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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 Retirement Sparks Hoosier State Free-for-All

Coats Retirement Sparks Hoosier State Free for All

Coats chats with Sen. Lamar Alexander not long after announcing his retirement plans. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

An open Senate seat in Indiana could lead to a GOP free-for-all in 2016, with nearly every Republican member of the Hoosier State’s congressional delegation showing interest.

Of the seven Republicans in the House delegation, five are at least giving a bid consideration.

GOP Sen. Dan Coats’ Tuesday retirement announcement sparked a behind-the-scenes frenzy, as Reps. Jackie Walorski, Marlin Stutzman, Todd Young, Todd Rokita and Susan W. Brooks all contemplated jumping in the race to succeed him. Eric Holcomb, Coats’ chief of staff in the state, and state Speaker Brian Bosma also are weighing runs, according to Indiana GOP operatives.

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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 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

Democrat Announces Bid in Top Illinois House Race (Updated)

Democrat Announces Bid in Top Illinois House Race (Updated)

Dold is an Illinois Republican. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 11:00 a.m. | Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering announced a bid in Illinois’ 10th District Tuesday, putting Democrats on a likely primary collision course in a must-win seat for the party.

Rotering hopes to face GOP Rep. Robert Dold, a moderate Republican who won his second, non-consecutive term in this suburban Chicago-based district in 2014. But she is likely to face a primary against former Rep. Brad Schneider, the Democrat who lost to Dold in November.

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March 12, 2015

Democrat Rules Out Maryland Senate Run

Democrat Rules Out Maryland Senate Run

Perez, left, talks to Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., in his Senate Hart office. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

CHESAPEAKE BEACH, Md. — Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez will not run for Senate in Maryland, he told CQ Roll Call Thursday.

Several Maryland Democrats have mentioned Perez, a Maryland resident who held public office there, as a possible Senate candidate following Sen. Barbara A Mikulski’s recent announcement that she will not seek another term. Full story

March 10, 2015

Donna Edwards Replacements Start Lining Up (Updated)

Donna Edwards Replacements Start Lining Up (Updated)

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

Updated March 11, 4:04 p.m. | Rep. Donna Edwards’ Senate bid sounded the starting bell Tuesday for a competitive primary for her House Seat.

“I think it’s very likely that you could have a very crowded field,” said former Democratic Rep. Albert Wynn, who represented the Maryland district for more than a decade until 2008, when Edwards ousted him. “It’s a window of opportunity for another generation.” Full story

Edwards Makes Senate Bid Official (Video)

Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Md., made her Senate bid official on Tuesday, announcing her intention to run in a web video.

“I’m announcing my candidacy for the United States Senate,” she says in the autobiographical video. The 5-term congresswoman narrates the just over 2-minute long video, which shows Maryland’s National Harbor in the background.

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Democrats Line Up Behind Ted Strickland in Ohio Primary (Updated)

Democrats Line Up Behind Ted Strickland in Ohio Primary (Updated)

Strickland is a Democrat from Ohio. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo).

Updated 11:36 a.m. | The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee threw its weight behind former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland Tuesday — a sign the national party is trying to avoid a primary in a key 2016 state.

Strickland currently faces Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld for the Democratic nod in the Buckeye State. Both hope to challenge GOP Sen. Rob Portman, who is seeking re-election in a state President Barack Obama carried in 2008 and 2012.

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March 8, 2015

Report: Donna Edwards to Announce Senate Bid

Report: Donna Edwards to Announce Senate Bid

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

Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Md., will announce a run for Senate Tuesday to succeed retiring Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, D-Md., the Washington Post reported Sunday.

Edwards, the lone woman in Maryland’s House delegation, joins a field that already includes her colleague, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., who announced his candidacy Wednesday.

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March 6, 2015

Harry Reid Backs Maryland Senate Candidate

Harry Reid Backs Maryland Senate Candidate

Van Hollen is running for Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In an unusual move, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid has endorsed Rep. Chris Van Hollen for the newly open Senate seat in Maryland.

Van Hollen, a Democrat, announced Wednesday he would run for the Senate seat, after Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, D-Md., announced she would not seek another term. But Reid’s endorsement comes as a number of other House Democrats publicly mull the Senate race. Full story

March 5, 2015

Democratic Floodgates Open for Maryland House Seat

Democratic Floodgates Open for Maryland House Seat

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

Updated 7:55 p.m. | Rep. Chris Van Hollen’s decision to run for Senate in Maryland marks the likely start of a crowded Democratic primary for Senate — and for his newly open House seat too.

Van Hollen represents Maryland’s 8th District, a reliably Democratic district bordering Washington, D.C. With its affluent population and proximity to the Capitol, Democrats will have no shortage of candidates who could run. Van Hollen has held the seat since 2002, and for many ambitious Democrats, this is their shot. Full story

March 4, 2015

Van Hollen May Not Have Field to Himself (Updated)

Van Hollen May Not Have Field to Himself (Updated)

Mikulski will not seek another term in 2016. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 5:50 p.m. | Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen announced Wednesday he will run for the seat of retiring Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, moving swiftly as numerous other ambitious Democrats have their eye on the race.

“I am excited to share that I have decided to run for the United States Senate from our great State of Maryland,” Van Hollen said in a statement. Full story

Democrats Have Early Favorite House Pickup Opportunity

Democrats Have Early Favorite House Pickup Opportunity

Blum, right, is a top Democratic target in 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In one of the party’s best pickup opportunities this cycle, Democrats have zeroed in on second-time candidate Monica Vernon to win Iowa’s 1st District.

Freshman Rep. Rod Blum, a Republican, holds the seat. But the district’s composition is competitive, if not left-leaning: In 2012, President Barack Obama won it with 56 percent. That makes it a ripe target for Democrats, who must net 30 seats on a GOP-friendly map to win the majority. Full story

March 2, 2015

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

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