Fundraising reports to watch in other Senate primaries include both parties’ top candidates in New Mexico, where Rep. Martin Heinrich and state Auditor Hector Balderas are battling for the Democratic nomination and to keep the seat in Democratic hands. Republicans Heather Wilson, a former Congresswoman, and Lt. Gov. John Sanchez are squaring off for the GOP nod.
The most high-profile potential candidate still sitting on the sidelines is former Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle (R), who has said she will announce her plans this fall. While the two-term governor would have a tough road to win Obama’s home state in a presidential cycle, her entrance would help the NRSC expand the map.
“The goal is always to expand the playing field as much as possible, especially if you’re on offense,” LaCivita said.
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.