Highlights from the Past Week

BoulderCityscapeColorado: The Republican candidates for the primary election are set in stone. Tom Tancredo (R) is the only Republican candidate to qualify for the ballot with a sufficient amount of signatures. In order to qualify for the ballot with signatures, the candidates needed to collected 1,500 signatures from the seven Congressional districts, meaning the qualified minimum number of signatures required was 10,500. Of the 16,634 signatures Tom Tancredo collected, 13,158 signatures passed validity checks. He used the “Pueblo strategy,” a tactic harnessed for a recall campaign that references online voter-registration records, to ensure the signatures were from registered voters. Bob Beauprez (R) also turned in signatures to qualify for the ballot, but the status of his submission is still unknown. In order to qualify for the ballot without signatures, the five remaining Republican candidates needed to qualify by winning enough votes at the Colorado Republican Party State Assembly in Boulder, Colorado. Mike Kopp (R) and Secretary of State Scott Gessler (R) qualified, narrowing the field of Republican primary candidates to four.

Maryland: In case you missed it, former President Bill Clinton endorsed Maryland Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown (D) last week in the Maryland gubernatorial race.

Massachusetts: The candidates reported campaign finance numbers for March. Attorney General Martha Coakley (D) ended March with $519,000 in cash on hand, while State Treasurer Steve Grossman (D) finished the month with more than $966,000 in cash on hand. Juliette Kayyem (D) possessed more than $240,000, Don Berwick held on to $150,000 and Joseph Avellone ended March with more than $140,000 in cash on hand. Charlie Baker (R), the lone Republican candidate, concluded March with the largest war chest of the candidates at more than $730,000 in cash on hand.

Pennsylvania: Lastly, the Pennsylvania primary election candidates reported finance numbers as well and these were far more revealing. Tom Wolf (D) spent more than $5 million in March and finished the month with more than $7 million in cash on hand. He leads all of the primary candidates – Governor Tom Corbett (R) included – with the largest war chest. State Treasurer Rob McCord (D) spent nearly $3 million and concluded March with more than $3.6 million on hand. United States Representative Allyson Schwartz (D) raised the most funds – more than $1.5 million – and only spent a $1 million in March. She entered the month of April with more than $5 million. Katie McGinty (D) raised more than $1.1 million, spent more than $1.2 million and ended March with $1.6 million. Finally, Tom Corbett (R) raised $1.4 million, spent nearly $3 million and finished March with nearly $6 million in cash on hand.

This is some serious cash for political campaigns competing in a visible and competitive contest. In case you missed the news in the last few weeks, a good chunk of these funds were used to purchase and air advertisements across Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania primary election is in May and with four competitors seeking the party nomination, the most realistic outcome may be a close win by plurality of votes. Airing advertisements early on in a race is an effective way to control character definition and promote name recognition. Tom Wolf’s campaign is a good example of this strategy: he has enjoyed a considerable lead propelled in part by an early television advertisement campaign. A recent poll indicated most voters who viewed a TV ad watched one of his.

In addition, the Democrats faced off at two debates last week. All four Democrats attended a debate to discuss education, while only three appeared at a general debate. In the education debate, the four candidates criticized Governor Tom Corbett’s education policies and advanced their own policy stances. In the general debate at the Harrisburg Campus of the Widener School of Law, Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz went on the offensive against her primary opponent Tom Wolf. She wanted him to speak about the details of the $4 million loan he took out to fund his gubernatorial campaign, which subsequently funded his early advertisement campaign. He released the details of the loan after the debate.

2014 Governors News

Alabama

Governor Robert Bentley (R):

Arizona

Secretary of State Ken Bennett (R):

State Treasurer Doug Ducey (R):

Arkansas

Candidates:

California

Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (R):

Neel Kashkari (R):

Colorado

Governor John Hickenlooper (D):

Greg Brophy (R):

Secretary of State Scott Gessler (R):

Steve House (R):

Tom Tancredo (R):

Connecticut

Governor Dan Malloy (D):

Republican Candidates:

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton (R):

State Senate Minority Leader John McKinney (R):

Florida

Governor Rick Scott (R):

Georgia

Candidates:

State Senator Jason Carter (D):

State Schools Superintendent John Barge (R):

Governor Nathan Deal (R):

David Pennington (R):

Idaho

A.J. Balukoff (D):

Illinois

Candidates:

Governor Pat Quinn (D):

Iowa

State Senator Jack Hatch (D):

Governor Terry Branstad (R):

Tom Hoefling (R):

Kansas

Governor Sam Brownback (R):

Maine

Governor Paul LePage (R):

Maryland

Candidates:

Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown (D):

Attorney General Doug Gansler (D):

Larry Hogan (R):

Massachusetts

Candidates:

Joseph Avellone (D):

State Treasurer Steve Grossman (D):

Juliette Kayyem (D):

Charlie Baker (R):

Michigan

Mark Schauer (D):

Governor Rick Snyder (R):

Minnesota

Governor Mark Dayton (D):

Scott Honour (R):

State Representative Kurt Zellers (R):

Nebraska

Chuck Hassebrook (D):

State Senator Tom Carlson (R):

Nevada

Governor Brian Sandoval (R):

New Mexico

Attorney General Gary King (D):

Governor Susana Martinez (R):

New York

Candidates:

Governor Andrew Cuomo (D):

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino (R):

Ohio

Candidates:

Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald (D):

Larry Ellis Ealy (D):

Governor John Kasich (R):

Oklahoma

Governor Mary Fallin (R):

Oregon

Governor John Kitzhaber (D):

Pennsylvania

Democratic Candidates:

State Treasurer Rob McCord (D):

Katie McGinty (D):

United States Representative Allyson Schwartz (D):

Tom Wolf (D):

Rhode Island

Candidates:

Democratic Candidates:

General Treasurer Gina Raimondo (D):

South Carolina

Candidates:

Tom Ervin (I):

State Senator Vincent Sheheen (D):

Governor Nikki Haley (R):

Texas

Candidates:

Attorney General Greg Abbott (R):

State Senator Wendy Davis (D):

Vermont

Governor Peter Shumlin (D):

Wisconsin

Governor Scott Walker (R):

Wyoming

Republican Candidates:

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