Senate races

Senate races

Biden to campaign with McCaskill in Missouri

Just days after Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) said she would be skipping the Democratic National Convention, the incumbent lawmaker announced Friday she would be campaigning next month with Vice President Biden.

The vice president will attend a fundraiser July 9 in Kansas City, Mo., McCaskill's campaign announced. It will be Biden's first trip to the state as vice president.

"It's always a pleasure to welcome Vice President Joe Biden to the great State of Missouri and I am humbled by his support for my re-election campaign," said McCaskill in a statement.


Former Dem Rep. Obey accuses GOP Senate candidate of McCarthyism

Wisconsin Senate candidate and businessman Eric Hovde's (R) recent remarks to The Hill that Rep. Tammy Baldwin's (D-Wis.) political philosophy is based in "communism" amounts to McCarthyism and should disqualify him from serving in the Senate, according to former Rep. David Obey (D-Wis.).

Hovde told The Hill last week that Baldwin's "philosophy has its roots in Marxism, communism, socialism, extreme liberalism."

Obey, the fiery former head of the House Appropriations Committee, reached out to The Hill with an angry response, comparing Hovde's "shameful comments" to those of former Sen. Joe McCarthy (R-Wis.), famous for his anti-communist witch hunts.

"Long before Eric Hovde was born, and long before he moved to Wisconsin to run for U.S. Senate after spending the last 24 years in Washington, D.C., working as a hedge fund banker, Wisconsin had a U.S. senator who, like Eric Hovde, made shameful comments about his opponents. His name was Joe McCarthy and he held the seat that Mr. Hovde is seeking," Obey said in a statement to The Hill. "Either Mr. Hovde's comments represent a viciousness and nastiness that voters are sick and tired of, or they represent an appalling ignorance of Wisconsin history where Bob La Follette founded Progressivism with the belief that government must keep the powerful big boys honest.'

Obey wasn't done.

"Clearly, Hovde's uninformed reading of Wisconsin history — he hasn’t learned the shameful lesson of McCarthyism — disqualifies him to represent the people of Wisconsin in the U.S. Senate," he continued. "I am confident the people of Wisconsin will teach that lesson to him."

Hovde's campaign stood by his comments and attacked Obey.

"The hyper-partisan opinions of a career politician like Congressman Obey who spent 42 years in Congress spending our nation to the brink of an economic collapse are of no concern to our campaign," Hovde spokesman Sean Lansing told The Hill. "His comments seem to be just the latest attempt by the Baldwin campaign to distract Wisconsin voters from her dismal record in Washington."

Obey supports Baldwin's Senate run but has not been involved at all in her campaign.


Sen. Brown retains single-digit lead over Mandel in Ohio

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) has a single-digit lead over his GOP rival, state Treasurer Josh Mandel, in a new poll from Public Policy Polling.

Brown leads Mandel 46 to 39 percent, according to the poll, potentially a tight lead considering the poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points, but in keeping with other recent polling evidence.


Polls: Sherrod Brown, Bob Casey in good shape, Bill Nelson vulnerable

Sens. Bob Casey Jr. (D-Pa.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) are in strong position for reelection, but Sen. Bill Nelson's (D-Fla.) race against Rep. Connie Mack (R-Fla.) has tightened considerably, according to a series of new polls from Quinnipiac University.

Nelson leads Mack by 41 percent to 40, a closer margin than most polls have shown and a sign that the race might be tightening as Mack becomes better-known. President Obama also led Mitt Romney by 4 percentage points in the poll.

{mosads}Both Casey and Brown hold double-digit leads over their opponents, according to the polls. The number is good news for Brown — most other recent polls have shown the race between him and Ohio state Treasurer Josh Mandel (R) within single digits, and while Mandel has had a few weeks of rough headlines, outside groups have already spent $8 million on his behalf, which had kept the race relatively close. Brown leads Mandel by 50 to 34 percent in the state, wider than Obama's 9-point lead in the poll.

Casey has maintained a strong lead in nearly every public poll of his race, and this is no exception: He leads Republican Tom Smith by 49 percent to 32, while Obama leads Romney by 45 to 39 in the same poll.

The Hill rates the Ohio and Florida races "lean Democratic" and the Pennsylvania race "likely Democratic."

All three polls were of more than 1,200 registered voters, were conducted from June 19-25 and had margins of error of 2.8 percentage points.

This post has been updated.


Warren Buffett fundraising for Nebraska Senate candidate Kerrey

Warren Buffett will co-host a fundraiser for Democrat Bob Kerrey at an event later this month, Kerrey's campaign confirmed Tuesday.

Kerrey's campaign said Buffett will host the Omaha event along with other representatives of the business community. Kerrey is running to replace the retiring Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.).


FreedomWorks unlikely to jump into Wisconsin Senate race

The Tea Party-affiliated FreedomWorks is unlikely to get involved in Wisconsin's four-way GOP Senate primary, a group spokesman told The Hill, which is a good sign for former Gov. Tommy Thompson (R).

"It's a bit more likely that we don't jump in — that primary's soon," FreedomWorks Campaigns Director Brendan Steinhauser said. "Thompson isn't someone we'd consider one of us. With the other candidates, we're trying to see if they're one of us and could pull something off, or if there are a couple of candidates who are conservative we'd be happy about and wouldn't want to choose side."

The group's involvement would be an added headache for Thompson, who has already been targeted by the deep-pocketed, fiscally conservative Club for Growth and Sen. Jim DeMint's (R-S.C.) Senate Conservatives Fund, both of which are backing former Rep. Mark Neumann (R-Wis.).


Warren, Brown tied in new poll

Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) and Democrat Elizabeth Warren are tied at 46 percent support apiece, according to a new poll from the Democratic-affiliated Public Policy Polling.

The PPP poll shows Warren remaining steady — their last two polls had her at 46 percent as well — while Brown has slightly improved in the last few months. Brown remains viable in the heavily Democratic state because of a 24-point lead with independent voters.

This is the latest poll to show a neck-and-neck race: the last eight public polls of the race have had the candidates within 2 percentage points of each other.