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September 5, 2013

Ami Bera Draws Third GOP Challenger | #CA07 (Updated)

Updated 4:38 p.m. | Igor Birman, chief of staff to California GOP Rep. Tom McClintock, announced Thursday that he is running in California’s 7th District. That makes Birman the third Republican looking to oust freshman Democratic Rep. Ami Bera.

Birman, an immigrant who came to the U.S. as a refugee from the Soviet Union in 1994, joins former Rep. Doug Ose, R-Calif., and Elizabeth Emken in the crowded, open primary in this competitive district.

“I want to ensure that the same American Dream that brought us here is secure for future generations,” Birman said in a release. “I am very troubled that many in Washington cling to policies that have put it in great jeopardy. So I’m running for Congress because I believe that our children and grandchildren deserve better.”

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Club for Growth Candidate Goes on the Air Against Boehner Ally | #ID02 (Updated)

Republican Bryan Smith is on the radio with a new ad smacking Republican Rep. Mike Simpson for not supporting a recent tea party effort to defund the 2010 health care overhaul.

A source in the campaign characterized the buy via email as a five-figure buy “on conservative talk radio across Idaho.” Idaho is a relatively inexpensive ad market.

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Special-Election Candidates Start Buying TV Time in Mobile | #AL01

Wells Griffith, a Republican candidate in Alabama’s 1st District special election, went up with his first television ad on Thursday, less than a month before the Sept. 24 primary.

The 30-second “positive” spot will air on broadcast and cable stations throughout the district, and highlights Griffith’s ties to the 1st District, where his family has owned a full-service gas station for generations. The campaign spent $12,500 on the ad, according to a source with knowledge of ad buys in the district.

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GOP Primary Field Grows to Replace Campbell | #CA45

Businessman Pat Maciariello announced Thursday that he is running to replace retiring GOP Rep. John Campbell in California’s 45th District, joining an already crowded GOP primary field in this strong Republican district.

Maciariello, a self-described political newcomer, joins state Sen. Mimi Walters, Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach and retired Marine Greg Raths in the GOP primary.

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September 4, 2013

Bentivolio Gets Primary Challenger in Michigan | #MI11

Republican Rep. Kerry Bentivolio of Michigan officially has a primary on his hands.

Attorney David Trott announced Wednesday morning his primary challenge against Bentivolio, a freshman who won his first term amid the chaos created when former Republican Rep. Thaddeus McCotter abruptly resigned from Congress in 2012.

Trott’s announcement came in the form of an email to supporters and made no mention of the 11th District’s incumbent.

“It’s time we fix Washington and send a leader there who will bring the best people and the best ideas from our communities together to advance our freedom-loving agenda — A leader with a proven record of job creation and problem-solving abilities — A leader with the integrity and commitment to help the district and its residents,” he wrote.

Bentivolio has gained attention on the national scene in recent weeks after advocating for the impeachment of President Barack Obama. He is mostly known in Congress for his background in reindeer ranching.

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September 3, 2013

Democrat Challenges Pearce in New Mexico | #NM02

Democrat Roxanne “Rocky” Lara announced Tuesday that she will run for the nomination to challenge New Mexico’s lone Republican delegation member, Rep. Steve Pearce.

“New Mexicans deserve someone in Congress who is committed to our needs and values, but we haven’t been getting that from Washington lately,” Lara said in a release. “I’ll change that by following a straightforward principle: I will work with anyone who shares a willingness to work for a better New Mexico.”

Lara is a former Eddy County Commission chairwoman; she unsuccessfully ran for state party chair in April, according to the El Paso Times. Lara has met previously with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee about a House run, per a national Democratic operative.

New Mexico Democratic Party Chairman Sam Bregman said Lara’s entry in the race means there are two qualified candidates available to take on Pearce, pointing to attorney Leslie Endean-Singh, who previously announced  her run for the 2nd District’s Democratic nomination.

Republican to Make Third Bid for Maine House Seat | #ME02

Former state Sen. Kevin Raye announced late last week that he is running for Maine’s open 2nd District, according to a local newspaper, becoming the fourth GOP candidate in an increasingly crowded primary contest.

This is Raye’s third congressional bid: He tried twice, unsuccessfully, to beat Democratic Rep. Michael H. Michaud, once in 2002 and again last cycle. Michaud is vacating the 2nd District to run for governor in the Pine Tree State.

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August 30, 2013

Liz Cheney Accuses NRSC of Push Poll Against Her | #WYSEN (Updated)

Updated 4:21 p.m. | Republican Liz Cheney announced on Friday that she is against gay marriage and accused the National Republican Senatorial Committee of sponsoring a “push poll” against her.

“I am strongly pro-life and I am not pro-gay marriage,” Cheney said in a campaign news release.

She added that it is an issue that ought to be decided at the state level.

“I believe the issue of marriage must be decided by the states, and by the people in the states, not by judges and not even by legislators, but by the people themselves,” she added.

She voiced these opinions in the context of what her campaign alleged was a push poll which suggested that Cheney “supports abortion and aggressively promotes gay marriage.”

The statement included a sentence that tied the NRSC to the push poll. A push poll is typically a phony survey where the intent is not data collection but rather the dissemination of false information about a candidate.

“I call on Senator Enzi to denounce this poll and to tell the National Republican Senatorial Committee, or anyone else promoting untruths on his behalf, to stop,” Cheney added. Her spokeswoman, Celeste Colgan, tied Sen. Michael B. Enzi to the poll in the statement.

An NRSC spokesman told CQ Roll Call that they were “baffled by the statement and are not polling in Wyoming.” And an Enzi spokesman vigorously disputed Cheney’s allegation. Full story

August 29, 2013

Ad War Heats Up in Alabama House Special | #AL01

Former state Sen. Bradley Byrne announced Thursday that he will be up with his first television ad in Alabama’s 1st District special election, highlighting his work as a public servant to clean up the state’s community college system.

The $47,000, positive spot will air on broadcast for the week beginning Sept. 3, and on cable beginning Friday through Sept. 9.

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August 28, 2013

GOPAC Goes Up With Ad in Alabama House Special | #AL01

GOPAC, an organization that seeks to build a Republican bench of candidates, released a 30-second television ad on Wednesday in support of state Rep. Chad Fincher, a candidate in the upcoming Alabama House special election.

The $30,000 cable and broadcast television ad buy touts Fincher’s conservative record of taking on teachers unions.

“Rep. Fincher has a long record of fighting for conservative policies and sound economic principles,” GOPAC Chairman Frank Donatelli said in a news release. “We know that he is a tested leader and does not back down from a fight against liberal special interests. We need his continued leadership in Washington.”

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August 27, 2013

Two Conservative Groups Target McConnell in Radio Ads | #KYSEN

Two outside groups that support conservative candidates have launched radio ads this week targeting Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

The Senate Conservatives Fund announced Tuesday that it’s spending nearly $50,000 to run a statewide radio ad for the next two weeks that urges the Kentucky Republican to oppose funding President Barack Obama’s health care law. It’s run similar ads against six other Republican senators, though not all are up for re-election next year.

The Madison Project, which has officially endorsed McConnell’s GOP primary opponent, Matt Bevin, went a step further in its ad, calling on conservatives to “dump” McConnell. The group spent just more than $27,000 on its statewide ad, according to Federal Election Commission filings. Full story

August 23, 2013

More Republicans Poised to Run Against Freshman Ami Bera | #CA07

More Republicans Poised to Run Against Freshman Ami Bera | #CA07

Bera will likely face a tough re-election this cycle. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Republican field in California’s competitive 7th District is poised to grow after Labor Day, with two prospective candidates planning to make announcements about the race.

Former Rep. Doug Ose, a Republican who represented a large portion of the redrawn 7th District from 1999 until 2005, is expected to make an announcement on his plans for the race after Labor Day, according to a source close to Ose’s campaign. The source would not confirm whether Ose plans to run, but other operatives in the Golden State say Ose is likely to enter the race. Full story

Fall Filled With Special Elections for House, Senate

Fall Filled With Special Elections for House, Senate

Alexander's resignation means yet another special election this fall. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Are these elections really that “special” anymore?

Between now and Christmas, four different states will hold special elections for federal office: a Senate race in New Jersey, plus House elections in Alabama, Louisiana and Massachusetts.

Not special enough for you? Three special elections are scheduled over a four-day stretch in mid-October.

Here’s a look at the upcoming “special” election calendar:

New Jersey Senate

Reason for vacancy: The passing of the late Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, D-N.J.
Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call rating: Safe Democrat
The field: Newark Mayor Cory Booker, the Democratic nominee, and conservative activist Steve Lonegan, the GOP nominee.
Primary election: Booker and Lonegan won their party nominations on Aug. 13.
General election: Oct. 16

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Top Republican Eschews House Bid in New Hampshire | #NH02

Top Republican Eschews House Bid in New Hampshire | #NH02

Republicans are looking to find a candidate to challenge Kuster. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former New Hampshire state Speaker Bill O’Brien, a Republican, has ruled out a challenge to Rep. Ann McLane Kuster, D-N.H., according to WMUR.

Some Granite State Republican operatives welcomed O’Brien’s decision given another potential candidate, former state Sen. Gary Lambert, is eyeing the race. These Republicans argue the party might avoid a competitive GOP primary this way. Full story

Republican Readies Primary Challenge to Boehner Ally (Video)

The candidate:  Attorney Bryan Smith, a Republican
The member: Smith is challenging Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho.
The district: Idaho’s 2nd District is rated Safe Republican by the Rothenberg Political Report/CQ Roll Call. The district incorporates Boise but also includes much of the Gem State’s potato production.
The candidate’s team: Cold Spark Media’s Nachama Soloveichik and Mark Harris (general consultants) and Carrie Brown (campaign manager)

Attorney Bryan Smith earned the Club for Growth’s first major endorsement of the 2014 cycle, but he said he made the decision to challenge one of Speaker John A. Boehner’s top allies in Congress independently of the cash-flush, conservative group.

“People that I know apparently had submitted my name and then I did get a call from the Club for Growth,” Smith said in a Monday interview at the CQ Roll Call offices. “I did go back and interview with them. But I made the decision independent from the Club for Growth.” Full story

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