as it brings in.

The favorite of the liberal netroots is running neck and neck with former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson (R) in two polls released this week, while she has the edge over the other three Republicans in the race.

The Hill rates the race a "toss-up."

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