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Sen. Mary Landrieu (D.), one of the vulnerable incumbents this cycle, has a slight lead over, Rep. Bill Cassidy, who is considered the top Republican.

Tom Steyer: Party Animal

$5 million donation suggests Steyer is a Democrat before he’s an environmentalist
Tom Steyer / AP

Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer poured another $7.1 million into his political group during the second quarter of this year, new documents show, the bulk of which was then passed on to a leading Democratic group.

Ellison’s Election Tip Sheet

Ellison Barber election tip sheet


Primaries occurred in eight states on Tuesday, seven of those were Senate races. By far the most interesting race was in Mississippi where long time incumbent Republican Sen. Thad Cochran faced a grueling challenge from the Tea Party-backed activist and state Senator Chris McDaniel.

As you surely know by now, neither secured the necessary 50 percent to avoid a runoff, but McDaniel was slightly ahead of Cochran. The fight will now stretch until June 24th—three more weeks of a race that has already cost outside groups over 8 million dollars.

The question I immediately had after learning the results was, “will the outside groups backing Cochran stick around?”

American Crossroads announced on Wednesday that they would be backing out of the race.

Ellison’s Election Tip Sheet

News from Louisiana, North Carolina, and Georgia
Ellison Barber election tip sheet


Sen. Mary Landrieu (D., La.) is at a new low, according to a poll released Thursday.

Steyer Hedge Fund Tied to Russian Oligarch Targeted by U.S. Sanctions

Farallon Capital sold stake in Russian oil company to member of Putin’s ‘inner circle’
Billionaire Democratic donor Tom Steyer and Russian oligarch Gennady Timchenko / AP

The hedge fund founded and, until recently, run by billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer was involved in a deal to sell a stake in a Russian oil company to a Russian oligarch who is the target of U.S. sanctions.