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March 4, 2014

Paul Ryan Endorses Mike Simpson in Idaho

Paul Ryan Endorses Mike Simpson in Idaho

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Budget Chairman Paul D. Ryan endorsed Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson on Tuesday, praising his fellow Republican’s work on debt reduction.

Simpson, an eight-term incumbent and ally of Speaker John A. Boehner, is facing primary opposition from tea-party-backed attorney Bryan Smith in a marquee battle between competing wings of the GOP.

Mike Simpson has been in the trenches fighting to reform runaway spending and has been a critical voice in passing our plan to balance the budget and pay down our debt,” the Wisconsin Republican and former vice presidential nominee said in a statement.

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Connie Mack Endorses in Special Election for Radel’s Seat

Connie Mack Endorses in Special Election for Radels Seat

Mack has endorsed Clawson in the race for Radel's seat. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Rep. Connie Mack endorsed businessman Curt Clawson, a fellow Republican, in the upcoming special election for the seat Mack held until 2012.

In backing Clawson in Florida’s 19th District, Mack cited the candidate’s endorsement of the former congressman’s “Penny Plan,” a proposal to reduce the federal budget by 1 percent every year.

“Simply put, I am concerned that most politicians don’t have the strength of their resolve in order to make these tough choices,” Mack said in a statement. “It will take an outsider to help us accomplish this goal and ultimately pass the Penny Plan. For these reasons, I endorse Curt Clawson for Congress and look forward to working with him to make the Penny Plan a reality.” Full story

Ralph Hall’s Jiujitsu Advertising Move

On Nov. 27, 2012, Rep. Ralph M. Hall became the oldest person to cast a vote  in Congress. Fifteen months later, that milestone is a campaign issue, and Hall is attempting to swing it his way.

Hall faces off Tuesday against a self-funded Republican rival, attorney John Ratcliffe. In case voters weren’t already aware of Hall’s age, Ratcliffe drove the point home with an ad released last week.

Titled “A New Generation of Conservative Leadership,” the narrator uses terms including “energy,” “passion” and “new” (five times).

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Mike Lee Backs Sasse in Nebraska Primary

Mike Lee Backs Sasse in Nebraska Primary

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Utah Sen. Mike Lee is backing Ben Sasse for Senate in Nebraska, adding another congressional endorsement for the Midland University president in his competitive GOP primary.

Sasse is building a “diverse, conservative coalition,” his campaign said in a statement Tuesday. Along with Lee, Sasse has the support of House Budget Chairman Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., and Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn, as well as outside groups like the Senate Conservatives Fund and Club for Growth. Full story

Texas: What to Watch in the First Primaries of 2014

Texas: What to Watch in the First Primaries of 2014

(By Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The nation’s first primary election of the 2014 cycle arrives today, and Lone Star State campaigns have braced themselves for low turnout thanks to unusually frigid weather.

Or as they say in some parts of Texas, it’s colder than a tin toilet in the Yukon.

Few places are prepared to handle ice and 30-degree temperatures, which could keep voters at home. As a result, many campaigns predict early voting and early media buys will have an outsized influence on the primaries.

A candidate must receive a majority of the vote to win Tuesday’s primary outright. Otherwise, the top two candidates will advance to a May 27 runoff.

Polls close at 8 p.m. EST. Here are six things to watch as results come in: Full story

March 3, 2014

Obama Endorses Second Freshman Democrat in Past Week

President Barack Obama endorsed Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., for re-election on Monday, his second endorsement of a freshman congressman in the past week.

“Since day one, Eric has shown unwavering dedication to the needs of his constituents — helping veterans secure the benefits they’ve earned, protecting seniors, and ensuring women receive equal pay for equal work,” Obama said in a statement released by the Swalwell campaign. “I enthusiastically support Eric Swalwell’s reelection to Congress so the East Bay can continue to move forward.”

The endorsement of Swalwell, who represents the Bay Area-based 15th District, followed Obama’s announcement of support on Feb. 28 for Texas Rep. Marc Veasey, who is facing a self-funding challenger in Tuesday’s Democratic primary.

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Virginia Democrats Gather to Celebrate, Replace Moran

Virginia Democrats Gather to Celebrate, Replace Moran

Lavern Chatman was one of nearly a dozen candidates to compete in a Saturday night straw poll to replace retiring Rep. Jim Moran (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Hundreds of Northern Virginia Democrats packed into a Volvo dealership outside of Washington, D.C., Saturday night to celebrate the career of longtime Rep. James P. Moran and begin the process of replacing him.

Since Moran’s January announcement that he wouldn’t seek a 13th term, at least 11 Democrats have thrown their hats into the ring. Nearly all of them appeared at the Saturday event to rub elbows with potential supporters and stake their claim to the safe Democratic seat.

Former Lt. Gov. Don Beyer, who hosted the festivities at his dealership in Alexandria, won the night’s straw poll decisively with 25 percent of the vote. Community activist Lavern Chatman and state Del. Patrick Hope took second and third place.

The straw poll was held as part of an annual Mardis Gras celebration to raise money for the Mount Vernon District Democratic Committee. Nearly 500 people attended the event, where tickets cost $45 and up, depending on the sponsorship level.

Moran, the guest of honor, donned Mardis Gras beads and greeted attendees with a beer in hand. He predicted that the winner of the June 10 Democratic primary will likely win by the same margin Beyer did on Saturday.

“I think that anybody that gets 25 percent of the vote will win. It’ll be a plurality,” Moran told CQ Roll Call. Full story

Potential Rival Urges Kyrsten Sinema to Stay Put

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If Sinema runs for Congress in another district, she will face a primary challenge, one candidate promised Sunday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A Democrat running for the seat of retiring Arizona Rep. Ed Pastor said Sunday he would not drop his bid in deference to freshman Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, a fellow Democrat who may opt to run for the newly opened seat instead of her own.

Pastor’s 7th District is solidly Democratic, while any Democrat running for Sinema’s neighboring 9th District could face a tough general election fight every cycle until the next round of redistricting. Because of that, speculation about the possibility that Sinema might move to the open district emerged immediately after Pastor’s Feb. 27 retirement announcement.

Democratic state Rep. Ruben Gallego, who announced his candidacy on Twitter minutes after Pastor made his retirement plans public, said in a Sunday interview with CQ Roll Call that he will run for Pastor’s seat regardless of Sinema’s plans.

“I’m a big supporter of Kyrsten Sinema,” Gallego said. “I got to work for her, work with her. I’ve donated to her campaign the first time around, the second time around, and I hope she stays in District 9 because she is the right moderate, business-oriented voice for that district.”

He added: “But, if she decides to move to District 7, we will have a very spirited race and I will run against her.”

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February 28, 2014

President Obama Endorses Texas Democrat in Primary Race

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Obama endorsed Veasey ahead of the incumbent's primary on Tuesday (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

President Barack Obama endorsed freshman Texas Rep. Marc Veasey in his re-election bid on Friday.

Veasey faces a primary challenge Tuesday in Texas’ 33rd District from Tom Sanchez, a self-funding attorney from the technology sector. Most local Democrats expect Veasey to win, but Sanchez is running a spirited campaign against him in a regionally and ethnically complex district.

In a Veasey campaign release, which included a photo of the pair shaking hands, Obama touted the freshman Democrat on the very issue on which Sanchez has criticized him: immigration. Full story

Super PAC Hits McDaniel on Hurricane Katrina Relief

A super PAC boosting Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., is hitting the senator’s tea party primary opponent for comments he made on Hurricane Katrina relief.

Mississippi Conservatives, an independent-expenditure-only committee, will air a pair of television and radio ads throughout the state, criticizing state Sen. Chris McDaniel for saying that a vote on Hurricane Katrina relief would not be “an easy vote to cast.”

“After Hurricane Katrina, Senator Cochran fought for us, pushing emergency relief funding through Congress. But when trial lawyer Chris McDaniel was asked how he would have voted on Katrina relief, his response was, ‘I don’t know,'” a narrator says in the 30-second television spot.

“Chris McDaniel. We just can’t count on him,” the ad says.

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New Seat, Better Odds for California Republican (Video)

The candidate: Former state Sen. Tony Strickland, a Republican
The member: Longtime GOP Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon is retiring from Congress, leaving his competitively drawn southern California House seat open for the first time in two decades.
The district: California’s 25th, located on the northern edge Los Angeles County, was close in the past two presidential contests but has a slight conservative bent. It’s rated Republican Favored by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.
The candidate’s team: Jamestown Associates (media), Joe Justin of the Justin Company (mail), Jeff Burton of Burton Kamins Advocacy (general consultant), Greg Strimple of GS Strategy Group (polling).

 

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Democrat Ups Spending in Primary for Competitive Illinois Race

Democrat Ups Spending in Primary for Competitive Illinois Race

(Courtesy George Gollin for Congress Facebook page)

Physics professor George Gollin, a Democrat running in the competitive House race in Illinois, will inject more money into the television airwaves on Monday, according to two sources tracking ad buys in the district.

Gollin, who is running against former judge Ann Callis for the party’s nomination in the competitive 13th District, will spend $48,000 on broadcast in the district on a new ad that will air between March 4 and March 10.

Gollin’s campaign declined to release the ad but confirmed the size of the buy.

The buy is more than double what Callis spent on ads for the March 18 primary thus far.

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February 27, 2014

Tea Party Group Doubles Down on Colorado Senate Race

The Tea Party Express reiterated its endorsement of state Sen. Owen Hill in the wake of a major shake-up in the race for Senate in Colorado.

In a surprising move, Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., opted Wednesday to run against Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck subsequently dropped out of the Senate race to run for Gardner’s 4th District instead. Likewise, state Rep. Amy Stephens reportedly dropped out of the Senate race as well.

But not Hill.

The Tea Party Express backed Buck’s bid for Senate in 2010, but endorsed Hill this cycle. In fact, the Tea Party Express blasted Buck in a Wednesday evening solicitation for donations:  Full story

Rangel Primary Challenger To Announce Rematch

Rangel Primary Challenger To Announce Rematch

Rangel's 2012 primary challenger is running again in 2014. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

State Sen. Adriano Espaillat is scheduled to announce at noon Thursday that he will once again challenge 22-term Rep. Charles B. Rangel in New York’s 13th District.

Rangel narrowly defeated Espaillat, another Democrat, in 2012. The New York state legislator’s candidacy for the Harlem and Bronx-based district was widely expected. Full story

February 26, 2014

Walter Jones Blasts Primary Challenger’s Hill Fundraiser

Walter Jones Blasts Primary Challengers Hill Fundraiser

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 4:30 p.m. | Rep. Walter B. Jones blasted his primary opponent Wednesday, implying that he is a “puppet of Washington” after CQ Roll Call reported that a cadre of plugged-in Republican operatives are hosting a fundraiser for his challenger this week.

The North Carolina Republican said the Capitol Hill fundraiser with a handful of longtime GOP aides shows the influence of Washington insiders and campaign money in politics, rather than ideas and principles.

“This is again an example of the influence of Washington. I am an independent. The people back home know I’m an independent. And I don’t think the people back home want a puppet of Washington to go down there and represent them,” he said. Full story

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