New Jersey: Republicans just got a top-tier recruit – former CEO of Celgene and Marine veteran Bob Hugin. He can self-fundraise in one of the nation’s most expensive states (split between the New York and Philadelphia metro areas) because he’s multi-millionaire who made $22.5 million in 2016. He is challenging incumbent Senator Bob Menendez, who was indicted last year for corruption but had the charges dropped a few weeks ago. Menendez entered January with $4.1 million in the bank. Trump, who has properties in the state, lost the blue state to Clinton 55%-41%.
Minnesota’s 8th: Democrats have a replacement for Rick Nolan in this Obama-Trump district: North Branch (population 10,000) Mayor Kirsten Kennedy.
Virginia’s 5th: Former congressional staffer Roger Dean Huffstetler (D) has taken the fundraising lead in the Democratic Party nomination to challenge Republican Congressman Tom Garrett in this Charlottesville-area seat that Trump (53%), Romney (53%), and McCain (52%) won. He has a ton of baggage though. He’s a carpetbagger who moved into the district 18 months ago, had to borrow a truck for a TV ad photo shoot, and even faked a southern accent. Records show Huffstetler first registered to vote in Virginia in May 2016, but was once registered to vote in Nancy Pelosi’s district.