Rogers will not run for Senate. (Tom Williams/Roll Call File Photo)
Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., announced Friday that he will not run for retiring Democratic Sen. Carl Levin’s seat.
“After careful and thorough deliberation and long talks with my family, friends and supporters, I have determined that the best way for me to continue to have a direct impact for my constituents and the nation is to remain in the House of Representatives,” Rogers wrote in an emailed statement to his supporters. Full story
Markey's campaign has spent more on the special election that his GOP opponent's campaign has. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Over the past two months, Rep. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., outspent his Republican opponent in the Massachusetts Senate special election by nearly $4 million.
With fresh memories of the 2010 Bay State special election, Democrats have taken no chances against GOP nominee Gabriel Gomez in the race to replace John Kerry, who resigned to become secretary of State. That’s meant significant fundraising assistance, campaign appearances from President Barack Obama and Bill Clinton — who will be there on Saturday — and an advantage on the airwaves from outside groups. Full story
The first Republican-aligned super PAC to hit the TV airwaves in the Massachusetts Senate special election released its two advertisements Thursday evening.
The Americans for Progressive Action ads are part of a reported $700,000 media buy on behalf of Republican Gabriel Gomez, who is being thoroughly outspent by Rep. Edward J. Markey and his Democratic allies.
The ads are similar, mention both candidates and attempt to contrast the two opponents. But their themes are quite different — one hits Markey for allegedly distorting facts about Gomez, while the other is critical of Markey’s vote to give the Internal Revenue Service a role in implementing the health care overhaul.
Michaud has won that district with comfortable margins for six terms, but his seat could be competitive if he launches a gubernatorial bid. President Barack Obama won it with 53 percent last year.
“This obviously becomes a nationally targeted race if Michaud runs for governor,” said Erik Potholm, a Republican consultant who has worked extensively in Maine politics. “For Republicans, it’s a tremendous opportunity to pick up a new seat, because the … rural areas [located in the district] do really well for Republicans.”
Local and national Republican operatives rattled off several potential GOP candidates who could run in the 2nd District. Full story
Rep. Michael H. Michaud, D-Maine, announced Thursday that he is officially exploring a run for governor.
“During the last few months, I’ve been deeply honored by the countless Mainers across the state — Democrats, Republicans and independents alike — who have asked me to consider a run for governor,” Michaud said in a video on his campaign website. “I’ve listened and I heard their frustrations and concerns about the lack of real leadership in our state.”
Isakson said a "perfect storm" could put the Georgia Senate seat in play. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., said the mixture of a trending-purple state and a bloody GOP primary could hinder the party’s ability next year to hold the Georgia Senate seat of his retiring colleague.
“It should be a Republican seat, but there’s a perfect storm that could happen that could make that challenging,” said Isakson when he was asked about the race Wednesday at the annual tax, budget and health care policy seminar hosted by BakerHostetler. Full story
Rahall is a top GOP target in 2014. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Republican state Sen. Bill Cole announced on a local radio show this week that he will not run against Rep. Nick J. Rahall II, D-W.Va., in the 3rd District.
“While I believe that now is the time for a new kind of leader to represent the 3rd District of West Virginia, I believe that I have an obligation to continue to serve those who put their trust in me by electing me to the state Senate,” Cole said later in a news release. “It is for that reason alone that I have decided not to run for a national office at this time.”
While no national GOP-aligned outside groups have spent so far in the race, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has definitively decided it won’t expend any resources on the Massachusetts Senate special election.
“The Chamber has not engaged in the MA senate race and does not have any plans to do so,” Chamber spokeswoman Blair Latoff Holmes said in an email to CQ Roll Call. Full story
Pallone will run in the special election. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Reps. Frank Pallone Jr. and Rush D. Holt face tough odds in the Senate special election in New Jersey. A recent poll of the race to replace the late Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, D-N.J., showed Newark Mayor Cory Booker leading his fellow Democrats by a wide margin.
But in the unlikely case that either Democratic House member wins, a crowded primary would follow in their House districts. Pallone and Holt have held these safe Democratic districts for much of the past two decades, so there is a long list of Democrats who have been waiting to run for these seats.
Democrats mentioned the following potential candidates who could run for Pallone’s seat in the 6th District: Full story
Noem announced Tuesday that she won't run for Senate. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Republicans are now on track to avoid a costly, high-profile primary in the South Dakota Senate race next year.
Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., announced Tuesday she will seek re-election rather than take on former Gov. Mike Rounds in the primary for the open seat. Her move clears a major hurdle in the GOP’s path to picking up the seat of retiring Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson.
“I am grateful to everyone who has encouraged me and pledged support for a potential campaign for the U.S. Senate,” Noem said in a statement. “However, after spending the weekend discussing our future with Bryon and our children, we decided that right now we are in the best position to serve South Dakota as a member of the U.S. House.”
“Its [sic] official, late this afternoon I filed the necessary paperwork to run for the first Congressional District seat that is being vacated by Jack Kingston who is a candidate for the US Senate,” Chapman wrote in the Facebook post.
Kingston is running for Senate, prompting a crowded primary for his House seat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Another Republican entered Georgia’s already crowded 1st District race on Monday, making him the fourth GOP candidate in the open-seat race to replace GOP Rep. Jack Kingston.
Bob Johnson, a surgeon and former Army Ranger, announced on Monday that he is running.
“I pledge to you that I am not going to compromise my conservative Republican principles,” Johnson said in a news release. “I am not going to Washington to go along and get along. I am running for Congress to bring about real conservative change.”
Republican Matt Whitaker has a full campaign team in place after officially launching his bid for the open Senate seat in Iowa last week.
The list, shared first with CQ Roll Call, includes a bevy of veteran national and Hawkeye State consultants and operatives to help the former U.S. attorney win what will be a competitive Republican nomination fight and capture a Democratic-held Senate seat.