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March 26, 2015

Coats’ Top Aide Enters Indiana Senate Contest

Coats Top Aide Enters Indiana Senate Contest

A top aide to Coats, right, is running for his Senate seat. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated, 12:35 p.m. | Eric Holcomb, a congressional staffer and former Indiana GOP chairman, announced a bid Thursday to succeed retiring Sen. Dan Coats, becoming the first Republican to enter what could be a crowded primary field.

“This campaign will be about what we’re for, not simply what we’re against,” Holcomb said at a campaign announcement in Indianapolis. “This campaign in short will be about Indiana’s voice.”

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March 24, 2015

Coats Not Seeking Re-Election in Indiana

Republican Sen. Dan Coats will not run for re-election in Indiana next year, opening up his Senate seat to a wide group of hopefuls.

“This was not an easy decision,” Coats said in a statement of his decision not to seek another term. “While I believe I am well-positioned to run a successful campaign for another six-year term, I have concluded that the time has come to pass this demanding job to the next generation of leaders.”

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March 23, 2015

Democrats’ Florida Senate Hopes Could Cost House Seat

Democrats Florida Senate Hopes Could Cost House Seat

Murphy’s Senate bid is opening up his competitive House district. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A Senate recruitment victory for Democrats in Florida could, in turn, jeopardize the party’s quest for the House majority.

Rep. Patrick Murphy, a favorite of national Democrats for the state’s potentially open-seat Senate race, is announcing his statewide campaign Monday. That opens up the Treasure Coast-based House seat Murphy held for the past two cycles — one of just five Democrat-controlled House districts Mitt Romney carried in 2012.

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March 19, 2015

Democrats’ Maryland Senate Circus

Democrats Maryland Senate Circus

There is plenty of interest in Mikulski’s seat. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

CHESAPEAKE BEACH, Md. — When Barbara A. Mikulski announced her retirement last month, she instructed fellow Maryland Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin to brace himself.

“She said it would take about 10 minutes before things would get really interesting in Maryland,” Cardin recounted at a March 12 event on the Chesapeake Bay. “It took about 30 seconds until things got very interesting.” Full story

March 18, 2015

Familiar Name Launches Bid to Succeed Aaron Schock (Updated)

Familiar Name Launches Bid to Succeed Aaron Schock (Updated)

Schock will resign effective March 31. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 11:31 a.m. | State Sen. Darin LaHood, 46, announced Wednesday he will run in the special election to replace disgraced Rep. Aaron Schock, the Illinois Republican dogged by ethics investigations who announced plans Tuesday to resign.

LaHood, who made the announcement on a local radio show, is the son of former Rep. Ray LaHood — the moderate Republican who represented the district from 1995 until 2009. And while Illinois Republican operatives say other candidates could announce for the seat, LaHood looks like the prohibitive favorite.

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March 17, 2015

Schock Resignation Will Trigger Special Election in Illinois

Schock Resignation Will Trigger Special Election in Illinois

Schock, right, is resigning from Congress. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A forthcoming special election to replace resigning Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock is unlikely to alter the partisan control of his Peoria-based 18th District.

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner must call a special within five days after Schock’s resignation becomes official on March 31, according to state law, and must be held no later than 115 days from the call. Full story

March 5, 2015

Michigan Congresswoman Won’t Run for Re-Election (Updated) (Video)

Updated 6:03 p.m. | Rep. Candice S. Miller, R-Mich., the sole female House committee chairman, will not seek a ninth term, she announced Thursday.

“This is the community that I love, that I call home, and at the conclusion of my current term in office, I will be coming home. I will not seek re-election,” Miller announced in a video posted to Facebook.

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How a Tea Party Favorite May Influence Mississippi Race

How a Tea Party Favorite May Influence Mississippi Race

McDaniel is a state senator from Mississippi. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel, the tea party firebrand who nearly ousted a Republican senator in a primary last year, has attempted to shape the state’s upcoming 1st District special election.

But more than a week since Gov. Phil Bryant set the date to replace the late Rep. Alan Nunnelee, the candidates who fit McDaniel’s tea party mold have either passed on a bid or dropped out of the contest. It leaves the rabble-rouser and fellow anti-establishment conservatives without a candidate to support in the two-month sprint to the election.

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March 2, 2015

Long List of Possible Barbara Mikulski Successors

Long List of Possible Barbara Mikulski Successors

Mikulski announced Monday that she will retire at the end of this Congress. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 2:48 p.m. | There is a long list of candidates who might run to replace Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, who announced Monday she would not seek another term.

The Democrat’s exit opens a Senate seat in Maryland for just the second time since 1986, when Mikulski was elected. The floodgates are now open for the lengthy catalog of ambitious politicians in the state, which includes much of the House delegation but extends well beyond that. Full story

Mikulski Will Not Seek Another Term (Updated)

Mikulski Will Not Seek Another Term (Updated)

Mikulski said she would rather raise “hell” than money. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 1:12 p.m. | BALTIMORE — Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski announced Monday she will not seek another term in the Senate.

Speaking at a press conference, the Maryland Democrat said she asked herself: “Do I spend my time raising money, or do I spend my time raising hell?” Full story

February 25, 2015

House Democrats Get Better Odds in California Senate Race

House Democrats Get Better Odds in California Senate Race

Villaraigosa, center, decided against a Senate bid in California. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A few House Democrats have found more favorable odds in California’s Senate race after former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa eschewed a bid for the open seat.

Reps. Xavier Becerra, Loretta Sanchez and Adam B. Schiff — who all represent districts in and around Los Angeles — continue to consider bids for the seat of retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer. Without Villaraigosa, who also hails from the southern part of the country’s most populous state, these House members have more of an opening to run.

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February 24, 2015

Antonio Villaraigosa Won’t Seek Senate in California

Antonio Villaraigosa Wont Seek Senate in California

Boxer is retiring. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will not run for California’s open Senate seat, he announced in a Tuesday Facebook post.

Villaraigosa’s decision surprised California and Washington, D.C. operatives, who until recently said he was leaning toward running to succeed retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif.

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Special Election Set for Mississippi Congressman’s District (Updated)

Updated 4:45 p.m. | A special election in Mississippi’s 1st District will take place on May 12, according to The Associated Press. The winner will succeed the late Rep. Alan Nunnelee, a Republican who died on Feb. 6 after a battle with brain cancer.

Nearly a dozen Republican candidates are mulling bids in this safe Republican district, which GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney carried with 62 percent in 2012.

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February 20, 2015

Cuomo Schedules New York Special Election (Updated)

Cuomo Schedules New York Special Election (Updated)

Grimm resigned from Congress last month. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call).

Updated 10:30 a.m. | Voters in New York’s 11th District will head to the polls on May 5 to elect a successor for former Rep. Michael G. Grimm, the Republican who resigned after pleading guilty to tax fraud last year.

Democratic Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo officially declared Grimm’s seat vacant on Friday, setting off a roughly two-month scramble in this Staten Island-based district.

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February 18, 2015

Janice Hahn Endorses Successor in Congress

Janice Hahn Endorses Successor in Congress

Hahn is running for L.A. County supervisor in 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

California state Sen. Isadore Hall announced Wednesday he will run for the freshly open 44th District, and the Democrat is kicking off his campaign with a major congressional endorsement.

Rep. Janice Hahn, D-Calif., who announced earlier Wednesday she is retiring next year and running for a seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, is throwing her support behind Hall to replace her in the L.A.-based congressional seat.

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