Romney: Social conservatives are jumping on board with the Romney campaign. The pro-life Susan B. Anthony List endorsed him, and pledged to spend $10 million electing him and pro-life Senate candidate. The National Right to Life also endorsed him. This follows an endorsement by the National Organization for Marriage. I'd anticipate and NRA endorsement soon, also, as Romney is headlining the annual NRA convention today.
New Jersey: Quinnipiac has Obama leading Romney 49-40. If Romney selects Christie as his running mate, that lead shrinks to 49-42. Close enough to be a tempting money hole.
National: A Fox News poll, conducted Monday-Wednesday, shows Romney taking the lead over Obama nationally, 46-44. Romney leads among independents 43-37, with each candidate taking 85% of their party. The dates of the poll are important, because Santorum dropped out on Tuesday, in the middle of the poll, and the Democrats launched a war on moms Wednesday night.
Texas: Ted Cruz raised $1.3 million in Q1.
Arizona: Rep. Jeff Flake (R): $935k raised, $3 million CoH
Montana: Its a tie in The Treasure State, with Rep. Denny Rehberg and Sen. Jon Tester both raising $1.2 million. This is a big improvement for Rehberg over previous quarters. Tester is still winning the CoH race with $3.8 million to Rehberg's $2.7 million.
Indiana: Finally a strong quarter for Treasurer Richard Mourdock in his primary to Sen. Dick Lugar. He raised $875k last quarter. Lugar raised slightly less, with $817k.
More Indiana: The Club for Growth has already spent $635k against Lugar here.
Even more Indiana: Need more evidence this is the hottest Senate primary in the country right now? The American Action Network is up with a $600k ad buy against Mourdock.
Pennsylvania: Sen. Bob Casey: $1.5 million raised, $5.2 million CoH
More Pennsylvania: This is the power of the state party endorsement: 33 members of the PA Legislature have endorsed Steve Welch.
Nebraska: AG Jon Bruning (R): $530k raised, $1.4 million CoH
PA-12: A huge get for Rep. Mark Critz in his primary against Rep. Jason Altmire: Bill Clinton. Clinton is still hugely popular among Democrats in SWPA and will also help Critz with his fundraising gap against Altmire. Crtiz is already taking advantage, with an ad showing him and Clinton together.
PA-17: Matt Cartwright's ads have always rubbed me the wrong way. But check out this one. Its just odd. And what's up with the tagline "Even though this guy looks like me, he will work for you."? I wish we had gotten someone better here, because I think we could beat Cartwright.
WA-??: Run Dennis, run!! Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich, on a trip to Washington state (!) was asked by a reporter about running for Congress there. His response? "I'm looking at all my options." (!!) Options include a run in the open WA-01 or 06, or the new WA-10. We theoretically have a shot at all three. Where would we most like to see him run?
NY-24: It likely has little effect, but Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle needs all the help she can get. Ursula Rozum, a former Obama and Maffei volunteer, will run as a Green Party candidate.
AK-AL: Democratic State Rep. Sharon Cissna is running against Rep. Don Young. Cissna has little shot to win, but I'd still like to see Young retire and let someone a little less corrupt and younger take over.