SC House Race
TUESDAY SPECIAL – “Norman leads SC-05 GOP primary by 200 votes with all precincts in,” by Campaign Pro’s Kevin Robillard: “Real estate developer Ralph Norman, a former state representative who won the backing of national conservative groups, has a 200-vote advantage over state Rep. Tommy Pope with all precincts reporting in South Carolina’s 5th District GOP primary runoff – a 0.6 percentage point margin that will trigger an automatic recount.”
– “If Norman’s advantage holds, he will face Democrat Archie Parnell in the June 20 special election to fill OMB Director Mick Mulvaney’s former, heavily Republican House seat. … [C]onservatives rushed in to lift Norman, who said he would join the House Freedom Caucus if elected. The Club for Growth spent heavily on his behalf, attacking Pope as a personal injury lawyer and career politician. Former Gov. Nikki Haley, former Sen. Jim DeMint and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz all endorsed Norman. … Both Republicans have been considered heavy favorites in potential matchups with Parnell, a former Goldman Sachs executive and congressional staffer.” Full story. See the election results here.
MT Special Election
NEXT SPECIAL UP – “Quist pivots to health care in search of Montana upset,” by Campaign Pro’s Elena Schneider in Kalispell, Mont.: “A week from Election Day, the campaign to be Montana’s next House member is all about health care. Democrat Rob Quist is pivoting hard to health care, which ‘has taken over as the No. 1 issue’ for voters in the special election, he said at a rally as supporters waved handmade signs that said: ‘Save the ACA.’ Quist, reaching for an unlikely red-state upset, is attacking Republican Greg Gianforte’s taped statement that he was ‘thankful’ for the House GOP health care bill that passed earlier this month. ‘This is a rural state. This health care plan cuts so much funding for Montana,’ said Quist, kicking off a ‘hands off our health care’ series of rallies across the state before the May 25 special election. But the health care pivot has also highlighted some of Quist’s weaknesses as a candidate in a nationally watched special election. As Quist highlights his own health struggles and medical debt, Republicans are attacking his personal finances and legal history, including fraud accusations.” Full story.
VA Gubernatorial Race
HIDDEN HOMETOWNS – A closer look at what’s on the air in Virginia: Former Rep. Tom Perriello’s Virginia gubernatorial campaign has taken advantage of the fact that he was born in Charlottesville and represented the area in Congress, but now lives in Northern Virginia, by emphasizing his ties to both regions. And now a little birdie notes his ad featuring President Barack Obama has an added bonus for viewers in the D.C. area: tiny lettering indicating Perriello is speaking direct to camera from Alexandria, Va. The location isn’t noted in versions of the ad that have been running outside of the northern Virginia suburbs. Here’s the original version. Here’s the “Alexandria” version.
NJ Gubernatorial Race
BIDEN ON THE STUMP – “Joe Biden to visit N.J. to campaign for Phil Murphy,” by NJ Advance Media’s Brent Johnson: “Former Vice President Joe Biden will travel to New Jersey over Memorial Day weekend to campaign for Phil Murphy, the Democratic front-runner for governor … Biden is scheduled to appear at two events in Bergen County on May 28 to stump for Murphy — a private fundraiser in Edgewater and a public rally in Lyndhurst, according to Murphy’s campaign. … The visit marks the first time that a major political figure will wade into the crowded race to succeed Gov. Chris Christie.” Full story.