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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

October 1, 2013

Cory Booker Airs Negative Shutdown Ad Against GOP Rival

Newark Mayor Cory Booker is going on the air with a new television ad that attacks his GOP rival on the government shutdown — just two weeks out from the special election for Senate in New Jersey.

The first few seconds of the spot feature typical Democratic attacks against Republican rivals: tying opponent Steve Lonegan to Social Security and Medicare privatization, saying he supports an abortion ban and labeling him as “too extreme.”

But the advertisement also includes a new, timely line of criticism: Lonegan would “shut down government.”

Full story

September 24, 2013

Poll: Booker Up 12 in New Jersey Senate Special | #NJSEN

In its first survey of likely voters, a Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday found Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s lead in next month’s New Jersey Senate special election down to 12 points.

Booker, favored to win the Oct. 16 special in this Democratic-leaning state, led 53 percent to 41 percent over Republican Steve Lonegan, with 5 percent undecided.

Quinnipiac and other polling firms had Booker ahead by leads at least twice as large in previous surveys. It’s also smaller than President Barack Obama’s 17-point winning margin in the state last year. Full story

September 18, 2013

Recalls Haven’t Changed Colorado Senate Picture — Yet

Last week’s legislative recalls in Colorado, which boosted the spirits of Republicans across the state, are unlikely to alter the competitiveness of next year’s Senate race.

After a disappointing Senate loss in 2010 — and the gaffes that partly led to it — Ken Buck’s early position as the leading Republican in the primary field isn’t exactly striking fear in the hearts of Democrats. At this point, Democratic Sen. Mark Udall is heavily favored for re-election.

Republicans don’t need to win this race to take back Senate control, but putting it in play could at least force Democrats to spend money. As it stands now, that’s unlikely to happen.

“If it were coming up this November, I would guess not terribly competitive,” Colorado-based Republican consultant Katy Atkinson said of the race. “Ken Buck is going to have to tell people why he’s electable this year when he couldn’t get elected against Michael Bennet — with a Democrat candidate who was unknown, in a year that was pretty heavily favored Republican.” Full story

September 16, 2013

Jennifer Granholm Endorses Democrat in House Race | #MI14

Jennifer Granholm Endorses Democrat in House Race | #MI14

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm urged her fellow Democrats to support state Rep. Rudy Hobbs’ bid for an open House seat in Detroit.

“Rudy is exactly the right person to represent this diverse district,” she wrote in a Monday email to Hobbs’ supporters. “Nowhere will you find a candidate with the breadth of experience, passion, dedication and deep roots that Rudy has.” Full story

September 11, 2013

Poll: Booker Up 35 With a Month to Go | #NJSEN

With a month to go in New Jersey’s Senate special election, Newark Mayor Cory Booker has pulled out to a 35-point lead, according to a Rutgers-Eagleton Poll released Wednesday.

Booker took 64 percent, with 29 percent supporting Republican Steve Lonegan and 6 percent undecided. The special to replace the late Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, D-N.J., will be held Oct. 16. Full story

September 3, 2013

Rand Paul to Stump for Republican in New Jersey Special | #NJSEN

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., will rally supporters next week for the Republican nominee in the New Jersey Senate special election.

Steve Lonegan’s campaign announced Tuesday that Paul will join him in Clark, N.J., on Sept. 13 for an afternoon “Liberty and Victory Rally.” Lonegan, a conservative activist and former Bogota mayor, is an underdog against Newark Mayor Cory Booker, a Democrat, in the Oct. 16 special.

Lonegan sought Paul’s endorsement during a trip to Capitol Hill last month, when he also met with conservative groups such as the Club for Growth to argue his case for electability in Democratic-leaning New Jersey. On Aug. 20, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who is up for re-election in November and who had a policy feud with Paul this summer, endorsed Lonegan, a former gubernatorial rival.

A poll released last week found Booker ahead by a wide margin in the race for the seat of the late Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg. The seat is up for a full term in 2014.

The race is rated Safe Democrat by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call. Politico first reported that Paul would campaign with Lonegan.

August 29, 2013

Booker Out to Wide Lead in New Jersey Special | #NJSEN

A poll released Thursday only confirmed Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s solid advantage in the New Jersey Senate special election.

Fairleigh Dickinson University found Booker ahead of Republican Steve Lonegan, 50 percent to 22 percent. Twenty-three percent remained undecided with less than two months to go, including 15 percent of Democratic respondents and 23 percent of Republicans.

Booker and Lonegan won their respective primaries on Aug. 13 by wide margins. They’re facing off in the Oct. 16 special election to replace the late Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg.

Although his support was not in question, President Barack Obama formally endorsed Booker last week. Lonegan knows he’ll need some help from the national party to win in this Democratic-leaning state, which hasn’t sent a Republican to the Senate in four decades.

The poll of 700 registered voters was conducted Aug. 21-27. It had a 3.7-point margin of error.

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