Morning Political Roundup for May 22, 2012…Red Racing Horses

by: James_Nola
President

Romney: Last week, Woody Johnson said the Romney campaign would announce a counter to Obama’s Clooney fundraiser, but with someone even bigger than Clooney. Could this be it? Darth Vader himself will host a fundraiser for Romney. The former VP and his wife will host Romney at their Jackson Hole, WY home in July.

Oklahoma: Romney leads Obama 62-27 in the Sooner State according to The SoonerPoll.

Ohio: Despite calls from former Democratic Rep. Harold Ford, Democratic Newark Mayor Cory Booker, and his own former adviser Steve Rattner to end his attacks on capitalism, President Obama’s team is doubling down, adding $29k to an Ohio ad buy slamming Romney for Bain.

Santorum/Gingrich: I hope those extra few weeks of attention were worth it for Santorum and Gingrich, who ended their campaigns with $2.3 million and $4.8 million in debt, respectively.

Senate

Texas: Ted Cruz is closing in on David Dewhurst, one week ahead of the primary. According to a University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll, Dewhurst leads Cruz 40-31 with former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert at 17% and former ESPN analyst Craig James at 4%.

Missouri: Same story, different year. One year after she faced trouble for unpaid taxes on her private airplane (clearly a 99%er), Sen. Claire McCaskill is late on the taxes for her DC condo. Is there any race in the country where the candidates on both sides are so clearly flawed?

Ohio: I think we may have a sleeper for most expensive Senate election in 2012. With two high powered fundraisers on both sides and millions already being spent in Ohio, it could beat out VA and MA. Majority PAC, the Democratic Congressional Super PAC, has added $300k to its ad buy attacking Republican Josh Mandel. This brings their buy to $600k

OH-Sen, OH-16: This could be trouble for Republicans. Treasurer Josh Mandel and Rep. Jim Renacci are being investigated by the FBI for contributions from employees Suarez Corporation Industries.

Maine: FreedomWorks has endorsed Treasurer Bruce Poliquin for the Republican Senate nomination….

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