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Top GOP Ad-Maker Recovering From Cardiac Arrest

Scott Howell, a top Republican ad-maker, is being treated in an intensive care unit in Texas after going into sudden cardiac arrest on Monday. Howell is making progress, according to Dan Allen, a principal with Howell's firm. “Scotty and his family really appreciate the prayers and outpouring of support, it's definitely helping," Allen told CQ Roll Call. Howell, who lives in the Dallas area with his wife and two children, is the founder and CEO of Scott Howell & Co., whose congressional client list includes Sens. Lindsey Graham and John Thune, as well as the House and Senate GOP campaign arms. In an email to friends and colleagues Wednesday, Allen said Howell had a good day. "Overall Scott continues to make incremental progress, though he's not out of the woods yet," Allen wrote. "He is stable, responding to treatment and the doctors are working to build on that progress." A family friend created a Facebook page, "Prayers for Scotty Howell," to provide updates on Howell's condition. "Miracles happen! Scotty opened his eyes, moved his head, arms and squeezed Julie's hand after doctors took him off of sedation," according to an update posted Wednesday afternoon. Fellow GOP consultants have sent messages on Twitter and Facebook in support and prayer for Howell's recovery. For those who know him, or his great work, please pray for @howellgrp (Scott Howell). #pullthrusoon — Glen Bolger (@posglen) January 27, 2015 Our thoughts and prayers go out to Scott Howell and the entire @howellgrp family. Get well soon, Scotty. — Jamestown Associates (@weRjamestown) January 28, 2015 The 114th: CQ Roll Call's Guide to the New Congress Get breaking news alerts and more from Roll Call in your inbox or on your iPhone.