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December 10, 2013
State Sen. Katherine M. Clark, a Democrat, seized victory Tuesday in the special election for Massachusetts’ 5th District.
Clark will succeed Sen. Edward J. Markey in the suburban Boston district. Markey vacated the seat after he won a special election for the Senate seat Secretary of State John Kerry once held.
Here are seven things to know about the newest member of Congress:
Democratic state Sen. Katherine M. Clark handily defeated GOP attorney Frank Addivinola in Massachusetts’ 5th District special election Tuesday night.
Clark defeated Addivinola, 64 percent to 34 percent, with 35 percent of precincts reporting, according to The Associated Press.
With her win, Clark becomes the sixth woman elected to Congress from the Bay State. She’s also the second House member to represent this district, which includes the Boston suburbs, in 37 years.
December 2, 2013
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., will boost state Sen. Katherine Clark’s special election bid next week with a campaign event in the 5th District.
On Wednesday afternoon, Warren will join Clark at Framingham State University for a “GOTV Kickoff Counting Down to Election Day,” according to the Democrat’s campaign.
November 5, 2013
House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer has jam-packed several campaigning events and fundraisers over recess on behalf of House candidates.
The Maryland Democrat’s tour will take him to Michigan, Ohio and Massachusetts, where he will campaign and fundraise for a handful of House contenders and one incumbent over the next few days.
Hoyer is only campaigning for challengers who have made the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s Jumpstart program, according to a release from his leadership PAC, AmeriPAC. Candidates in Jumpstart have received the committee’s de facto seal of approval.
Here are the districts where Hoyer is scheduled to campaign on Wednesday and Friday: Full story
October 15, 2013
A week of rapid-fire congressional special elections kicks off Tuesday with a primary in Massachusetts’ 5th District, followed by two more contests in the following days to fill vacant seats on Capitol Hill.
Both the Massachusetts contest and a special election primary in Louisiana’s 5th District on Saturday are taking place in safe Democratic and Republican seats respectively, leaving little chance for either party to flip a new seat into their column. Yet with crowded primary fields in both races, it’s not clear which candidates will emerge with the nominations.
There’s a third special election on Wednesday in New Jersey to fill the seat of the late Democratic Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg. Newark Mayor Cory Booker is favored to keep that seat in Democratic hands.
October 8, 2013
State Sen. Katherine Clark, one of five Democrats running in a special election in Massachusetts’ 5th District, announced Tuesday that she has the endorsement of Rep. Allyson Y. Schwartz, D-Pa.
Schwartz, who is running for governor in the Keystone State in 2014, praised Clark’s support for women’s issues in her endorsement.
“Congress needs more strong women like Katherine Clark to help fight the Tea Party,” Schwartz said in a release. “I know Katherine will be a strong voice for pay equity, protecting Medicare, college affordability and other issues that affect families every single day.”
October 3, 2013
Updated 7:12 p.m. | Middlesex County Sheriff Peter Koutoujian and state Sen. Katherine Clark, two of the five Democrats running in an upcoming special election primary in Massachusetts’ 5th District, raised more than $600,000 each in the past three months.
Koutoujian raised about $610,000, while Clark pulled in $616,000, which includes a $250,000 personal loan to her campaign, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission. Koutoujian reported $690,000 in cash on hand less than two weeks out from the Oct. 15 primary, while Clark reported $390,000.
According to Koutoujian’s campaign, about $560,000 of the funds raised in that three-month period are designated for the primary. The remaining $40,000 is reserved for a general election, according to federal campaign finance law.
Clark’s campaign says that of the $390,000 in cash on hand it has, $283,000 is designated for the primary.
September 30, 2013
State Sen. Katherine Clark, one of five Democrats running in a special election in Massachusetts’ 5th District, has released a new poll that shows her leading the pack two weeks from the Oct. 15 primary.
Clark had the lead with 27 percent of the vote — 9 points more than her next closest competitor, state Sen. Karen Spilka.
The rest of the field hovered in the teens. The survey found Spilka in second with 18 percent, Middlesex County Sheriff Peter Koutoujian in third with 16 percent, state Rep. Carl Sciortino in fourth with 15 percent and state Sen. William Brownsberger with 12 percent.
September 26, 2013
Middlesex County Sheriff Peter Koutoujian, one of five Democrats running in a special-election primary in Massachusetts’ 5th District, released his first ad of the campaign, less than three weeks before the Oct. 15 primary.
The 30-second spot touches on Koutoujian’s stance on gun control, Social Security and women’s rights. The campaign says the “six-figure buy” will air on cable and broadcast stations in the 5th District, located in the suburbs of Boston.
September 20, 2013
State Sen. Katherine Clark, one of five Democratic candidates running in an upcoming special election primary in Massachusetts’ 5th District, received the endorsement of EMILY’s List on Friday, less than a month out from the Oct. 15 contest.
An endorsement from EMILY’s List will likely provide Clark with a flush of cash and organizational help going into this crowded primary in which organization will be key to success.
The EMILY’s List endorsement is notable as the organization which seeks to boost progressive women into elected office chose Clark over another Democratic woman in the race: state Sen. Karen Spilka.
September 17, 2013
State Rep. Carl Sciortino, a candidate in next month’s 5th District special election in Massachusetts, released his first campaign ad of the primary cycle on Tuesday, marking the second candidate in the five-person field to go up on air.
The 60-second ad will begin airing Wednesday on MSNBC, CNN and Comedy Central, according to the campaign. A campaign aide said they have bought more than $100,000 of airtime but did not disclose an exact dollar amount. The campaign will be on air through the duration of the primary cycle, which ends Oct. 15.
In the ad, Sciortino, who is openly gay, comes out as a “Massachusetts liberal” to his father, a member of the tea party. In a witty back and forth, Sciortino’s father describes the progressive policies Sciortino has worked on during his time in the Massachusetts state House.
“This one drives him crazy,” Sciortino says, to which his father replies, “He wants to go to Congress to take on the NRA and the tea party.”
September 16, 2013
State Sen. Katherine Clark, one of five Democrats in the Massachusetts 5th District special election, will air her first television ad on Tuesday, according to information obtained exclusively by CQ Roll Call.
The campaign plans to run ads through the Oct. 15 primary, according to a source with knowledge of the ad buy. The initial, approximately $60,000 buy will keep Clark’s spot on the airwaves Tuesday through Sept. 23 on six cable markets in the district: Cambridge, Lexington, Malden, Newton, Revere and Woburn.
Clark’s ad comes as the candidates are fighting for attention from voters, who are inundated with ads from a high-profile mayoral race in nearby Boston. She is the first candidate to go on air in the five-person Democratic primary field. The five candidates are seeking to replace Edward J. Markey, the district’s longtime member of Congress who was elected to the Senate in June following a separate special election.
September 12, 2013
State Rep. Carl Sciortino, one of five Democrats running in Massachusetts’ 5th District special election this fall, received two more endorsements from liberal members on Thursday.
Democratic Reps. Raúl M. Grijalva of Arizona and Keith Ellison of Minnesota — the co-chairmen of the Congressional Progressive Caucus — joined Rep. Alan Grayson of Florida in supporting Sciortino’s campaign.
August 23, 2013
Are these elections really that “special” anymore?
Between now and Christmas, four different states will hold special elections for federal office: a Senate race in New Jersey, plus House elections in Alabama, Louisiana and Massachusetts.
Not special enough for you? Three special elections are scheduled over a four-day stretch in mid-October.
Here’s a look at the upcoming “special” election calendar:
New Jersey Senate
Reason for vacancy: The passing of the late Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, D-N.J.
Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call rating: Safe Democrat
The field: Newark Mayor Cory Booker, the Democratic nominee, and conservative activist Steve Lonegan, the GOP nominee.
Primary election: Booker and Lonegan won their party nominations on Aug. 13.
General election: Oct. 16
August 19, 2013
Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., endorsed two fellow liberal Democrats in crowded House primaries — state Sen. Daylin Leach in Pennsylvania’s 13th District and state Rep. Carl Sciortino in Massachusetts’ 5th District special election.
Grayson detailed his reasons in a Sunday email to supporters, writing that both candidates are against the NSA’s controversial domestic surveillance programs and would have voted for Michigan GOP Rep. Justin Amash’s amendment to scale back the NSA’s reach. Amash’s amendment failed in the House by 12 votes, despite strong bipartisan support. Full story