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May 22, 2014

Tom Steyer’s 2014 Targets Start With Four Senate Races

Tom Steyer, the Democrats’ financial answer to the Koch brothers, has set his sights on specific Senate and gubernatorial races to spend the $100 million he’s earmarked for the midterm elections.

His super PAC, NextGen Climate Action, aims to promote candidates who support action to mitigate the effects of climate change. It was active in last year’s elections for Virginia governor and a vacant Senate seat in Massachusetts.

The group has now targeted the competitive Senate races in Colorado, Iowa, Michigan and New Hampshire, and the Florida, Pennsylvania and Maine gubernatorial contests. It will back the Democratic candidate in each case. Full story

May 20, 2014

Fight Night Preview: Primaries From Georgia to Idaho

It’s primary night in six states, with plenty of races to watch in Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky, Oregon and Pennsylvania.

The only night with more states holding consequential primaries? In two weeks, on June 3.

(For a full list of the primary calendar, check out CQ Roll Call’s Primary Dates chart.)

There are no fewer than five competitive primary races in Georgia. Beyond that, three Republican incumbents steeped in the establishment will, by all appearances, swat back tea party rivals after the polls close. Unless there is a sleeper primary upset, the only incumbent who is in any sort of political trouble is a Democrat, Rep. Hank Johnson of Georgia.

Starting at 6:30 p.m., our Politics Team will have a live blog of the results below. After polls close, @Alexis_Levinson and @KyleTrygstad will track the Senate races, while @CahnEmily and @RollCallAbby will watch the House side of politics.

 

Here are the races to watch, accompanied by each race’s Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call race rating:

Kentucky – Polls close at 7 p.m. EST Full story

January 28, 2014

Shuster Raises Big Bucks Ahead of Primary Challenge

Shuster Raises Big Bucks Ahead of Primary Challenge

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., raised over a half a million dollars during the fourth quarter of last year, according to figures shared first with CQ Roll Call.

The chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee faces a tea party challenger in the May 20 primary.

Full story

October 3, 2013

Exclusive: Bill Shuster Stomps Tea Party Challenger in Early GOP Poll

Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., holds a more than 50-point lead over his Republican challengers in the 9th District primary next year, according to a new automated telephone poll from a GOP firm.

In the survey — shared first with CQ Roll Call — nearly two-thirds of likely GOP primary voters, 63 percent, said they would back Shuster in a primary. Ret. Coast Guard Capt. Art Halvorson had the support of 11 percent of respondents, while 5 percent backed veteran Travis Schooley. Twenty-one percent of respondents said they were “not sure” in the poll.

In recent weeks, Pennsylvania GOP operatives have questioned if Shuster is vulnerable to a primary challenge from Halvorson. The House Transportation and Infrastructure chairman has ramped up his fundraising over the past year, and his campaign manager insisted to CQ Roll Call that his team takes every challenge seriously.

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September 23, 2013

‘Prince of Asphalt’ Braces for Primary Challenge

Prince of Asphalt Braces for Primary Challenge

Shuster faces a primary in 2014. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In another era, House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster would have his House district on lockdown. Who would challenge the powerful “prince of asphalt” in his safe GOP district in south-central Pennsylvania?

But by many local accounts, Shuster has the fight of a decade on his hands from retired Coast Guard Capt. Art Halvorson.

Shuster’s biography boasts the textbook trappings of an entrenched incumbent: his chairmanship of a committee once known for pork projects, the scion of a local political legend, and a reputation for bringing federal funds to the district. The congressman’s father, 14-term Rep. Bud Shuster, was known for using the same committee gavel to move money into the district — enough so that he picked up the “king of asphalt” title.

But his son reigns in a different political era. In a sign of the times, all of Shuster’s bona fides did nothing to scare off Halvorson.

“Committee chairmanships are no longer a deterrent in getting a primary, but they are still enormously beneficial to winning a primary,” said Brock McCleary, a Pennsylvania-based GOP pollster. Full story

March 14, 2013

Pennsylvania: Democrat Files to Run For Schwartz Seat

University of Pennsylvania medical professor Dr. Valeria A. Arkoosh filed a statement of candidacy to run in what will most likely be an open race for Rep. Allyson Y. Schwartz’s 13th District seat.

Schwartz has all but announced her campaign to challenge Republican Gov. Tom Corbett, in 2014. Last month, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee replaced her as committee’s national finance chair.

Arkoosh was not immediately available for comment. But PoliticsPA, a Keystone State political blog, noted Arkoosh is a Schwartz ally and her husband is the congresswoman’s campaign treasurer.

Schwartz’s suburban Philadelphia district will likely attract several Democratic candidates once it officially becomes an open seat. Schwartz won re-election in 2012 by more than 37 points. Her successor would likely be determined in the Democratic primary.

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February 27, 2013

Himes Will Chair DCCC National Finance Team in 2014

Himes Will Chair DCCC National Finance Team in 2014

Himes will serve as national finance chairman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Jim Himes of Connecticut will be the new national finance chairman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in the 2014 cycle, according to two well-placed Democratic sources on Capitol Hill.

Officials announced the new position for Himes, a three-term Democrat from Connecticut, at a morning meeting for members.

The committee previously named Rep. Allyson Y. Schwartz of Pennsylvania as its finance chairwoman, but in recent weeks, she has indicated she plans to run for governor in 2014.

Himes has major fundraising bona fides. Not only does he serve on the House Financial Services Committee, he’s also a former employee of Goldman Sachs. His base in the 4th District is Greenwich, Conn., one of the wealthiest communities in the country.

Himes has been an active with the DCCC in recent cycles. In 2012, he served as chairman of the committee’s Frontline program for incumbent retention.

The DCCC did not immediately return a request for comment.

Here is a rundown of the previously named DCCC 2014 leadership team.

February 9, 2013

Pennsylvania: Schwartz Closer to Gubernatorial Bid

Pennsylvania: Schwartz Closer to Gubernatorial Bid

Schwartz has been climbing the rungs of Democratic leadership and had indicated interest in challenging Gov. Corbett. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Updated: 3:57 p.m. | Rep. Allyson Y.  Schwartz, D-Pa., is increasingly close to jumping into the gubernatorial race.

“She’s 80 percent of the way in,” Marcel Groen, the longtime Montgomery County Democratic Party chairman, told PoliticsPA late Friday night.

Schwartz had previously indicated some interest in challenging GOP Gov. Tom Corbett in 2014. She would enter the race as a top contender, although other well-known state Democrats are also openly considering a bid.

Her chief of staff, Rachel Magnuson, confirmed the congresswoman’s interest in the race to CQ Roll Call.

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November 4, 2012

Presidential Campaigns Make Closing Arguments in Sprint to Election Day

Presidential Campaigns Make Closing Arguments in Sprint to Election Day

President Barack Obama fires up supporters at a late-night rally in northern Virginia on Saturday. Obama and MItt Romney are barnstorming swing states in the last push to turnout voters on Election Day. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call)

President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney made their closing pitches to swelled crowds of swing state supporters in the final weekend before voters deliver their verdict, while top surrogates hit the Sunday show circuit to spin their map to victory on Tuesday.

Much of the debate in the campaign’s final hours has focused on Pennsylvania, where Romney is campaigning today and where President Bill Clinton will stump for Obama on Monday. Republicans insist their last-minute play for the Keystone State is based on polling showing it’s winnable. But Democrats charge that the move is a sign of desperation from a team whose path to 270 electoral votes is narrowing.

Later today, Romney will stop in Morrisville, Pa., a suburb of Philadelphia across the river from New Jersey. The Romney team sought to expand the battleground map with a late multi-million dollar investment on Pennsylvania airwaves, vastly outspending Democrats there in the last two weeks.

“It’s a remarkable juxtaposition here that Mitt Romney will be in the suburbs of Philadelphia today, and, you know, four years ago, Barack Obama was in Indiana,” Romney senior adviser Ed Gillespie said on ABC’s “This Week.” “When you look at where this map has gone, it reflects the — the change and the direction and the momentum toward Governor Romney.  And the fact is that a state like Pennsylvania being in play, a poll out today showing Michigan a dead heat, you know, this — the map has expanded.” Full story

October 31, 2012

David Axelrod Wagers Mustache on Winning Expanded Battleground States

David Axelrod Wagers Mustache on Winning Expanded Battleground States

Top Democratic strategist David Axelrod bet his mustache that President Barack Obama will win Michigan, Minnesota and Pennsylvania next week. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

President Barack Obama’s campaign claimed today that Mitt Romney’s campaign is “flailing” in the final days, with senior strategist David Axelrod betting his mustache that Obama will win the newly minted battlegrounds of Pennsylvania, Michigan and Minnesota.

Axelrod and Obama campaign manager Jim Messina on a conference call with reporters dismissed the Romney campaign’s late charge into those states, despite persistent polling leads for Obama, as a sign that it is losing in the existing battlegrounds and is increasingly desperate to expand the map.

“It’s break glass time in Boston,” Axelrod said. “I’ve put my mustache on the line.”

Messina said Democrats are piling up big leads among early voters in key battleground states including Nevada, Iowa, Ohio, Colorado and Florida.
Axelrod dismissed a question about Obama consistently trailing significantly among independents in polling. Full story

April 10, 2012

Pennsylvania: Pat Toomey Endorses Mitt Romney

Pennsylvania: Pat Toomey Endorses Mitt Romney

(Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) endorsed Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign today, becoming the 98th Member of Congress and the 20th Senator to do so.

“With his extensive private sector experience, his knowledge of economic issues, and his gubernatorial track record, Governor Romney is exactly the kind of leader our country needs to solve our fiscal crisis and restore American prosperity,” he said in a statement.

Toomey also praised former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, who dropped out of the race this afternoon.

“I also congratulate Senator Santorum on a hard fought primary race,” he said. “He put up a valiant fight and deserves to be commended for his spirited effort.”

Toomey had a complicated history with Santorum. In 2004, Santorum endorsed then-Sen. Arlen Specter in a GOP primary race against Toomey.

In a Feb. 23 tweet, Toomey said that was “ancient history” and praised Romney’s “pro-growth tax reform plan,” but he had said he would not endorse in the presidential campaign.

February 23, 2012

Pennsylvania: Jason Altmire Fires Back at Mark Critz Over Petition Charges

Pennsylvania: Jason Altmire Fires Back at Mark Critz Over Petition Charges

Rep. Jason Altmire is facing a Member-vs.-Member race against fellow Democrat Rep. Mark Critz. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Jason Altmire is punching back at fellow Pennsylvania Democrat Rep. Mark Critz after Critz tried to get Altmire off the ballot earlier this week.

The Critz campaign charged the Altmire campaign with submitting a nominating petition with ineligible voter signatures.

“After reviewing the baseless challenge to my campaign’s nominating petitions, the facts are as clear today as they were when the petitions were filed — we have met the required threshold of 1,000 valid signatures to appear on the primary ballot,” Altmire said in a statement.

Full story

February 22, 2012

Pennsylvania: Critz Says Altmire Does Not Qualify

The campaign of Rep. Mark Critz (D) declared in a Tuesday press release that Rep. Jason Altmire (D) does not qualify to appear on the ballot in the Pennsylvania Member-vs.-Member race in which the two men are competing.

The Critz campaign charged that while Altmire’s campaign submitted 1,651 signatures on its nominating petition, enough were invalid that Altmire did not meet the necessary 1,000 signatures to qualify to appear on the ballot.

Full story

February 1, 2012

Pennsylvania: No Comeback Bid for Democrat Chris Carney

Pennsylvania: No Comeback Bid for Democrat Chris Carney

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Rep. Chris Carney (D) will not seek re-election in any of Pennsylvania’s redrawn House districts.

His former chief of staff, April Beeman Metwalli, confirmed the news to Roll Call this week.
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January 27, 2012

Tom Corbett Backs Steve Welch Against Bob Casey

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) gave businessman Steve Welch his backing this week in the crowded GOP primary to take on Sen. Bob Casey (D) this year.

Corbett’s support is intended to put Welch above the fray of GOP contenders as local Republicans attempt to sift through the field of mostly wealthy contenders before the April 24 primary. Full story

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