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Taegan Goddard’s Political Wire: Taegan Goddard’s Political Wire — News, polls and buzz
David Perdue (R) stunned Georgia’s Republican political establishment Tuesday by capturing the party’s U.S. Senate nomination in his first run for office, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.

Perdue “toppled 11-term Rep. Jack Kingston (R) by a narrow margin, setting up a battle of political newcomers with famous kin in the fall… In addition to his famous last name and lingering political network from his cousin, Perdue deployed $3 million of his own money to back his bid. Still, he was outspent by Kingston and allied Super PACs – including the deep pocketed U.S. Chamber of Commerce.”

Jim Galloway: 5 reasons Perdue shocked Georgia’s political world

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“Now I don’t assert where he was born, I will just tell you that we are all certain that he was not raised with an American experience. So these things that beat in our hearts when we hear the National Anthem and when we say the Pledge of Allegiance doesn’t beat the same for him.”

– Rep. Steve King (R-IA), quoted by BuzzFeed, on President Obama.
A new SurveyUSA poll in Florida shows Charlie Crist (D) leading Gov. Rick Scott (R) in the governor’s race by six points, 46% to 40%.

The previous poll had Scott leading by two points.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) “is back in the game,” the Washington Post reports.

“What he lacks in sizzle from 2011 he’s making up for with newfound substance on issues such as the economy and turmoil in the Middle East. And with tens of thousands of undocumented immigrant children streaming into Texas, the border crisis gives Perry an animating issue placing him at the forefront of Republican politics… Perry’s two days of campaigning across rural northern Iowa garnered rave reviews from local conservatives.”
New York gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino (R) slammed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) after Christie contended as head of the Republican Governor’s Association that Astorino has little chance in his race against Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), the Poughkeepsie Journal reports.

Said Astorino: “Clearly, he could come across the bridge and not just raise money for himself but raise money for the Republican candidate here – unless he is unable or unwilling because he has an issue that we don’t know about with Andrew Cuomo and the Bridgegate scandal. And if that’s the case and he feels he can’t do it, then maybe he should step down as chairman because his role is to raise money for Republican candidates.”
A new Roanoke College poll in Virginia shows Sen. Mark Warner (D) with a 25-point lead over challenger Ed Gillespie (R) in the U.S. Senate race, 47% to 22%, with Libertarian Robert Sarvis at 5%.
A new Harper Polling survey in Arizona shows a tightening Republican primary contest for governor with Doug Ducey (R) just ahead of Christine Jones (R), 23% to 21%, with another 22% undecided.
“There is no wiggle room. I am not running for president. No means no.”

– Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D), quoted by the Boston Globe.
Longshot New York congressional candidate Nick Di Iorio (R) “has been signed to star in a proposed reality show about candidates running in ‘unwinnable’ races. In a draft opinion released Monday, the Federal Election Commission said Di Iorio can appear on the series — as long as he doesn’t get paid,” the New York Daily News reports.
Tom Goldstein: “The Affordable Care Act took a potentially serious hit today when the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down a rule that extended the law’s health-care subsidies to residents of the three-dozen states where the federal government runs a health insurance exchange. But the fact that another court of appeals upheld the same rule on the same day shows that the legal issue is very thorny and will very likely be ultimately resolved by the Supreme Court. And the administration probably will come out ahead in the end.”

“The issue is so close and contentious that it is basically inevitable that the Supreme Court will have to resolve it. If case goes straight to the Supreme Court, we will get a final decision within a year; otherwise, it will probably be two. My best guess is that a majority of the Justices will cite the limited role of the courts and rule for the administration and uphold the rule by the same5-to-4 majority that rejected the major constitutional challenge to the law two years ago.”
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