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August 3, 2015

In Senate Race, Alan Grayson Could Be Own Worst Enemy

Grayson is running for Senate in Florida. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Grayson is running for Senate in Florida. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In his bid for Senate in Florida, the biggest thing standing in Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson’s way is … Alan Grayson.

The three-term Orlando lawmaker is a hero among progressives for his stances on health care policy and regulating Wall Street — something that makes him a seemingly formidable candidate in a Democratic primary. But as he looks to secure his party’s nomination in a statewide bid, his unfiltered remarks and the circus that surrounds his private life threaten to derail his statewide ambitions before primary day.

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July 31, 2015

Democrats Hope Baron Hill Can Follow Donnelly’s Path to the Senate

Donnelly won in Indiana by 6 points in 2012. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Donnelly won in Indiana by 6 points in 2012. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Indiana Rep. Baron P. Hill’s road to the Senate won’t be any easy one, but Democrats think they have a roadmap to get him there.

Although Hill declared his candidacy in mid-May, in the middle of the 2nd quarter, he raised just $151,000 with $143,000 in the bank. That included a $2,700 donation from Indiana native son singer John Mellencamp. Meanwhile, Rep. Todd Young, one of three Republicans in the race, posted a $1 million haul in the 2nd quarter, before even declaring his Senate candidacy.

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July 30, 2015

Jeff Miller Won’t Run for Florida Senate Seat

Miller decided against a run for Senate in Florida. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Miller decided against a run for Senate in Florida. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., opted against a bid for the Senate in the Sunshine State on Thursday, winnowing an already crowded GOP field in the highly competitive contest.

Miller opting out of the race is a surprise to Florida Republicans. Before the July 4 recess, Miller had called a handful of Republicans who were eyeing his Panhandle-based House seat to alert them of his Senate plans, and hired the top Republican consulting firm OnMessage to help prepare his bid.

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July 29, 2015

Democrat to Detractors: I’m Doing Better Than Your Guy

Schneider is running for an open Santa Barbara House seat. ((Meredith Dake/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Schneider is running for an open Santa Barbara House seat. (Meredith Dake/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Seeking to avoid a contentious primary, some national Democrats have been working behind the scenes to force Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider out of a competitive open-seat House contest in California’s 24th District.

But Schneider has no plans to bow out of the race, and on Wednesday released a poll showing a slight lead in a primary against the candidate national Democrats prefer: Santa Barbara County Supervisor Salud Carbajal.

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July 22, 2015

Tossup New York House Race Starting to Take Shape

Gibson's retirement sets off a competitive open-seat race. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Gibson’s retirement sets off a competitive open-seat race. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The heart of summer may have passed, but the temperature in New York’s 19th District is only starting to warm up.

Democrats see it as a top-tier pickup opportunity, a rare open-seat House race in a tossup district that President Barack Obama won twice. The GOP is gearing up to defend it in a presidential election year that could include former Empire State Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton at the top of the ticket. Full story

July 20, 2015

David Jolly Becomes Fourth Republican in Florida Senate Race

Jolly is running for Senate in Florida. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Jolly is running for Senate in Florida. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. David Jolly, R-Fla., officially entered Florida’s open Senate contest Monday, becoming the fourth Republican running for his party’s nomination for the ultra-competitive seat.

“Based on my record as a conservative who has gotten results in the United States Congress and who has advanced the conservative principles we ran on, I am asking the people of Florida to let me serve as their next United States Senator,” Jolly told the Tampa Bay Times.

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July 17, 2015

Kathleen Matthews Defends Donation to Blunt

Matthews introduces herself to voters. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Matthews introduced herself to voters when she kicked off her campaign in June. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 5:28 p.m. | As she seeks the Democratic nomination in Maryland’s 8th Congressional District, political newcomer Kathleen Matthews might have a hurdle to jump in convincing Free State voters of her progressive bona fides.

Matthews, a former Marriot executive and a longtime D.C.-area TV news anchor, contributed $2,600 to Republican Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri in 2014. During an appearance Friday on The Kojo Nnamdi Show on WAMU, Matthews was asked about the contribution.

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July 13, 2015

Danny Tarkanian to Run for Nevada House Seat

Tarkanian is running for Nevada's open 3rd District. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Tarkanian is running for Nevada’s open 3rd District. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republican Danny Tarkanian, the son of the legendary University of Nevada, Las Vegas, basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian, announced a bid Monday for the Silver State’s open 3rd District, setting up a GOP primary in a tossup race.

Tarkanian will challenge state Sen. Michael Roberson for the Republican nomination in this seat — left vacant because of GOP Rep. Joe Heck’s Senate bid.

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July 12, 2015

Todd Young Announces Indiana Senate Bid

Young is running for Senate in Indiana. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Young’s background has appeal to both the tea party and pragmatic Republican bases in Indiana. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Todd Young, R-Ind., will run for Senate in the Hoosier State, he announced Sunday, becoming the third Republican to enter a competitive race to replace retiring GOP Sen. Dan Coats.

“Everything in my life I owe to God, my family, the Naval Academy and the Marine Corps,” Young said in a video announcing his candidacy shared first with CQ Roll Call. “The best way I can think of to give back is to ensure that every Hoosier family enjoys a better future. That’s why I’m running for U.S. Senate.”

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July 9, 2015

GOP Gleeful That Grayson’s Getting Into Florida Senate Race

Grayson will announce a Senate bid Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Grayson will announce a Senate bid Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 9:18 a.m. | Republican operatives are elated about Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson getting into the Senate race in Florida, saying the liberal firebrand’s bid will create headaches for Democrats up and down the ballot.

Grayson released a seven-minute-long video Thursday morning saying he’s running. The seat is open thanks to GOP Sen. Marco Rubio’s presidential bid, and is key as Democrats look to net the five seats necessary to ensure Senate control.

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July 8, 2015

Alan Grayson to Announce Senate Bid Thursday

Grayson will run for Senate in Florida. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

A source says Grayson will announce his bid on an Orlando-area TV station. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Alan Grayson, a liberal firebrand whose outspokenness irks members of his own party, will announce a bid for Florida’s open Senate seat Thursday morning on a Florida TV station, according to a source with knowledge of Grayson’s plans.

Grayson’s entry into the race could turn into a messy primary with fellow Florida Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy, national Democrats’ pick for this competitive seat, vacant this cycle thanks to GOP Sen. Marco Rubio’s presidential bid.

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July 7, 2015

Darin LaHood Wins GOP Primary to Succeed Schock

Schock resigned from Congress in March amid questions around travel spending and redecorating his congressional offices. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Schock resigned from Congress in March amid questions around travel spending and redecorating his congressional offices. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

State Sen. Darin LaHood easily won a GOP primary in Illinois’ 18th District Tuesday night, making him the odds-on favorite to succeed disgraced ex-Rep. Aaron Schock in this downstate seat.

LaHood defeated his Republican opponent, Breitbart Editor Mike Flynn, by about 69 percent to 29 percent with most precincts reporting, according to The Associated Press.

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LaHood Distances Himself From Dad in Race for Schock’s Seat

Darin LaHood, the son of former Rep. Ray LaHood, above, is expected to win a GOP primary in Illinois' 18th District. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Darin LaHood, the son of former Rep. Ray LaHood, above, is expected to win a GOP primary in Illinois’ 18th District. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Illinois state Sen. Darin LaHood may share a surname with his well-known father, former Congressman-turned-Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. But LaHood wants voters to know he has his own conservative record to stand.

And that’s been a theme of LaHood’s campaign in Illinois’ 18th District special election — a race to replace disgraced ex-Rep. Aaron Schock, who resigned earlier this year amid an ethics scandal.

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July 6, 2015

Joe Heck to Run for Nevada Senate (Video)

Heck plans to run for Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Heck twice won re-election in his district by large margins. (File Photo by Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Rep Joe Heck announced Monday he’ll run for Senate in Nevada, giving Republicans a top pick in a crucial contest that could determine Senate control.

I see a Nevada of unlimited opportunity, a place with better jobs, higher wages and the chance to rise as far as the path will take us,” the GOP lawmaker said in a video announcing his Senate run. “And that’s why I’m running for the United States Senate.”

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June 29, 2015

State Senator Considering Run for Arizona Open House Seat

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Kirkpatrick is giving up her House seat to run for McCain’s Senate seat. (File Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Arizona State Sen. Barbara McGuire, a Democrat, said Monday she is considering a run for the Democratic nomination in the state’s 1st Congressional District.

In a statement, McGuire stopped short of declaring her candidacy. Instead, she said she plans to “take the next few weeks to discuss the possibility” with people she knows and her constituents.

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