You know who's had a pretty solid week? The National Republican Senatorial Committee. Three stories illustrate the point:
Republican former congressman Pete Hoekstra has changed his mind and will run against Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) next year, according to sources familiar with his plans. Hoekstra, who had said in April that he would not pursue the seat, gives Republicans a big-name recruit in a race where the GOP had struggled to land a well-known candidate even as the race was starting to look like a real opportunity. A poll released earlier Tuesday showed Stabenow has fallen out of favor with Michigan voters. Just 38 percent approved of her job performance, while 51 percent disapproved.
A few months after Sen. Claire McCaskill was entwined in a scandal over the use of her personal plane for campaign travel, the Missouri Democrat has released amended campaign finance reports dating back to 2006. According to the new filings with the Federal Elections Commission, McCaskill’s campaign committee had failed to account for 143 contributions in the ‘06 cycle, totaling nearly $277,000. The committee also missed about $277,000 in disbursements. During that cycle, McCaskill raised $11.5 million.