Afternoon Fix: New Hampshire threatens December primary

at 05:26 PM ET, 10/12/2011

New Hampshire is talking about December, Barney Frank is firing back at Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain got Jack Kimball and Allen West had a good quarter.

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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:

* New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner — a non-partisan official — has said that unless Nevada moves its caucuses to Jan. 17th or later, the Granite State will be forced to hold its contest in December. Dec. 6th and Dec. 13 are both on the table. New Hampshire law mandates that the state’s primary be held seven days before any other contest, save Iowa's. Iowa’s caucuses are currently scheduled for Jan. 3rd. Gardner claims there is not enough time between the 3rd and the 17th for New Hampshire’s contest to hold its traditional weight.

* Not sure this is a good thing for Herman Cain: Former New Hampshire GOP Chairman Jack Kimball has endorsed the Godfather’s Pizza CEO. Kimball was recently forced to resign under fire in September after months of infighting and weak fundraising.

* Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) fired back at former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who said in last night’s debate that the liberal lawmaker should go to jail for his role in the financial crisis. “The Republicans — part of the time under Newt Gingrich — ran Congress from 1995 until 2006, the period during which the financial crisis began and then rose to disastrous proportions,” Frank said in a statement. “Chris Dodd and I were in the minority during that time, and in fact no remedial action was taken by Congress until we became chairmen of our respective committees in 2007 and 2008.”

The state lawmaker who sponsored legislation legalizing guns in Tennessee bars has been charged with carrying a gun while driving drunk. Tennessee state Rep. Curry Todd (R), a former Memphis police officer, was “obviously very impaired and not in any condition to be carrying a loaded handgun,” according to a police affadavit.

* Pharma-tech entrepreneur Tim Burns is running for Senate in Pennsylvania, his second political campaign. Conservatives were bullish on Burns in the May 2010 special election to replace the late Rep. John Murtha, but he ended up losing by a wide margin to now-Rep. Mike Critz.

WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T MISS:

* The Republican National Committee has released its September fundraising numbers. They raised $9.1 million raised (a new off-year high for the committee) and have $11.4 million on hand. The committee’s debt is now down to $14.5 million, down from nearly $25 million at the start of the cycle. The Democratic National Committee has yet to release its numbers, but as of August it was in better financial shape due to less debt — $11.1 million in debt and $16.6 million in cash.

Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) raised $1.9 million for his reelection bid this past quarter, a serious sum for a House member. Overall he’s raised over $4 million for his reelection. However, the tea party firebrand tends to spend a lot of money on consultants, and we don’t know how much he has on hand. Potential democratic foes Lois Frankel and Patrick Murphy raised $415,000 and $313,000 respectively.

* Former Arizona Democratic party chairman Don Bivens raised $340,000 in the month since announcing his Senate bid, his campaign says. Right now he’s alone in the primary, but White House officials are urging former U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona to run. On the GOP side, Rep. Jeff Flake is the likely nominee and has yet to release his numbers.

* After an unimpressive fundraising start, Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning has bounced back a little, raising $583,593 in the third quarter for his Senate race — more than double state Sen. Deb Fischer, one of his primary rivals. He has about $1.6 million in the bank. Fischer raised  $228,620 and has $206,032 on hand.

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