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June 22, 2015

Kentucky Congressman Yarmuth Will Seek Re-Election

Yarmuth, center, unexpectedly announced he will resign his Kentucky House seat Monday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Yarmuth, center, announced Monday he will seek to retain his Kentucky House seat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., announced Monday he will seek a sixth term in Congress, ending speculation that he would not run for re-election.

“I decided to run again because as the lone progressive voice on federal issues in Kentucky, particularly within the federal delegation, I think I have a responsibility to battle for the values that I think this community shares and I certainly champion, and those are things that help the average working family get additional opportunity and get ahead,” Yarmuth told Kentucky media outlet cjn2’s Pure Politics at his campaign headquarters in Louisville.

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June 9, 2015

Brian Sandoval Won’t Run for Nevada Senate (Video)

Sandoval is not running for Senate in Nevada. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sandoval is not running for Senate in Nevada. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Brian Sandoval, the popular Republican governor of Nevada, announced Tuesday he won’t run for the Silver State’s open Senate seat.

“I have said many times that it is an honor and a privilege to serve as Nevada’s Chief Executive and that I love my job. My heart is in my responsibilities as Governor and continuing to build the New Nevada,” Sandoval said in a statement. “My undivided attention must be devoted to being the best Governor, husband and father I can be. For these reasons, I will not seek the United States Senate seat that will be available in 2016.”

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June 2, 2015

Kelly Wins Runoff for Mississippi House Seat

Kelly won a special election in Mississippi. (Rogelio V. Solis/AP File Photo)

Kelly had the support of Nunnelee’s widow, and a base of voters from his role as DA in a number of the district’s counties. (Rogelio V. Solis/AP File Photo)

District Attorney Trent Kelly, a Republican, rolled to victory in a special-election runoff in Mississippi’s 1st District Tuesday night, The Associated Press reported.

Kelly, who will succeed the late Rep. Alan Nunnelee, took 70 percent of the vote in his win over Democrat Walter Zinn, according to the AP.

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June 1, 2015

David McKinley Not Running for Governor in West Virginia

McKinley's decision ends speculation about who might run for his House seat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

McKinley’s decision ends speculation about who would run for his seat in the House. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

West Virginia Rep. David McKinley plans to announce Monday that he’s not running for governor in 2016, according to two sources with knowledge of McKinley’s plans. McKinley plans to make the announcement at a 3:30 p.m. Eastern conference call with reporters.

The congressman’s office declined to comment, but his decision to bow out of the race ends months of speculation about who would take over his safe Republican seat if he left Washington. Mitt Romney and Sen. John McCain carried the district by double-digit margins in 2012 and 2008, respectively. A number of GOP state legislators had expressed interest in the seat. Full story

May 27, 2015

Why Titus Won’t Run for Reid’s Senate Seat

Titus will seek re-election in Nevada's 1st District. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Titus will seek re-election in Nevada’s 1st District instead of running for the Senate seat that Reid is vacating. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Some jobs are too good to risk. Even for a Senate bid.

That’s how Nevada Rep. Dina Titus feels about her job representing the state’s 1st District.

“I’d hate to start over as a freshman in the Senate from a small state,” she told CQ Roll Call Wednesday afternoon.

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May 20, 2015

Sanchez Stumbles Prompt SoCal Angst

Sanchez is running for Senate in California. (By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sanchez had a rough week announcing a Senate bid. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Long shut out of statewide office, Southern California Democrats saw a glimmer of hope last week, when Orange County Rep. Loretta Sanchez announced a bid for the Golden State’s open Senate seat.

But a series of stumbles out of the gate has left some of them hesitant about whether they will back her uphill battle against state Attorney General Kamala Harris — with some waiting on Rep. Xavier Becerra, who is still considering jumping into the primary.

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Stutzman Staffs Up for Senate Bid

Jesmer will help Stutzman’s Senate bid. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

GOP Rep. Marlin Stutzman, who is vacating his House seat to run in Indiana’s open Senate contest, has hired an experienced senior campaign team to help his bid, according to a release provided first to CQ Roll Call.

Democrats, who will attempt to pick up the seat in 2016, are hoping to paint Stutzman as the type of fringe, tea party candidate that has caused the GOP troubles in cycles past. But Stutzman’s senior leadership lineup includes former top aides at the National Republican Senatorial Committee and National Republican Congressional Committee, as well as GOP consultants well-respected on Capitol Hill — a move that signals is willing to shed that image.

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May 15, 2015

Ousted Democrat Announces Indiana Senate Bid (Updated)

Hill, center, is a former member of Congress. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Hill, center, is a former member of Congress. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated, 1 p.m. | Former Democratic Rep. Baron Hill told a crowd at a Jefferson Jackson Dinner in Columbus, Ind., he’ll run for the open Senate seat in the Hoosier State in 2016, becoming the first Democrat to enter the contest.

“I want to be your next senator,” Hill told the audience, according to the Republic, a local newspaper based in Columbus.

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May 14, 2015

Sanchez Senate Bid Opens Orange County House Seat

Sanchez is running for Senate in California. (By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

After waffling on a run earlier this week, Democratic Rep. Loretta Sanchez announced Thursday she is  running for California’s open Senate seat.

“I’m running to give a voice to every Californian,” Sanchez said at a rally in Santa Ana. Full story

Lieutenant Governor Moves Closer to Florida Senate Bid

Rubio is running for president in 2016.  (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rubio’s seat is open because he is running for president in 2016. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Florida Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera moved closer to entering the open Florida Senate contest late Wednesday, announcing a super PAC to help him raise money for a potential candidacy.

Lopez-Cantera would be the second top-tier Republican to enter the contest — left vacant thanks to GOP Sen. Marco Rubio’s presidential bid. GOP Rep. Ron DeSantis, a favorite of tea party-aligned outside groups, announced a bid earlier this month.

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May 12, 2015

Mississippi Special Election Heads to Runoff

The race to replace Nunnelee is headed to a runoff. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The race to replace Nunnelee is headed to a runoff. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The special election in Mississippi’s 1st District is headed to a June 2 runoff, after none of the 13 candidates in the field captured the necessary votes to win outright.

In a surprising twist, Democrat Walter Zinn took the first-place spot, with 17 percent when The Associated Press called the race. Zinn advances with Republican Trent Kelly, a district attorney who took the second-place spot with 16 percent. Both are seeking to replace the late Rep. Alan Nunnelee, who died in February after a battle with brain cancer.

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Loretta Sanchez May Announce California Senate Bid

Sanchez is running for Senate. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sanchez is running for Senate. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated, 8 p.m. | Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif., may announce a bid for Senate in the Golden State Thursday, which would set up a primary in the open-seat race to replace retiring Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer.

Citing an email intended for Sanchez supporters, sources told CQ Roll Call the congresswoman would make her announcement Thursday morning. That’s one day before Democratic operatives and activists gather in Anaheim, located in her district, for the annual California Democratic Party Convention. The plan described in the email was for Sanchez to stand beside her “husband, family and friends,” at the Santa Ana train station.

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May 11, 2015

Expect the Unexpected in Mississippi Special Election

Thirteen candidates are vying to succeed the late Nunnelee. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Thirteen candidates are vying to succeed Nunnelee. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The special election in Mississippi’s 1st District is a political handicapper’s nightmare.

“If anyone tells you they know what to expect on Tuesday, they are lying to you,” said Casey Phillips, a GOP ad maker who is working for Republican Greg Pirkle.

Pirkle, an attorney from Tupelo, is just one of 13 candidates seeking the northeastern Mississippi-based seat, left vacant in February following the death of GOP Rep. Alan Nunnelee.

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May 9, 2015

Marlin Stutzman Leaving House to Run for Senate

Stutzman will run for Senate in Indiana. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Stutzman will run for Senate in Indiana. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Marlin Stutzman will announce an Indiana Senate bid Saturday, according to multiple sources with knowledge of his plans, making him the second Republican to join the open-seat race.

Democrats are hoping Stutzman’s entrance into the contest will produce a bloody Republican primary that could endanger the GOP’s chances at holding on to retiring Sen. Dan Coats’ seat.

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May 6, 2015

Ron DeSantis Announces Florida Senate Bid

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

Florida Rep. Ron DeSantis announced Wednesday he is running for Florida’s open Senate seat, becoming the first well-known Republican to enter what’s expected to be among the most competitive races of the cycle.

The second-term member is a favorite of tea party-aligned conservative groups, a number of which encouraged DeSantis to run after GOP Sen. Marco Rubio said he would vacate the seat to run for president.

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