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August 26, 2013

Steve King Challenger: Congressman Is ‘Mean-Spirited’ | #IA04

The candidate: Veteran Jim Mowrer, a Democrat
The member: Mowrer is challenging Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa.
The district: Iowa’s 4th District is rated Safe Republican by the Rothenberg Political Report/CQ Roll Call. The district is located in northwest Iowa and is the largest geographically of the state’s four House districts.
The candidate’s team: Ben Nesselhuf (campaign manager), Andrew Feldman (communications), Revolution Media (media), New Blue Interactive (digital media)

Veteran Jim Mowrer, a Democrat, called Rep. Steve King’s recent controversial comments on immigration “mean-spirited” and argued he would be a better fit for the Hawkeye State’s most conservative House district.

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EMILY’s List Endorses Michelle Nunn for Georgia Senate | #GASEN

EMILY’s List, an organization that backs female Democratic candidates who support abortion rights, announced on Monday that it endorsed nonprofit leader Michelle Nunn for Senate from Georgia.

Nunn is seeking retiring GOP Sen. Saxby Chambliss’ seat. She is the daughter of former Sen. Sam Nunn, D-Ga.

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August 23, 2013

DeMaio Considers Bid for Mayor After Bob Filner’s Resignation

DeMaio Considers Bid for Mayor After Bob Filners Resignation

DeMaio is a top recruit for House Republicans. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republican Carl DeMaio’s campaign confirmed late Friday that he is speaking with supporters who are urging him to run for mayor now that disgraced San Diego Mayor Bob Filner has submitted his resignation.

If DeMaio runs for mayor — an office the former city councilmember lost to Filner by a slim margin last year — it would hurt the House GOP’s chances in the competitive 52nd District. The National Republican Congressional Committee had touted DeMaio as a top recruit against freshman Rep. Scott Peters, D-Calif. Full story

More Republicans Poised to Run Against Freshman Ami Bera | #CA07

More Republicans Poised to Run Against Freshman Ami Bera | #CA07

Bera will likely face a tough re-election this cycle. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Republican field in California’s competitive 7th District is poised to grow after Labor Day, with two prospective candidates planning to make announcements about the race.

Former Rep. Doug Ose, a Republican who represented a large portion of the redrawn 7th District from 1999 until 2005, is expected to make an announcement on his plans for the race after Labor Day, according to a source close to Ose’s campaign. The source would not confirm whether Ose plans to run, but other operatives in the Golden State say Ose is likely to enter the race. Full story

Fall Filled With Special Elections for House, Senate

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Alexander's resignation means yet another special election this fall. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Are these elections really that “special” anymore?

Between now and Christmas, four different states will hold special elections for federal office: a Senate race in New Jersey, plus House elections in Alabama, Louisiana and Massachusetts.

Not special enough for you? Three special elections are scheduled over a four-day stretch in mid-October.

Here’s a look at the upcoming “special” election calendar:

New Jersey Senate

Reason for vacancy: The passing of the late Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, D-N.J.
Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call rating: Safe Democrat
The field: Newark Mayor Cory Booker, the Democratic nominee, and conservative activist Steve Lonegan, the GOP nominee.
Primary election: Booker and Lonegan won their party nominations on Aug. 13.
General election: Oct. 16

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Top Republican Eschews House Bid in New Hampshire | #NH02

Top Republican Eschews House Bid in New Hampshire | #NH02

Republicans are looking to find a candidate to challenge Kuster. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former New Hampshire state Speaker Bill O’Brien, a Republican, has ruled out a challenge to Rep. Ann McLane Kuster, D-N.H., according to WMUR.

Some Granite State Republican operatives welcomed O’Brien’s decision given another potential candidate, former state Sen. Gary Lambert, is eyeing the race. These Republicans argue the party might avoid a competitive GOP primary this way. Full story

Republican Readies Primary Challenge to Boehner Ally (Video)

The candidate:  Attorney Bryan Smith, a Republican
The member: Smith is challenging Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho.
The district: Idaho’s 2nd District is rated Safe Republican by the Rothenberg Political Report/CQ Roll Call. The district incorporates Boise but also includes much of the Gem State’s potato production.
The candidate’s team: Cold Spark Media’s Nachama Soloveichik and Mark Harris (general consultants) and Carrie Brown (campaign manager)

Attorney Bryan Smith earned the Club for Growth’s first major endorsement of the 2014 cycle, but he said he made the decision to challenge one of Speaker John A. Boehner’s top allies in Congress independently of the cash-flush, conservative group.

“People that I know apparently had submitted my name and then I did get a call from the Club for Growth,” Smith said in a Monday interview at the CQ Roll Call offices. “I did go back and interview with them. But I made the decision independent from the Club for Growth.” Full story

August 22, 2013

Scott Rasmussen Leaves Rasmussen Reports Polling

Scott Rasmussen, the founder of polling firm Rasmussen Reports left the organization in July, according to a company release.

Chief Operating Officer Mike Boniello will helm the firm “until a replacement for Mr. Rasmussen is named,” the company said. Full story

Eric Cantor Backs Candidate in Louisiana House Special | #LA05

Eric Cantor Backs Candidate in Louisiana House Special | #LA05

Republican state Sen. Neil Riser received the backing of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor this week in the special election to replace former Rep. Rodney Alexander, R-La., according to a local news source.

Riser, who will seek the 5th District seat in the Oct. 19 special election, has also received endorsements from three Louisiana RepublicansJohn Fleming, Steve Scalise and Charles Boustany Jr.

Republican operatives consider Riser to be the front-runner in the crowded, 14-candidate field to replace Alexander, who resigned in August to take a position in Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration.

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McConnell Poll Shows Lead With Tea Party Republicans | #KYSEN

Facing a spirited Republican primary challenge in Kentucky, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell released a poll on Thursday that found he still has the support of more than two-thirds of GOP voters.

McConnell led Louisville businessman Matt Bevin, 68 percent to 21 percent, with 8 percent of voters undecided. Given the six-term incumbent’s superior name ID, his wide lead is not surprising.

But the internal poll offered the incumbent some encouraging numbers among the primary voters likely to be Bevin’s base. According to the campaign’s polling memo, the lead holds up across several several demographic segments of the party, including “very conservative” voters and “Tea Party Republicans.” Full story

August 21, 2013

Schwartz Hires New Spokesman for Pennsylvania Gubernatorial Campaign

Schwartz Hires New Spokesman for Pennsylvania Gubernatorial Campaign

Schwartz has a new spokesman. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Democratic operative Mark Bergman is leaving Mission Control, a top Democratic direct mail firm, to become the communications director for Rep. Allyson Y. Schwartz’s 2014 gubernatorial bid in Pennsylvania. Full story

Obama Backs Cory Booker in New Jersey Special Election | #NJSEN

Obama Backs Cory Booker in New Jersey Special Election | #NJSEN

Booker is the front-runner for Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

President Barack Obama endorsed Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s special-election campaign for Senate, calling the New Jersey Democrat an “important partner” for his party’s key issues. Full story

Margolies Poll Gives Her Large Lead in Crowded Democratic Primary | #PA13

Former Rep. Marjorie Margolies’ new poll shows her with a strong lead in the 13th District primary, boasting a 28-point advantage over her closest Democratic opponent.

The Pennsylvanian is attempting a comeback bid two decades after losing re-election to the House.

The poll, released Wednesday, shows her garnering 48 percent of the vote in a four-way primary, followed by state Rep. Brendan Boyle, who picked up just 15 percent.

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FreedomWorks Vs. John Cornyn: Round 2 | #TXSEN

FreedomWorks, a national organization aligned with the tea party, took its second shot at Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, this summer as part of a digital advertisement campaign targeting several GOP senators.

The Facebook spots link to a letter that notes “a number of Senators have joined Mike Lee’s efforts to defund ObamaCare.” The Utah Republican’s efforts are essentially a defacto threat to shut down the government if funding for the 2010 health care law is not eliminated.

“Now some are getting cold feet,” FreedomWorks continued. “Senator John Cornyn – one of the original supporters – has bowed to the Republican Establishment and no longer wishes to help Senator Lee. Why is Senator Cornyn withdrawing his support for Mike Lee?”

FreedomWorks Vs. John Cornyn: Round 2 | #TXSEN

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EMILY’s List Endorses Mitch McConnell’s Opponent in Kentucky Senate Race | #KYSEN

EMILYs List Endorses Mitch McConnells Opponent in Kentucky Senate Race | #KYSEN

Schriock is the president of EMILY's List. (Bill Clark/Roll Call via Getty Images)

EMILY’s List has endorsed Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes’ bid against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

The group’s president, Stephanie Schriock, called Lundergan Grimes “an energetic rising star” in a Wednesday release announcing the endorsement. Full story

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