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.
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., takes a selfie with his cut-out head during the Hoops for Youth 16th annual charity basketball game held at George Washington University's Smith Center, September 8, 2014. The members of Congress team beat the lobbyist team 46-40. Buy photo here.