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October 25, 2014

June 5, 2013

Republican to Enter Race for Bachmann Seat #MN06

Former state Rep. Tom Emmer is expected to announce on Wednesday evening that he is seeking GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann’s seat, according to local reports.

Emmer, a Republican who waged an unsuccessful gubernatorial bid in Minnesota in 2010, is the first GOP hopeful to announce his candidacy in the 6th District race since Bachmann announced her retirement last week.

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Conservative Group Launches Second Attack Against Pryor #ARSEN

Senate Conservatives Action will launch Wednesday the second in a series of three TV ads in Arkansas against Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor.

The latest ad, “Deciding Vote,” features a North Little Rock business owner directly criticizing Pryor for his vote to support the health care law. It’s a line of attack Pryor will likely see for the next 17 months and one Republicans believe can move votes in this GOP-trending southern state. Full story

June 4, 2013

Republican Wins Missouri Special Election #MO08

State Speaker Pro Tem Jason Smith won the the special election in Missouri’s 8th District on Tuesday night, keeping the conservative territory in GOP hands.

Smith defeated state Rep. Steve Hodges, 68 percent to 27 percent, with 66 percent of precincts reporting, according to The Associated Press.

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Pallone Prepares Senate Special Election Run #NJSEN

Pallone Prepares Senate Special Election Run #NJSEN

Pallone will run in the special election to replace the late Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. has called at least a dozen Democrats in the state to inform them he is running for Senate, according to a source who has spoken with the congressman.

Pallone was widely expected to run for Senate if a special election was held this year, because he won’t have to risk his seat to do so. The decision was essentially made on Tuesday, once GOP Gov. Chris Christie set the special election for Oct. 16, with the primaries scheduled for Aug. 13.

(See also in Roll Call: Christie Sets Special Election for October) Full story

By Kyle Trygstad Posted at 4:11 p.m.
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Christie Sets Special Election for October (Updated) #NJSEN

Christie Sets Special Election for October (Updated) #NJSEN

Christie announced the special-election dates. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 2:40 p.m. | New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie set the special election to replace the late Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg for Oct. 16, with a special primary to elect nominees on Aug. 13.

At a news conference announcing the special-election process, the governor said he has not decided whom to appoint to hold the seat for the next four months until someone is elected.

The decision to hold the election this year sets up a likely Democratic primary clash between Newark Mayor Cory Booker and Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. The winner will likely be heavily favored in the general election, though the odd timing of the election and the quality of the eventual GOP nominee will no doubt be consequential. Full story

Poll: Markey’s Lead Increases in Special Election #MASEN

Poll: Markeys Lead Increases in Special Election #MASEN

Another public poll showed Markey in the lead over the Republican candidate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A new automated poll out Tuesday found Rep. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., with a 12-point lead over Republican Gabriel Gomez in the upcoming Senate special election.

Markey took 52 percent in the New England College poll, with 40 percent backing Gomez and 8 percent undecided. Both candidates received the support of about three-quarters of voters in their own party, which — given the state’s severe Democratic lean — gave Markey a big edge over Gomez.

The poll arrived as both campaigns launched new TV ad campaigns this week. Just three weeks remain before the June 25 race to fill the remaining Senate term of Secretary of State John Kerry. Full story

Former Miss America Challenges GOP Freshman #IL13

Former Miss America Challenges GOP Freshman #IL13

Davis has a primary challenger. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Erika Harold, the 2003 winner of the Miss America pageant, will announce on Tuesday that she plans to challenge a vulnerable freshman Republican from Illinois, according to local reports.

Harold, also a Republican, will take on Rep. Rodney Davis in the 13th District primary next year.

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10 Things to Know About Jason Smith #MO08

Another Mr. Smith is on track to come to Washington, D.C., following Tuesday’s special election in Missouri’s 8th District.

Missouri Speaker Pro Tem Jason Smith, a Republican, is favored to win this heavily GOP district over state Rep. Steve Hodges, a Democrat.

The race to replace former Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, R-Mo., has proved to be a low-profile contest — especially compared to the high-stakes special election earlier this year that brought Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., back to Congress. Emerson resigned to take a job in the private sector in January.

That’s partially because Smith is almost guaranteed a win in this deep-red district, located in the southeastern corner of the state. Mitt Romney carried the district with 66 percent as the GOP’s presidential nominee in 2012, and Emerson won by more than 30 points in each of her past few elections.

Special-election polls will close at 8 p.m. EDT on Tuesday. In the meantime, here are 10 things to know about the man who will likely be the next congressman from Missouri:

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June 3, 2013

Ex-Maryland GOP Chairman to Run in West Virginia #WV02

Former Maryland GOP Chairman Alex Mooney announced on Monday that he will venture across state lines to run for West Virginia’s 2nd District.

“I have been encouraged by the many words of support from grassroots activists I have received since my interest in running was first reported in Roll Call in February,” Mooney said in a press release. “People want a fighter for their conservative values, and that is exactly who I am.”

Earlier this year, CQ Roll Call reported that Mooney was seriously considering a campaign for the seat, which is open because Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., is running for Senate in 2014. He submitted his resignation as his state party’s leader in February and has since moved to the Mountain State. Full story

Christie Holds Keys to Lautenberg Succession (Updated) #NJSEN

Christie Holds Keys to Lautenberg Succession (Updated) #NJSEN

Christie faces a big decision in deciding whom to appoint to Lautenberg's seat. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 6:45 p.m. | The Monday morning death of Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, D-N.J., who had already been planning to retire, shifted the race to replace him into overdrive — with an imminent appointment of an interim senator looming and the potential for a special election this November.

Yet significant confusion remained over the state’s election law statute to replace him: Either a special election would be held sometime this year, possibly in November, or in November 2014, when Lautenberg’s seat was up anyway.

Party strategists are anxiously awaiting a decision from GOP Gov. Chris Christie, whose office was considering its options within the law for whether to hold a special this year — and, if so, when — and whom to appoint as a placeholder. Immediate speculation about an appointment centered on former GOP Gov. Tom Kean, along with a handful of other potential picks. Full story

Top Republican to Enter Alabama Special Election #AL01

Republican former state Sen. Bradley Byrne will announce on Tuesday that he will run in Alabama’s 1st District special election, according to local reports.

Alabama GOP consultants called Byrne the front-runner in what’s shaping up to be a crowded 1st District GOP primary to replace longtime Republican Rep. Jo Bonner. Bonner announced in May that he will resign from his seat in Congress later this year to take a job in the University of Alabama system.

Byrne would not confirm whether he is seeking the seat, but he told CQ Roll Call that he will hold a news conference in Mobile at 2 p.m. Tuesday to address both the special election and the 2014 gubernatorial race in the state.

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Top Democratic Senate Prospect Won’t Run #WVSEN

Top Democratic Senate Prospect Wont Run #WVSEN

Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado is the chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, which must now look for a new Senate prospect in West Virginia. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Attorney Nick Preservati will not run for Senate in West Virginia, forcing Democrats to continue their search for a strong recruit in the 2014 battleground state.

Democrats have been hunting for a candidate in the Mountain State since Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., announced his retirement earlier this year. Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call rate this race Lean Republican.

Last year, Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, a Republican, announced her campaign for Rockefeller’s seat. She remains the top Republican in the race.

Hoppy Kercheval of WV MetroNews broke the news on Preservati declining to run: Full story

Republican Enters Michigan Senate Race #MISEN

Republican Enters Michigan Senate Race #MISEN

Peters is the likely Democratic nominee for Senate in Michigan. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land became the first well-known GOP candidate to enter the race to replace retiring Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., on Monday.

“Beginning today, I am putting together a campaign strategy and a policy team. I will be filing the appropriate paper work by July 1 to become a Republican primary candidate,” she wrote on Facebook. “Now is our chance to win. I eagerly look forward to speaking with you face-to-face about ways to launch our country to prosperity while defending our liberty and freedoms.”

Land will face an uphill climb to win in Michigan — a state that has increasingly voted for Democrats on the federal level in the past decade. Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call rates this race as Safe Democrat.

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Osborn Is First Republican to Enter Senate Race #NESEN

Osborn Is First Republican to Enter Senate Race #NESEN

Johanns will retire in 2014. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ-Roll Call File Photo)

Former state Treasurer Shane Osborn is the first Republican to enter the wide-open GOP primary for Nebraska’s open Senate seat.

In an email to the Lincoln Journal-Star, Osborn campaign manager Dave Boomer — who has managed campaigns for GOP Rep. Lee Terry — said Osborn has filed papers with the Federal Election Commission and will be holding kickoff rallies at a later time. Full story

Top Republican Won’t Run for Capito Seat #WV02

Updated 5:12 p.m. | State Del. Eric Nelson will not run for the GOP nomination to succeed Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., in the state’s 2nd District, according to two sources.

Capito is running for Senate in 2014, leaving behind a district that favors Republicans.

But strategists from both parties envision scenarios in which the seat could flip to Democrats now that Capito will not be on the district ballot. Nelson was the favorite of top Republicans to run and had the potential to clear the GOP field.

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