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June 25, 2013

Shake-Up at Indiana GOP | Shop Talk

Shake Up at Indiana GOP | Shop Talk

Pence is the governor of Indiana. (Bill Clark/Roll Call File Photo)

The Indiana Republican Party will undergo incredible change in the next few weeks as several of its top officials — including Chairman Eric Holcomb — leave the organization.

Holcomb abruptly announced his intent to depart the state GOP last week, along with several of his top lieutenants. A day later, Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., announced that Holcomb would become his new state chief of staff. Read more about the turnover in Roll Call’s weekly Shop Talk column.

Gov. Mike Pence, a Republican, will likely pick on Holcomb’s successor and state party members will approve that selection by vote. Those in the running include: Full story

Massachusetts Officials Project Low Turnout #MASEN

There’s no telling whether the Boston Bruins’ stunning loss in the Stanley Cup Finals on Monday night will further depress turnout in Tuesday’s Senate special election, but experts have already predicted a record low number of voters will go to the polls.

Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin said at a press conference on Monday that he expects about 1.6 million voters to participate in the race between Democratic Rep. Edward J. Markey and the Republican nominee, Gabriel Gomez. Polls opened at 7 a.m. and will close at 8 p.m.

(See also in Roll Call: Gomez Loss Would Bump Bay State Off GOP’s Map)

The 37 percent turnout projection is based on the hot weather, the relatively few number of calls to the state election office and hits on its website, and the fact that only 64,000 absentee ballots were requested. Galvin’s projection for the April 30 primaries turned out to be too high, according to spokesman Brian McNiff. Full story

Inouye’s Legacy in the Hawaii Special Election #HISEN

Inouyes Legacy in the Hawaii Special Election #HISEN

Inouye's legacy lives on with his staff. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

There is no question that the Inouye name will have a presence in next year’s Hawaii Senate special election; the only question is how much it will affect the race.

Irene Hirano Inouye, the widow of the late Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, D-Hawaii, endorsed Rep. Colleen Hanabusa in the Democratic primary back in May. And on Monday, Inouye signed her name to an EMILY’s List email asking for donations for Hanabusa’s bid against appointed Sen. Brian Schatz.

“I have full confidence that Colleen will serve Hawai’i in the way the people deserve — with honorable leadership and continued respect,” Inouye said in the email. “This is not the time for on-the-job-training.”

Meanwhile, Peter Boylan, a former deputy chief of staff to Inouye, said last week that he would be helping Hanabusa’s campaign as a spokesman. And the Honolulu Civil Beat reported Monday that former Inouye Chief of Staff Jennifer Sabas will also help Hanabusa’s campaign. Full story

June 24, 2013

Gomez Loss Would Bump Bay State off GOP’s Map

Gomez Loss Would Bump Bay State off GOPs Map

Markey, above, holds a sizable lead over his opponent in recent polls on the Bay State's Senate special election. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

If Republicans lose on Tuesday for the second time in the past seven months, the Bay State’s short run as a stomping ground for competitive Senate races will come to an abrupt halt.

Former Sen. Scott P. Brown’s surprise win started it all in 2010, but GOP nominee Gabriel Gomez appears unlikely to pull off an encore performance in the special election to replace Secretary of State John Kerry. In recent days, polls showed Democratic Rep. Edward J. Markey with a sizable lead over Gomez in the state’s third Senate race in as many years.

A Gomez loss, especially by a double-digit margin, would offer GOP donors, operatives and prospective statewide candidates for federal office even less incentive to expend the time and resources needed to win Massachusetts in 2014. The defeat would also further highlight the GOP’s recent disappearing act among New England’s congressional delegations. Full story

Hoyer Backs Margolies Comeback #PA13

Hoyer Backs Margolies Comeback #PA13

Hoyer endorsed his former colleague in a primary. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Rep. Marjorie Margolies, D-Pa., has picked up the endorsement of the No. 2 House Democrat for her comeback bid in Pennsylvania’s 13th District.

On Monday, House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer endorsed Margolies, who served with Hoyer in the House for one term. The Maryland Democrat described Margolies as “one of the most hard-working and courageous individuals I ever served with in Congress” in a statement from her campaign.

In 1993, Margolies cast the 218th vote to pass then-President Bill Clinton’s deficit reduction plan. Her vote ultimately cost Margolies re-election the next year.

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Final Poll: Markey Leads by Double Digits in Special Election #MASEN

Final Poll: Markey Leads by Double Digits in Special Election #MASEN

Markey's campaign leads in every public poll. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., leads by 10 points in a new poll released one day before the Bay State special election for Senate.

Markey took 52 percent in the Suffolk University survey, while Republican nominee Gabriel Gomez took 42 percent, and 4 percent of voters said they were still undecided. Full story

June 23, 2013

House GOP Focuses on Female Recruits for 2014

House GOP Focuses on Female Recruits for 2014

Black is one of 19 House GOP women. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Republicans are putting the first touches on what they hope will be a formal program to recruit more female candidates for the 2014 midterm elections.

Faced with few women in their ranks — and an image among much of the electorate that they don’t pay enough attention to women’s issues — GOP leaders have some explaining to do. The heightened effort to put more GOP women on the campaign trail comes one cycle after Democrats dominated with female voters, in no small part because incendiary comments by male candidates on rape and abortion allowed Democrats to paint Republicans as hostile to women.

Female members of the House GOP said the new recruiting effort, still in its infancy, will likely include a listening tour of women and women’s groups across the country. The current crop of 19 women in the House GOP would play a key role by talking to prospective candidates. Full story

June 21, 2013

Special-Election Polling Doesn’t Match 2010 Upset #MASEN

Special Election Polling Doesnt Match 2010 Upset #MASEN

Brown's 2010 success likely won't be repeated. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Sen. Scott P. Brown, who lost a bid for a full term in November, will make his first appearance on the Massachusetts special-election campaign trail June 24. But a day before the election, the race will likely look more like his November 2012 loss than his January 2010 upset.

Republican nominee Gabriel Gomez’s team remains optimistic based on a solid Tuesday debate performance and a recent internal poll that showed him within striking distance of Rep. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass. Plus, turnout is unpredictable in any special election.

But even if Gomez is still down just 7 points internally, public polls released this week don’t offer any evidence of a surge of support like the one that lifted Brown to a 5-point special-election victory on Jan. 19, 2010:

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GOP Chairman Resigns After Comparing Candidate to a ‘Street Walker’ #IL13

The Illinois GOP county chairman who compared a female House candidate to a “street walker” resigned Thursday from his position, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Jim Allen, the Montgomery County Republican chairman, wrote in an email that former Miss America and Republican Erika Harold “is being used like a street walker” and compared her aides to “pimps.” That email was subsequently published on a conservative blog.

Harold is challenging Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., in the 13th District primary. Davis called on Allen to resign in a phone news conference on Thursday. Full story

Capito Antsy About GOP Holding House Seat #WV02

Capito Antsy About GOP Holding House Seat #WV02

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

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., may be looking ahead to her Senate race, but she is keeping a close eye on the race to replace her in the 2nd District. And the seven-term congresswoman is not exactly confident about her party’s chances of holding the seat.

“I think we can hold it, but not without a lot of resources and a good candidate,” she said in a phone interview. Full story

June 20, 2013

House Democrats Raise More Than Republicans in May

House Democrats Raise More Than Republicans in May

Rep. Steve Israel of New York leads House Democrats' campaign arm. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised $1.4 million more than the National Republican Congressional Committee for the month of May, according to sources at both committees.

The NRCC raised $4.7 million and had $9.5 million in cash on hand at the end of last month. Full story

Calling Miss America a ‘Street Walker’ May Get GOP Honcho the Boot #IL13

Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., called on a local GOP official to resign after calling the congressman’s primary opponent a “street walker” in an email.

Montgomery County GOP Chairman Joe Allen made several disparaging comments about former Miss America Erika Harold, who recently announced a primary challenge to Davis, in an email. Allen used explicit and racially charged language to describe Harold in an email published by a conservative blog in its entirety. Full story

Ami Bera Draws First GOP Challenger #CA07

Ami Bera Draws First GOP Challenger #CA07

Emken will challenge Bera, above. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Elizabeth Emken, a Republican who has run unsuccessfully twice for Congress, announced she is challenging first-term Rep. Ami Bera, D-Calif., in the 7th District.

That district is a top GOP target this cycle, and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has already placed Bera in its Frontline program for vulnerable incumbents. Bera defeated then-Rep. Dan Lungren, R-Calif., by 4 points in 2012.

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Super PAC Targets McConnell #KYSEN

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is the target of a negative media campaign that will run from now until Election Day 2014, a Democrat-aligned super PAC announced on Thursday.

Senate Majority PAC and its nonprofit affiliate Patriot Majority USA launched a “major” statewide TV buy to kick off the effort against the Kentucky Republican, who is seeking a sixth term next year.

 

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Senate Democrats Raised $4.9M in May (Updated)

Updated 4:00 p.m. | The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee announced raising $4.9 million last month and ending May with “nearly $10 million” on hand.

“We still have a very long road to travel, but we are off to a strong start,” DSCC Executive Director Guy Cecil said.

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