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Mel Watt Departure Would Create Crowded Special Election #NC12 | The Field

Mel Watt Departure Would Create Crowded Special Election #NC12 | The Field

Watt has been nominated to a post in the Obama administration. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Longtime Rep. Melvin Watts nomination to serve in President Barack Obama’s administration would spark a crowded race for his heavily Democratic district in North Carolina.

On Wednesday, Obama officially nominate the 11-term Democrat to lead the Federal Housing Finance Agency. If confirmed, Watt’s subsequent resignation will create an opportunity that local and state politicians have been seeking for decades to ascend the state’s political ladder.

“These guys for years had ceilings on the local level and the federal level, and all of a sudden there are no ceilings,” said Morgan Jackson, a Democratic consultant with North Carolina’s Nexus Strategies and a former Watt staffer.

Jackson added that the open mayoral seat in Charlotte (Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx, a Democrat, was nominated to serve as Transportation secretary last week) could create two simultaneously open positions that state politicians have been eyeing for years. Full story

Lindsey Graham Backs Mark Sanford #SC01 #SCSEN

Lindsey Graham Backs Mark Sanford #SC01 #SCSEN

Graham, above, backed Sanford. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., endorsed former Gov. Mark Sanford in the special election for South Carolina’s 1st District.

The endorsement from the Palmetto State’s senior senator came in the form of a series of tweets from Graham’s campaign Twitter account on Wednesday morning.

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Democrats Blitz Markey’s House Seat #MA05 | The Field

Rep. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., has been the favorite to win the special election for Senate for months — which means his House seat has been an attractive spot for ambitious local Democrats for even longer.

A handful of Democrats have been running for nearly three months to replace Markey, who won a Senate primary on Tuesday and is in a strong position to win the special election on June 25.

Three Democrats made their congressional aspirations known in early February, and each of them turned in six-figure first-quarter fundraising reports. Other potential candidates were waiting for the outcome of Markey’s primary with Rep. Stephen F. Lynch, but nonetheless made their intentions to run for his seat known.

The list of announced candidates include: Full story

April 30, 2013

Rahall Forgoes Senate Run #WVsen

 

Rahall Forgoes Senate Run #WVsen

(Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Democratic Rep. Nick J. Rahall II will not run for Senate next year and plans to seek re-election to West Virginia’s 3rd District instead, a Democratic strategist confirmed Tuesday evening.

His decision means that Democrats will continue to search for a top candidate to run for retiring Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller’s seat.

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, a Republican, announced her candidacy for Senate last year. She got off to a big head start in fundraising in the first quarter as well.

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Markey, Gomez Win Special-Election Primaries #MAsen

Markey, Gomez Win Special Election Primaries #MAsen

Markey won the primary, his first competitive election since winning a 12-candidate primary race in 1976. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Edward J. Markey secured the Democratic nomination in the Massachusetts Senate special election on Tuesday night and is now favored to win the seat outright.

With the Democratic establishment behind him, Markey, 66, defeated fellow Rep. Stephen F. Lynch, 58, in a primary contest that will be remembered most for the time the two were off the campaign trail in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing.

In the June 25 special election, Markey will face GOP primary winner Gabriel Gomez, 47, a private equity investor and former Navy SEAL.

Markey led 57 percent to 43 percent when The Associated Press called the race with 60 percent of precincts reporting. Full story

Remainders: Larry Flynt Backs Mark Sanford

Polls close for the special primary for Senate in Massachusetts at 8 p.m. EDT. Check Roll Call tonight for results.

In the meantime, here’s what you might have missed “At the Races” on Tuesday …

#SC01: Larry Flynt — the publisher of Hustler — endorsed former Gov. Mark Sanford’s special election bid. He’s said he’ll donate the maximum to the struggling Republican’s campaign.

And in what will likely come as more welcome support, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and FreedomWorks PAC backed Sanford over the Democratic nominee, Elizabeth Colbert Busch. Meanwhile, House Majority PAC, a Democratic super PAC, targeted female Republicans in its final ad before Election Day.

#PAgov: GOP Gov. Tom Corbett’s terrible polling makes Republicans nervous about four suburban Philadelphia seats.

#GAsen: Republican Rep. Jack Kingston will hold two news conferences on Thursday — and all signs point to him announcing a bid for Senate.

#2016: Libertarian Gary Johnson sounded like “he’s up for another run” in a speech at George Washington University on Monday night.

What we’re mulling on Tuesday… Full story

Jack Kingston Plans Announcement Tour for Thursday #GAsen

Jack Kingston Plans Announcement Tour for Thursday #GAsen

Kingston will likely run for Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., has scheduled two news conferences for Thursday — yet another indication he will become the third member of the state’s delegation to enter the Senate race.

The 11-term Republican congressman will make an announcement during double events in his coastal 1st District in Savannah and Brunswick. Kingston’s team would not describe the substance of his planned remarks.

“You’ll have to listen in to find out,” Kingston spokesman Chris Crawford told CQ Roll Call. Full story

Rand Paul, FreedomWorks Endorse Mark Sanford #SC01

Rand Paul, FreedomWorks Endorse Mark Sanford #SC01

Paul, above, endorsed Sanford. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 1:35 p.m. | Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., endorsed embattled former Gov. Mark Sanford’s bid for the 1st District special election.

“Mark has proven during his time in office that watching out for taxpayers and holding the line on spending are his top priorities,” Paul said in a press release from the Sanford campaign.

“What we absolutely cannot afford is someone like his opponent, who will be yet another vote for a return to the Pelosi speakership, for disastrous programs like Obamacare, and for more spending and debt,” he added. “I am pleased to endorse Mark and stand with him in this race,” he added.

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House Majority PAC Targets Women With Closing Mark Sanford Attack #SC01

House Majority PAC, a Democratic super PAC, targeted GOP women in its closing spot for the South Carolina’s 1st District special election.

The woman featured in the ad identifies herself as a Republican before she laces into Republican nominee former Gov. Mark Sanford for the extramarital affair that led to his political downfall in 2009.

Sanford faces Democratic nominee Elizabeth Colbert Busch on May 7.

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Gary Johnson: I’m More Conservative and More Liberal Than Both Parties

Gary Johnson might not be running for president in 2016 yet, but last year’s Libertarian Party candidate certainly sounds like he’s up for another run.

In an appearance at George Washington University on Monday night, Johnson not only sought to distinguish himself from his old affiliation — the Republican Party — but also took on what he believes are the failures of the Democratic Party.

Johnson received about 1 percent of the popular vote in the 2012 election, and he has not announced any intention to run for president in 2016. On Monday night, he said it’s just too early.

“Who’s got a voice that’s fiscally more conservative than any Republican, and who’s got a voice that’s more liberal than any Democrat? Me,” he said in an interview after the speech.

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By Julie Ershadi Posted at 11:37 a.m.
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Pennsylvania GOP Hopes to Avoid Corbett Ticket Drag #PAgov

Pennsylvania GOP Hopes to Avoid Corbett Ticket Drag #PAgov

Meehan represents a swing district in southeastern Pennsylvania. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett’s tumble in the polls has made Republicans nervous about four pivotal Philadelphia-area House districts.

Local GOP operatives fear this 2014 scenario: Corbett drags down the ticket for perennial targets Reps. Patrick Meehan, Jim Gerlach, Michael G. Fitzpatrick and Charlie Dent. Meanwhile, top potential Corbett foes count southeastern Pennsylvania as their political base, driving Democratic turnout in their suburban House districts.

“The impending blowout of Corbett could cause severe Republican losses downballot, hitting hardest in the southeast,” said a top GOP operative in Pennsylvania, who was granted anonymity to speak candidly about the governor. “The old axiom is still true that any Republican majority in Congress is built on a foundation of Philadelphia collar county Republicans. It’s an untenable situation.”

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John Winston Joins Mission Control | Shop Talk

Mission Control, a Connecticut-based Democratic direct-mail firm, recently hired outgoing Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee National Political Director John Winston.

“I am also extremely excited about joining an equally wonderful and talented team at Mission Control. Ed, Adnaan, and the whole team do great work and even more importantly — win tough races,” he wrote in an email to contacts. Full story

April 29, 2013

Remainders: Special (Election) Report

What you might have missed “At the Races” on Monday …

  • #MAsen: The special-election primary to fill Secretary of State John Kerry’s Senate seat is Tuesday. Here are the five things to know about the race.
  • #SC01: The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee upped its television ad buys against former Gov. Mark Sanford in this special election.
  • #SCsen: Vice President Joesph R. Biden Jr. teased that he would endorse Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., or “rip” his skin off — whatever helps his 2014 prospects.
  • #IAsen: Iowa Republican Gov. Terry E. Branstad suggested (again) that he does not think Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, would make the best GOP Senate candidate.
  • #MIsen: Rep. Gary Peters, a Democrat, will formally announce his candidacy for Senate on Wednesday in the town where he was raised, Rochester Hills.

What we’re mulling on Monday … Full story

House Democrats Spend More to Defeat Mark Sanford #SC01

House Democrats Spend More to Defeat Mark Sanford #SC01

Israel is the DCCC chairman. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Democrats reported spending almost half a million dollars to defeat former Gov. Mark Sanford’s bid for South Carolina’s 1st District.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has now invested a total of $458,000 in the special election via independent expenditures, according to Federal Election Commission records filed Monday. That’s more than double its initial buy in the race.

Sanford, a Republican, faces Democratic nominee Elizabeth Colbert Busch on May 7.

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Biden Needles Graham: ‘I Will Rip Your Skin Off’ #SCsen

Biden Needles Graham: I Will Rip Your Skin Off #SCsen

Graham is up for re-election in 2014. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. offered Sen. Lindsey Graham his support for re-election — including a pledge to “rip your skin off for you” if it helps the South Carolina Republican’s 2014 prospects.

“I told him I’ll come to South Carolina and campaign for him or against him, whichever will help the most — I know which it’ll be,” Biden said at an April 26 forum hosted by The McCain Institute for International Leadership. ”I’m going down there to to the JJ next weekend, Lindsey, and I assure you I will rip your skin off for you, and I expect a thank-you note.”

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