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March 25, 2014

The Many Reasons Mark Kirk Won’t Stump for Oberweis

The Many Reasons Mark Kirk Wont Stump for Oberweis

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Mark S. Kirk’s decision not to campaign this year against his in-state Democratic colleague should come as no surprise.

While Kirk has said he will support the Republican ticket in November and has committed to actively assisting the party’s gubernatorial nominee Bruce Rauner, the Illinois Republican told the Chicago Sun-Times’ Lynn Sweet that he won’t be stumping for Republican Senate nominee Jim Oberweis.

Kirk said he wants to protect his working relationship with Democratic Sen. Richard J. Durbin by “not launching into a partisan jihad.” But there are other equally compelling reasons not to hit the campaign trail against Durbin. Full story

March 24, 2014

Brian Schatz Launches First TV Ad in Hawaii Senate Primary

Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz launched his first TV ad Monday in the state’s highly competitive Democratic primary for Senate.

The ad, running statewide on broadcast and cable stations, features Schatz’s family, including his wife Linda’s parents, and highlights the senator’s efforts on Social Security.

Full story

March 3, 2014

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

February 18, 2014

Joe Baca Apologizes for Calling Negrete McLeod a ‘Bimbo’

Joe Baca Apologizes for Calling Negrete McLeod a Bimbo

Baca has apologized for his remarks. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Rep. Joe Baca, D-Calif., apologized Tuesday for calling retiring Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod a “bimbo” earlier in the day.

Reacting to the fellow California Democrat’s retirement announcement to The Hill newspaper, Baca described her as a “bimbo” and said outside interests were again spending money in a race he is running.

But in a phone call to CQ Roll Call late Tuesday afternoon, Baca, who is running for the open 31st District and struggling to raise money, backtracked.

“I wanted to apologize for the poor choice of words,” he said. “I was upset and disappointed that we have a person that’s not running again. To me [Negrete McLeod's retirement] was a disservice to the area.”

Full story

January 16, 2014

Gillespie Announces Virginia Senate Campaign

Gillespie Announces Virginia Senate Campaign

Gillespie is running for Senate in Virginia. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Ed Gillespie, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee, announced Thursday that he will challenge Democratic Sen. Mark Warner.

Despite Warner’s inherent advantages in this swing state, Gillespie’s entrance gives Republicans a competent opponent who will be able to raise money and make the race at least one to keep an eye on this year. In a video statement, Gillespie wasted no time in criticizing the incumbent over his fiscal record in the Senate and support for Obamacare. Full story

January 13, 2014

First Potential Miller Successor Announces Candidacy

California state Sen. Mark DeSaulnier quickly launched his campaign Monday to replace retiring Rep. George Miller.

The 20-term incumbent announced earlier in the day that he would not seek another term, opening a safe Democratic seat that could attract a number of ambitious contenders.

“I plan to hit the ground running hard in this campaign,” DeSaulnier said in a statement. “I am ready to run and ready to serve the people of the 11th District.” Full story

December 19, 2013

Scott Brown: New Hampshire Move Is ‘Strictly Personal’

Scott Brown: New Hampshire Move Is Strictly Personal

Brown has moved to New Hampshire. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Sen. Scott Brown said goodbye to Massachusetts on Thursday, confirming in a statement released to the press that he is moving to New Hampshire.

The Republican has been flirting with a Senate bid in the neighboring Granite State for months. But in the statement published by WMUR, Brown called his move to the Granite State “strictly personal” and said he had “nothing to announce with regard to my future political plans.” Full story

December 11, 2013

Jane Norton Endorses in Colorado GOP Senate Primary

Jane Norton Endorses in Colorado GOP Senate Primary

Udall is seeking re-election in 2014. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

One of the handful of Republicans looking to take on Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., has earned the endorsement of Jane Norton, who was heavily favored to win the GOP Senate nomination in 2010.

On Wednesday, state Rep. Amy Stephens announced that Norton has endorsed her over the rest of the Republican field, which includes 2010 Senate nominee Ken Buck. Full story

November 25, 2013

Franken Challenger Says Minnesota GOP ‘Starting to Unify’ (Video)

The candidate: Republican state Sen. Julianne Ortman
The member: First-term Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn.
The state:
Franken won by the smallest margin of any Senate race in 2008. He defeated then-Sen. Norm Coleman, a Republican, following a recount.
The candidate’s team:
Campaign manager Andy Parrish and media consultant Ed Brookover.

Full story

October 16, 2013

Cory Booker Elected Senator in New Jersey

Cory Booker Elected Senator in New Jersey

Booker greets a supporter after casting his own vote in the special election. (John Moore/Getty Images)

Newark Mayor Cory Booker, the Twitter star with a Rolodex of Hollywood contacts, was elected to the Senate on Wednesday following a New Jersey special election campaign that lacked suspense.

After leading in the polls by double digits for the duration, the Democrat handily defeated conservative activist Steve Lonegan. The Associated Press called the race for Booker with 55 percent of precincts reporting, and the mayor ahead 55 percent to 44 percent.

Booker will fill the remaining term of the late Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, D-N.J. The senator’s June 3 death led to the interim appointment of Republican Jeff Chiesa and a special election four months later.

The rise to the Senate is the latest move for a politician whose ambitions are believed to reach even higher. He has already been mentioned as a potential vice presidential running mate in 2016. Full story

October 15, 2013

Poll: Booker Up 14 Going Into New Jersey Special Election

Newark Mayor Cory Booker continues to lead his Republican opponent by double digits with just one day to go in the New Jersey Senate special election.

A Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday morning found Booker ahead of Republican Steve Lonegan, 54 percent to 40 percent. The margin is nearly identical to a week ago, when Booker led by 12 points. Full story

October 11, 2013

Gary Peters Posts Second Million-Dollar Quarter for Senate

Michigan Rep. Gary Peters announced that he will report raising more than $1 million in the third quarter, his second straight million-dollar quarter since launching a bid for Senate.

The Democrat, who is vying for the seat of retiring Democratic Sen. Carl Levin, had nearly $2.5 million in cash on hand as of Sept. 30. That total keeps him ahead of his potential Republican opponent, former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land, who self-funded about half of her first fundraising quarter since entering the race.

Land previously announced bringing in about $2 million last quarter, including a $1 million personal investment, and said she had about $2 million left in the bank. With several other Republicans passing on the race in this Democratic-leaning state, Land has the angle on becoming the GOP nominee.

“We are so proud of our grassroots team, and the incredible support and momentum for Gary only continues to grow,” Peters campaign manager Julie Petrick said.

The race is currently rated Safe Democrat by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

October 10, 2013

Booker Cancels Campaign Event After Father’s Death

Newark Mayor Cory Booker has canceled his last Senate campaign event of the day in the wake of his father’s death.

The Booker campaign announced that Cary Booker, 76, died today in Las Vegas. He suffered from Parkinson’s disease, and the campaign said he had recently suffered a stroke.

According to his website bio, Booker’s father was a North Carolina native and the son of a single mom. He and Booker’s mother worked for IBM. After Booker was born in Washington, D.C., the family relocated to Bergen County, New Jersey. Full story

Sarah Palin to Stump in New Jersey on Saturday

Sarah Palin will hit the campaign stump on Saturday ahead of next week’s New Jersey Senate special election.

Palin, a Fox News contributor and former Alaska governor, will join underdog Republican nominee Steve Lonegan for a rally at the New Egypt Speedway. The Lonegan campaign announced the news Wednesday night, when Lonegan and Newark Mayor Cory Booker engaged in their final debate ahead of the Oct. 16 special. Full story

October 7, 2013

Another Democrat Vies for Open House Seat in Detroit

Michigan state Sen. Vincent Gregory announced on Monday he will run for the open House seat in Michigan’s 14th District.

“Today in Washington, forces in the Republican party have lined up to derail the Affordable Care Act simply because they don’t want people to have the right to quality health care,” the Democrat said in a news release. Full story

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