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September 5, 2015

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September 4, 2015

Bennet Gets GOP Challenger After Iran Deal Decision

Bennet became the 38th Senate Democrat to back the Iran deal Friday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Bennet became the 38th Senate Democrat to back the Iran deal Friday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republican Robert Blaha is likely to launch a challenge to Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet in the next couple of days, he told CQ Roll Call Friday.

When told that Bennet became the 38th Senate Democrat to back the Iran deal Friday morning, Blaha said, “OK, well then, I will be making an announcement based on his announcement.”

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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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10 Jobs That Launch Congressional Candidates

Mowrer ran in the 4th District in 2014. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo).

Mowrer, an Iraq war veteran, is running for the second time. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo).

With an actress, an opera singer and a former NFL-linebacker jockeying for Congress, it’s again apparent that there’s no professional barrier to mounting a congressional, or even a Senate, campaign.

But the best candidates are really the ones with the best personalities.

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August 27, 2015

Former Senate Colleagues Could See Biden as President

Biden, seen here walking through Statuary Hall in 2013, is reportedly moving toward another presidential bid. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Biden, seen here walking through Statuary Hall in 2013, is reportedly moving toward another presidential bid. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rare is the senator who hasn’t praised Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s character.

But how do the senators who served with him reflect on Biden as a politician, and how do they feel he would perform as a commander in chief?

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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 10, 2015

‘Little House on the Prairie’ Star Challenges Mike Bishop in Michigan

Gilbert, of "Little House on the Prairie" fame, will challenge Bishop. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)

Gilbert, of “Little House on the Prairie” fame, announced her first run for electoral office. (Rob Kim/Getty Images)

Actress Melissa Gilbert, who played Laura Ingalls Wilder in the TV show “Little House on the Prairie,” is running as a Democrat for Michigan’s 8th District, she announced Monday afternoon.

“I’m running for Congress to make life a little easier for all the families who feel they have fallen through the cracks in today’s economy,” Gilbert wrote on her campaign site. “I believe building a new economy is a team effort, and we need to bring fresh voices to the table to get the job done.”

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Katie McGinty Brings On Ed Rendell as Campaign Chairman (Updated)

Rendell encouraged McGinty to get in the race. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rendell encouraged McGinty to get into the race. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 3:56 p.m. | Democratic former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell will chair Katie McGinty’s Senate campaign, her team announced Monday.

“It is an honor to have Governor Rendell as the chair of my campaign. He knows how to win tough races and I appreciate his support and encouragement,” McGinty said in a statement emailed to reporters Monday morning.

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August 6, 2015

Planned Parenthood Gives DesJarlais Challenger an Opening

DesJarlais is again facing a primary challenge. (Tom Williams/Roll Call File Photo)

DesJarlais, shown practicing for a football game between members of Congress and Capitol Police, again faces a primary challenge. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Grant Starrett, 27, doesn’t think Rep. Scott DesJarlais has been conservative enough for Tennessee’s 4th District. DesJarlais thinks his voting record speaks for itself. “If he wants to run to the right, there’s not much room,” the Republican lawmaker told CQ Roll Call last week.

But there is room on one issue.

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August 4, 2015

Joe Baldacci Complicates Cain’s Challenge to Poliquin in Maine

Cain will have to win a primary before facing off in a rematch against Poliquin. (Meredith Dake/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Cain will have to win a primary before facing Poliquin in a rematch. (Meredith Dake/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

New England’s only tossup election got a little more complicated last week, when Maine’s Joe Baldacci, the brother of former Gov. John Baldacci, filed to run as a Democrat in the 2nd District.

Democrats’ anointed candidate, former state Sen. Emily Cain, who lost by 5 points to Rep. Bruce Poliquin last November, has been in the race since March.

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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 20, 2015

Colorado Candidate ‘Immediately Serious’ With $1M Loan

Coffman could run for Senate (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call).

Democrats looking to challenge Coffman may first have to win a primary. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Few House candidates post $1 million quarterly fundraising hauls.

Arizona Rep. Martha McSally did it in the 2nd quarter, but she has the advantage of incumbency and the establishment support that comes with it.

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July 17, 2015

Failed but Not Forgotten, Linda McMahon Keeps Hand in GOP

NJ Governor Chris Christie Campaigns With Connecticut Senate Candidate Linda McMahon

McMahon campaigns with Christie in the closing weeks before her failed 2012 Senate run. (Getty Images file photo)

There was a time in 2012 when it looked like Connecticut might do what it had never done before: Elect a female senator.

WWE co-founder and former CEO Linda McMahon was investing tens of millions of dollars of her personal fortune trying to become the state’s first Republican senator in more than two decades.

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Where Are They Now? 2010 Republican Senate Challengers

Despite losing two Senate bids, McMahon is still involved in GOP politics. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Two years after her unsuccessful run in 2010, McMahon spent another $50 with similar results in 2012. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Flash back to 2010, when moderate New England Republican Linda McMahon was on the Connecticut ballot to replace retiring Democratic Sen. Christopher S. Dodd. A self-funder, McMahon was one of several candidates who Republicans hoped could help flip the Senate.

But the former WWE executive went on to lose to Sen. Richard Blumenthal by 12 points. McMahon wasn’t alone. Across the country, Republican Carly Fiorina fell well short of knocking off California Democrat Barbara Boxer.

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July 10, 2015

Republicans Search for Another Cory Gardner to Challenge Bennet

Republicans have yet to coalesce around a challenger to Bennet. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republicans have yet to coalesce around a challenger to Bennet. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s been a month of diminishing prospects for Colorado Republicans looking for a candidate to challenge vulnerable Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet.

Three Republicans have declined to run, beginning with the party’s top pick, 6th District Rep. Mike Coffman, in a race that could affect the balance of power in the Senate. Drama within the state party has only distracted from the search for a credible candidate.

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July 7, 2015

Walter Jones Primary Challenger Looks for Rematch in 2016

Jones is facing a repeat primary challenge in his quest for a 12th term. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Jones is facing a repeat primary challenge from Griffin. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republican Taylor Griffin plans to announce a primary bid against North Carolina 3rd District Rep. Walter B. Jones on Wednesday, according to a release first obtained by CQ Roll Call.

Republicans in the state had long expected Griffin to mount a repeat challenge after he came within 6 points of knocking off the 11-term congressman in 2014. In a conservative district that Mitt Romney carried by double digits, the winner of the GOP primary will win the seat.

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