Senate Republican fundraising shows greater GOP interest in Michigan election than Louisiana

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The National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee will host a fundraiser Wednesday for Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La., who is challenging Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu in one of the most hotly contested races of the upcoming midterm elections.

But, so far, the big names who have committed to fête Michigan Republican Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land in Washington on Tuesday, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, have not signed on to attend Cassidy's event. The invitation to Cassidy's function, provided to the Washington Examiner, lists Sens. David Vitter, R-La., and NRSC Chairman Jerry Moran, R-Kan., as slated to attend.

Land's fundraiser also asks contributors to give far more, ranging from $1,000 to $10,400 for personal donations and $2,500 to $10,000 for political action committees. Cassidy's event would cost $500 for individuals and $1,000 for PACs.

Cassidy's race in Louisiana looks more likely to swing in Republicans' favor than the open seat in Michigan. Land has so far posted strong polling and fundraising numbers in line with those of her likely opponent, Democratic Rep. Gary Peters, piquing Republican interest in Michigan even though the state still favors Democrats.

Cassidy has so far turned in a lukewarm performance in his challenge to Landrieu, who is widely viewed as one of the most vulnerable Democratic incumbents in next year's election. While Cassidy has more money in the bank than any other Republican Senate candidate facing a Democratic incumbent, Landrieu brought in roughly double what he did during the most recent fundraising quarter.

Cassidy has also struggled to quiet restlessness from conservative Republicans, some of whom view him as too moderate, and faced a setback recently when the Senate Conservatives Fund endorsed a little-known conservative Republican in the Republican primary. But Cassidy has nonetheless won the support of the Republicans in Louisiana's congressional delegation — including Vitter, the de facto leader of the GOP in Louisiana.

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Rebecca Berg

Political Correspondent
The Washington Examiner