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August 15, 2013

Michaud Officially Enters Maine Gubernatorial Race | #ME02

Michaud Officially Enters Maine Gubernatorial Race | #ME02

Michaud will leave Congress to run for governor. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Michael H. Michaud, D-Maine, formally announced Thursday that he is running for governor in the Pine Tree State, creating a competitive and crowded race for the 2nd District he leaves behind.

Michaud had been exploring a gubernatorial bid since June.

Three Democrats and one Republican have already entered the race for his House seat, which operatives say will likely be competitive now that it’s an open-seat race.

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Lonegan: National Republicans Support My Special-Election Campaign | #NJSEN

Steve Lonegan, the New Jersey GOP’s nominee for the Senate special election, has high expectations for the Republican National Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee to boost him to victory.

Lonegan faces an uphill climb in the Oct. 16 special election against the Democratic nominee, Newark Mayor Cory Booker. A Republican has not won a New Jersey Senate seat in 40 years, and President Barack Obama carried the state with 58 percent in 2012.

On Wednesday, Lonegan told WOR Radio that he is “expecting really the whole NRSC and RNC to be focusing on this race.”

“The entire Republican Party is organized behind my campaign,” Lonegan, a legally blind conservative activist, said on “The John Gamble Show.”

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August 14, 2013

Rex Elsass Hires Ex-Hotline Editor for GOP Firm

Quinn McCord, former managing editor at National Journal’s The Hotline, recently joined The Strategy Group Co. as a research associate.

“Research is a critical element of the services we provide our clients,” Strategy Group for Media CEO Rex Elsass said in a news release. “Quinn will be a strong fit for our research division as his experience and talents will undoubtedly enable our team to remain the industry’s leading source of factual, quality, and thorough opposition research packages.” Full story

Raul Labrador Won’t Primary Governor in Idaho | #ID01

Raul Labrador Wont Primary Governor in Idaho | #ID01

Labrador is not running for governor. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

GOP Rep. Raúl R. Labrador announced Wednesday that he will run for re-election in Idaho’s 1st District, rather than challenge Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter in a primary.

“I’ve decided to end all the speculation and announce that I have no plans at this time to run for governor,” Labrador said at a news conference, according to the Spokesman-Review. “I do not feel that I have yet completed the mission you sent me to Congress to do. There is still much work to be done. Whether at the state or the national level, I will always be an advocate for Idaho.” Full story

Ex-Congressman Won’t Attempt Comeback Bid in Pennsylvania | #PA12

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Critz will not try to come back to Congress. (Bill Clark/Roll Call File Photo)

Former Rep. Mark Critz, D-Pa., will not attempt a congressional comeback bid in 2014, opting to seek statewide office instead.

He told a local union radio show that he plans to run for lieutenant governor, the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat reported. Full story

Bob Filner Steals Ex-Foe DeMaio’s Focus From House Race | #CA52

Bob Filner Steals Ex Foe DeMaios Focus From House Race | #CA52

DeMaio said he is now more focused on Filner's troubles. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republican Carl DeMaio told a local news channel Tuesday that San Diego Mayor Bob Filner’s troubles have shifted his attention from his congressional bid to ousting his embattled former foe from office.

When asked by a reporter from San Diego’s local ABC affiliate whether he is “100 percent focused” on his congressional campaign, DeMaio responded, “No I’m actually focused a lot more on removing Bob Filner from City Hall.”

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Senate Republicans Duck Hunt in Louisiana | #LASEN

Senate Republicans are using a classic video game and tonight’s season premiere of “Duck Dynasty” to target Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., in their campaign arm’s first televised ad of the midterm election cycle.

The ad, obtained first by CQ Roll Call, utilizes Nintendo’s “Duck Hunt” game, familiar to kids of the 1980s. Titled “Misfire,” the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s spot says Landrieu has “bad aim” when it comes to issues such as “health care, energy, taxes and jobs.”

It will air only in New Orleans during the first episode of the Louisiana-based A&E reality show Wednesday night, as well as next week’s episode. Watch “Misfire” here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LtphWV-6F-c Full story

By Kyle Trygstad Posted at 11:53 a.m.
Ads, DSCC, NRSC, Senate 2014

August 13, 2013

Cory Booker Wins Senate Special-Election Primary | #NJSEN

Cory Booker Wins Senate Special Election Primary | #NJSEN

Booker won the nomination for Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Newark Mayor Cory Booker won the Democratic primary Tuesday and is now favored to win the New Jersey Senate special election in October.

Booker held off three other elected officials in the no-drama, two-month sprint to win the low-turnout nomination fight with relative ease. Less than an hour after polls closed, Booker led with 56 percent of the vote when The Associated Press called the race with just 7 percent of precincts reporting.

Trailing Booker was Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. with 25 percent, Rep. Rush D. Holt with 14 percent and state Speaker Sheila Oliver with 4 percent.

In the Oct. 16 special to fill the remaining term of the late Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, Booker faces Republican nominee Steve Lonegan. In the GOP primary, Lonegan, a legally blind conservative activist and former mayor of a small borough in Bergen County, handily defeated Alieta Eck, a physician and first-time candidate. Full story

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

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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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Raúl Labrador to Announce Future Plans Tomorrow #ID01

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Labrador will make his future plans known this week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Raúl R. Labrador, R-Idaho, will announce his future political plans at a news conference on Wednesday, according to a local report.

Labrador, a tea party firebrand who has represented Idaho’s 1st District since 2010, is rumored to be eyeing a challenge to Gem State GOP Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter, but has not yet made his plans known. Full story

Ex-Congressman Says No to Montana Senate Bid #MTSEN

Former Rep. Pat Williams, D-Mont., told Lee Newspapers on Monday that he strongly considered, but ultimately opted against, running for the Big Sky State’s open Senate seat.

Williams, who left Congress in 1997 after nine terms and would turn 77 before Election Day next year, said he’d been fielding calls urging him to run for three months — though he didn’t say whether any of them came from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

Since former Gov. Brian Schweitzer’s surprise decision not to run, a few other prospective Democratic candidates have followed suit. The top names that remain in the recruitment mix include Lt. Gov. John Walsh and state Supreme Court Justice Brian Morris. Full story

House Republicans Attack John Barrow on Ga. Television #GA12

The National Republican Congressional Committee will start its second television campaign targeting Rep. John Barrow, D-Ga., on Tuesday.

The advertisement — backed by a modest $10,000 buy in the Augusta media market — seeks to tie Barrow to the president’s health care law, which remains unpopular in Georgia.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCgXuOrzifQ&feature=youtu.be

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August 12, 2013

Reid: West Virginia Democratic Recruit to Announce ‘Shortly’ #WVSEN

Reid: West Virginia Democratic Recruit to Announce Shortly #WVSEN

Reid assessed his party's recruitment status in a recent interview. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

After eight months of searching, have Senate Democrats finally found a recruit in West Virginia? Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said yes in a recent interview.

“I think we’re going to be very competitive in — in West Virginia, we have a candidate there who should be announcing shortly,” the Nevada Democrat told a local PBS affiliate about the race to replace retiring Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller.

Reid did not divulge the Democrat’s name during the interview on “Nevada Week in Review.” Several Democrats have passed on the race, and Secretary of State Natalie Tennant remains as the only prominent recruit who has not declined to run yet. Full story

2020 Redistricting? The Arizona GOP Is ON IT

2020 Redistricting? The Arizona GOP Is ON IT

Quayle, a Republican, lost re-election last year when he faced another GOP member in a redrawn district. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s never too early to start planning for redistricting, right?

On Monday, Arizona Republican Party Chairman Robert Graham announced he has formed a new committee of GOP election experts to monitor the state’s independent redistricting process — in 2020.

Local Republicans remain angry after the party got shellacked in the most recent congressional redraw ahead of the 2012 cycle. The next time the decennial redistricting process come around — eight years from now, after the 2020 cycle — the GOP does not want to be caught flat-footed again. Full story

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