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July 13, 2014
Mo’ money, mo’ problems? That’s the case for a few deep-pocketed House candidates, whose affluence has become a political issue in the districts they seek this November.
Wealth is commonplace in Congress, where one-third of the members are worth more than $1 million. But this cycle, at least four candidates running in competitive House districts boast a personal net worth in excess of $8 million, according to financial disclosure forms. And in the final months of the midterms, their opponents have found ways to use their means against them.
If this sounds familiar, it’s because it’s the same playbook that sunk Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign. Last cycle, Democrats successfully used Romney’s estimated $250 million net worth — along with his career as a venture capitalist — to convince middle-class voters he didn’t have their best interests at heart. Hillary Rodham Clinton, considering a second presidential bid, has also taken heat recently for talking about financial struggles, despite the hefty speaking fees she earns and her relatively newfound riches.
June 10, 2014
State Sen. Emily Cain, the new Democratic nominee, will face former state Treasurer Bruce Poliquin, a Republican, in the targeted race for Maine’s 2nd District in November.
Cain defeated fellow Democratic state Sen. Troy Jackson, 72 percent to 28 percent, with 61 percent of precincts reporting, according to The Associated Press. She raised more money than Jackson, making her large margin of victory unsurprising.
Poliquin defeated Raye, 55 percent to 45 percent, with 61 percent of precincts reporting, according to the AP. This was Raye’s third attempt to win this seat — he lost in both 2002 and 2012 to Democratic Rep. Michael H. Michaud. Michaud is vacating the seat to run for governor.
June 9, 2014
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Sen. Lindsey Graham — two of the most recognizable names in Congress — face primary challenges Tuesday from their right flank.
“I feel good,” Graham, a South Carolina Republican, said in a brief interview Thursday at the Capitol. “[We're] running like we’re behind and got a lot of energy. Just got to run through the tape.”
Both Cantor and Graham are poised to defeat their party foes, but their margins will reveal insight into their political positions in their respective states.
June 4, 2014
The candidate: State Sen. Emily Cain.
The member: Cain is running for the Democratic nomination in Maine’s 2nd District, an open-seat race because Democratic Rep. Michael H. Michaud is running for governor.
The district: Located in the northern part of the state, this district voted for President Barack Obama with 53 percent in 2012.
The candidate’s team: Jill Normington (polling), Steven Stenberg of The Strategy Group (mail), CD2 (media).
June 1, 2014
After a relatively unsurprising series of primaries this month, June brings another collection of intraparty contests. More than half of the states will have selected their nominees by the end of the month.
Republicans will pick nominees in key Senate races in Mississippi, Iowa and South Dakota. Down the ballot, House primaries in several open seats will likely determine the future members of Congress from both parties.
Here is Roll Call’s comprehensive look at watch to watch in June. Bookmark this page, and check out our primary map for results from past primaries.
With primaries in eight states, this date marks the busiest night of the cycle.
Alabama: In the 6th District, seven Republicans are running in an open-seat race to replace retiring GOP Rep. Spencer Bachus. This district is located in and around Birmingham. State Rep. Paul DeMarco is the front-runner, followed by Club for Growth-backed surgeon Chad Mathis and businessman Will Brooke. If no candidate garners at least 50 percent of the vote, the top two candidates will continue to a July 15 runoff. Polls close at 8 p.m. EST. (Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call Race Rating: Safe Republican)
California: In this House race battleground, the top-two vote recipients, regardless of party, advance to the general election. Republicans will also pick a gubernatorial nominee who could have an impact down the ballot in November. Polls close at 11 p.m. EST. Here are the primaries to watch in the Golden State:
May 30, 2014
Recent fundraising reports filed Thursday for June 10 primaries give a glimpse of where those races stand, 10 days in advance.
On June 10, there will be House primaries in Maine and Virginia, where House Majority Leader Eric Cantor faces his most serious primary threat yet — although most Republicans expect him to prevail with a large margin.
Here’s what the reports, which cover the fundraising period from April 1 to May 21, show:
March 18, 2014
The League of Conservation Voters’ political action arm announced Tuesday it has endorsed state Sen. Emily Cain, one of two Democrats seeking Maine’s open 2nd District seat.
The group, which spends significant funds on congressional races, endorsed Cain over her Democratic primary opponent, state Sen. Troy Jackson, saying Cain has a better record on environmental issues. The endorsement could come with financial support in both the primary and the general, as Republicans are targeting the seat.
“Emily Cain is a leader who embraces our moral obligation to address climate change,” LCV Action Fund President Gene Karpinski said in a statement. “She stands up for public health and our environment and will be a strong voice against polluters seeking to stop the scientists at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from protecting the air we breathe and the water we drink.”
December 2, 2013
Former state Sen. Richard Rosen, a Republican, announced this weekend that he will not seek the GOP nod in Maine’s 2nd District, according to the Bangor Daily News.
Rosen, who now directs the state’s Office of Policy and Management, said in August that he would run for the seat. But in an email to the Bangor Daily News, Rosen said he decided against a congressional bid.
“The opportunity to represent my fellow Mainers in Washington D.C. would be a great and solemn privilege, but I have come to recognize that my preference is to serve the state in a way that allows me to remain close to the people of Maine,” Rosen wrote.
November 21, 2013
The National Republican Congressional Committee announced on Thursday 36 candidates who have achieved the committee’s “On the Radar” status.
This ranking is the first of three levels of the committee’s fundraising and infrastructure program. Earning this status means the NRCC “will help to provide candidates and their campaigns the tools they need to run successful, winning campaigns against their Democratic opponents,” according to an NRCC release.
The final level is “Young Gun” status.
“These 36 candidates all provide a stark contrast to their liberal opponents, whose support of ObamaCare and this Administration’s big-government, job-destroying agenda has taken a toll on the American people,” NRCC Chairman Greg Walden said in a statement.
Four of those rated are former members who lost re-election bids in 2012: former Reps. Robert Dold and Bobby Schilling of Illinois, Frank Guinta of New Hampshire and Nan Hayworth of New York.
Some of the other challengers are running in the same districts.
November 15, 2013
Former state Senate President Kevin Raye, a Republican, is solidifying his support as the GOP front-runner in Maine’s competitive 2nd District — a strong pick-up opportunity for the GOP in 2014.
An internal poll from Raye’s campaign released last week showed him far ahead of the two other GOP candidates — thanks in large part to his high name recognition in the district. Meanwhile, Maine Office of Policy and Management Director Richard Rosen, a top Republican who had been eyeing a bid, appears poised to stay out of the GOP primary, according to local sources.
“The fact is that Kevin Raye looks like he is the presumptive front-runner of the seat, and that’s a big deal for Republicans up here,” said one Maine GOP operative unaffiliated with any candidates in the race. “It’s been a long time since we’ve held that seat.” Full story
October 9, 2013
EMILY’s List, a group that boosts female Democratic candidates who support abortion rights, has endorsed two candidates in competitive House races in Maine and California.
On Wednesday, the organization offered their support to state Sen. Emily Cain, running in Maine’s 2nd District, and former Capitol Hill aide Amanda Renteria, running in California’s 21st District. Full story
September 3, 2013
Former state Sen. Kevin Raye announced late last week that he is running for Maine’s open 2nd District, according to a local newspaper, becoming the fourth GOP candidate in an increasingly crowded primary contest.
This is Raye’s third congressional bid: He tried twice, unsuccessfully, to beat Democratic Rep. Michael H. Michaud, once in 2002 and again last cycle. Michaud is vacating the 2nd District to run for governor in the Pine Tree State.
August 26, 2013
Republican Bruce Poliquin announced on Monday that he will run for Maine’s 2nd District in a competitive open-seat contest to replace Democratic Rep. Michael H. Michaud.
Michaud recently announced a gubernatorial bid.
Poliquin, a former state treasurer who lost the Republican nomination for Senate in 2012, has long been expected to announce a bid for the seat.
He made his official announcement Monday morning on a local radio show, according to the Bangor Daily News.
Poliquin is now the second Republican to announce a run for the 2nd District. Assistant House Minority Leader Alex Willette announced a bid soon after Michaud announced he was eyeing a gubernatorial run.
August 15, 2013
Rep. Michael H. Michaud, D-Maine, formally announced Thursday that he is running for governor in the Pine Tree State, creating a competitive and crowded race for the 2nd District he leaves behind.
Michaud had been exploring a gubernatorial bid since June.
Three Democrats and one Republican have already entered the race for his House seat, which operatives say will likely be competitive now that it’s an open-seat race.
July 22, 2013
EMILY’s List announced their preliminary support for six new female House candidates from across the country on Monday.
The organization, which supports female Democratic candidates who back abortion rights, stopped short of giving the contenders their full endorsements.
But the following candidates have been placed “On the List,” giving them access to EMILY’s List’s fundraising and grass-roots supporters: