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July 30, 2013

Cory Booker Gets Former Governor’s Backing #NJSEN

Cory Booker Gets Former Governors Backing #NJSEN

Booker is the front-runner for Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

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

Al Gore Takes Sides in Senate Primary #HISEN

Al Gore Takes Sides in Senate Primary #HISEN

Gore endorsed a candidate. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

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

Booker’s Larger-Than-Life Fundraising #NJSEN

Bookers Larger Than Life Fundraising #NJSEN

Booker is the front-runner for Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

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

Senate Candidate Making Rounds in D.C. #COSEN

Senate Candidate Making Rounds in D.C. #COSEN

A new GOP challenger for Udall, above, is visiting Washington, D.C., today. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

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 Launches Second TV Ad #NJSEN

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.

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Poll: Booker Tops 50 Percent #NJSEN

Poll: Booker Tops 50 Percent #NJSEN

Booker is the frontrunner for Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

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

Lautenberg Family Backs Pallone #NJSEN

Lautenberg Family Backs Pallone #NJSEN

Pallone, above, was endorsed by the late senator's family. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

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

June 25, 2013

GOP Lawmaker Challenges Loebsack #IA02

GOP Lawmaker Challenges Loebsack #IA02

Loebsack has a new GOP challenger. (Tricia Miller/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

State Rep. Mark Lofgren, a Republican, announced Tuesday that he will challenge four-term Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa, in the 2nd District, according to local reports.

Lofgren marks Loebsack’s first challenger, but news reports say that Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks is eyeing a run as well.

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Inouye’s Legacy in the Hawaii Special Election #HISEN

Inouyes Legacy in the Hawaii Special Election #HISEN

Inouye's legacy lives on with his staff. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

There is no question that the Inouye name will have a presence in next year’s Hawaii Senate special election; the only question is how much it will affect the race.

Irene Hirano Inouye, the widow of the late Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, D-Hawaii, endorsed Rep. Colleen Hanabusa in the Democratic primary back in May. And on Monday, Inouye signed her name to an EMILY’s List email asking for donations for Hanabusa’s bid against appointed Sen. Brian Schatz.

“I have full confidence that Colleen will serve Hawai’i in the way the people deserve — with honorable leadership and continued respect,” Inouye said in the email. “This is not the time for on-the-job-training.”

Meanwhile, Peter Boylan, a former deputy chief of staff to Inouye, said last week that he would be helping Hanabusa’s campaign as a spokesman. And the Honolulu Civil Beat reported Monday that former Inouye Chief of Staff Jennifer Sabas will also help Hanabusa’s campaign. Full story

June 17, 2013

Rep. Tim Walz Has First Republican Challenger #MN01

Democratic Rep. Tim Walz officially has a Republican opponent in Minnesota’s 1st District.

Republican state Rep. Mike Benson announced on Monday that he will run against Walz in 2014, according to a local report.

Benson’s declaration comes on the heels of Republican state Sen. Jeremy Miller’s announcement that he will not challenge Walz for the seat. Miller said he was approached to run but decided against a bid after consulting his family, according to local reports.

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June 10, 2013

Poll: Booker Starts Special Election Way Ahead #NJSEN

A Quinnipiac University poll released Monday morning found Newark Mayor Cory Booker with a substantial lead over his Democratic primary opponents in the New Jersey Senate special election.

As the most well-known of three Democrats expected to qualify for the primary, Booker took 53 percent, Rep. Rush D. Holt took 10 percent and Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. received 9 percent. Twenty-three percent were undecided.

Booker’s name recognition and positive image — 57 percent view him favorably, 14 percent unfavorably — pushed him to the front of the pack at the starting gun of the two-month sprint to the nomination. Petitions to qualify for the primary ballots are due at 4 p.m. Monday. The primary is scheduled for Aug. 13, and the special election will take place Oct. 16. Full story

June 3, 2013

Christie Holds Keys to Lautenberg Succession (Updated) #NJSEN

Christie Holds Keys to Lautenberg Succession (Updated) #NJSEN

Christie faces a big decision in deciding whom to appoint to Lautenberg's seat. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 6:45 p.m. | The Monday morning death of Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, D-N.J., who had already been planning to retire, shifted the race to replace him into overdrive — with an imminent appointment of an interim senator looming and the potential for a special election this November.

Yet significant confusion remained over the state’s election law statute to replace him: Either a special election would be held sometime this year, possibly in November, or in November 2014, when Lautenberg’s seat was up anyway.

Party strategists are anxiously awaiting a decision from GOP Gov. Chris Christie, whose office was considering its options within the law for whether to hold a special this year — and, if so, when — and whom to appoint as a placeholder. Immediate speculation about an appointment centered on former GOP Gov. Tom Kean, along with a handful of other potential picks. Full story

May 30, 2013

Al Franken Vs. the Unknown #MNSEN

Al Franken Vs. the Unknown #MNSEN

Franken is running for re-election and so far the GOP bench to challenge him is thin. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The first Minnesota Republican to challenge Democratic Sen. Al Franken piqued both curiosity and optimism within the state’s GOP circles. Finance executive Mike McFadden, who heads a Minneapolis management firm, is a largely unknown quantity in state politics, aside from a few donations.

Some Republicans think that may be one of McFadden’s best assets in this Democratic-leaning state, which hasn’t voted for a Republican presidential candidate since 1972. They’re also realistic about his chances against someone who is now a formidable incumbent.

“He’s a very personable guy. That’s obviously a good asset,” said one Republican strategist who’s worked on statewide campaigns. “But when you’re going from basically high school ball to the major leagues — that’s a big jump.”

Those who have actually met McFadden were impressed and they are genuinely optimistic about this being a competitive race, especially with a midterm electorate that tends to be more favorable for Republicans than in presidential years.

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Aloha, Campaign Manager #HISEN | Shop Talk

Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz has hired Clay Schroers to manage his campaign for next year’s highly competitive Democratic primary.

Schroers was born and raised in Hawaii. He has managed several congressional races, including New York Rep. Dan Maffei’s successful comeback bid last year. He also served as an aide to Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann.

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March 27, 2013

Hawaii: LCV Action Fund Endorses Schatz

With a possible Democratic primary challenge coming, the political action arm of the League of Conservation Voters announced Wednesday its endorsement of Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz.

Schatz is running in the 2014 special election to fill the remaining two years of the late Sen. Daniel K. Inouye’s term, and he’s facing a possible challenge from Democratic Rep. Colleen Hanabusa. The endorsement means Schatz is now featured on LCV Action Fund’s bundling website, which helps raise money for candidates who support the group’s environmental causes.

“Brian Schatz is a lifelong environmentalist and a proven leader on climate change policy,” LCV Action Fund President Gene Karpinski said in a statement. “He has championed clean energy initiatives that have put Hawaii at the forefront of utilizing renewable energy and reducing dependence on petroleum. We will need his continued leadership in the U.S. Senate.”

On Dec. 26, Gov. Neil Abercrombie appointed Schatz to the Senate, then the lieutenant governor, instead of Hanabusa, whom Inouye had endorsed to replace him shortly before his death.

Hanabusa is now considering taking on either Schatz or Abercrombie, and she’s likely to decide in the next few weeks.

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