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August 20, 2013

Virginia Foxx Says No to Senate Bid in North Carolina | #NCSEN

Virginia Foxx Says No to Senate Bid in North Carolina | #NCSEN

Foxx will not run for Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., announced Tuesday that she will not run in one of the country’s most competitive Senate races, instead opting to seek re-election to the House.

For months, Republican operatives mentioned Foxx as a potential candidate to challenge Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan — although it was somewhat unclear just how serious the five-term Republican was about a statewide race.

“The encouragement I’ve received to enter the race to become North Carolina’s next United States Senator is truly humbling,” Foxx said in a release. “But I already have the best job in North Carolina. Representing the people of North Carolina’s 5th Congressional District while working to encourage job growth, repeal ObamaCare, and return decision-making power in education back to our state is where my heart and focus lie.”

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Lamar Alexander Challenger Swiftly Loses Consultant | #TNSEN

Republican strategist Chip Saltsman announced he has resigned from the campaign of Joe Carr — just hours after the candidate switched from a House race to challenge Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., in the primary.

“I signed up to help you run for Congress, not the Senate,” Saltsman wrote in his letter of resignation, which the operative released to the press Tuesday morning.

Carr, a state representative, initially launched a campaign to challenge embattled Rep. Scott DesJarlais in the 4th District GOP primary. However, that race was getting crowded, with state Sen. Jim Tracy also vying for the nomination and so far leading in the fundraising battle. Full story

GOP Congresswoman Endorses in Michigan Senate Race | #MISEN

GOP Congresswoman Endorses in Michigan Senate Race | #MISEN

Miller has endorsed a candidate for Senate in her home state of Michigan. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Candice S. Miller, R-Mich., endorsed former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land’s bid for Senate on Tuesday, calling the GOP hopeful “the type of woman we need to put forward more often in the Republican Party.”

Land is the lone Republican running for retiring Democratic Sen. Carl Levin’s seat in Michigan. GOP Rep. Dave Camp considered a bid but decided against running last week. Republican Rep. Justin Amash continues to mull a campaign for Senate.

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McConnell Strikes Again on TV Against GOP Challenger | #KYSEN (Video)

In his latest TV ad, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell attempts to undercut the credibility of his Republican primary challenger in Kentucky.

Referring to tea-party-backed Louisville businessman Matt Bevin as “Bailout Bevin,” the ad, supported by a six-figure buy, claims Bevin has prevaricated about past tax issues and his connection to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

A McConnell news release from this morning states that “it appears the only thing we really know about Matt Bailout Bevin is that he’s not a Kentucky conservative.” Full story

Lamar Alexander Draws GOP Primary Opponent in Senate Race | #TNSEN

Lamar Alexander Draws GOP Primary Opponent in Senate Race | #TNSEN

Alexander has a new challenger. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

State Rep. Joe Carr, a conservative Republican who has been running against embattled Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., announced Tuesday that he will switch gears to challenge Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., instead.

Carr is the first Republican to announce a primary challenge to Alexander, who has received fierce backlash from some tea party groups for his work with his Democratic colleagues.

Local tea party activists are currently vetting other potential Alexander challengers — a process they say will begin this month. Other potential GOP primary challengers include Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett and former Williamson County Chairman Kevin Kookogey, according to the Tennessean.

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Braley Hires Top Operative as Senate Race Campaign Manager | #IASEN

Braley Hires Top Operative as Senate Race Campaign Manager | #IASEN

Braley is the front-runner for Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

With a Senate victory already under her belt this cycle, top Democratic operative Sarah Benzing is headed home to Iowa to manage the Senate campaign of Rep. Bruce Braley.

Most recently, Benzing led Edward J. Markey’s victorious campaign in the June special election for Senate in Massachusetts. But she’s worked for Braley before as campaign manager on his first election to Congress seven years ago and later as his chief of staff. She will officially rejoin Braley on Sept. 3 for his campaign for the competitive open-seat race in 2014, according to a news release obtained by CQ Roll Call.

“Sarah Benzing is the best campaign manager in the country, period,” Braley said in a statement. “I’m so proud to have her return to lead my campaign team.” Full story

August 19, 2013

Republicans Wait on Daines’ Decision in Montana Senate Race | #MTSEN #MTAL

Republicans Wait on Daines Decision in Montana Senate Race | #MTSEN #MTAL

Daines is mulling a Senate bid. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Montana state Sen. Matt Rosendale, a Republican, recently filed papers with the Federal Election Commission to start raising money to run for Congress — he’s just not sure which office yet.

Like several other ambitious Republicans in the state, his decision to run for either the House or Senate will depend on whether Rep. Steve Daines, a freshman Republican, enters the race for Montana’s open Senate seat. Even state Rep. Champ Edmunds, who is currently in the Senate race, has said he would switch races if Daines jumps in.

As Rosendale’s campaign treasurer, Bill VanCanagan, wrote in a note filed Aug. 16 to the FEC, “we will not designate which office is being sought until Representative Steve Daines announces whether he’s seeking re-election for the U.S. House of Representatives or running for the U.S. Senate.”

Either would be a statewide race, as Montana has only one representative in the House. Full story

GOP Polls Show Tight Race for Landrieu Senate Re-Election | #LASEN

GOP Polls Show Tight Race for Landrieu Senate Re Election | #LASEN

Cassidy is running for Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Two GOP polls released Monday show a tight race for Senate between Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., and her Republican challenger, Louisiana Rep. Bill Cassidy.

The Senate contest is expected to be one of the closest of the cycle. National Republicans are targeting the state, and the Senate GOP’s campaign arm recently released its first advertisements of the cycle there. Full story

August 16, 2013

Dave Camp Not Running for Senate in Michigan | #MISEN

Dave Camp Not Running for Senate in Michigan | #MISEN

Camp will not run for Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

After a brief reconsideration, Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., has decided once and for all that he will not seek the Wolverine State’s open Senate seat.

“Over the past few months, I have received a lot of encouragement to run for the United States Senate,” the Ways and Means Committee chairman said in a Friday statement. “I have greatly appreciated and am deeply humbled by those calls and conversations. After much thought and careful consideration, I have decided not to run for the United States Senate.” Full story

August 15, 2013

Lonegan: National Republicans Support My Special-Election Campaign | #NJSEN

Steve Lonegan, the New Jersey GOP’s nominee for the Senate special election, has high expectations for the Republican National Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee to boost him to victory.

Lonegan faces an uphill climb in the Oct. 16 special election against the Democratic nominee, Newark Mayor Cory Booker. A Republican has not won a New Jersey Senate seat in 40 years, and President Barack Obama carried the state with 58 percent in 2012.

On Wednesday, Lonegan told WOR Radio that he is “expecting really the whole NRSC and RNC to be focusing on this race.”

“The entire Republican Party is organized behind my campaign,” Lonegan, a legally blind conservative activist, said on “The John Gamble Show.”

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August 14, 2013

Senate Republicans Duck Hunt in Louisiana | #LASEN

Senate Republicans are using a classic video game and tonight’s season premiere of “Duck Dynasty” to target Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., in their campaign arm’s first televised ad of the midterm election cycle.

The ad, obtained first by CQ Roll Call, utilizes Nintendo’s “Duck Hunt” game, familiar to kids of the 1980s. Titled “Misfire,” the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s spot says Landrieu has “bad aim” when it comes to issues such as “health care, energy, taxes and jobs.”

It will air only in New Orleans during the first episode of the Louisiana-based A&E reality show Wednesday night, as well as next week’s episode. Watch “Misfire” here:

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By Kyle Trygstad Posted at 11:53 a.m.
Ads, DSCC, NRSC, Senate 2014

August 13, 2013

Cory Booker Wins Senate Special-Election Primary | #NJSEN

Cory Booker Wins Senate Special Election Primary | #NJSEN

Booker won the nomination for Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Newark Mayor Cory Booker won the Democratic primary Tuesday and is now favored to win the New Jersey Senate special election in October.

Booker held off three other elected officials in the no-drama, two-month sprint to win the low-turnout nomination fight with relative ease. Less than an hour after polls closed, Booker led with 56 percent of the vote when The Associated Press called the race with just 7 percent of precincts reporting.

Trailing Booker was Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. with 25 percent, Rep. Rush D. Holt with 14 percent and state Speaker Sheila Oliver with 4 percent.

In the Oct. 16 special to fill the remaining term of the late Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, Booker faces Republican nominee Steve Lonegan. In the GOP primary, Lonegan, a legally blind conservative activist and former mayor of a small borough in Bergen County, handily defeated Alieta Eck, a physician and first-time candidate. Full story

Ex-Congressman Says No to Montana Senate Bid #MTSEN

Former Rep. Pat Williams, D-Mont., told Lee Newspapers on Monday that he strongly considered, but ultimately opted against, running for the Big Sky State’s open Senate seat.

Williams, who left Congress in 1997 after nine terms and would turn 77 before Election Day next year, said he’d been fielding calls urging him to run for three months — though he didn’t say whether any of them came from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

Since former Gov. Brian Schweitzer’s surprise decision not to run, a few other prospective Democratic candidates have followed suit. The top names that remain in the recruitment mix include Lt. Gov. John Walsh and state Supreme Court Justice Brian Morris. Full story

August 12, 2013

Reid: West Virginia Democratic Recruit to Announce ‘Shortly’ #WVSEN

Reid: West Virginia Democratic Recruit to Announce Shortly #WVSEN

Reid assessed his party's recruitment status in a recent interview. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

After eight months of searching, have Senate Democrats finally found a recruit in West Virginia? Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said yes in a recent interview.

“I think we’re going to be very competitive in — in West Virginia, we have a candidate there who should be announcing shortly,” the Nevada Democrat told a local PBS affiliate about the race to replace retiring Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller.

Reid did not divulge the Democrat’s name during the interview on “Nevada Week in Review.” Several Democrats have passed on the race, and Secretary of State Natalie Tennant remains as the only prominent recruit who has not declined to run yet. Full story

August 9, 2013

Baucus Barbecue to Boost Local Democrats’ Fundraising #MTSEN

Baucus Barbecue to Boost Local Democrats Fundraising #MTSEN

Baucus is raising money for local Democrats. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Retiring Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., will host his annual Sieben Ranch Barbecue and Hoedown on Saturday on his family ranch outside Helena, with proceeds going to the state Democratic Party.

The fundraiser marks the senator’s latest effort to help keep his seat in the Democratic column next year. With Baucus not seeking re-election and the party still searching for a candidate to replace him, the seat is one of Democrats’ most vulnerable of the midterm election cycle. Full story

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