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Campaign Wrap: After Losses, Front-runners Burrow Into New York

A list of lists of everything you need to know about the day that was in U.S. politics.

Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump are planting themselves in their home state of New York ahead of its April 19 primary to rebound from their Wisconsin primary losses yesterday.

  • Trump plans a major rally on Long Island tonight—about 18,000 people have requested tickets, the New York Times reports
  • A Monmouth U. poll out today shows Trump enjoying a strong lead in N.Y.’s GOP race with 52 percent support
    • John Kasich at 25 percent, Ted Cruz at 17 percent
  • “I can’t see Ted Cruz getting much of a reception at all” in the state, Long Island GOP Rep. Peter King said, according to the Washington Post
  • Clinton already has been making appearances in the New York City area and plans to visit Buffalo and Rochester later this week
  • Quinnipiac poll from last week showed her with 54 percent support, Bernie Sanders at 42 percent
  • After losing in Wisconsin by almost identical margins—Trump by 13.1 ppts to Cruz, Clinton by 13.5 ppts to Sanders—the pressure is on the pair to respond with substantial wins in N.Y.


Clinton said on MSNBC that Sanders’ interview earlier this week with the New York Daily News shows he “hadn’t done his homework” on breaking up banks

  • The interview “raised a lot of really serious questions,” she said when asked if Sanders was qualified for presidency
  • In interview with Politico, Clinton questioned whether Sanders is a Democrat
  • Sanders is registered as an independent in Vermont; labels self on trail as Democratic Socialist
  • On Twitter, Clinton said she’s “glad to hear Pfizer is calling off the merger” with Allergan
  • Clinton said Dept. of Labor’s fiduciary rule released today “will stop Wall Street from ripping off families”

Sanders tweeted that Pfizer merger was attempt to dodge U.S. taxes

  • He praised Obama admin for “taking decisive action” on it

Trump addressed anti-abortion-rights leaders at 115 Forum in Washington today before heading to N.Y., Politico reports

  • NBC reports fighting among Trump campaign staff

Cruz, responding to Trump campaign statement last night after Wisconsin results were in that Texas senator is “being used” to party bosses, said Trump “gets very angry when the voters reject him”

  • In the Bronx, Cruz told reporters that when he criticized “New York values” earlier in campaign, he meant the “values of the liberal Democratic politicians”
  • “The people of New York know exactly what those are”

Top campaign advisers to Kasich, including John Weaver and Charlie Black, are meeting with GOP activists in Washington today to discuss the Ohio governor’s strategy for continuing his campaign, AP reports


Former CIA and NSA Director Michael Hayden endorsed Ohio Governor John Kasich



PA: Trump leads Cruz by 9 ppts, a Quinnipiac poll shows

  • Among Democrats, Clinton has 50 percent, Sanders 44 percent



IN-SEN: Senate Leadership Fund, a Republican super-PAC working to protect party’s 54-46 Senate majority, reported spending $239,000 on TV/online ads to aid Rep. Todd Young in competitive GOP primary races

  • Young is “true Hoosier conservative” who’s “stood up to President Obama and his liberal agenda,” according to TV ad
  • Young and Rep. Marlin Stutzman competing in May 3 primary; ex-Rep. Baron Hill is Democratic nominee

KY-SEN: Lexington Democratic mayor Jim Gray, who’s challenging Republican Sen. Rand Paul, loaned his campaign $1 million, raised $750,000 more from donors in Q1, according to campaign release

IL-SEN: Republican Sen. Mark Kirk released internal poll showing him trailing Democrat Tammy Duckworth by 3 ppts: Chicago Sun-Times

MD-SEN: Democratic Rep. Donna Edwards is “fighting to ban assault weapons and putting the safety of our communities first,” according to ad from Working for Us, a labor-aligned super-PAC; ad first aired yesterday in Baltimore market

  • National Nurses United is supporting Edwards, the Washington Post reports; union has been aiding Bernie Sanders
  • Edwards faces Rep. Chris Van Hollen in April 26 primary for retiring Sen. Barbara Mikulski’s seat

PA-SEN: Democrats Katie McGinty, ex-Rep. Joe Sestak, and Braddock mayor John Fetterman held debate yesterday; can be seen here

  • McGinty will “always stand up for manufacturing, higher wages, and equal pay for women, so opportunity never gets out of reach,” according to ad from Emily’s List that first ran in Philadelphia market yesterday
  • Sestak is “only” Democrat in April 26 primary who would freeze fracking, according to ad from pro-Sestak super-PAC Accountable Leadership
  • Ad also touts his vote for Obamacare when he served in U.S. House

MD-HOUSE: GOP Gov. Larry Hogan wrote to President Obama to bolster bid for ballot proposal on non-partisan redistricting: Washington Post

  • White House hasn’t responded; Democrats in state legislature oppose measure, saying they want national change or regional deal with Republican-controlled states
  • NOTE: Democrats control 7 of 8 U.S. House seats in Md.; some lawmakers have proposed non-partisan redistricting compact with Va., where Republicans hold 8 of 11 seats

MD-08: “If you want a political insider who takes money from PACs and lobbyists, I’m not your guy,” wine retailer David Trone says in ad airing in Washington market

  • Trone, Kathleen Matthews, Jamie Raskin among Democrats in April 26 Democratic primary seeking Van Hollen’s seat

AZ-05: Republican Don Stapley, ex-Maricopa County supervisor, filed statement of candidacy to seek retiring GOP Rep. Matt Salmon’s seat

  • Stapley “left office amid battles with Sheriff Joe Arpaio,” Arizona Republic reported

PA-16: Ad backing state Sen. Lloyd Smucker in GOP primary labels fellow Republican Chet Beiler “professional politician” and “three-time loser”; campaign ad also says Smucker is a “proven conservative” with good marks from conservative groups

  • Winner of April 26 primary favored to succeed retiring Republican Rep. Joe Pitts in district that includes Reading and Lancaster

NY-22: Third-party challengers don’t typically make much noise in House races, but this one may be different—Martin Babinec, Independence Party candidate, has put $1m of own money in race to succeed retiring Republican Rep. Richard Hanna, Syracuse Post-Standard reports

  • Swing seat rated “Toss Up” by Cook Political Report; at least 3 Republicans, 2 Democrats also running
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