THE FINAL COUNTDOWN – “Virginia governor candidates sprint to primary finish,” by Campaign Pro’s Kevin Robillard: “The Democratic candidates to be Virginia’s next governor spent the final days of their primary in very different comfort zones, highlighting two starkly different interpretations of the energy currently coursing through their party. While Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam hit the campaign trail with Gov. Terry McAuliffe and both Democratic senators for scheduled events, flexing the establishment muscle behind his campaign, former Rep. Tom Perriello dashed from stop to stop on a hyperactive, 24-hours-straight campaign tour, intercepting voters at Waffle Houses and gelato shops around Virginia.”
– “Both campaigns are outwardly confident about winning Tuesday’s primary and setting up a November matchup with Republican Ed Gillespie, the front-runner in the GOP primary. But while both campaigns have adopted highly progressive platforms and leaned heavily on criticism of President Donald Trump during the primary, Perriello is also banking on unusually high turnout from irregular Democratic voters, motivated partly by backlash to Trump. Northam is counting on his steady campaign effort – including forceful denunciation of Trump – and validation from nearly all of Virginia’s top Democrats to appeal to the core party activists who usually decide these races. … Perriello supporters hope to see about 500,000 people turn out for Tuesday’s Democratic primary – a big increase over the 320,000 who showed up for the last competitive gubernatorial primary, in 2009. (Northam’s campaign does not expect the electorate to grow significantly.) Full story.
CLIMBING THE LADDER – “Jared Polis to join crowded 2018 race for governor,” by the Denver Post’s Mark K. Matthews: “In an interview with The Denver Post, the fifth-term lawmaker said his platform will focus on three initiatives: getting Colorado to use 100 percent renewable energy by 2040, ensuring parents can access free, full-day preschool or kindergarten for children age 3 and older, and encouraging companies in the state to provide stock options to employees. … One of Polis’ main rivals in the Democratic primary will be fellow congressman Ed Perlmutter … [f]ormer state Sen. Mike Johnston was one of the first Democrats to throw his hat into the ring, and he surprised many political observers by raising an eye-popping $625,000 in his first fundraising quarter. Also competing: Cary Kennedy, a former state treasurer, and businessman Noel Ginsburg.” Full story.
– OPEN SEAT WATCH – Potential Democratic candidates for Polis’ CO-02, via Roll Call’s Bridget Bowman: “Two Colorado Democrats said Joe Neguse could be a potential candidate. … One consultant also named two county commissioners, Dan Gibbs of Summit County and Elise Jones of Boulder County … [former Rep.] Betsy Markey … was also named as a prospect. Another Colorado Democrat said to keep an eye on state Sen. Stephen Fenberg, who founded the nonprofit New Era Colorado … Shannon Watts is also a candidate to watch. She founded Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.” Full story.
WHAT’S NEXT? – “Romney stokes speculation he’s weighing another political run,” by POLITICO’s Alex Isenstadt in Deer Valley, Utah: “… Spencer Zwick, a longtime Romney adviser and political gatekeeper, said he’d been inundated with appeals from Republican candidates asking the former GOP nominee to help them. Last week, Romney held his first fundraiser for a 2018 hopeful, an event benefiting Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, a Republican who has been fiercely critical of the president. Over the coming days, Romney is also expected to release a robocall boosting Georgia Republican Karen Handel, who has been losing ground in a high-stakes June 20 special House election she had once been favored to win.” Full story.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “The current model and the current strategy of the Democratic Party is an absolute failure.” – Sen. Bernie Sanders, speaking at the People’s Summit event in Chicago this weekend, via The New York Times.