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April 21, 2015

Special-Election Candidate Gets Unlikely Donation

Thirteen candidates are vying to succeed the late Nunnelee. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

More than a dozen candidates are vying in the Mississippi special election to succeed the late Republican congressman. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

One of the candidates running for the late Rep. Alan Nunnelee’s Mississippi seat got some help from beyond the grave last month.

Trent Kelly, the district attorney for the First Circuit Court District, received a $4,000 donation from Nunnelee for Congress. Consultants for the late congressman — including one now working for Kelly — told CQ Roll Call the March 27 donation was made at the behest of Nunnelee’s widow, Tori.

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Ex-NFL Linebacker Considering Illinois Senate Bid

Harris, No. 58 of the Oakland Raiders, greets fans at a 2004 home game. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images File Photo)

Harris greets fans at a 2004 Oakland Raiders home game. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images File Photo)

Illinois state Sen. Napoleon Harris, a Chicago-area Democrat and former National Football League linebacker, is mulling a bid for Senate, according to multiple sources in the state.

His candidacy would set up a primary in a top Senate contest, with national Democrats squarely behind Democratic Rep. Tammy Duckworth to take on Republican Sen. Mark S. Kirk.

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April 17, 2015

Democrat Announces Senate Bid in Pennsylvania

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

Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski announced a bid for Senate in Pennsylvania on Friday, setting up a Democratic primary in a must-win Senate contest for a party looking to win back the majority in 2016.

Pawlowski faces former Rep. Joe Sestak, the Democrat who lost to GOP Sen. Patrick J. Toomey in 2010.

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April 14, 2015

Possible Primary Brewing in Michigan’s 1st District

Republicans could mount a primary challenge to Benishek. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s not just Democrats considering a challenge to Michigan Rep. Dan Benishek, who plans to run for a fourth term after pledging to serve only three.

Several Republicans in the state were mentioned as potential primary challengers to the 1st District incumbent. Full story

April 13, 2015

Marco Rubio’s Presidential Bid Creates Open-Seat Scrum (Updated)

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Rubio is running for president in 2016. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 6:19 p.m. | Marco Rubio on Monday became the third Republican senator to announce a bid for president and the first of the group to leave behind a competitive seat.

Rubio vacating his seat in Florida in favor of national ambition gives the GOP another potentially strong White House contender. But it presents new challenges for Senate Republicans pushing to hold their newly acquired majority by leaving an expensive open seat in a state at the heart of the presidential election.

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April 10, 2015

House Democrat Passes on Illinois Senate Race

Foster will not run for Senate in Illinois. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Foster will not run for Senate in Illinois. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Illinois Rep. Bill Foster announced Friday he will not run for Senate next year and instead endorsed fellow House Democrat Tammy Duckworth, who joined the race last month.

That decision by Foster, who was actively mulling a Senate bid, brings Democrats one step closer to avoiding a potentially damaging primary in what may be the party’s best opportunity to pick up a seat. Full story

March 31, 2015

Democrat Announces Bid to Succeed Tammy Duckworth (Updated)

Duckworth is running for Senate, opening the 8th District. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Duckworth is running for Senate, opening the 8th District. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Update 12:44 p.m. | Raja Krishnamoorthi, the former Illinois deputy treasurer, announced Tuesday he will run for Congress in Illinois’ 8th District — an open-seat race thanks to Democratic Rep. Tammy Duckworth’s Senate bid.

“Tammy has been an excellent Representative for this district,” Krishnamoorthi said in a release.  “I want to continue Tammy’s advocacy for working families, with a focus on helping more people to succeed in the new economy.”

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March 27, 2015

Democrats Maneuver for Illinois House Seat

Duckworth is mulling a Senate bid in Illinois. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Duckworth is mulling a Senate bid in Illinois. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Tammy Duckworth has not officially announced her 2016 intentions, but the behind-the-scenes jockeying to replace the two-term congresswoman in her suburban Chicago House district should she run for Senate has already begun in earnest.

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March 26, 2015

Coats’ Top Aide Enters Indiana Senate Contest

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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 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

There is plenty of interest in Mikulski's seat. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

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, 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)

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

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

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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)

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

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

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