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September 10, 2014
By the time Massachusetts Rep. John F. Tierney knew he had a real primary race on his hands, it was too late.
The nine-term lawmaker lost Tuesday night to fellow Democrat Seth Moulton, an Iraq War veteran who latched onto frustration with Tierney’s past ethical troubles and an anti-incumbent sentiment to win by a stunning 8-point margin.
Multiple Democratic operatives in the Bay State and the District say the race shifted quickly in Moulton’s favor in the final week and a half, as voters ended summer vacations, kids returned to school and the electorate as a whole began to finally pay attention to the race.
By that point, Moulton had been on air for weeks with hundreds of thousands of dollars in advertising that Tierney declined to match. Moulton ran spots painting himself as the more electable Democrat in the 6th District, located in the suburbs and towns northeast of Boston. The region’s biggest newspapers, including the Boston Globe, endorsed Moulton, which he touted in his closing ads as a final sell to remaining undecided voters.
“It just moved faster than I think anyone thought it would,” said a Democratic operative privy to internal polling in the contest. “It closed quickly, but that’s what a million dollars in unanswered spending does.”
July 23, 2014
Rep. Jack Kingston’s Tuesday defeat in a Senate primary runoff means no more than nine House members could join the ranks of the Senate in the 114th Congress — and that number could shrink again next month.
With 13 members giving up their seats to run for Senate, Kingston became the third House member from Georgia and the fourth nationwide to unsuccessfully seek a Senate nomination. Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, who failed in his primary challenge to Sen. John Cornyn, and Georgia Reps. Phil Gingrey and Paul Broun, who failed to advance in the May primary, were the others.
Of the final nine, only Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, D-Hawaii, is not yet assured of appearing on the November ballot. She faces appointed Sen. Brian Schatz in an Aug. 9 special-election primary. The winner will be favored in the general election. Full story
June 11, 2014
“I’m giving a speech. I have no time for jokes,” Steve Israel told Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Executive Director Kelly Ward when she emailed to say there were signs something was happening in Virginia’s 7th District.
It was 7:15 p.m. Tuesday and Israel had just left an event for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. He passed Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. as she arrived.
The New York Democrat was on his way to address the National Stone, Sand, and Gravel Association, and Ward flagged that with 30 percent of the primary vote in, it seemed House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., might be in peril. He wasn’t interested. Polls, after all, had just closed.
Israel called Pelosi just in case: ”I left a message, which was, ‘You know I’m skeptical, but I just want to flag for you that there are indications Cantor may be in trouble, but I don’t think we should do anything until we establish whether this is a false alarm.’ That’s what I said, ‘false alarm.’”
April 22, 2014
Two more candidates have entered the race to fill retiring GOP Rep. Tom Petri’s House seat in Wisconsin.
Republican state Senator Joe Leibham said Tuesday afternoon that he will join the race for the GOP nomination.
Earlier on Tuesday, Winnebago County Executive Mark Harris became the first Democrat to announce his candidacy, telling Oshkosh Northwestern Media he is a “fiscally conservative progressive.” Full story
April 17, 2014
For the first time in 35 years, Wisconsin Republicans are gearing up for a divisive primary in the 6th District.
GOP Rep. Tom Petri’s retirement announcement last week has made the district more competitive, but Republicans are expected to hold the seat. (The Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call rates this race as a Safe Republican contest.)
Two Republicans have thrown their hats into the ring so far.
April 11, 2014
March 31, 2014
Rep. Dave Camp announced Monday he will not seek a 13th term, becoming the second Michigan Republican in the past week to announce his retirement.
“Today, I am announcing that I will not seek re-election to the United States House of Representatives,” Camp said in a statement. “This decision was reached after much consideration and discussion with my family.”
Camp, the chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, is the fourth member of the Michigan congressional delegation to retire this cycle. His announcement follows GOP Rep. Mike Rogers’ retirement decision last week.
March 28, 2014
Updated 7:31 a.m. | Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., announced Friday he will retire at the end of the year.
Rogers, the House Intelligence Committee chairman, was first elected in 2000 and is serving his 7th term in the House. He will become a nationally syndicated radio host beginning next year.
“It has been an honor to serve the people of Michigan’s eighth congressional district over the last 14 years. We have accomplished so much together, and I am most proud of our work to turn the House Intelligence Committee into a true legislative and oversight body,” Rogers said in a statement, as the Detroit News reported. Full story
February 27, 2014
Updated 2:38 p.m. | Rep. Ed Pastor, D-Ariz., announced Thursday he will not seek a 12th term in the 7th District.
“I’ve been in public office for 39 years and it’s been a pleasure to serve the people of Arizona,” Pastor, 70, said in a statement. “After 23 in Congress, I feel it’s time for me to seek out a new endeavor. It’s been a great honor, a great experience and a great joy for me to serve in Congress. I think it’s time for me to do something else.”
Pastor’s district, located in the heart of downtown Phoenix, is not likely to switch party control. President Barack Obama carried the district by a 45-point margin in 2012, making it one of the most heavily Democratic districts in the country. Full story
February 24, 2014
For the first time in 81 years, Michigan Democrats are contemplating a Congress without a Dingell.
Rep. John D. Dingell, D-Mich., announced his retirement on Monday, finishing his 29th full term in the House after succeeding his father in the southeastern Michigan district. In the wake of his announcement, Democrats are already touting the congressman’s wife, Debbie, as the most serious contender for his seat.
(Update: Indeed, Debbie Dingell is expected to announce her candidacy on Friday.)
February 18, 2014
Rep. Rush D. Holt, the New Jersey Democrat who last year lost a special-election primary to now-Sen. Cory Booker, announced Tuesday he will not seek re-election to a ninth term.
Holt, a physicist-turned-congressman, is the third member of the New Jersey delegation to either resign or not seek re-election in 2014. His 12th District, which includes Trenton, is not competitive for Republicans.
“There is no hidden motive for my decision,” Holt said in a statement to supporters. “As friends who have worked with me know, I have never thought that the primary purpose of my work was re-election and I have never intended to make service in the House my entire career. For a variety of reasons, personal and professional, all of them positive and optimistic, the end of this year seems to me to be the right time to step aside and ask the voters to select the next representative.”
February 13, 2014
Updated, 1:51 p.m. | Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., will retire at the end of the year, he announced Thursday in a statement.
“It is with deep appreciation for that privilege that I announce that this will be my final term in office and that I will not run for reelection in November,” he said in a release.
Hastings is the 18th member of Congress to announce retirement this term, according to Roll Call’s Casualty List. GOP Rep. Gary G. Miller of California announced Wednesday he would not seek re-election. Though a host of high-profile lawmakers have said they will step down lately, it’s not close to the records set by previous Congresses.
It is unlikely Hastings’ 4th District will become competitive in an open-seat race. Mitt Romney carried the seat in 2012 by a 22-point margin.
February 4, 2014
Updated 9:31 a.m | Rep. Robert E. Andrews, D-N.J., will resign from Congress this month to take a job with a Philadelphia law firm, a Democratic aide confirmed to CQ Roll Call.
Andrews, an ally of Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, is scheduled to host an 11:30 a.m. news conference in his southern New Jersey district, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer, which first reported the news. Full story
January 30, 2014
Updated 1:20 p.m. | Rep. Henry A. Waxman, D-Calif., announced Thursday that he will not seek a 21st term in his Los Angeles-based House seat.
“It’s time for someone else to have the chance to make his or her mark, ideally someone who is young enough to make the long-term commitment that’s required for real legislative success,” he said. “I still feel youthful and energetic, but I recognize if I want to experience a life outside of Congress, I need to start soon.”
Waxman is now the 17th member of the House and 7th Democrat to announce retirement this cycle. He and fellow California Democratic Rep. George Miller, who is also retiring this year, were the last remaining of the Watergate class of 1974 serving their 20th terms in the House. (One other member of the class of 1974 would remain in the House, Rep. Rick Nolan, D-Minn., but he spent a couple of decades out of Congress in the interim).
January 27, 2014
An already brewing and nasty battle to oust an embattled Florida Republican escalated Monday when Rep. Trey Radel announced his resignation from Congress.
Now local GOP operatives only expect the field to grow with familiar faces — a couple of whom have run in Florida’s 19th district before.
Radel pleaded guilty to a cocaine possession charge last year and, until recently, insisted he would seek re-election. On Monday, he wrote in his letter of resignation that he could not “fully and effectively serve” in Congress anymore.
Under Florida election law, GOP Gov. Rick Scott is tasked with scheduling the special election to fill Radel’s seat. He had not made an announcement on timing as of Monday evening, but Florida Republicans speculate the special election could happen in the late spring or run concurrent with the regularly scheduled primary and general election later this year.