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January 24, 2014

Democrat Don Beyer Will Run to Replace Jim Moran in Virginia

Updated 10:15 AM | Former Virginia Lt. Gov. Don Beyer will enter the crowded Democratic field seeking to replace retiring Rep. Jim Moran in the 8th District.

Beyer confirmed to CQ Roll Call Friday morning that he is interested in the seat and will likely make an announcement on his intentions sometime next week.

“I’m still in the stage of trying to gather the right folks and put together the right plan,” Beyer said in a Friday morning phone interview. “But I have spent almost my entire adult life trying to do politics and public service, and this just seems the next best opportunity.”

Beyer was one of President Barack Obama’s bundlers, helping raise $117,000 for Obama in the 2008 campaign, according to Open Secrets. His fundraising abilities could help him stand out in this district, where television air time comes at a premium in the expensive Washington, D.C., market.
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January 22, 2014

Lankford to Conservative Groups: ‘I’m Not Their Enemy’

Lankford to Conservative Groups: Im Not Their Enemy

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

A political unknown just four years ago, Rep. James Lankford has swiftly positioned himself as the front-runner in what could be a crowded GOP primary field to replace retiring Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla.

Conservative groups quickly panned Lankford after he announced his Senate bid on Monday. But the 5th District lawmaker starts the contest both with $450,000 in the bank and an established base of faith-based conservatives that GOP operatives argue will be tough for other Senate hopefuls to overcome — especially in a runoff.

“[Lankford] has that incredible base that nobody else has in terms of the Baptist community, which is huge here,” said one Oklahoma Republican operative, who was granted anonymity to speak candidly. “The faith-based community has always been very influential and important in these types of things. I mean, this is the Bible Belt.” Full story

January 21, 2014

California Democrat Continues to Clear Field in Open Seat Race

State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, a Democrat, continues to clear the field in the race to replace retiring Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., in a Bay Area House seat.

On Tuesday, DeSaulnier announced that potential opponent, state Assemblymember Joan Buchanan, had endorsed his candidacy for California’s 11th District. Another potential candidate, Democratic Assemblymember Susan Bonilla, endorsed DeSaulnier on Monday.

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December 18, 2013

With Wolf Retirement, GOP Fears Nominating Convention Woes in Virginia

With Wolf Retirement, GOP Fears Nominating Convention Woes in Virginia

Wolf's retirement gives Democrats a shot at picking up his seat. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

There’s a deep bench of Republican candidates in Virginia’s newly open 10th District, but the threat of a nominating convention picking an unpalatable general-election candidate looms large over the GOP.

Longtime GOP Rep. Frank R. Wolf’s retirement announcement on Tuesday blew open the field for this Northern Virginia-based House seat, creating a competitive contest for the first time in decades. Immediately, GOP operatives rattled off several local Republicans who would fit the district, for example state Dels. Barbara Comstock and Tim Hugo.

But if Virginia Republicans hold a nominating convention instead of a primary, the party might have some problems, operatives said. Nominating conventions typically turn out the party’s most conservative activists who tend to pick highly partisan candidates. That could be an issue in this competitive district, which President Barack Obama narrowly lost with 49 percent.

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November 15, 2013

GOP Front-Runner Emerges in Targeted Open House Seat in Maine

GOP Front Runner Emerges in Targeted Open House Seat in Maine

Raye is running for Congress in the 2nd District. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former state Senate President Kevin Raye, a Republican, is solidifying his support as the GOP front-runner in Maine’s competitive 2nd District — a strong pick-up opportunity for the GOP in 2014.

An internal poll from Raye’s campaign released last week showed him far ahead of the two other GOP candidates — thanks in large part to his high name recognition in the district. Meanwhile, Maine Office of Policy and Management Director Richard Rosen, a top Republican who had been eyeing a bid, appears poised to stay out of the GOP primary, according to local sources.

“The fact is that Kevin Raye looks like he is the presumptive front-runner of the seat, and that’s a big deal for Republicans up here,” said one Maine GOP operative unaffiliated with any candidates in the race. “It’s been a long time since we’ve held that seat.” Full story

November 7, 2013

Howard Coble Announces Retirement

Howard Coble Announces Retirement

Coble will leave Congress. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Howard Coble, R-N.C., announced Thursday he will retire at the end of his term, creating an opening in his strong Republican district for the first time in 30 years.

Coble, who was first elected to North Carolina’s 6th District in 1985, cited his failing health as the reason why he will step down. Earlier this year, the 82-year-old was rushed to George Washington University Hospital from the Capitol to undergo emergency hernia surgery.

Coble cited back pain and skin cancer as the main reasons for his retirement, saying his health would prohibit him from the long hours needed to campaign. But he stressed, “Mentally and emotionally I am stable and reliable,” to the audience watching his announcement in Greensboro, N.C.

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October 28, 2013

Republicans Stampede Open Alabama House Seat

Republicans Stampede Open Alabama House Seat

Bachus is retiring at the end of this Congress. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

State Rep. Paul DeMarco announced Sunday night that he is running for Congress in Alabama’s 6th District, marking the third Republican candidate to enter the race to replace retiring GOP Rep. Spencer Bachus.

The race to replace Bachus was expected to be crowded, as the powerful former chairman of the House Financial Services Committee has represented the district for 11 terms. But the GOP race for this seat blew wide open after state Sen. Cam Ward, Bachus’ former district director, declined to run for the seat earlier this month, saying he wanted to focus on his young family. Full story

October 21, 2013

GOP Retirement Sparks Competitive House Race in Arkansas

GOP Retirement Sparks Competitive House Race in Arkansas

Griffin will not seek a third term. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Two-term Rep. Tim Griffin’s unexpected retirement announcement will likely spur a crowded GOP primary for a competitive seat that Democrats hope to pick up in 2014.

Democrats had been targeting Arkansas’ 2nd District even before the Republican lawmaker announced Monday he wasn’t running for re-election. On Sunday, Griffin alerted GOP leadership of his retirement after just two terms in the House, according to a national Republican operative.

Hours after Griffin’s announcement, local Republican operatives say there are now a host of potentially strong candidates eyeing bids to succeed him. Some of those GOP candidates are: Full story

October 2, 2013

Top Republican Declines Bid for Open Alabama Seat

Top Republican Declines Bid for Open Alabama Seat

Bachus will not seek re-election, leaving a wide-open race for his seat. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

State Sen. Cam Ward, a top Republican in Alabama, declined Wednesday to run for the newly open 6th District, saying he will  run for re-election in the state legislature instead.

“God has given me a short window of time to spend with a little girl who means more to me than anything in this world,” Ward said in a statement to Al.com, referring to his autistic daughter. “The fact is she has made tremendous progress, but it has taken both of us, my wife Julie and me, being there every day for her and running for Congress at this time would essentially make me a part-time father and I just can’t do that.” Full story

September 30, 2013

Crowded GOP Race Expected in Bachus District | #AL06

Crowded GOP Race Expected in Bachus District | #AL06

Bachus is retiring at the end of this Congress. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

GOP Rep. Spencer Bachus’ retirement from Alabama’s 6th District will likely spark a crowded GOP primary in 2014 to succeed him. A host of GOP candidates are expected run — many of whom have been waiting for his exit for two decades.

Alabama Republican operatives say the race is likely to include a wide array of candidates, from tea party stalwarts to popular state legislators in this heavily Republican district located in suburban Birmingham.

Potential Republican candidates include: Full story

August 13, 2013

Two More Republicans Move Toward Running for Capito Seat | #WV02

Two More Republicans Move Toward Running for Capito Seat | #WV02

Candidates are lining up to run for Capito's House seat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The burgeoning field of candidates looking replace Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., continued to grow this week.

On Tuesday, one Republican — finance consultant Ron Walters Jr. — jumped in the race. Meanwhile, another GOP contender — Del. Suzette Raines — indicated her interested in joining the field.

“We need to move West Virginia down the right path to an economically prosperous future,” Walters said in his campaign announcement statement. “I will make a difference in the fight against higher taxes and over-burdensome regulation. In addition, I know this district intimately, having grown up in the Charleston area with deep family roots in the Eastern Panhandle.” Full story

Second Republican Enters Race to Replace Cotton | #AR04

The field to succeed Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., grew Tuesday when Arkansas House Majority Leader Bruce Westerman announced his bid for the 4th District race.

“I’ve served in the state Legislature, I’m currently serving as majority leader, and I realized the struggle that we’re up against as a state dealing with top down government in Washington,” Westerman said in a Tuesday phone interview about why he decided to run. “It’s time to go and try and change some of that.”

Westerman marks the second Republican to enter the contest — one day after Lt. Gov Mark Darr announced he would seek the seat. The field may grow further in the race to replace Cotton, who is challenging Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor in 2014.

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August 7, 2013

Candidates Line Up for New Special Election | The Field #LA05

Candidates Line Up for New Special Election | The Field #LA05

Jindal will choose when to have a special election for Alexander's House seat. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

That was fast. Just hours after Rep. Rodney Alexander, R-La., announced he would leave Congress this week, several local pols publicly indicated their interest in running for the 5th District.

CQ Roll Call broke the news Wednesday afternoon that Alexander will accept an appointment as Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs in Gov. Bobby Jindal’s cabinet. Alexander’s resignation will be effective Sept. 26, per a news release from Jindal’s office.

Jindal will set the special-election date, according to a spokeswoman in the Louisiana secretary of state’s office. She added that the governor has complete discretion on the timing of a special election as long as the date allows for overseas military ballots to be distributed.

In the meantime, Republicans floated the following names for Alexander’s seat:

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July 31, 2013

Cotton Senate Bid Could Put House Seat in Play #AR04

Cotton Senate Bid Could Put House Seat in Play #AR04

Cotton's bid for Senate opens his House seat (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Arkansas Rep. Tom Cotton’s bid to challenge Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor opens up a potentially competitive House contest in 2014.

Cotton, a freshman, is the second Republican since Reconstruction to represent the district, following longtime Democratic Rep. Mike Ross’ retirement last cycle. Democrats argue that with a strong candidate, they might have a chance to take back this district, which GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney won with 62 percent in 2012.

“Without [President Barack Obama] at the top of the ticket, candidates will be able to talk about local issues, without being hampered by the president’s baggage,” one Democratic operative said.

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July 1, 2013

Is Gary Miller District Shopping? | The Field #CA45

Is Gary Miller District Shopping? | The Field #CA45

Miller could run in another district in 2014. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. John Campbell’s retirement from his California seat will spark a crowded GOP primary, perhaps creating a ripple effect in nearby House districts, according to local Republican sources.

There are already a handful of potential GOP candidates for the 45th District — including GOP Rep. Gary G. Miller — who may consider leaving the 31st District to run there instead.

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