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June 3, 2014

Primary Results: Iowa Senate, House Races (Updated)

Primary Results: Iowa Senate, House Races (Updated)

Braley won the Democratic nod for Senate and will face Ernst. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated June 4, 1:00 a.m. and 5:12 a.m. | Joni Ernst has won the Republican nominee for Senate in Iowa, boosting the GOP’s hopes of picking up this a competitive, open seat in 2014.

Ernst, a state senator, scored a decisive victory over her three major opponents, leading with 53 percent of the vote when The Associated Press called the race at 10:52 p.m. She easily surpassed the 35 percent threshold she needed to win the nomination outright and avoid a convention. Full story

Primary Results: New Jersey, Alabama House Races

Primary Results: New Jersey, Alabama House Races

Runyan is retiring from Congress, leaving a competitive race for his seat. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 11:18 p.m. | Former Randolph Mayor Tom MacArthur won the GOP nomination to succeed retiring GOP Rep. Jon Runyan in New Jersey, relieving Republicans of a candidate who could have lost the seat for them this fall.

MacArthur defeated that candidate, ex-Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan, carrying 60 percent of the vote when The Associated Press called the race. Lonegan had 40 percent, with 41 percent precincts reporting.

MacArthur will face Burlington County Freeholder Aimee Belgard in November. She ran in largely uncontested Democratic primary. The race is rated a Tossup by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call. Full story

Live Coverage: Primary Night in Eight States

Live Coverage: Primary Night in Eight States

Chris McDaniel, the Republican challenging Thad Cochran for Senate, speaks with an employee of Truhitt Service Center in Union, Miss., May 29. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

 

The Roll Call Politics Team is closely following the biggest primary night of the season, with races in Alabama, California, Mississippi, Iowa, New Jersey, Montana, New Mexico and South Dakota.

Starting at 7:30 p.m., track live results and read detailed analysis on our live blog below:

 

June 2, 2014

In Mississippi, Two Unlikely Comeback Bids to Congress

In Mississippi, Two Unlikely Comeback Bids to Congress

Taylor speaks to Greta Dees during a meeting with voters at the Walthall Building. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

HATTIESBURG, Miss. — Just more than halfway into his 12-minute stump speech, former Rep. Gene Taylor answered the question hanging over his primary challenge to the Republican that defeated him in 2010.

After representing the area for 21 years as a Democrat, why switch parties?

In Mississippi, Two Unlikely Comeback Bids to Congress“I’ll make it very simple,” Taylor told a friendly crowd of a couple dozen after conducting a live interview with the local NBC affiliate. “When I first went to Congress, almost all of the southern Democrats were pro-life, almost all of them were for Second Amendment rights, almost all of them believed in a strong national defense, and almost all of them believed in a balanced budget. Over the years that changed.”

In the wake of the 2010 GOP wave, it didn’t look like either of the state’s losing Democratic congressmen would be coming back any time soon. But with last-minute candidate filings three months ago, both Taylor, who is taking on GOP Rep. Steven M. Palazzo in the 4th District as a Republican, and Travis Childers, who represented the 1st District for three years and is now running for Senate, are giving it a shot.

On Tuesday, both could learn the fates of their unlikely bids, as Taylor battles in a Republican primary and Childers watches the consequential GOP Senate primary.  Full story

May 28, 2014

2014′s Vulnerable Democrats Demand Eric Shinseki Departure in VA Scandal (Updated)

2014s Vulnerable Democrats Demand Eric Shinseki Departure in VA Scandal (Updated)

Democrats are calling for Shinseki to resign in the wake of VA scandal revelations.

Updated: May 29, 9:53 a.m. | Several Democrats in difficult races this cycle have called for Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign, putting political distance between themselves and a scandal that has rocked the White House.

  • Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., became the first Senate Democrat to call for Shinseki’s resignation, tweeting Wednesday that he “must step down.” Udall faces an unexpectedly tough re-election bid against Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., who called for Shinseki’s resignation earlier this month.
  • Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont., quickly followed suit Wednesday, and urged President Barack Obama to “remove Secretary Shinseki from office” in a statement. Walsh, who recently appointed to the seat, faces a competitive election in a red state against Rep. Steve Daines, R-Mont. Full story
By Alexis Levinson Posted at 5:29 p.m.
Democrats

May 27, 2014

Live Coverage: Tuesday’s Texas Runoffs

Join Roll Call Politics Editor Shira T. Center and Reporter Abby Livingston as they track results live and provide in-depth analysis from Tuesday’s runoff action in the Lone Star State.

Follow their coverage here, starting at 7:30 p.m.:

 

Bruce Braley Touts Legal Career in New TV Ad (Updated)

Bruce Braley Touts Legal Career in New TV Ad (Updated)

Braley is running for Senate in Iowa. Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated, 3:31 p.m. | Rep. Bruce Braley is up with a new ad for his Senate bid touting his career as a lawyer — a résumé that’s caused the Democrat some grief in his bid for the competitive, open seat in Iowa.

In his 30-second spot, the congressman casts his oft-maligned profession as one of fighting for people and helping them solve their problems.

“Equal justice under the law is what this country is built upon, is one of the things that motivated me to want to become a lawyer, and fight for people,” Braley says in the ad, which shows footage of him talking to a variety of people in Iowa.

“You have to get to know people to be an effective voice for what they care about,” he says. “I’ve spent my lifetime trying to be the voice for someone who has a problem that they can’t solve by themselves.” Full story

May 23, 2014

Judge Orders Conyers on Primary Ballot (Updated)

Judge Orders Conyers on Primary Ballot (Updated)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 4:47 p.m. | A federal judge has ruled that 25-term Democratic Rep. John Conyers Jr. shall appear on his party’s Aug. 5 primary ballot.

A U.S. district judge in the Eastern District of Michigan decided Friday to grant an injunction ordering the state to put him on the ballot.

Earlier Friday, Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson had ruled the longtime lawmaker ineligible, according to The Detroit News.

“As Secretary Johnson implicitly acknowledged in her ruling today, if the signatures excluded pursuant to the Registration Statute may not be excluded from Mr. Conyers’ total — and this Court holds that they may not be — then Mr. Conyers has enough signatures to qualify for placement on the ballot,” Judge Matthew F. Leitman wrote. “He shall be placed on the ballot.” (The full opinion is here.)

Leitman was nominated to the federal bench last year by President Barack Obama. He was confirmed in March 2014.

A local county clerk had previously decided Conyers, 85, was ineligible. The secretary of State decision on Friday was the result of a Conyers campaign appeal.

But the Conyers campaign had also appealed to federal court on the constitutionality of the state’s law requiring campaigns’ petition circulators be registered voters. That’s what tripped up the longtime lawmaker’s bid. Full story

May 22, 2014

Challenger Spends $2.6 Million to Unseat Fellow Democrat

California congressional contender Ro Khanna has already spent more than $2.6 million in his challenge to Democratic Rep. Michael M. Honda, according to a pre-primary report filed with the Federal Election Commission on Thursday.

The Democrat’s spending ahead of the June 3 top-two primary left him with just more than $1 million in cash on hand for the general. In California, the two top vote recipients advance to the general regardless of party, and Honda and Khanna are both expected to move on in the 17th District.

Khanna’s spending is more than double the $1.1 million Honda spent for the election cycle to date, according to reports filed with the FEC. Honda slightly outraised Khanna in the April 1 to May 14 pre-primary period, as Honda raised $182,000 and Khanna brought in $141,000.

Full story

Tom Steyer’s 2014 Targets Start With Four Senate Races

Tom Steyer, the Democrats’ financial answer to the Koch brothers, has set his sights on specific Senate and gubernatorial races to spend the $100 million he’s earmarked for the midterm elections.

His super PAC, NextGen Climate Action, aims to promote candidates who support action to mitigate the effects of climate change. It was active in last year’s elections for Virginia governor and a vacant Senate seat in Massachusetts.

The group has now targeted the competitive Senate races in Colorado, Iowa, Michigan and New Hampshire, and the Florida, Pennsylvania and Maine gubernatorial contests. It will back the Democratic candidate in each case. Full story

May 21, 2014

CBC Members Rally Behind New Jersey House Candidate

Assistant House Minority Leader James E. Clyburn and 20 other Democratic members are headlining a fundraiser Wednesday for a candidate running in a competitive primary to succeed retiring Rep. Rush D. Holt, D-N.J.

The Capitol Hill cocktail reception will benefit the campaign of New Jersey state Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman. The Democrats listed on the invitation obtained by CQ Roll Call are mostly Congressional Black Caucus members, including Rep. Donald M. Payne Jr., D-N.J., and CBC Chairwoman Marcia L. Fudge of Ohio.

Two weeks out from the 12th District primary, Coleman is in a dead heat against state Sen. Linda Greenstein, according to a newly-released Monmouth University poll. Two other candidates, state Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula and physicist Andrew Zwicker, lagged far behind. Full story

May 20, 2014

Democrat Drops Out of Arizona Open-Seat Primary

Democrat Drops Out of Arizona Open Seat Primary

Gallardo dropped out of a competitive open-seat Democratic primary in Arizona. (Meredith Dake/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Arizona state Sen. Steve Gallardo withdrew on Tuesday from the crowded race to replace retiring Democratic Rep. Ed Pastor.

Gallardo, a potentially competitive candidate in the race, will instead run to replace one of his former Congressional rivals, Mary Rose Wilcox, in her seat on the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors.

The race for Pastor’s 7th District will now come down to the two most organized Democrats of the handful of contenders — Wilcox and state Rep. Ruben Gallego. Full story

May 19, 2014

Challenger Hits Mike Honda in New TV Ad

Attorney Ro Khanna began airing a contrast ad Monday, just a few weeks out from California’s top-two primary.

In the ad, the Democrat taking on longtime Democratic Rep. Michael M. Honda hits the incumbent for ”stubbornly” refusing all debates and “slinging mud” — likely referencing a negative mailer Honda’s campaign sent earlier this month.

“Isn’t it time to put the old politics aside?” a narrator says in the 30-second spot, before transitioning to highlight Khanna’s endorsements.

Full story

May 16, 2014

Campaign Spot-Light: Landrieu Shoots Over the Moon

Welcome to the third edition of Roll Call’s feature that highlights the most interesting political ads of the week.

Here is what cut through the clutter:

Louisiana Senate: A Re-Election That Is Anything but the ‘Big Easy’

Ad buyer: Mary Landrieu for Louisiana
Ad buy: It is a $200,000 ad buy, per The Los Angeles Times.
The race: Democratic Sen. Mary L. Landrieu is running in a November jungle primary. Unless she takes 50 percent of the vote, she will head to a December runoff against a to-be-determined Republican rival. The race is rated a Tossup by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

Landrieu is facing another competitive campaign, but her latest ad offers a glimpse of how she’s won multiple terms. In this spot, Landrieu’s father, former New Orleans Mayor Moon Landrieu, makes the case that the stubbornness of his daughter, the Pelican State’s three-term senior senator, protected Louisiana from great villains of recent years: BP, President Barack Obama and the rest of the Senate. Full story

May 15, 2014

Democrats Dropping Like Flies in Race to Replace Moran

Democrats Dropping Like Flies in Race to Replace Moran

Beyer is one of a dwindling number of Democrats running for this open Virginia seat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Seeing no path to victory, three of the 10 Democratic candidates looking to succeed retiring Rep. James P. Moran in Virginia dropped out in rapid succession in the past week — slightly dwindling a still-crowded field in next month’s primary.

Engineer Satish Korpe dropped out of the 8th District contest last week, followed by state Del. Charniele Herring on Monday and businessman Bruce Shuttleworth on Wednesday.

Their exits come too late for them to be removed from the June 10 primary ballot. Earlier this year, state Dels. Mark Sickles and Alfonso Lopez also dropped out of the race. Their departures came before ballots were finalized.

Full story

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