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October 10, 2013

Family Research Council President Eyes House Bid

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, is considering a bid in Louisiana’s open 6th District, he confirmed through a spokesman to CQ Roll Call on Thursday.

Perkins, a former state legislator and fervent opponent to same-sex marriage, would be running to succeed GOP Rep. Bill Cassidy. Cassidy is running for Senate against Democratic Sen. Mary L. Landrieu in 2014.

“I can confirm for you that Tony hasn’t ruled out the possibility of running,” FRC spokesman Darin Miller said in a statement on Thursday.

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Sarah Palin to Stump in New Jersey on Saturday

Sarah Palin will hit the campaign stump on Saturday ahead of next week’s New Jersey Senate special election.

Palin, a Fox News contributor and former Alaska governor, will join underdog Republican nominee Steve Lonegan for a rally at the New Egypt Speedway. The Lonegan campaign announced the news Wednesday night, when Lonegan and Newark Mayor Cory Booker engaged in their final debate ahead of the Oct. 16 special. Full story

October 9, 2013

Ex-House Chief of Staff to Run in Pennsylvania

Retired Col. John A. Hugya, former chief of staff to the late Rep John P. Murtha, D-Pa., will announce a bid for his House seat on Friday, according to a release from Hugya’s campaign.

Hugya, 79, will run in the 12th District, a seat Murtha held for more than 30 years. He will make an announcement in the district at a statue of Murtha at the Johnstown War Memorial.

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Vulnerable House Democrat Raises $189K in Third Quarter

McIntyre faces a tough race for re-election. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Mike McIntyre, one of the most vulnerable House incumbents, raised $189,000 in the third quarter of 2013, according to his most recent fundraising report.

The North Carolina Democrat’s most recent haul is about 20 percent less than the $236,000 he raised in the previous fundraising quarter. He reported $524,000 in cash on hand.

McIntyre is one of seven Democrats representing districts that GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney carried in 2012, making him a top GOP target in 2014. Romney carried North Carolina’s 7th District by a 19-point margin last cycle.

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EMILY’s List Backs Two More House Candidates

EMILY’s List, a group that boosts female Democratic candidates who support abortion rights, has endorsed two candidates in competitive House races in Maine and California.

On Wednesday, the organization offered their support to state Sen. Emily Cain, running in Maine’s 2nd District, and former Capitol Hill aide Amanda Renteria, running in California’s 21st District. Full story

New York Republican Won’t Challenge Dan Maffei | #NY24

Maffei is a Democrat from New York. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Onondaga County Comptroller Robert Antonacci will not challenge Rep. Dan Maffei, D-N.Y., in the 24th District in 2014.

“After careful consultation with members of my family, friends and political supporters, I have decided to forgo a race for Congress next year,” Antonacci said in a statement Wednesday.

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Bill Young Announces Retirement From Congress (Updated)

 

Young will leave Congress at the end of his 22nd term. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. C.W. Bill Young, a 22-term Republican, announced Wednesday that he will not seek re-election in 2014, according to a report in the Tampa Bay Times.

Young’s retirement creates an opportunity for Democrats in Florida’s 13th District. President Barack Obama carried the district by 1 point in 2012.

Young is the longest-serving Republican in the House. The 82-year-old told the newspaper that after suffering health problems over the past few years, “it’s my time” to retire. Full story

Gay Republican Challenges Carol Shea-Porter | #NH01

University of New Hampshire Dean of Business and Economics Dan Innis announced Wednesday that he will run for the GOP nomination for New Hampshire’s 1st District, a top House target for Republicans in 2014.

“I believe we need new leaders,” Innis said in his announcement. “I’m running for Congress to give New Hampshire a stronger voice in Washington on the things that really matter to us.”

Innis is gay and mentioned his husband in the video. Full story

October 8, 2013

Michelle Nunn Raises $1.7 Million for Georgia Senate Race

Democrat Michelle Nunn will report raising $1.7 million so far for her campaign for Georgia’s open Senate seat, according to a report from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

It’s a strong haul from the likely Democratic nominee in her first fundraising quarter since she announced her candidacy in July.

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Louisiana Republicans Report Special Election Fundraising

Two Republicans running in a crowded special election for Louisiana’s 5th District seat have each raised more than $560,000, according to reports filed recently with the Federal Elections Commission.

State Rep. Jay Morris raised $566,000 — which includes a $295,000 loan to his campaign — and reported $188,000 in cash on hand at the end of the pre-primary period. State Sen. Neil Riser raised $561,000 and reported $210,000 in cash on hand.

Riser and Morris are running to replace GOP Rep. Rodney Alexander, who resigned from Congress to take a post in Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration last month. They are two of 14 candidates running in the wide-open Oct. 19 special primary.

Other candidates who reported pre-primary fundraising hauls include:

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Congresswoman Endorses Democrat in Mass. Special Election | #MA05

Schwartz picked a candidate to back in the Massachusetts special primary. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

State Sen. Katherine Clark, one of five Democrats running in a special election in Massachusetts’ 5th District, announced Tuesday that she has the endorsement of Rep. Allyson Y. Schwartz, D-Pa.

Schwartz, who is running for governor in the Keystone State in 2014, praised Clark’s support for women’s issues in her endorsement.

“Congress needs more strong women like Katherine Clark to help fight the Tea Party,” Schwartz said in a release. “I know Katherine will be a strong voice for pay equity, protecting Medicare, college affordability and other issues that affect families every single day.”

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House Democrat’s Low Fundraising Sparks Retirement Rumors (Again)

Peterson posted weak fundraising again. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Collin C. Peterson, D-Minn., raised about $83,000 in the third quarter, according to his third-quarter fundraising report filed with the Federal Election Commission.

Peterson’s fundraising haul is $10,000 less than last quarter’s fundraising total — both considered to be paltry sums for a long-time member of Congress. He reported $227,000 in the bank.

Such a small haul raises questions about Peterson’s plans for 2014 because weak fundraising can signal that a member is looking to retire. On Tuesday, Peterson’s campaign said in a statement that the congressman is still considering his plans for 2014.

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Obama Donors Boost Honda Primary Opponent in California (Updated)

Honda, left, has a Democratic challenger in 2014. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 2:01 p.m. | Attorney Ro Khanna, a Democrat challenging longtime Rep. Michael M. Honda, D-Calif., raised $504,000 in the third quarter, bringing his total cash on hand to $1.9 million, his campaign announced Tuesday.

It’s another impressive fundraising haul for Khanna, who brought in $1 million last quarter for the 17th District race. He’s raised $2.8 million total since entering the contest in this Northern California district, according to his campaign.

A number of top givers to Khanna’s campaign this quarter are major donors to President Barack Obama, including Sandi Thompson and Andy Spahn, who were listed as top donors and fundraisers for the president’s campaign in 2012. Khanna also counts Alison Pincus — who hosted a fundraiser for the Democratic Party with first lady Michelle Obama just this week — among his top donors.

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Simpson Primary Challenger Reports Strong Fundraising

Smith is challenging Simpson in the primary in 2014. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Bryan Smith, an attorney waging a primary battle against GOP Rep. Mike Simpson in Idaho’s 2nd District, raised $275,000 in the third quarter, his campaign announced Tuesday.

Smith will report $300,000 in cash on hand for his race against the eight-term incumbent, who is a close ally of Speaker John A. Boehner. Full story

GOP Senate Candidate: NRSC ‘Worried’ About Me (Video)

The candidate: Dr. Annette Bosworth, a Republican
The member: The open-seat race to replace retiring Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson.
The state: In 2012, GOP nominee Mitt Romney carried South Dakota by an 18-point margin. The race is rated Leans Republican by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.
The candidate’s team: Nate Johnson of Ainsley Shea for communications; media consultants Buzz Jacobs and Douglas Brown of SSC, political consultant Patrick Davis of Patrick Davis Consulting.

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