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December 27, 2013

Most Fascinating Races of 2014: West Virginia’s 2nd District

Most Fascinating Races of 2014: West Virginias 2nd District

Several Republicans are looking at running for Capito's House seat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A jumbled GOP primary has given Democrats a unique opportunity to pick up a House seat in a state that is quickly slipping away from the party on the federal level.

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., is leaving the 2nd District to run for Senate — and even she expressed concern in June about the GOP’s chances of holding the 2nd District. Full story

December 26, 2013

Republican Hopeful Explains Van Damme Truck Trick (Video)

The candidate: Mike Collins, a Republican
The member: Rep. Paul Broun, R-Ga., is running for Senate, leaving his seat open in 2014.
The 10th District: Broun has held this strong GOP district since 2007, soundly winning re-election each cycle since then. GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney carried the district with 62 percent.
The candidate’s team: Brandon Phillips at Wiregrass Strategy Group (general consultant) and Bob Kish at Third Wave Communications (media).

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Most Fascinating Races of 2014: Mississippi Senate

Most Fascinating Races of 2014: Mississippi Senate

Cochran faces his toughest re-election battle in 30 years. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The race for Senate in Mississippi boasts nearly every facet of the national GOP divide in a state already struggling with its sense of conservatism.

Six-term Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., announced earlier this month that he would seek re-election, setting up a primary against a tea-party-backed challenger, state Sen. Chris McDaniel. Influential national conservative groups — Senate Conservatives Fund, the Club for Growth and the Madison Project — had already backed McDaniel.

But Cochran remains beloved by a certain class of Mississippi operatives who plan to put up a fierce fight to save him. GOP lobbyist Henry Barbour encapsulated that sentiment in September, when he warned McDaniel not to run. Full story

December 25, 2013

Most Fascinating Races of 2014: Illinois’ 13th District

Most Fascinating Races of 2014: Illinois 13th District

Davis faces a competitive race in 2014. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Few true swing districts remain on the congressional map following the most recent round of redistricting in 2012, but Illinois’ 13th District still fits that description.

The downstate district splits along partisan lines, and voters essentially handed a tie to President Barack Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney in 2012. Republican freshman Rep. Rodney Davis captured the seat in 2012 with one of the slimmest margins of the cycle, defeating Democrat David Gill by less than 1 point.  Full story

December 21, 2013

Ralph Hall Pledges to Retire After Next Term

Ralph Hall Pledges to Retire After Next Term

Hall is a Republican from Texas. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Ralph M. Hall, R-Texas, pledged Friday to retire after next term, assuming he wins re-election, according to The Rockwall Herald-Banner.

“I have had the privilege of serving the people of Rockwall and East Texas for some time,” he said in Rockwall, per the paper. “I look forward to campaigning for re-election the next couple of months and serving one final term in Congress.” Full story

December 18, 2013

6 Things to Know About Rep.-Elect Bradley Byrne

6 Things to Know About Rep. Elect Bradley Byrne

Byrne is coming to Congress. (Sharon Steinmann/Associated Press File Photo)

Former state Sen. Bradley Byrne, a Republican, coasted to victory Tuesday night in Alabama’s 1st District special election, easily defeating his Democratic opponent, real estate agent Burton LeFlore.

Byrne succeeds former GOP Rep. Jo Bonner, who resigned over the summer to take a job with the University of Alabama system.

Officials will not swear Byrne into Congress until the new year because the House has already left for the holiday recess. In the meantime, here are six things to know about the newest member of Congress.

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December 17, 2013

Bradley Byrne Wins Alabama Special Election for House

Bradley Byrne Wins Alabama Special Election for House

Byrne is coming to Congress. (Sharon Steinmann/Associated Press File Photo)

Former state Sen. Bradley Byrne, a Republican, coasted to victory in Alabama’s 1st District special election on Tuesday night, easily defeating Democrat Burton LeFlore in the final congressional special election of 2013.

Byrne defeated LeFlore, 62 percent to 38 percent, with 50 percent of precincts reporting, according to the Associated Press.

In November, Byrne defeated tea-party-aligned businessman Dean Young by 4 points in the competitive GOP runoff that served as a bellwether in the fight for control of the Republican Party. The U.S.Chamber of Commerce aided Byrnemarking the first victory for business in the battle for control of the party.

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Cochran Hires Campaign Manager for Tough Re-Election

Cochran Hires Campaign Manager for Tough Re Election

Cochran will seek re-election in 2014. (Douglas Graham/CQ-Roll Call File Photo)

After an endorsement from the biggest names in Mississippi Republican politics, Sen. Thad Cochran has chosen Kirk Sims as campaign manager for his competitive re-election next year.

Sims, currently Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant’s chief of staff, will lead Cochran’s bid for a seventh term, the Cochran campaign announced Tuesday.

According to a source with direct knowledge of the situation, Cochran received phone calls endorsing Sims from Sen. Roger Wicker (who is also Sims’ father-in-law), former Gov. Haley Barbour and former Sen. Trent Lott. Full story

Frank Wolf Will Not Seek Re-Election (Updated)

Frank Wolf Will Not Seek Re Election (Updated)

(Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 2 p.m. | Republican Rep. Frank R. Wolf will not seek an 18th term in Congress, according to a statement from his office.

“I have decided not to seek re-election to the U.S. Congress in 2014,” Wolf, the dean of Virginia’s congressional delegation, said on Tuesday. “It has been an honor to serve the people of northern Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley.”

“I thank my constituents for giving me the privilege of representing them in Congress for 34 years,” he added. Full story

Herman Cain to Campaign for Louisiana House Candidate

Herman Cain to Campaign for Louisiana House Candidate

Cain is campaigning for a House candidate. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former GOP presidential hopeful and businessman Herman Cain will help kick off Republican Paul Dietzel’s campaign for Louisiana’s 6th District next month, according to a release from the candidate’s campaign.

Dietzel is running in the open 6th District, which is being vacated by GOP Rep. Bill Cassidy. The congressman is running for the GOP nomination to challenge Democratic Sen. Mary L. Landreiu in 2014.

“Paul’s business experience, energy and passion for service are much needed assets in Congress,” Cain said in a news release announcing his upcoming appearance at the Jan. 17 event. “It is time for the next generation of conservatives to lead.”

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December 12, 2013

GOP Field for North Carolina House Seat Continues to Grow

Former banker Bruce VonCannon announced Wednesday that he will seek the GOP nomination for North Carolina’s 6th District, becoming the sixth Republican to enter the crowded race.

VonCannon joins Rockingham County District Attorney Phil Berger Jr., Greensboro City Council member Zack Matheny, Baptist pastors Dan Collison and Bradley Walker, and navy veteran Don Webb in the contest. All six are looking to replace Rep. Howard Coble, the 15-term Republican who announced his retirement this fall.

Local GOP operatives say Berger is the front-runner in the race. As the son of the state Senate president pro tem, Berger boasts connections and the name identification to run a smooth campaign.

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December 11, 2013

‘Price Is Right’ Legend Endorses Jolly in Florida Special Election

Updated 5:12 p.m. | Former game show host Bob Barker will endorse GOP lobbyist David Jolly in a television ad on Thursday that will air during a special episode of “The Price is Right.”

“Because with Jolly, the choice is right,” says Barker in the spot.

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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

December 10, 2013

Texas Filing Deadline Solidifies 2014 Contests

Sen. John Cornyn is not the only Texas Republican to face a race in 2014. Several House members will face challenges within their own party this March, or competitive races this November.

The filing deadline passed on Monday evening to run for Congress from the Lone Star State. Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, served up the biggest surprise with his last-minute challenge to Cornyn.

“He obviously was going to be looking at a difficult race in his own congressional seat, so he decided to try something different,” Cornyn said Tuesday at the Capitol. “He wasn’t on my radar screen, but neither were the other five or so other people who filed in … the primary and the other five or so who filed in the general.”

Stockman faces an extremely difficult path to the GOP nomination. But so could a couple of his House colleagues seeking re-election. Here are some of the more interesting races:

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6 Texas-Sized Primary Hurdles for Steve Stockman

6 Texas Sized Primary Hurdles for Steve Stockman

Stockman is challenging Cornyn in the Texas Republican Senate primary. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Texas Rep. Steve Stockman’s last-minute challenge to Sen. John Cornyn sent shock waves through Republican politics Monday night. But the congressman’s bid to upset the two-term incumbent has some Texas-sized hurdles to overcome before it’s competitive — let alone successful.

Cornyn was minutes from avoiding a credible GOP primary challenger altogether before Stockman filed at the eleventh hour. Ideological outside groups in search of another Ted Cruz — who turned in one of the biggest upsets of 2012 in the GOP runoff for Texas Senate — had largely resigned themselves to the likelihood that toppling Cornyn was out of reach.

It’s not yet clear whether Stockman’s candidacy changes that. But, if nothing else, it ensures that Cornyn won’t take the March 4 primary lightly. While many Republican incumbents have faced legitimate primary challenges in the past few cycles, Stockman is not exactly striking fear in the hearts of establishment Republicans who stand firmly behind Cornyn.

Here are six reasons why:

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