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December 5, 2013

Conservative Group Backs State Lawmaker Over Bob Barr in Georgia

The Madison Project PAC, a group that supports conservative candidates across the country, endorsed Republican state Sen. Barry Loudermilk in Georgia’s 11th District, according to a release obtained exclusively by CQ Roll Call.

“As an expert on the history of our founders and the founding documents, Sen. Loudermilk understands that the only path to fundamentally restoring our constitutional republic is over the heads of leadership in both parties,” Madison Project President Drew Ryun said in a release.

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December 4, 2013

Republican Hits Kirkpatrick on Obama’s ‘You Can Keep Your Health Care Plan’ Promise

Arizona House Speaker Andy Tobin went up this week with a new radio spot seeking to tie Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz., to President Barack Obama’s promise that Americans could keep their health plans under his 2010 health care law.

It is one of the first times this cycle that a candidate has used this line of attack against a House Democrat in a campaign advertisements. The National Republican Congressional Committee previously attacked Kirkpatrick on the same issue in a Facebook ad buy.

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Republican Imitates Van Damme Truck Trick in New Ad

Talk about a wedge issue. Trucking company owner Mike Collins, one of six Republicans vying for Georgia’s open 10th District, has gone where no other House candidate has gone before by attempting to perform Jean-Claude Van Damme’s epic split between two Volvo trucks.

In a Web-only spot released Wednesday, Collins tries the stunt between two semi-trailer trucks to highlight the dangers of Obamacare.

“Starting a trucking business, I’ve had my ups and downs, my fair share of bumpy roads and heavy winds,” says Collins. “That’s what’s made me what I am today. Now I stand here before you, what you see is a small businessman confronted with Obamacare. A disastrous government plan that defies the laws of the market and a mindset that government knows better. “

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Internal Poll: Former Miss America Trails Freshman Republican in Illinois

Freshman Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., holds a large lead over his GOP primary opponent, former Miss America Erika Harold, according to a poll obtained exclusively by CQ Roll Call.

Davis leads Harold by a massive 48 points in the poll of likely GOP primary voters commissioned by his campaign and conducted by the GOP survey firm Public Opinion Strategies. Twenty percent of respondents in the poll said they were undecided.

The survey showed Davis with 63 percent and Harold with 15 percent.

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December 3, 2013

Second Republican Calls Dibs on McKeon Seat if He Retires

Second Republican Calls Dibs on McKeon Seat if He Retires

Republicans speculate McKeon will retire from Congress, but his spokeswoman said he has not made a decision yet. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

State Sen. Steve Knight told the local press Tuesday that he will run for the 25th District if current Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Calif., retires.

Knight marks the second Republican to stake his claim on the district. Former state Sen. Tony Strickland filed federal paperwork over the weekend to run in the district, but the GOP hopeful said through an aide he will only follow through with the bid if McKeon retires.

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Scott Brown to Headline New Hampshire GOP Event

Scott Brown to Headline New Hampshire GOP Event

Brown is considering a run for Senate in New Hampshire. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott P. Brown will headline the New Hampshire GOP’s holiday party later this month, fueling more speculation about his political aspirations in the Granite State.

The Tuesday announcement from the state party comes as Brown gives serious consideration to challenging Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., after losing his Senate seat in the neighboring Bay State just one year ago.

Brown, who recently donated $10,000 to the state party, will speak at the Dec. 19 event. Tickets to the event cost $50.

“Senator Brown is an outstanding leader and a strong voice for fiscally responsible policies,” New Hampshire GOP Chairwoman Jennifer Horn said in a statement. “He has been a tremendous supporter of our party and we are grateful that he continues to help us raise the resources we need to win in 2014.” Full story

2014′s First Filing Deadline Has Come and Gone

2014s First Filing Deadline Has Come and Gone

Several Republicans have filed paperwork to challenge Foster. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The first 2014 candidate filing deadline passed on Monday, solidifying a number of competitive primaries in the Land of Lincoln.

Two of the most competitive seats in Illinois, the 11th and 12th Districts, will host crowded primaries — provided the contenders survive petition challenges.

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December 2, 2013

Chamber Touts McConnell’s Coal Efforts in TV Ad

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is getting a little help from his friends on the airwaves as he fends off challenges to his re-election next year.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced it will launch a TV ad on Tuesday that touts the Kentucky Republican’s efforts against proposed regulations on carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. The ad, which will run statewide for 10 days, brands McConnell as “a fighter who never lets Kentucky down.”

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Another Potential Opponent Instead Backs Cassidy in Louisiana

A second Republican state legislator who previously considered a Senate bid of his own in Louisiana has instead endorsed the campaign of GOP Rep. Bill Cassidy.

Cassidy’s Senate campaign announced Monday that state Sen. Elbert Guillory had joined state Rep. Alan Seabaugh as the latest potential foe to get behind his challenge to Democratic Sen. Mary L. Landrieu — a top target of national Republicans.

Guillory gained some national attention this spring after switching parties. He had joined the Democratic Party in 2007, but he switched back to the GOP in May and became Louisiana’s only black Republican state senator. Full story

Strickland Switches Races to McKeon’s District in California (Updated)

Strickland Switches Races to McKeons District in California (Updated)

Republicans are speculating whether McKeon will seek another term. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 11:42 a.m. | Former state Sen. Tony Strickland, a Republican, filed federal paperwork this weekend to run in the same California district as longtime Republican Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon.

Strickland had initially launched a rematch bid in the neighboring 26th District, where he lost to freshman Rep. Julia Brownley, D-Calif., in 2012.

But Strickland had hinted that he was eyeing a run in the 25th District if McKeon retired — an event many California Republicans speculated is imminent. Now that Strickland has officially filed to run in McKeon’s district, additional questions remain whether McKeon will seek a 12th term.

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Maine Republican Won’t Seek Competitive House Contest

Former state Sen. Richard Rosen, a Republican, announced this weekend that he will not seek the GOP nod in Maine’s 2nd District, according to the Bangor Daily News.

Rosen, who now directs the state’s Office of Policy and Management, said in August that he would run for the seat. But in an email to the Bangor Daily News, Rosen said he decided against a congressional bid.

“The opportunity to represent my fellow Mainers in Washington D.C. would be a great and solemn privilege, but I have come to recognize that my preference is to serve the state in a way that allows me to remain close to the people of Maine,”  Rosen wrote.

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November 27, 2013

In Alaska, Dan Sullivan Helps Dan Sullivan

In Alaska, Dan Sullivan Helps Dan Sullivan

Begich has a tough re-election battle ahead in 2014. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Alaska Republican primary ballot next year will be a tale of two Dan Sullivans.

Former state Natural Resources Commissioner Dan Sullivan, a first-time candidate, announced a challenge last month to Democratic Sen. Mark Begich. Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan, the better-known of the two, is running for lieutenant governor.

The presence of more than one Dan Sullivan is causing some confusion in polling on the two races, but it may not necessarily have negative repercussions for either candidate in the Aug. 19 primaries. While there will undoubtedly be plenty of advertising in this inexpensive state over the next nine months, any lingering confusion could conceivably provide the Senate candidate a few extra points of support. Full story

November 26, 2013

GOP Lawmaker Challenges Freshman for California Seat

GOP state Rep. Jeff Gorell announced on Tuesday that he will challenge freshman Rep. Julia Brownley, D-Calif., in the 26th District — a move that temporarily sets up a GOP primary in one of the state’s more competitive House seats.

Gorell joins former state Sen. Tony Strickland in the contest against Brownley. Last year, the Democrat defeated Strickland by a 6 points — smaller than President Barack Obama’s 10-point victory in the district that same year.

But Gorell’s announcement also fuels speculation about the neighboring 25th District, currently held by longtime Republican Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon. Full story

Florida Governor Calls on Trey Radel to Resign

Florida Gov. Rick Scott called on embattled Republican Rep. Trey Radel of Florida to resign Tuesday morning, according to The Fort Myers News-Press.

“I agree with the party chairman,” Scott said, referring to Florida GOP Chairman Lenny Curry’s similar call for resignation. “Trey is going through a tough time. My prayers and my wife’s prayers are with his family. But we have to hold all of our elected officials to the highest standards.”

For now, this is a split in tone from the Republican House leadership. Last week, a spokesman for Speaker John A. Boehner said that “Members of Congress should be held to the highest standards, and the alleged crime will be handled by the courts. … Beyond that, this is between Rep. Radel, his family, and his constituents.”

A Radel resignation would have almost no bearing on control of the House — his 19th District is safe Republican territory. A slew of GOP contenders are in a position to run against him in a primary or in an open-seat special election.

Another Republican Eyes Cochran Seat in Mississippi

Updated 12:09 p.m. | Mississippi Republicans are preparing for a Senate without Thad Cochran.

State Auditor Stacey E. Pickering told “The Gallo Show,” a statewide radio program, on Tuesday morning that if Cochran opts for retirement, he will run for Senate. Full story

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