US Mid-Term Elections Campaign Reader
by Charles Lemos, Sun Aug 15, 2010 at 02:19:36 AM EDT
Meg Whitman Coughs Up Another $13 Million
The Sacramento Bee reports the former eBay CEO Meg Whitman upped her personal contribution in her attempt to win, or is it buy, the Governorship of California by another $13 million bringing her total out-of-her-own-pocket investment to a cool $104 million. Attorney General Jerry Brown's campaign had $23 million in the bank as of June 30.
Florida GOP Gubernatorial Primary Poll
A new poll by the St. Petersburg Times gives Rick Scott, the former Columbia/HCA CEO, a ten point lead over Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum.
Despite lingering questions about his business record and a Medicare fraud scandal in his background, the former health care executive has a 10 percentage-point lead over rival Bill McCollum ahead of the Aug. 24 primary in part because voters see Scott as the candidate who can best pull the economy out of the doldrums.
"Whoever's better on the economy is going to win this thing," Ipsos pollster Julia Clark said. "I would be happy to put money on it."
The statewide telephone survey conducted for the St. Petersburg Times, Miami Herald, Bay News 9 and Central Florida News 13 shows Scott with 42 percent support, McCollum 32 percent, 3 percent favoring another candidate and 23 percent undecided, even after the two men and their allied groups have spent a combined $47 million on TV ads.
The poll of 602 registered voters was conducted Aug. 6-10 by Ipsos Public Affairs, a nonpartisan research company based in Washington, D.C. The margin of error is plus or minus 4 percentage points overall and 5.9 percent for questions asked of Republicans.
The Times's poll also previews the three way race in the general election come November between Rick Scott, Democrat Alex Sink and independent Lawton "Bud" Chiles. Scott leads Sink, 30 percent to 29 percent with Chiles garnering 14 percent. A quarter of the electorate is still undecided.
Meanwhile the Orlando Sentinel reports that Democratic gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink is launching her first TV buy next week. Sink has raised $7.4 million. Sink has largely sat on the sidelines this summer while Republicans Bill McCollum and Rick Scott have combined to spend $47 million so far. Sink made a $853,000 TV ad buy. Sink's ads will run in Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville, West Palm Beach and Tallahassee starting Monday through the August 24 primary.
As of August 1, Scott had spent $25.2 million on winning the Republican primary for governor, not just shattering the record set by Charlie Crist in a general election but also breaking the $24.9 million state spending cap. In the last two weeks, Scott has spent another $9 million. In addition to the $34 million Scott has spent, his affiliated 527, Let’s Get to Work, has spent more than $30 million in advance of the August 24 primary. The Florida Independent has more on the record amounts being spend in the Sunshine State just to win the GOP primary.
Mark Dayton, The Early Favorite in Minnesota
For someone whose political career was deemed at an end after one rather ignominious term in the Senate, Mark Dayton is enjoying quite the revival to his political fortunes. After narrowly winning the Democratic-Farmer-Labor primary, Mark Dayton has vaulted to an early lead in the Minnesota Governor's race. A Rasmussen Reports poll finds Dayton with 45 percent of the vote compared with 36 percent for Republican Tom Emmer. Tom Horner of the Independence Party trails with 10 percent; another 10 percent are undecided. More on the race from the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Bill White, "I'm in It For Texas"
Here's an ad that the Bill White campaign has been running now for about two weeks. It's a 60 second spot articulating his vision for Texas.