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August 19, 2013
Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., endorsed two fellow liberal Democrats in crowded House primaries — state Sen. Daylin Leach in Pennsylvania’s 13th District and state Rep. Carl Sciortino in Massachusetts’ 5th District special election.
Grayson detailed his reasons in a Sunday email to supporters, writing that both candidates are against the NSA’s controversial domestic surveillance programs and would have voted for Michigan GOP Rep. Justin Amash’s amendment to scale back the NSA’s reach. Amash’s amendment failed in the House by 12 votes, despite strong bipartisan support. Full story
August 16, 2013
After a brief reconsideration, Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., has decided once and for all that he will not seek the Wolverine State’s open Senate seat.
“Over the past few months, I have received a lot of encouragement to run for the United States Senate,” the Ways and Means Committee chairman said in a Friday statement. “I have greatly appreciated and am deeply humbled by those calls and conversations. After much thought and careful consideration, I have decided not to run for the United States Senate.” Full story
August 13, 2013
Newark Mayor Cory Booker won the Democratic primary Tuesday and is now favored to win the New Jersey Senate special election in October.
Booker held off three other elected officials in the no-drama, two-month sprint to win the low-turnout nomination fight with relative ease. Less than an hour after polls closed, Booker led with 56 percent of the vote when The Associated Press called the race with just 7 percent of precincts reporting.
Trailing Booker was Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. with 25 percent, Rep. Rush D. Holt with 14 percent and state Speaker Sheila Oliver with 4 percent.
In the Oct. 16 special to fill the remaining term of the late Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, Booker faces Republican nominee Steve Lonegan. In the GOP primary, Lonegan, a legally blind conservative activist and former mayor of a small borough in Bergen County, handily defeated Alieta Eck, a physician and first-time candidate. Full story
August 8, 2013
After a close defeat in 2010, Republican Ken Buck announced on Thursday that he is running for Senate in Colorado again.
The Weld County district attorney, whose last bid included some highly publicized gaffes, becomes at least the fourth Republican to announce a challenge to Democratic Sen. Mark Udall.
In 2010, Buck lost to Michael Bennet, then an appointed senator and now the chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. That race brought $16 million in independent expenditures, Political MoneyLine reported today.
However, at this point in the cycle, Colorado does not appear to be the same battleground that it was in 2010. It would be surprising if Buck were able to attract that kind of attention again, which could mean he’s on his own for fundraising. Full story
August 7, 2013
Newark Mayor Cory Booker likely can’t be caught by his Democratic primary opponents in the final week of the New Jersey Senate special election.
According to a poll released Wednesday from the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, Booker led the three other candidates with 54 percent among likely Democratic primary voters. Of the other three candidates, Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. took 17 percent, Rep. Rush D. Holt took 15 percent, and state Speaker Sheila Oliver took 5 percent. Full story
August 6, 2013
Newark Mayor Cory Booker dominated his New Jersey Senate special-election foes in fundraising during the first three weeks of July, pre-primary reports filed with the Federal Election Commission showed.
Booker raised $2.1 million from July 1 to 24 — six times more than his closest competitor in the Aug. 13 race for the Democratic nomination.
Booker reported having more than $4 million in cash on hand by the end of the pre-primary period. Reports were due to the FEC on Aug. 1. Full story
August 1, 2013
National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Jerry Moran has yet to discuss a Senate bid with Michigan Rep. Dave Camp, but he said the Ways and Means chairman would be a “viable candidate” and he plans to reach out to him soon.
“I know Dave Camp very well. We served together in the House,” Moran told reporters in the Capitol on Thursday, noting that he planned to speak with the congressman by phone or in person in the next few days. “I’m very interested in having that conversation to see what his interest and issues are.” Full story
Steve Lonegan, the underdog and likely Republican nominee in New Jersey’s Senate special election, is making the rounds in Washington, D.C., this week.
The goal of the meetings: to prove there is a path to victory in the solidly Democratic Garden State and encourage financial assistance in the Oct. 16 special. Newark Mayor Cory Booker, for whom Oprah is headlining a fundraiser Thursday night, is favored to win the Democratic nomination. Full story
July 30, 2013
Former Gov. Richard Codey is backing Newark Mayor Cory Booker in New Jersey’s Senate special election.
The endorsement, announced by the Booker campaign Tuesday, comes two weeks before the Aug. 13 Democratic primary. Booker has held wide leads in every public poll released since the campaign kicked off in early June, and he was just endorsed by his hometown newspaper, the Newark Star-Ledger.
“For more than a decade, Cory Booker has worked tirelessly to bring people together and find solutions to the challenges facing Newark families,” said Codey, a longtime state legislator who served as acting governor from November 2004 to January 2006. “That’s exactly the kind of leadership that our state needs in Washington right now.” Full story
July 22, 2013
Over the weekend, former Vice President Al Gore waded into the most competitive Democratic Senate primary of the cycle.
Gore endorsed appointed Sen. Brian Schatz, who faces Rep. Colleen Hanabusa in what’s expected to be a close race next year in Hawaii. They’re both vying to fill the remaining two years of the late Sen. Daniel K. Inouye’s term. Full story
July 11, 2013
Newark Mayor Cory Booker will report raising $4.6 million in the second quarter, his New Jersey Senate campaign announced on Thursday.
The heavy favorite in the Garden State’s special election, Booker had $4.5 million in cash on hand as of June 30.
“Every donation is critical for taking the mayor’s message directly to voters in this unprecedented special election,” Booker campaign manager Addisu Demissie said. Full story
July 10, 2013
Randy Baumgardner, a Colorado state senator and rancher, is on Capitol Hill today meeting with various organizations as he gets set to formally kick off his campaign against Democratic Sen. Mark Udall on Friday.
Baumgardner, likely a long-shot candidate at this point, has not reached out to the National Republican Senatorial Committee and has no meetings scheduled there, according to a GOP source. But he was spotted on the other side of the Hill at the National Republican Congressional Committee headquarters. Full story
July 9, 2013
Cory Booker, the heavy favorite to win the New Jersey special election for Senate, launched his second TV ad on Tuesday.
Like his first ad, released two weeks ago, Booker’s new spot highlights his record as mayor of Newark. It’s a statewide ad running on cable, according to an aide.
Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s commanding Democratic primary lead in the New Jersey Senate special election is holding strong.
The latest Quinnpiac University Poll, released Tuesday, found Booker far ahead of the competition. He led with 52 percent, followed by Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. with 10 percent, Rep. Rush D. Holt with 8 percent and state Speaker Sheila Oliver with 3 percent.
With the race half over, the numbers highlight how difficult it will be for Booker’s opponents to move the needle. The institute’s previous poll, released June 10, showed almost identical results. Full story
July 8, 2013
The family of the late Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, D-N.J., has endorsed Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. in next month’s special election Democratic primary.
“We are saying: Stick with Frank,” the family said in a statement released Monday by the Pallone campaign.
Pallone is facing three other Democrats in the Aug. 13 primary: Newark Mayor Cory Booker, Rep. Rush D. Holt and state Speaker Sheila Oliver. The winner will be heavily favored in the Oct. 16 special to fill the remaining year of Lautenberg’s term. Full story