June 1, 2017

6-01-2017 POLITICO’S Morning Score Election Info….

“Montana GOP turns to next task: Taking on Tester,” by Campaign Pro’s Elena Schneider: “The moment Montana’s controversial and expensive special House election finished, state Republicans refocused on their original 2017 to-do list: finding a candidate to take down Democratic Sen. Jon Tester next year. But Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s departure for President Donald Trump’s Cabinet not only set off the House special but ‘threw a grenade’ into the GOP’s 2018 planning, said one national Republican who’s worked in Montana and, like many, expected Zinke to run against Tester. Republicans are quick to tout their deep bench in the state, but the fallout from Zinke’s decision to leave his House seat continues to affect his party. Attorney General Tim Fox is at the top of many Republicans’ wish list – but it’s also the worst-kept secret in Helena that he wants to run for governor in 2020, a door that appeared to open wider when Rep.-elect Greg Gianforte was charged with assaulting a reporter. Full story.
“Biden launches PAC, keeping options open,” by POLITICO’s Edward-Isaac Dovere: “Former Vice President Joe Biden will launch a new PAC on Thursday, American Possibilities, giving him a way of supporting candidates and keeping his own options open for a potential 2020 presidential run. Officially, the group will be ‘dedicated to electing people who believe that this country is about dreaming big, and supporting groups and causes that embody that spirit,’ according to the PAC’s launch materials. Biden has hired Greg Schultz, his political director during his second term as vice president, as the executive director of the PAC.” Full story.

AIR WAR – New Northam radio ad stars Rep. Bobby Scott: “Thirteen-term Rep. Bobby Scott, one of Virginia’s two black members of Congress, is starring in a new radio advertisement for Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam in the state’s Democratic gubernatorial primary.” Full story.

New NRCC ad attacks Ossoff as soft on ISIS, Iran: “The NRCC’s latest TV ad in the Georgia special election says “ISIS is infiltrating America,” criticizes Democrat Jon Ossoff’s support for the Iran nuclear deal, and ties Ossoff to national Democrats on the issue of Syrian refugees.” Full story.

Republican challenger to Warren airs radio ads: State Rep. Geoff Diehl, a GOP challenger to Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, is out with new radio spot where he attacks Warren and promises to “make Massachusetts great again.” Watch it here.

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