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October 20, 2015

Crist Announces Florida House Bid

SAINT PETERSBURG, FL - NOVEMBER 04:  Former Florida Governor and now Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist as he concedes defeat in the Vinoy hotel on November 4, 2014 in St. Petersburg, Florida. Crist lost to incumbent Republican Governor Rick Scott.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Crist ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2014. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images File Photo)

Former Gov. Charlie Crist announced Tuesday he’s running for Florida’s open 13th District — giving Democrats a top-tier recruit in a prime pickup opportunity next fall.

Crist, the Republican-turned-independent-turned-Democrat, lives in the part of St. Petersburg which is now in Florida’s 14th District. But a new congressional map, awaiting approval by the Florida Supreme Court, would move Crist into what would be a Democratic-leaning 13th District.

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October 2, 2015

McCollum Denies Senate Announcement Imminent

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL -  OCTOBER 23:   U.S. Senate candidate Marco Rubio (L) speaks with Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum at the Republican National Committee Final 2010 Victory fundraising rally October 23, 2010 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The speakers were supporting Rubio's run for U.S. Senate as well as several House of Representatives seats and statewide offices. Rubio is running against Florida Gov. Charlie Crist for the seat.  (Photo by Matt Stroshane/Getty Images)

McCollum, right, speaks with Rubio at a RNC fundraiser in 2010. (Matt Stroshane/Getty Images File Photo)

Updated 5:04 p.m.| Former Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum denied he would announce his plans to run for Florida’s open Senate seat next week, conflicting with buzz that’s been circulating around the Sunshine State.

“I am not planning an announcement of any sort next week, and I have not come to a conclusion about a U.S. Senate race in Florida” McCollum told CQ Roll Call Friday afternoon.

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Former RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie Announces Virginia Governor Run

Gillespie is a longtime political operative. Above, he speaks to the crowd during Mitt Romney's campaign election night event event in Boston. (Matthew Cavanaugh/Getty Images)

Gillespie is a longtime political operative. Above, he speaks to the crowd during Mitt Romney’s campaign election night event event in Boston. (Matthew Cavanaugh/Getty Images)

Former Republican National Committee chairman Ed Gillespie confirmed to The Washington Post Friday that he intends to run for governor in Virginia.

There was wide speculation earlier this week that Gillespie, who narrowly lost a challenge to Sen. Mark Warner last fall, would mount a bid after his friend, state Sen. Mark Obenshain, passed on the race Monday.

“My focus right now is helping keep our Republican majority in the General Assembly, and next year it will be ensuring that our Republican presidential nominee wins Virginia, but with my friend Mark Obenshain making clear he won’t be running in 2017, I’ll start laying a foundation to run myself after our elections here are over next month,” Gillespie said in a email to the Post.

Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam is also running for the open governor’s office. Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe will be term-limited out of the office in 2017.

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September 15, 2015

California Democrats Welcome Trump to the Golden State

Passerby's photograph Republican presidential candidate frontrunner Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on September 10, 2015 in Hollywood, California. Trump was awarded the star in 2007 in the television category.   AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK        (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

Passersby photograph Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on September 10. Trump was awarded the star in 2007 in the television category. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty File Photo)

Getting attention for a House race in Los Angeles in a presidential year is hard.

So two Democrats running against one another in an open-seat primary in a California House race are seeking to drum up attention for their candidacies by staging events to protest the one candidate sucking up all the oxygen in 2016: Donald Trump.

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Dan Benishek to Retire in 2016 (Updated)

Benishek will retire in 2016.

Benishek will retire in 2016.

Updated 10:10 a.m. | Rep. Dan Benishek, R-Mich., will not seek a fourth term in the House, he announced Tuesday, choosing to stick to a three-term limit he set for himself when he first ran in 2010.

“Today I’m announcing that I won’t seek re-election next year, which will allow me to focus my time and attention on helping our veterans and working to make things better for the families and workers throughout Northern Michigan, and devote more time to my family,” Benishek said in a statement.

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September 11, 2015

Two Women Vie to Be the Democrat in Race for Kline’s Seat

Both Democratic women vying for the DFL endorsement in Minnesota's 2nd District think they have a better shot now that Kline, chairman of the Education and Workforce Committee, is retiring. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Both Democratic women vying for the DFL endorsement think they have a better shot now that Kline is retiring. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Without seven-term GOP Rep. John Kline on the ballot, Democrats in Minnesota suddenly have a much better shot at flipping a district President Barack Obama carried twice.

The question now is which of two Democratic women will be the candidate. Full story

September 4, 2015

Grayson Trumps Murphy’s Trump Comparison

Grayson, top, and Murphy have been sniping at each other as they vie for the Democratic nod in Florida's Senate race. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Grayson, top, and Murphy have been sniping at each other as they vie for the Democratic nod in Florida’s Senate race. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Update 12:55 p.m. | Rep. Alan Grayson’s campaign reacted quickly Friday to Democratic Senate primary opponent Rep. Patrick Murphy’s comparison of him to Donald Trump, pointing out that Murphy’s father’s construction company had built two major projects for the real estate mogul who’s leading Republican presidential polls.

“Murphy’s family construction business — where he used to work, where his daddy’s money comes from, and in which he owns a share worth $1 million to $5 million — has a business relationship with Donald Trump. How much money has Donald Trump put in Patrick Murphy’s pocket?” Grayson adviser Kevin Franck replied in an email to CQ Roll Call.

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September 3, 2015

Minnesota’s John Kline Will Not Seek Eighth Term (Updated)

Kline will not seek re-election. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Kline will not seek re-election. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Updated 12:10 p.m.| Seven-term Minnesota GOP Rep. John Kline announced Thursday he will not run for re-election, putting Republicans in a tough spot to hold the southeastern Minnesota district in a presidential year.

“It has been and will continue to be a privilege serving the men and women of Minnesota’s 2nd District for the next 16 months,” he said in a statement Thursday morning.

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September 2, 2015

Fifth Republican Joins Indiana GOP Primary to Succeed Stutzman

 

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

Stutzman is vacating his seat to run for the Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Agribusinessman Kip Tom filed Tuesday to run in Indiana’s 3rd District, joining four Republicans already vying for the nomination to succeed Rep. Marlin Stutzman, who’s running for Senate.

Tom had been openly considering jumping in the race, posting a letter to that effect on his farm’s website this spring. In a subsequent letter sent to friends and supporters Tuesday, Tom said he stepped down from running his family’s business, Tom Farms LLC, one of the largest suppliers to Monsanto.

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August 25, 2015

Another Democrat Gets in Race to Replace Duckworth (Updated)

There are three Democrats running to succeed Duckworth. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

There are three Democrats running to succeed Duckworth. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 12:52 p.m. | After one Democrat abruptly bowed out of the race to succeed Illinois Rep. Tammy Duckworth late last month, the Democratic field in the 8th District got a little more crowded Tuesday with the entrance of Villa Park Mayor Deb Bullwinkel.

“For the last several years, the people of our communities have been lucky enough to have one of the hardest working common sense voices in Washington,” Bullwinkel said in a release Tuesday morning, referring to Duckworth, who’s challenging Sen. Mark S. Kirk.

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August 24, 2015

How Elijah Cummings Could Shake Up Maryland’s Senate Race

With his Baltimore activism and roots, Cummings would be a formidable force in the Maryland primary. (File Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

With his Baltimore activism and roots, Cummings would be a formidable force in the Maryland primary. (File Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Updated: 5:50 p.m. | After months of flirting with the notion of running for Maryland’s open Senate seat, it seems that Democratic Rep. Elijah E. Cummings might be ready to take it for a first date.

Next month, according to The Washington Post and confirmed to CQ Roll Call by a Cummings aide, the 10-term representative from Baltimore will hold a fundraiser at Nationals Stadium in Washington when his hometown Orioles are in town.

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August 12, 2015

Two Democrats Get J Street Help in Maryland Senate Race

Edwards and Van Hollen are running for Senate in 2016. (Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly File Photo)

Edwards and Van Hollen are running for Senate in 2016. (Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly File Photo)

Ever since the major Democratic contest between Reps. Donna Edwards and Chris Van Hollen began for Maryland’s open Senate seat, both campaigns have been wondering who the major liberal Jewish lobby organization J Street would end up helping in the race.

On Wednesday, they got their answer: Both.

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August 4, 2015

Former Republican Running as Democrat to Replace Kirkpatrick

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Kirkpatrick is vacating her House seat to run for the Senate. (File Photo by Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

In Arizona’s 1st District, Democrats may turn to a former Republican as they try to hold on to outgoing Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick’s seat.

Former state Sen. Tom O’Halleran, 69, on Tuesday said he would seek the party’s nomination, becoming the first Democratic candidate to enter the race. Kirkpatrick is vacating her seat to run for the Senate.

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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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