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Obama fundraiser brings in $3.2M for House Democrats

President Obama's Wednesday night fundraisers in San Francisco brought in more than $3.2 million for House Democrats.

The pair of fundraising events, one for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and another for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), brought in about half as much as the committee raises most months.

Obama, who didn't do much for the House and Senate Democratic party committees during the 2012 election, has been more focused on helping them this time around.

House Republicans brought in $14.4 million at their annual dinner in March, their biggest fundraiser of the year.

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Poll: Clinton, Biden both favored over top Republican 2016 candidates

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vice President Biden would both be favored over top Republican presidential candidates in a hypothetical 2016 match-up, according to a McClatchy-Marist poll released Wednesday.

The Democrats handily beat Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Sen. Rand Paul (R-Fla.), and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in head-to-head contests. Only one Republican — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie — was competitive with the Democrats, narrowly edging Biden and narrowly trailing Clinton.

Clinton was favored by 12 percentage points over Rubio, 11 points over Paul, 16 points over Bush and 3 points over Christie. Biden trailed the New Jersey governor 46 percent to 43 percent but held a 14-point edge over Rubio, a 9-point advantage on Paul and an 8-point lead over Bush.

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DCCC seeks to tie Sanford to other Republicans

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is seeking to tie former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R) to other House Republicans, pushing them to say whether or not they back the House nominee's campaign to return to Congress after his fall from grace.

The DCCC sent out press releases asking if GOP leaders and vulnerable House Republicans back Sanford, who won his House primary Tuesday night and is facing Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch in a GOP-leaning district.

The release points out criticism former presidential contender Mitt Romney and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) leveled at Sanford after he admitted to having an extramarital affair in 2009, and asks if Republicans support his campaign.

"Congresswoman [Cathy] McMorris Rodgers [(R-Was.)] owes it to the people of her district to make clear whether she supports House Republicans' new scandalous standard-bearer, Mark Sanford," DCCC spokeswoman Emily Bittner says in one version of the release. "Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers needs to decide if she is interested in looking out for middle class families, or in looking out for partisan allies who betrayed the public trust."

Sanford's nomination puts the GOP in a bind — the party might need to help him win the race, but it needs to avoid being tainted by his past scandal. Many Republicans have privately groused that his nomination hurts the party's image at a time they're trying to rebrand.

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