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May 14, 2015

Lieutenant Governor Moves Closer to Florida Senate Bid

Rubio is running for president in 2016.  (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rubio’s seat is open because he is running for president in 2016. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Florida Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera moved closer to entering the open Florida Senate contest late Wednesday, announcing a super PAC to help him raise money for a potential candidacy.

Lopez-Cantera would be the second top-tier Republican to enter the contest — left vacant thanks to GOP Sen. Marco Rubio’s presidential bid. GOP Rep. Ron DeSantis, a favorite of tea party-aligned outside groups, announced a bid earlier this month.

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May 13, 2015

The Rubio Doctrine

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rubio’s foreign policy speech is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

When Sen. Marco Rubio speaks Wednesday afternoon in New York, he has the opportunity to offer his foreign policy vision to an audience of foreign affairs experts who might have some biting questions.

But the Florida Republican, who is one of several senators making a bid for the White House in 2016, first plans to offer up a broad view of the United States’ role on the world stage, with three pillars as his rhetorical guide at the Council on Foreign Relations.

“The 21st century requires a president who will answer that question with clarity and consistency – one who will set forth a doctrine for the exercise of American influence in the world – and who will adhere to that doctrine with the principled devotion that has marked the bipartisan tradition of presidential leadership from Truman to Kennedy to Reagan,” Rubio plans to say, according to excerpts obtained in advance by CQ Roll Call.

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May 12, 2015

Mississippi Special Election Heads to Runoff

The race to replace Nunnelee is headed to a runoff. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The race to replace Nunnelee is headed to a runoff. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The special election in Mississippi’s 1st District is headed to a June 2 runoff, after none of the 13 candidates in the field captured the necessary votes to win outright.

In a surprising twist, Democrat Walter Zinn took the first-place spot, with 17 percent when The Associated Press called the race. Zinn advances with Republican Trent Kelly, a district attorney who took the second-place spot with 16 percent. Both are seeking to replace the late Rep. Alan Nunnelee, who died in February after a battle with brain cancer.

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May 11, 2015

Expect the Unexpected in Mississippi Special Election

Thirteen candidates are vying to succeed the late Nunnelee. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Thirteen candidates are vying to succeed Nunnelee. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The special election in Mississippi’s 1st District is a political handicapper’s nightmare.

“If anyone tells you they know what to expect on Tuesday, they are lying to you,” said Casey Phillips, a GOP ad maker who is working for Republican Greg Pirkle.

Pirkle, an attorney from Tupelo, is just one of 13 candidates seeking the northeastern Mississippi-based seat, left vacant in February following the death of GOP Rep. Alan Nunnelee.

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A Silver State Waiting Game

Heck is reconsidering a bid for the open Nevada Senate seat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Heck would be a strong Republican contender for the open Nevada Senate seat next fall. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The news Republican Rep. Joe Heck could run for the now-open Nevada Senate seat has shifted the landscape in the Silver State.

Since Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid announced his retirement, Heck has said he is reconsidering his earlier declaration he would not get in the race. By all accounts, he would be one of the strongest candidates on the Republican side.

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May 9, 2015

Marlin Stutzman Leaving House to Run for Senate

Stutzman will run for Senate in Indiana. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Stutzman will run for Senate in Indiana. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Marlin Stutzman will announce an Indiana Senate bid Saturday, according to multiple sources with knowledge of his plans, making him the second Republican to join the open-seat race.

Democrats are hoping Stutzman’s entrance into the contest will produce a bloody Republican primary that could endanger the GOP’s chances at holding on to retiring Sen. Dan Coats’ seat.

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May 8, 2015

GOP Searches for Patty Murray Challenger

Republicans are hoping to target Murray, but they're still looking for candidates. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republicans are hoping to target Murray, but they’re still looking for candidates. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee might be Sen. Patty Murray’s best friend in 2016.

A Republican operative confirmed to CQ Roll Call the party is looking to target Murray this cycle, but with many of the state’s most eligible Republicans expressing more interest in challenging the Democratic governor, a formidable candidate remains elusive.

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May 6, 2015

Ron DeSantis Announces Florida Senate Bid

DeSantis is running for Senate in Florida. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Florida Rep. Ron DeSantis announced Wednesday he is running for Florida’s open Senate seat, becoming the first well-known Republican to enter what’s expected to be among the most competitive races of the cycle.

The second-term member is a favorite of tea party-aligned conservative groups, a number of which encouraged DeSantis to run after GOP Sen. Marco Rubio said he would vacate the seat to run for president.

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Democrat Eyes Rematch in West Virginia’s 2nd District

Depending on who runs for governor, Casey may challenge Mooney. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Casey, who lost by 3 points in 2014, may run again. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former West Virginia Democratic Party Chairman Nick Casey is considering challenging freshman Republican Rep. Alex Mooney, who narrowly beat him last year for the open seat long held by GOP Sen. Shelley Moore Capito.

“Oh you never say ‘never,’” Casey told CQ Roll Call when asked about his interest in the 2nd District seat.

A Democratic operative confirmed the party is trying to recruit Casey and that he’s met with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Full story

May 4, 2015

Darin LaHood Raises $500K in Race to Replace Aaron Schock

A special election is being held to replace Schock. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Illinois state Sen. Darin LaHood raised more than $500,000 in five weeks since entering the special election to replace Republican Aaron Schock, according to figures provided first to CQ Roll Call.

LaHood, the son of former Illinois Rep. Ray LaHood, faces a Republican primary against Mike Flynn, an editor of the conservative website Breitbart News. LaHood touted the haul in an early show of strength, with the pre-primary fundraising reporting deadline still seven weeks away.

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Ad Man Scott Howell Back At It After Cardiac Arrest

Howell is back at work after suffering cardiac arrest in January. (Photo courtesy Scott Howell)

Howell is back at work after suffering cardiac arrest in January. (Photo courtesy Scott Howell)

Scott Howell doesn’t remember Jan. 25.

As the prominent GOP ad maker later learned from his family, he went to church that morning, then to lunch with his in-laws before settling back at his house in Dallas to watch “Mission Impossible III” with his wife, Julie, and daughter, Madeleine. Then, his heart stopped. Full story

May 1, 2015

Koch-Backed Conservative Group Seeks to Woo Latinos

Castro, D-Texas, speaks to a reporter after a press conference at the House Triangle on many democrat's desire to bring an immigration reform bill up for a vote in the House. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Conservatives are making a bid for Hispanic voters, but Democrats such as Castro are skeptical. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A Koch brothers-backed group is making a new push to persuade Hispanics to vote for conservative candidates in the 2016 elections.

As reported by The Washington Post, the LIBRE Initiative, started in 2011 and is based in Texas, is now active in nine states, and, after having a modest presence in the 2014 elections, aims to make a big play for the Latino vote next year. Full story

Exclusive: NRCC Adds 8 More Vulnerable Members to Patriot Program

Walden is the chairman of the NRCC. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Walden is the chairman of the NRCC. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The National Republican Congressional Committee added eight more members to its Patriot program Friday, according to a list provided first to CQ Roll Call.

The program provides fundraising and organizational support to the GOP Caucus’ most vulnerable incumbents. Democrats are targeting these members in 2016, when the party will look to make a dent in the House Republican majority.

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April 30, 2015

Northern Virginia Republican Bucks Party on Metro Cuts

Comstock's is the only Republican district served by the Metro. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call).

Comstock’s is the only GOP district served by the Metro. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call).

Virginia Rep. Barbara Comstock was the only Republican among the nine Washington, D.C.-area members who issued a joint statement Wednesday expressing their disappointment with a proposal for deep funding cuts to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority.

Comstock’s position on the issue now puts her at odds with her party’s leadership, but it’s unlikely to hurt the freshman congresswoman in November 2016 in a swing district where the Metro system plays a central transportation role. Full story

April 29, 2015

Matchup Rouses Missouri’s Sleepy Senate Race

Blunt, right, chats with McCaskill in the Senate basement. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Missouri’s 2016 Senate contest may never rival the drama of the 2012 campaign, but operatives from both parties expect the Show-Me State to show their respective candidates a good time.

Sen. Roy Blunt’s re-election has been dismissed as a sleeper race compared to this cycle’s more competitive contests in other states. But the Republican is preparing for battle anyway.

Blunt told CQ Roll Call it’s “a little early” to worry about rumblings from the Club for Growth or a potential primary challenge from his right ahead of a bid for a second term.

“I’m just doing everything I normally do,” Blunt said. “It’s just being all over the state, and this year a little more fundraising than I would normally do.”

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