Former Vice President Dick Cheney has endorsed Marco Rubio in Florida's GOP Senate primary.
Dino Rossi is still weighing his options when it comes to challenging Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), but it might be too late, according to recent history.
A Smart Politics analysis shows that no candidate in the last decade has launched his or her campaign after April 3 of the election year and gone on to victory. And the man who entered the race the latest -- former Minnesota Sen. Mark Dayton (D) -- had gobs of money to throw at it.
Besides Dayton, the latest entry for a winning Senate candidate came from now-Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who got in the 2004 Colorado Senate race on March 10 of that year.
Rossi, meanwhile, has entertained the idea of waiting until the June filing deadline to launch a campaign against Murray. He said he can quickly tap all his old donors and have a solid electoral base to start with, by virtue of his two unsuccessful gubernatorial campaigns in 2004 and 2008.
That all may be true, but Republicans appear to be getting nervous about Rossi waiting too long. National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) Chairman John Cornyn (R-Texas) told The Hill recently that he'd like Rossi to make a decision sooner than later, so that both the candidate and the committee can get their house in order.
“I’ve been urging him to make a decision sooner rather than later because there’s a practical problem with not having enough time to do what you need to do before the election," Cornyn said.
As a side note, the longest campaign for a winning Senate candidate was Sen. Bob Corker's (R-Tenn.) 2006 campaign. He announced more than two years early, in October 2004.
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The South Carolina senator wants former Washington gubernatorial hopeful Dino Rossi to run, and says he'd be a "great candidate."
Former Lt. Gov. Jane Norton (R) moved to reinvigorate her Senate bid by replacing her campaign manager with one of the Colorado GOP's young political talents.
Norton's camp announced Tuesday that state Sen. Josh Penry (R) was taking over the top job, which was being vacated by Norm Cummings. Norton said she owed Cummings a "debt of gratitude" and that he would stay on in an advisory role.
Penry has a long political resume despite still being in his 30s. He was former Rep. Scott McInnis's (R-Colo.) press secretary, briefly a candidate for governor and toyed with a possible House run against Rep. John Salazar (D-Colo.). He's currently the state Senate minority leader but isn't running for a third term.
Norton also announced the hiring of Rich Beeson, formerly the Republican National Committee's political director, as a consultant.
"I am pleased to welcome two very experienced Coloradans to the campaign," Norton said in a statement. "We know this is not a 'business as usual' year, and we simply can't run a 'business as usual' campaign; that's why I've implemented these changes today."
Norton recently announced she planned to petition her way onto the August primary ballot. The move cost her a place at the state Republican assembly set for May 22. Meanwhile, her main rival for the GOP nod, Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck (R), is gaining momentum and support from national conservative groups.
Norton said her campaign would target "as broad an audience as possible."
"When I made the decision to pursue the Republican nomination via the petition process, my goal was to reach out to as broad an audience as possible, and I believe Josh and Rich will be critical to not only the success of achieving that goal but to victory in November," she said.
Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) on how the "conservative ideologies" of former Rep. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) are "out of touch with the state" and how he has a "better chance of convincing moderate Republicans and independents of that than" Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.).
"I intend to make Toomey look absolutely naked," Sestak told the Allentown Morning Call. "Here's a guy with policy who has no clothes."
The FBI and IRS have launched a criminal investigation into the
Florida Republican Party's issuing of credit cards.
President Obama will return to California in May for another fundraiser for Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.).
Sen. Bob Bennett (R-Utah) is bringing in one of Utah's favorite sons to help him in his reelection bid.
Mitt Romney will introduce Bennett at the state Republican convention -- the place that could decide Bennett's political future.
Jim Bennett, the senator's son and campaign manager, told the Desert News that Romney will bring excitement to the gathering because "he's the most popular political figure in the state of Utah, so we're glad to have him on our side."
"Nine of 10 voted for him the last presidential primary here," Jim Bennett noted of Romney. "He's been a strong supporter and wants to be as helpful as he can."
Romney, the first serious Mormon presidential candidate, attended Brigham Young University and headed the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter games.
Bennett has been under attack by conservatives in the state and faces a primary challenge from the right. He needs more than 60 percent of the delegates support at the convention in order to avoid a primary and more than 40 percent to avoid being bounced at convention. If he gets between 40 percent and 59 percent, a June 22nd primary would decide the Republican nominee.
It is not the first time Romney has helped Bennett. He attended a fundraiser for him last year.
New Hampshire Senate candidate Paul Hodes (D) got some bad news Tuesday.
The two-term congressman trailed two of his potential Republican rivals in a new poll.
And his so-called "Granny D constitutional amendment" to restrict campaign spending by corporations was panned by a major New Hampshire newspaper.
To the numbers: A Public Policy Polling survey conducted April 17-18 showed Hodes with an approval rating far below 50 percent. Moreover, he trailed Republicans Kelly Ayotte and Bill Binnie 47-40 and 46-41, respectively.
Meanwhile, the editorial board of Foster's Daily Democrat called Hodes's "Granny D" proposal, "vindictive, naive and is only aimed at part of the problem."
"Such pandering to the fears of voters may explain why recent polls show all the major Republican candidates beating him in a November election," the paper said.