Senate Conservatives Fund: Update on Endorsed US Senate Candidates
Our seven endorsed candidates for the U.S. Senate are all running strong, competitive campaigns, but they need help to win.
Please read the updates below and then make a contribution to support their campaigns.
MIKE BRAUN – Indiana
Businessman Mike Braun (R-IN) raised $2.5 million in the past quarter and currently has a slight lead over Senator Joe Donnely (D-IN) in the polls. It's not surprising that Donnelly is now ducking debates with Braun and is spending millions on attacks against him. Braun released a new TV ad to set the record straight and he's working hard to spread his message as a conservative outsider. This race gives Republicans one of the best pick-up opportunities across the country.
Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) is back to his old trick of pretending to be a centrist. In his latest act, he said Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) could "kiss my you know what" when asked about Schumer's efforts to pressure Manchin to oppose President Trump's Supreme Court nominee. It's clever posturing to get favorable headlines in West Virginia, but the truth is Manchin has benefited from millions of dollars from Schumer and his liberal campaign machine and will be a loyal supporter after the election. Morrisey currently trails Manchin by 6 points in the average of public polls, but he can close that gap if he has the funds to set the record straight.
The new vacancy on the Supreme Court highlights the importance of the U.S. Senate race in Tennessee and shows why electing U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) is critical. Former Governor Phil Bredesen (D-TN) was hand-picked and personally courted by Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to run for the Senate. There's no question that he will be bad on judges and must be defeated. Bredesen is well-known in the state and currently leads Blackburn by 5 points in the average of public polls. The Democrats will go all-out to win this race because they know it's the key to taking back the majority in the Senate. Meanwhile, many establishment donors within Tennessee think they can "work with" Bredesen and so they are backing their old pal instead of Blackburn. This goes to show how important conservative grassroots support will be in this race!
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) continues to keep his promises and fight for less government and more freedom. He's one of the leaders in the Senate when it comes to confirming good judges and he has vocally stood up for strong immigration enforcement at a time when many liberals want to abolish ICE and have open borders. Cruz's conservative leadership has made him a top target of the left, which is why his opponent, U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-TX), is raising tens of millions of dollars. Cruz leads O'Rourke by 8 points in the average of public polls, but conservatives cannot take this race for granted.
Combat veteran and businessman John James (R-MI) continues to gain support in the Republican primary election for U.S. Senate. But he faces a real challenge from Sandy Pensler (R-MI), a liberal “Republican” who first ran for Congress in 1992. He’s using $5 million of his own personal fortune to attack James on the airwaves and to drown out the voices of the conservative grassroots. Pensler is pro-choice, he favors government-run health care, and he is highly critical of President Trump. That's why conservatives must unite and help John James win this critical nomination.
Coming off the primary victory, State Auditor Matt Rosendale (R-MT) is raising money at a faster rate and is gaining in the polls. In June, he trailed Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) by eight points, but a month later he only trails by 3 points. Senator Tester continues to do everything he can to convince the voters that he's one of them, but his record is one of a very liberal politician. Vice President Mike Pence will be in Montana later this month to campaign for Rosendale in what is one of the biggest battleground races in the country. If voters learn the truth about "two-faced Tester," Rosendale will win.
A new poll shows State Attorney General Josh Hawley overtaking Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) by two points (48% Hawley, 46% McCaskill). Hawley still trails McCaskill in the average of public polls by one point, but he's moving in the right direction. McCaskill continues to duck debates with Hawley and will likely oppose the nomination of Brett Kavanagh to the U.S. Supreme Court. This race gives conservatives a major pick-up opportunity, but Hawley will need a lot of help to make sure Missouri voters know the truth about McCaskill and her liberal record.