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Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) Chairman Chris Van Hollen (Md.) will host a fundraiser for Rep. John Shadegg’s (R) opponent, Democrat Bob Lord, on Nov. 1 in Washington.

The news is the latest sign that Democrats will attempt to give Shadegg a run for his money. Lord has made a name for himself with his solid fundraising, pulling in more than $400,000 total the last three quarters.

Lord, an attorney, has also drawn the help of Gov. Janet Napolitano (D) and former state party chairman and 2006 Senate candidate Jim Pederson (D).

“For the first time since John Shadegg took office, this district is a nationally targeted race,” Lord said. “We are months ahead of where anyone expected us to be, and that is incredibly exciting.”

Shadegg took less than 60 percent of the vote for the first time in 2006, but still won by 21 points, 59-38.

— Aaron Blake


Physician Steve Sauerberg appears to have cemented himself as the Republican Party standard-bearer against Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinGOP senators voice confidence over uphill Senate battle Finger-pointing, gridlock spark frustration in Senate Hillicon Valley: Facebook takes down 'boogaloo' network after pressure | Election security measure pulled from Senate bill | FCC officially designating Huawei, ZTE as threats MORE (D) in 2008, as top state GOP officials endorsed his candidacy this week and a potential opponent opted out of the race last week.

State Republican Party Chairman Andy McKenna and Republican County Chairmen’s Association Chairman Randy Pollard will both back the political newcomer in his uphill battle against the Senate majority whip.
Last week, businessman Jim Nalepa decided not to run and endorsed Sauerberg.

The race is not seen as a top pickup opportunity for Senate Republicans.

“Steve’s campaign is both an opportunity to unite the Republican Party and an opportunity to send a senator to Washington who is committed to representing all Illinoisans,” Pollard said.

A campaign spokesman said Wednesday that Sauerberg will report raising $65,000 in the third quarter, but he contributed $250,000 of his own money and has $170,000 cash on hand. Sauerberg has pledged to contribute substantially to his own bid.

— A.B.


State Sen. Andy Harris (R) launched the first television ads of his primary campaign against Rep. Wayne Gilchrest (R) on Wednesday, comparing their views on immigration and taxes and accusing Gilchrest of harboring “liberal values.”
The ad buy is for cable and the campaign would not say how large it is. Harris is running to the right of the centrist Gilchrest.

Harris raised $350,000 in the third quarter, bringing his receipts to over half a million dollars for the cycle. He and Gilchrest stand about even at $400,000 cash on hand.

Gilchrest’s campaign said the ad’s message reeks of desperation.

“It kind of shows where Andy Harris is in his campaign,” Gilchrest spokesman Steven Crim said. “He’s not getting much traction with the voters and feels like he needs to attack Wayne.”

— A.B.

New Mexico

A poll conducted for 1st district congressional candidate Darren White shows the Bernalillo County sheriff might help save Rep. Heather Wilson’s (R) seat for Republicans.

The Public Opinion Strategies poll shows White ahead of leading Democratic candidate Martin HeinrichMartin Trevor HeinrichThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: Rep. Rodney Davis says most important thing White House can do on COVID-19 is give consistent messaging; US new cases surpass 50k for first time Overnight Defense: Navy won't reinstate fired captain | Dems probe use of federal officers in DC | Air Force appoints woman as top noncommissioned officer Dems request watchdog probe use of federal law enforcement in DC during Floyd protests MORE 51-33 in a head-to-head match-up. It also shows him in front of 2006 Democratic nominee Patricia Madrid, 51-39.

White’s name ID in the poll is 74 percent, and he leads other Republican contenders by a wide margin. The poll surveyed 400 likely voters last week.

Wilson, who beat Madrid by less than 1,000 votes in her swing district last year, announced earlier this month that she will run for retiring Sen. Pete Domenici’s (R) seat.

“These numbers prove just how widespread Darren White’s appeal is across the district,” said National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Ken Spain. “New Mexicans seem to like the idea of sending a sheriff to Congress to clean things up.”

A spokeswoman for Heinrich, Maura Dougherty, called the poll “absurd.”

“The idea that this guy’s at 51 percent having been in the race for, like, an hour and a half, defies belief,” Dougherty said. “I think it’s ridiculous on its face.”

— A.B.


The husband of the late Rep. Jo Ann Davis (R) — she died two weeks ago after a battle with breast cancer — will run in the special election for her seat.

Chuck Davis made the announcement over the weekend, one week after his wife died. He said he might also pursue reelection if he wins the special election, which has yet to be scheduled.

Davis has never served in elective office, but he insisted that he has been an integral part of his wife’s operations.

His entry could discourage other candidates from getting in the special election because they are hesitant to run against a sympathetic candidate. The GOP nominee will be chosen by a convention, and the district favors Republicans.

— A.B.