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December 18, 2013

LGBT Victory Fund Endorses in Special Election

The Victory Fund, an organization that supports lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender political candidates, on Wednesday endorsed state Rep. Marcus Brandon for North Carolina’s 12th District special election.

Brandon is one of at least seven Democrats running to succeed Rep. Melvin Watt, who will soon leave the 12th District seat. Earlier this month, the Senate confirmed Watt to lead the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

If Brandon wins, he would be the first openly gay African-American member of Congress in history, as well as the first openly gay member from the South, according to his campaign.

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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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December 16, 2013

EMILY’s List Endorses in North Carolina Special Election

EMILY’s List endorsed state Rep. Alma Adams in the crowded Democratic primary for a North Carolina special election, according to a news release shared first with CQ Roll Call.

Adams is one of at least seven Democrats, including two women, looking to succeed Rep. Melvin Watt, the longtime Democrat. He is vacating the 12th District after the Senate confirmed his appointment to lead the Federal Housing Finance Agency last week.

“Throughout her career, Alma Adams has shown incredible commitment to the women and working families of North Carolina,” EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock said in a news release. “Alma is a trusted and proven public servant and the EMILY’s List community — now three million members strong — is proud to continue supporting her strong 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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December 10, 2013

7 Things to Know About Katherine Clark

State Sen. Katherine M. Clark, a Democrat, seized victory Tuesday in the special election for Massachusetts’ 5th District.

Clark will succeed Sen. Edward J. Markey in the suburban Boston district. Markey vacated the seat after he won a special election for the Senate seat Secretary of State John Kerry once held.

Here are seven things to know about the newest member of Congress:

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Katherine Clark Wins Massachusetts Special Election

Katherine Clark Wins Massachusetts Special Election

Courtesy Katherine M. Clark

Democratic state Sen. Katherine M. Clark handily defeated GOP attorney Frank Addivinola in Massachusetts’ 5th District special election Tuesday night.

Clark defeated Addivinola, 64 percent to 34 percent, with 35 percent of precincts reporting, according to The Associated Press.

With her win, Clark becomes the sixth woman elected to Congress from the Bay State. She’s also the second House member to represent this district, which includes the Boston suburbs, in 37 years.

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Watt Confirmation Kicks Off North Carolina Special Election

Watt Confirmation Kicks Off North Carolina Special Election

Several Democrats are seeking Watt's House seat. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

After more than seven months of delays, a special election for North Carolina’s 12th District will begin in earnest now that the Senate confirmed Rep. Melvin Watt, D-N.C., to lead the Federal Housing Finance Agency on Tuesday.

Watt was ultimately confirmed to head the FHFA, the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac overseer, 57-41, after Senate Republicans previously rejected a bid to cut off debate on the nomination. That was back before Democrats set a new Senate precedent using the “nuclear option,” a move that made Watt’s confirmation inevitable.

Watt’s departure from the district will kick off a frenzy among Tar Heel State Democrats looking to succeed him in the safe Democratic seat he has held for two decades.

The special election will probably take place on previously scheduled election dates, according to a source familiar with North Carolina election law. That would mean a primary in February, with a runoff on May 6 — the same day as the previously scheduled midterm election primaries in North Carolina. The special election could then be held July 15 — the same day as the regularly scheduled runoff date for 2014 elections.

So far, at least seven Democrats filed federal paperwork to run for the safe Democratic seat: Full story

December 9, 2013

House GOP Women Fundraise for Florida Special Candidate (Updated)

House GOP Women Fundraise for Florida Special Candidate (Updated)

Wagner is one of a handful of women who are supporting Peters in the special election. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 11:07 a.m. | Six House Republicans — including a handful of women — are slated to host a fundraising luncheon for state Rep. Kathleen Peters’ special-election bid on Wednesday, according to an invitation obtained by CQ Roll Call.

Peters is running against lobbyist David Jolly in the competitive primary for Florida’s 13th District. Republican Rep. C.W. Bill Young died earlier this year, creating the vacancy.

Five House Republican women, plus one GOP congressman from Florida, are on the Washington, D.C., event invitation. Full story

December 6, 2013

Second Republican Goes on the Air in Florida Special Election (Updated)

Updated 2:16 p.m. | State Rep. Kathleen Peters has joined lobbyist David Jolly on the airwaves for the Republican primary in the special election to succeed the late Rep. C.W. Bill Young, R-Fla.

Peters is even spending more than Jolly — so far — in television advertising, according to a Democratic media buyer monitoring the Tampa media market.

Peters placed a one-week ad buy on Tampa cable worth around $22,000. Roll Call reported on Thursday that Jolly placed about $6,000 in ads. Media buying sources said Jolly’s team expanded its buy to around $15,000 later that day. Both buys are set to last between Dec. 6-12.

The Peters campaign confirmed the ad and the buy on Friday. The 30-second spot seeks to frame the race as a local politician versus a Washington insider:

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December 5, 2013

David Jolly Goes on the Air in Florida Special (Updated)

Updated 3:52 p.m. | Lobbyist David Jolly put up his first television ad Thursday.

It’s worth at least around $5,800 in cable advertising, according to a GOP media buyer who is not involved in the race. The Jolly campaign did not immediately reply to an email request for the buy size.

Jolly is facing off against state Rep. Kathleen Peters in the Republican primary to succeed the late Republican Rep. C.W. Bill Young in Florida’s 13th District.

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December 2, 2013

Elizabeth Warren to Campaign in Massachusetts Special Election

Elizabeth Warren to Campaign in Massachusetts Special Election

Warren will campaign for a special election candidate this week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., will boost state Sen. Katherine Clark’s special election bid next week with a campaign event in the 5th District.

On Wednesday afternoon, Warren will join Clark at Framingham State University for a “GOTV Kickoff Counting Down to Election Day,” according to the Democrat’s campaign.

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November 16, 2013

Newcomer McAllister Wins Special Election in Louisiana

GOP businessman Vance McAllister won a special election in Louisiana’s 5th District Saturday night, stunning the heir apparent in the contest to become the next member of Congress.

McAllister, a self-funding newcomer, defeated Republican state Sen. Neil Riser 58 percent to 42 percent, with 78 percent of precincts reporting, according to the Associated Press.

Riser had long been considered a shoo-in to win the special election to replace Rep. Rodney Alexander, who resigned over the summer to take a post in Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration. Full story

November 15, 2013

Will Republicans Have a Primary to Replace C.W. Bill Young?

In the final days before the filing deadline, Republicans remain unsure whether lobbyist David Jolly has cleared the GOP field in the competitive special election to succeed the late Rep. C.W. Bill Young, R-Fla.

In recent days, state Rep. Kathleen Peters expressed interest in running for the St. Petersburg-based district, and she has yet to back off.

Democrats cleared the field early for former state Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, who is all but certain to win the party’s nod on Jan. 14. Republicans rivals to Jolly have talked about running, but all of them have declined bids so far.

Except for Peters.

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NRCC Chairman Promises Competitive Special Election in Florida

NRCC Chairman Promises Competitive Special Election in Florida

Walden is chairman of the NRCC. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden said the upcoming special election in Florida’s 13th District will be a challenging race for the party, but vowed that Republicans will make it a competitive contest.

Last month, GOP Rep. C.W. Bill Young’s death forced a special election in the Tampa Bay-area seat, making it one of the most competitive House contests in 2014. Operatives from both sides have characterized the March 11 special election as a bellwether contest for the 2014 cycle.

“We all knew that Bill had a special relationship with his constituents in that district, and that district had changed over the years and that when he no longer was serving, that that district would be a competitive district,” Walden, an Oregon Republican, told reporters Friday morning at a Christian Science Monitor Breakfast in Washington, D.C.

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