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September 23, 2013

Lindsey Graham Challenger Dismisses Financial Disadvantage (Video)

The candidate: Republican Lee Bright, a South Carolina state senator
The member: Bright is challenging Sen. Lindsey Graham in the Republican primary.
The state: This is one of two Senate races in South Carolina next year. Appointed Sen. Tim Scott, a Republican, is running unopposed in the special election to fill out the remaining term of Jim DeMint. Both races are rated Safe Republican by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.
The candidate’s team: Chris Sullivan (general consultant)

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Top North Carolina Republican Declines Hagan Challenge | #NCSEN

Top North Carolina Republican Declines Hagan Challenge | #NCSEN

Hagan will seek re-election in 2014. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

North Carolina Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger announced on Monday that he will not challenge Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan in 2014, relieving the GOP of a brutal primary between two of the state’s top lawmakers.

Berger had toyed with entering the crowded GOP cast of candidates — including state Speaker Thom Tillis — looking to unseat Hagan for several months.

“It’s just not the right time for me,” Berger said, according to local North Carolina radio station WRAL. “That has a lot to do with the situation at the state level. There’s a lot of things we’ve started that I want to see finished.”

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September 20, 2013

Grassley Planning to Run Again in 2016

Grassley Planning to Run Again in 2016

Grassley is planning to run for re-election in 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call Photo)

Sen. Charles E. Grassley said in a local television interview that he intends to seek a seventh Senate term in 2016.

“I am making plans to run for re-election,” the Republican told “Iowa Press,” a local public affairs show, per The Des Moines Register.

“I’m making plans, but it’s not taking much of my time. I’m concentrating on doing my job for Iowans, on being there when we’re in session, doing my oversight, doing my legislation, doing my town meetings in the 99 counties every year,”said Grassley, who turned 80 this week.

Although Grassley regularly wins re-election by 2-to-1 margins, Iowa is a perennial battleground state.

And before he can run for re-election, Iowans will go to the polls in 2014 to elect a successor to retiring Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin. That race is rated Lean Democrat by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

Iowa Senate Hopeful Prepares for All Scenarios (Video) | #IASEN

The candidate: Republican David Young, former chief of staff to Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa
The member: Young is running against five other Republicans in a GOP primary to replace retiring Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa.
The state: This is the first open Senate seat in the Hawkeye State since 1974, and it has drawn a host of interest from Republican candidates hoping to flip the seat into the GOP category. On the Democratic side, Rep. Bruce Braley is the likely nominee as the only candidate thus far running in the Democratic primary.
The candidate’s team: The Tarrance Group (polling), Smart Media Group (media), Heather Swift (communications), Zach Lahn (campaign manager).

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September 19, 2013

Sharron Angle’s Super PAC Buys Airtime in Alabama Special | #AL01

Sharron Angles Super PAC Buys Airtime in Alabama Special | #AL01

Angle lost a bid for Senate in 2010. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A super PAC launched by failed Nevada GOP Senate nominee Sharron Angle has waded into the upcoming Alabama special election, making a small television buy to boost one of the Republican candidates in the crowded field.

Our Voice PAC placed a $10,000 buy on cable in the district to aid Dean Young, a businessman running in Tuesday’s 1st District special election, according to a 1st District source with knowledge of the buy. Young is one of five Republicans looking to succeed former Rep. Jo Bonner, who resigned in August to take a job with the University of Alabama system.

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House Republicans Raise $3 Million for Vulnerable Members

House Republicans Raise $3 Million for Vulnerable Members

Coffman is one of House Republican's most vulnerable members. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The National Republican Congressional Committee will announce it has raised $3 million total for the 20 vulnerable incumbents through its Patriot program, according to figures provided first to Roll Call.

On Thursday, House Republican leaders hosted their second “Patriot Day” of the cycle — a fundraising event that contributed to that $3 million total. The Patriot program provides resources to the party’s most vulnerable House members for their re-election efforts, including fundraising and communications support.

Republican incumbents in the Patriot program include: Full story

McConnell’s Kentucky Coal Politics Play Out on Senate Floor | #KYSEN

McConnells Kentucky Coal Politics Play Out on Senate Floor | #KYSEN

McConnell is up for re-election in 2014. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call)

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., took to the Senate floor Thursday morning to push his Saving Coal Jobs Act toward passage, providing a quick case study in how the minority leader leverages his office to promote his home state during his re-election.

Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., objected to the bill, and McConnell was ultimately unsuccessful. But the back-and-forth set up a helpful contrast for McConnell and national Republicans.

McConnell’s likely general election opponent next year, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, is reportedly scheduled to attend a fundraiser hosted by Reid. Coal could play a central role in the campaign debate next fall, especially in the most politically competitive parts of eastern Kentucky. 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 17, 2013

Special-Election Candidate Trashes Obamacare in New TV Ad | #AL01

Former Republican National Committee aide Wells Griffith, a candidate in Alabama’s 1st District special election, released his second television spot on Tuesday — one week out from the primary.

In the 30-second spot, Griffith throws a thick pile of Obamacare pages in the trash bin and says that repealing the law is why he decided to run for the seat. The campaign spent about $18,000 on the ad, according to a source with knowledge of ad buys in the district.

“This document, Obamacare, is why I’m running for Congress. Because we won’t get back to creating jobs until these thousands of pages of economic destruction are relegated to the trash pile of history,” Griffith says in the ad.

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House Republican Super PAC Hires New Spokeswoman

The Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC that helps House Republicans, announced Tuesday that GOP operative Emily Davis has joined the group as deputy communications director.

Davis is a veteran of former Republican Sen. George Allen’s 2012 campaign, the National Republican Congressional Committee and the office of Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas. Full story

September 16, 2013

Republican Blasts Spending ‘Boondoggles’ in Special Election Spot | #AL01

Former state Sen. Bradley Byrne released his second advertisement in the crowded special primary for Alabama’s 1st District on Monday —  a week before voters head to the polls.

The $60,000 buy, split between broadcast and cable television, seeks to contrast Byrne with President Barack Obama by citing government spending on “robotic squirrels,” “money for a circus foundation,” and a “futuristic food menu from Mars.”

“Obama’s wasted billions of dollars on boondoggles,” Byrne says in the spot that will run through the Sept. 24 GOP primary, according to his campaign.

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September 13, 2013

Iowa GOP Chairman Takes Heat for Changing Convention Date | #IASEN

Iowa GOP Chairman Takes Heat for Changing Convention Date | #IASEN

Grassley is frustrated with his party's rescheduled nominating convention. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Some Iowa Republicans are frustrated with their state party chairman, A.J. Spiker, for changing the GOP’s nominating convention date — and at least one top local operative has called for his resignation.

By pushing back the party’s nominating convention by a month, Democrats will have an advantage in a rare open Senate race, Republicans argue. Spiker has called a Sept. 23 meeting for the state central committee to address the convention date, according to The Iowa Republican blog. CQ Roll Call confirmed the meeting.

In Iowa, candidates must receive 35 percent of the vote in a primary or delegates decide the nominee in an unpredictable convention process. (Read Roll Call’s primer on the situation here.) At least six Republicans have announced bids to succeed retiring Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin, almost ensuring a nomination convention will be held in the Hawkeye State for the first time since 2002.

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Conservative PAC Wades Into Alabama Special | #AL01

Citizens United Political Victory Fund, a PAC that supports candidates who embody conservative principles, announced on Friday that it will run a $25,000 radio ad in support of Quin Hillyer, a candidate in Alabama’s upcoming 1st District special election.

The 30-second radio ad, which will run up until a day before the Sept. 24 primary, features former Sen. Rick Santorum touting Hillyer’s conservative values. Santorum endorsed Hillyer’s campaign early in the special election.

“Hi, this is Senator Rick Santorum and I’m proud to support a true conservative – Quin Hillyer for Congress – because he shares my values,” Santorum says in the ad.

McConnell Touts Obamacare Opposition in Fundraising Appeal | #KYSEN

With the subject line “I’m Still Fighting Against Obamacare,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell laid out his record of working against President Barack Obama’s health care law in a lengthy fundraising appeal to supporters Thursday night.

In the face of attacks from a Republican primary challenger in Kentucky regarding his conservative credentials, the McConnell campaign distributed the email Thursday night — a day after the Republican leader introduced an amendment to the energy bill that would delay implementation of the individual mandate. He also reminded supporters that he led the effort in 2009 for unanimous GOP opposition to Obamacare. Full story

Byrne Leads Special Election Fundraising Race | #AL01

Former state Sen. Bradley Byrne far outraised the crowded GOP primary field in the special election to replace former Rep. Jo Bonner in Alabama’s 1st District.

Byrne, who ran an unsuccessful campaign for governor in 2010, raised $241,363 between July 1 and Sept. 4 and has $183,629 cash on hand going into the Sept. 24 primary, according to his filing with the Federal Elections Commission.

Byrne’s haul is nearly $80,000 more than former Republican National Committee aide Wells Griffith. He raised the second-highest amount at $162,250 in the same period and has $87,730 in cash on hand, according to his FEC filing.

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