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Well, that didn't take long. On the first official day of Joe Sestak's campaign, many things went wrong for the Democrat.

The Hill reports that Sestak's announcement drew a small crowd and suffered serious technical problems:

His speech was only taken in by a few dozen backers, many of them service men, rather than a large crowd. His campaign website was down for most of the morning as he made his announcement, and the live stream his staff planned for reporters didn’t work.

In addition to a paltry crowd and website problems, Sestak botched a quotation from "To Kill A Mockingbird."

Democrats around the country have been saying for some time that Sestak will lose to incumbent Pat Toomey. There's so much distance between national Democrats and Sestak that he didn't even tell the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee about his announcement, according to National Journal.

Joe Sestak is an unconventional Senate candidate, and his campaign is off to an unconventional start.

The former congressman and decorated former Navy admiral kicked off his Senate campaign in Philadelphia on Wednesday, but he didn't tell anyone at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee about his plans.
Sestak's campaign is off to a bumpy start, while Pat Toomey is on the path to re-election.

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NRSC | March 05, 2015 |

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The Washington Free Beacon details a new scandal surrounding Harry Reid:

Corporate donors to a green energy nonprofit operated by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid’s (D., Nev.) former staffers and a current campaign operative have received billions of dollars in federal loan guarantees and grant money as a result of Reid’s advocacy.

Fulcrum Bioenergy began contributing to the Clean Energy Project (CEP) in 2013. One year later, the Nevada Democrat steered tens of millions of dollars in federal grant money to the California biofuel company.
Reid's funneling of federal money to this company has raised some eyebrows, according to the Free Beacon:

Anti-cronyism watchdogs were skeptical of the benefits of Reid’s dealings.

“Of course these businesses viewed their donations as investments,” said William Yeatman, a senior fellow and energy policy expert at the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

“The entire green energy industry—every bit of it—is dependent on political favoritism,” Yeatman said in an email. “And with whom better to curry favor than the Senate Majority Leader—especially during the stimulus era, a period during which oversight was shortchanged for speed of disbursement.”
You can read the full story about Reid's new controversy here.

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NRSC | March 05, 2015 |

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Senate Democrats aren't rushing to defend Hillary Clinton, who is in the midst of an email scandal. In fact, National Journal reports that many Senate Democrats are running the other way:

Everyone in Washington is talking about Hillary Clinton's use of a personal e-mail account during her four years as secretary of State and her homebrew computer server. Everyone, that is, except for many Senate Democrats ... some Washington Senate Democrats are remaining silent for the moment, saying they've been too busy with the week's packed schedule to be fully briefed on the crisis du jour.
CNN describes how liberal senators like Elizabeth Warren are going to great lengths to distance themselves from Hillary:

When CNN tried to ask Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who some liberals are hoping will challenge Clinton for the 2016 nomination, a staffer shielded her and deliberately blocked the senator from answering.

Warren climbed into an elevator without looking up.
According to conventional wisdom, Hillary's presidential run was going to help Democratic senators get elected. In reality, Democratic senators are running away from her latest controversy.

National Journal explains why this controversy could prove very damaging to Clinton's presidential hopes:

The Clinton controversy highlights a major vulnerability that has plagued the Clinton family before. As Hillary Clinton attempts to rebrand herself and gear up for a retooled 2016 campaign, Republicans will continue to paint her as a political machine, a politician so overtly concerned about her rise to the Oval Office that she was willing to safeguard every correspondence to protect her public persona.
So far, Clinton has only offered a short Tweet in response to this entire scandal.

America's not ready for President Hillary. Share your opinion by getting a "Not Ready for Hillary" sticker.

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NRSC | March 05, 2015 |

According to Raleigh's News & Observer, a new poll has great news for Sen. Richard Burr in North Carolina:

U.S. Sen. Richard Burr has ... a substantial lead of 6 to 12 points against the most likely Democratic contenders. That includes leading state Treasurer Janet Cowell 44-38 percent and former U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan 50 to 43.
In addition to his lead in the polls, Burr's health plan is also in the news. The Charlotte Observer details the benefits of Burr's plan:

The Patient CARE Act introduced by U.S. Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina would bring lower health insurance premiums and a smaller budget deficit than the Affordable Care Act, a new analysis concludes.
You can find all of the latest news on Sen. Burr, and learn more about him, here.

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NRSC | March 04, 2015 |
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