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March 11, 2014

Ronnie Cho ‘Very Close’ to Making Decision on House Run in Arizona

(Grace Dobush/CQ Roll Call)

AUSTIN, Texas — Ronnie Cho, a former White House staffer, is “very close” to making a decision on whether he’ll run for Arizona’s 7th District this year.

The Arizona he knows and loves “hasn’t been represented by the people who are put up for office,” Cho said. “Certainly I’m an unconventional candidate, if that’s the case. I haven’t gone through the ranks, but maybe that’s OK.” Full story

By Grace Dobush Posted at 7:47 p.m.
Ariz.-7, Democrats

March 10, 2014

Elizabeth Warren Campaign Staffers Talk Strategy at SXSW

Firestone, Miller, Coulombe and Myers said email and social-media efforts were key to the campaign's success. (Grace Dobush/CQ Roll Call)

AUSTIN, Texas — Staffers from Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s 2012 campaign gave an inside look at the strategies that helped the Massachusetts Democrat clinch victory at a South by Southwest panel Monday.

Warren had never run for office before her Senate campaign, but thanks to grass-roots organizing and extensive online efforts, she went on to defeat incumbent Scott Brown by 7.5 points. The panelists were digital director Lauren Miller, field director Mike Firestone, get-out-the-vote director Amanda Coulombe and campaign manager Mindy Myers, who is now Warren’s chief of staff. Full story

By Grace Dobush Posted at 5:43 p.m.

January 17, 2013

Maine: Collins Looks Safe, From Both Left and Right

Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, 2014 re-election

Sen. Susan Collins of Maine looks well positioned for re-election in 2014. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Maine Sen. Susan Collins is a Republican in a state that’s not. She’s moderate and bipartisan in a party that’s not.

Yet it would be tough for her to be any safer, politically, as she looks toward re-election in 2014.

“She may be the strongest Republican incumbent in the country,” GOP consultant Erik Potholm, who hails from Maine, wrote in an email. “She has sky high approval numbers and has become a political rock star in Maine.”

“In the past she has easily crushed top tier Dem challengers like [former Rep.] Tom Allen and [now-Rep.] Chellie Pingree,” he added. “I doubt any credible Dems will take her on this cycle. They would be crazy to do so.”

“I think she’s fine,” said Maine political consultant Dennis Bailey, who is a registered Democrat. “I don’t see any vulnerability.”

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