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May 1, 2013

Democrats Blitz Markey’s House Seat #MA05 | The Field

Rep. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., has been the favorite to win the special election for Senate for months — which means his House seat has been an attractive spot for ambitious local Democrats for even longer.

A handful of Democrats have been running for nearly three months to replace Markey, who won a Senate primary on Tuesday and is in a strong position to win the special election on June 25.

Three Democrats made their congressional aspirations known in early February, and each of them turned in six-figure first-quarter fundraising reports. Other potential candidates were waiting for the outcome of Markey’s primary with Rep. Stephen F. Lynch, but nonetheless made their intentions to run for his seat known.

The list of announced candidates include: Full story

April 30, 2013

Markey, Gomez Win Special-Election Primaries #MAsen

Markey, Gomez Win Special Election Primaries #MAsen

Markey won the primary, his first competitive election since winning a 12-candidate primary race in 1976. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Edward J. Markey secured the Democratic nomination in the Massachusetts Senate special election on Tuesday night and is now favored to win the seat outright.

With the Democratic establishment behind him, Markey, 66, defeated fellow Rep. Stephen F. Lynch, 58, in a primary contest that will be remembered most for the time the two were off the campaign trail in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing.

In the June 25 special election, Markey will face GOP primary winner Gabriel Gomez, 47, a private equity investor and former Navy SEAL.

Markey led 57 percent to 43 percent when The Associated Press called the race with 60 percent of precincts reporting. Full story

Remainders: Larry Flynt Backs Mark Sanford

Polls close for the special primary for Senate in Massachusetts at 8 p.m. EDT. Check Roll Call tonight for results.

In the meantime, here’s what you might have missed “At the Races” on Tuesday …

#SC01: Larry Flynt — the publisher of Hustler — endorsed former Gov. Mark Sanford’s special election bid. He’s said he’ll donate the maximum to the struggling Republican’s campaign.

And in what will likely come as more welcome support, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and FreedomWorks PAC backed Sanford over the Democratic nominee, Elizabeth Colbert Busch. Meanwhile, House Majority PAC, a Democratic super PAC, targeted female Republicans in its final ad before Election Day.

#PAgov: GOP Gov. Tom Corbett’s terrible polling makes Republicans nervous about four suburban Philadelphia seats.

#GAsen: Republican Rep. Jack Kingston will hold two news conferences on Thursday — and all signs point to him announcing a bid for Senate.

#2016: Libertarian Gary Johnson sounded like “he’s up for another run” in a speech at George Washington University on Monday night.

What we’re mulling on Tuesday… Full story

April 29, 2013

Remainders: Special (Election) Report

What you might have missed “At the Races” on Monday …

  • #MAsen: The special-election primary to fill Secretary of State John Kerry’s Senate seat is Tuesday. Here are the five things to know about the race.
  • #SC01: The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee upped its television ad buys against former Gov. Mark Sanford in this special election.
  • #SCsen: Vice President Joesph R. Biden Jr. teased that he would endorse Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., or “rip” his skin off — whatever helps his 2014 prospects.
  • #IAsen: Iowa Republican Gov. Terry E. Branstad suggested (again) that he does not think Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, would make the best GOP Senate candidate.
  • #MIsen: Rep. Gary Peters, a Democrat, will formally announce his candidacy for Senate on Wednesday in the town where he was raised, Rochester Hills.

What we’re mulling on Monday … Full story

April 28, 2013

Five Things to Know About Tuesday’s Massachusetts Senate Primary

Five Things to Know About Tuesdays Massachusetts Senate Primary

Markey is the frontrunner for the Democratic Senate nomination. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Two weeks after the Boston Marathon bombing, Massachusetts voters will head to the polls on Tuesday to select nominees for the Senate special election.

Whether Democrats nominate Rep. Edward J. Markey or Rep. Stephen F. Lynch, the party is heavily favored to hold the seat of former Sen. John Kerry, who was appointed secretary of state.

Three Republicans — businessman Gabriel Gomez, former U.S. Attorney Mike Sullivan and state Rep. Dan Winslow — are vying for their party’s nomination. While the race changed following the bombing, few observers see a Republican able to pull off a surprise upset in the general election on June 25.

Here are five things to watch for during Tuesday’s primaries: Full story

April 22, 2013

Monday Remainders: Mark Sanford and Sons

Monday Remainders: Mark Sanford and Sons

Sanford had a rough week on the campaign trail. (Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images File Photo)

What we’re mulling on Monday …

  • #MIsen: Michigan’s Democratic primary waters are clear now — so when will Rep. Gary Peters jump into the Senate race? Debbie Dingell announced in a Saturday Facebook post that she will not seek the Democratic nomination to replace retiring Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich. No word yet from Peters on an announcement.
  • #SC01: Not everyone has abandoned former Gov. Mark Sanford’s special election bid. National Right to Life PAC spent almost $6,000 on mailers for Sanford, according to online records with the Federal Election Commission.
  • #HIsen: Your move, Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, D-Hawaii. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee will back Sen. Brian Schatz in the Democratic primary, via the Honolulu Star Advertiser.

What you might have missed “At the Races” on Monday…. Full story

Democrats Markey, Lynch Resume Campaigns #MAsen

Democrats Markey, Lynch Resume Campaigns #MAsen

Markey has led in all polls of the Massachusetts Senate special election so far. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Reps. Edward J. Markey and Stephen F. Lynch resumed their Senate special-election campaigns on Monday. It’s been one week since the two Bay State Democrats suspended political activities after the Boston Marathon bombing.

Markey’s spokesman confirmed via email that he will start campaigning again, although neither candidate is running television ads yet:

Full story

April 18, 2013

After Bombing, Uneasy Transition Back to Politics #MAsen

After Bombing, Uneasy Transition Back to Politics #MAsen

Markey, above, and Lynch suspended their campaigns following the bombing. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Three days after the Boston Marathon bombing, the Democratic candidates for the Massachusetts special Senate election still aren’t sure how to proceed with an imminent primary.

Campaigns for the top two Democrats — Reps. Edward J. Markey and Stephen F. Lynch — have spoken informally. But they have no agreement on a specific date to resume political activities after suspending them earlier this week.

Markey and Lynch, plus all three Republicans seeking the GOP nomination, were scheduled to attend Thursday’s interfaith service, according to The Boston Globe. President Barack Obama and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, a Democrat, spoke at the service.

Now comes the uneasy transition back to politics, with the primary scheduled for April 30. Full story

April 15, 2013

Massachusetts: Markey, Lynch Suspend Campaigns After Marathon Explosion

Massachusetts: Markey, Lynch Suspend Campaigns After Marathon Explosion

Markey suspended his campaign. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 4:40 p.m. | Reps. Edward J. Markey and Stephen F. Lynch have suspended all campaign activity following the explosions at the Boston Marathon on Monday.

In a single-sentence statement, the Markey campaign stated it had suspended “campaign activities including canvassing, phone banking, fundraising and television advertisements.”

The Lynch campaign released a statement on the news, then confirmed to CQ Roll Call that it, too, has halted campaign activities.

Full story

March 26, 2013

Massachusetts: Markey Leads in Another Special Election Poll

Massachusetts: Markey Leads in Another Special Election Poll

Markey leads in a new Senate poll. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Edward J. Markey led by double digits in a new poll in the Democratic primary for the Massachusetts Senate special election.

According to the WBUR poll, 35 percent of likely Democratic primary voters said they would support Markey, 24 percent backed Rep. Stephen F. Lynch and 41 percent remained undecided.

The results follow a poll from earlier this month showing Markey ahead of Lynch by a nearly 30-point margin.

The winner of the April 30 Democratic primary will be heavily favored to win the seat of former Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., who is now secretary of State. In this poll, both Markey and Lynch led their potential GOP opponents for the June 25 special election by wide margins. Full story

March 11, 2013

Massachusetts: LCV Launches Six-Figure Field Program for Markey

Massachusetts: LCV Launches Six Figure Field Program for Markey

Markey is running for Senate (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The League of Conservation Voters announced on Monday a new, six-figure field campaign to boost Rep. Edward J. Markey’s bid for the Democratic nod in the Massachusetts special election for Senate.

Meanwhile, a source tells CQ Roll Call that Markey will begin a television ad campaign on Tuesday, ramping up his election effort seven weeks before primary voters decide between him and Rep. Stephen F. Lynch.

LCV, a well-funded environmental group, said the organization would spend at least $650,000 on the field campaign by the April 30 primary.

The size of Markey’s TV buy was not immediately available.

Markey led Lynch by significant margins in a series of recent polls. Markey has the backing of the LCV, along with the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, among others.

Full story

March 7, 2013

Massachusetts: New Poll Finds Markey Senate Special Election Frontrunner

Massachusetts: New Poll Finds Markey Senate Special Election Frontrunner

Markey leads a new poll of the Senate special election in Massachusetts (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Democratic Rep. Edward J. Markey remains the strong favorite to win the special election for Senate in Massachusetts, according to a new poll of registered voters released late Wednesday.

Markey led Rep. Stephen F. Lynch, his Democratic primary opponent, 50 percent to 21 percent, among polled potential Democratic voters, according to a UMass Lowell-Boston Herald survey. Twenty-three percent said they were were unsure about the primary.

Markey, a House veteran first elected in 1976, also led his all three potential GOP challengers by a comfortable margin in horserace matchups. His closest GOP competitor was former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan, who took 30 percent to Markey’s 48 percent. Sullivan is seen as the frontrunner in his race for the Republican nomination with state Rep. Dan Winslow and Gabriel Gomez, a private equity investor and former Navy SEAL.

Lynch also led all Republicans in horserace matchups.

Full story

March 4, 2013

Massachusetts: Republican Sullivan Files FEC Paperwork for Senate Run

Former U.S. Attorney Michael J. Sullivan, a Republican, filed federal paperwork Monday to run in the Senate special election in Massachusetts, becoming the third GOP candidate to officially enter the race.

“Yes, Washington is broken. Yes, it’s dysfunctional. That much is clear,” Sullivan said in a statement. “What we need now is someone who will stand up and say what’s broken and address how we can start to change it. The voters are looking for substance and real alternatives for reform.”

The Massachusetts Senate race represents a long shot for Republicans, and CQ Roll Call rates it as Likely Democratic.

Sullivan joins a GOP field that already includes state Rep. Dan Winslow and Gabriel Gomez, a private equity investor and former Navy SEAL. All three campaigns said they have collected enough certified signatures to appear on April 30 primary ballot.

The winner of the Republican primary will face off against Rep. Edward J. Markey — who is backed by many national Democrats in Washington, D.C., and influential Democrats in the Bay State — or Rep. Stephen F. Lynch, who has significant organized labor support. Markey is the frontrunner.

The general election will be held June 25.

February 11, 2013

Massachusetts: Gomez Pulls Papers for GOP Senate Run

Massachusetts Republican Gabriel Gomez, a private equity investor and former Navy SEAL and aircraft carrier pilot, pulled nomination papers Monday for a Senate bid in the special election, a Republican official confirmed to CQ Roll Call.

Gomez will have until Feb. 27 to collect 10,000 valid signatures of Republican and nonpartisan voters to get on the primary ballot — a daunting challenge for any candidate.

There is only one other GOP candidate vying for the open Senate seat who is seen as likely to get on the ballot: state Rep. Dan Winslow, who announced his campaign last week.

Two congressmen, Edward J. Markey and Stephen F. Lynch, are squaring off for the Democratic nomination for the seat formerly held by their Democratic colleague, Secretary of State John Kerry.

CQ Roll Call rates the Massachusetts Senate special election as Likely Democratic.

The Boston Globe reported the news about Gomez earlier Monday evening.

February 8, 2013

Massachusetts: State Representative Announces for Markey Seat

Democratic state Rep. Carl Sciortino today announced a bid for Massachusetts’ 5th District seat.

“I am really proud of the progressive leadership that Ed Markey has brought to our district, and I’m looking forward to continuing that leadership in Washington for communities here,” Sciortino said in a telephone interview with CQ Roll Call.

Rep. Edward J. Markey currently serves the safely Democratic 5th District, which includes suburbs to the north and west of Boston. Markey is the frontrunner in the Senate special election.

Sciortino cited “equality, reproductive health and the future of our environment” as issues that he is focused on and would emphasize if he gets to Capitol Hill.

Sciortino first ran for state representative in 2004 at age 25. The race pivoted on same-sex marriage, which the openly gay Sciortino supports. He faced an incumbent who opposed it. After a hard-fought race, Sciortino won the primary by 93 votes. He took office in 2005 and has been re-elected ever since.

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