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April 17, 2012
Minnesota’s Democrats and Republicans endorsed candidates for the fall over the weekend at district-level party conventions.
GOP Reps. Michele Bachmann and Erik Paulsen easily picked up their party’s endorsements for their re-elections. Full story
Gov. Christine Gregoire endorsed former Microsoft executive Suzan DelBene (D) in the wide open 1st district race to succeed former Rep. Jay Inslee (D), who resigned to run for governor. Full story
Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) appears to indeed be considering running for Congress in one of Washington state’s 10 districts. Full story
State Rep. Fred Costello (R-Fla.), a former mayor of the city of Ormond Beach, announced a long-expected campaign for Congress on Monday in the open and strongly Republican 6th district. Full story
April 16, 2012
Updated 1:16 p.m. | A poll released today shows Jesse Kelly to be the strongest Republican candidate in the June 12 special election to replace former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.).
It is unclear who commissioned the poll of 300 likely general election voters. But it showed that Kelly was the only candidate ahead of former Giffords staffer Ron Barber, the de facto Democratic nominee. Voters go to the polls Tuesday to pick the nominees for the tossup special contest, and Kelly is the odds-on favorite to face Barber in June.
Kelly led Barber 49 percent to 45 percent in a head-to-head matchup. Retired Air Force Col. Martha McSally was tied with Barber at 42 percent. Local college sports TV broadcaster Dave Sitton trailed Barber 39 percent to 43 percent. State Sen. Frank Antenori, who has had financial problems in his campaign, trailed Barber 40 percent to 46 percent.
As expected, New York Democratic Rep. Edolphus Towns today announced his retirement at the end of the 112th Congress.
“After months of long family discussions, I have decided not to seek reelection for my seat in the United State House of Representatives,” he said in a statement. “I am very grateful for the support I have received over the years. I believe firmly that we would have won a 16th terms [sic] had we decided to run.”
State Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries (D), already running a serious primary campaign against Towns, becomes the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination. The safe Democratic nature of the 8th district means the party’s nominee is almost certain to be the new Congressman. Also in the primary: New York City Councilman Charles Barron.
“It has been an honor to have fought so that the people of New York can have more opportunities and a chance to live better lives,” Towns said.
See all the Members of Congress who have decided to make this term their last on Roll Call’s Casualty List.
The Obama campaign announced today in a Web video that its collective March fundraising total was “over $53 million.”
The video featured various campaign supporters announcing their small donations to the campaign, followed by a message from campaign manager Jim Messina. The figures include fundraising from the Democratic National Committee.
As expected, Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) officially has a primary challenge in his first re-election race. Businessman Anthony Gemma announced Sunday that he would seek the Democratic nomination in Rhode Island’s 1st district, according to WPRI.
Cicilline has been in deep electoral trouble since he was sworn into office in early 2011. It was revealed soon after the former mayor of Providence came to Congress that the city was in dire financial straits, and he has been under fire ever since. Full story
EMILY’s List gave its official endorsement to two vulnerable Congresswomen from New York today, backing Democratic Reps. Louise Slaughter and Kathy Hochul. Full story
April 15, 2012
Updated 9:35 p.m. | A knowledgeable source confirmed to Roll Call that 15-term Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.), first elected in 1992, will retire at the end of the 112th Congress. The news was first reported by the New York Daily News tonight on Twitter.
Towns, 77, had faced a very serious primary challenge from state Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, who is now the frontrunner for the safe Democratic seat, New York Democrats said. Also in the Democratic primary is New York City Councilman Charles Barron. One other name floated by a Big Apple Democrat as a potential candidate: state Sen. Kevin Parker.
Towns, a former chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, showed little appetite for campaigning this cycle, leading to growing local speculation that he might drop out of the race.
April 14, 2012
Who is Martha McSally? That’s the question being asked in GOP political circles in Arizona and Washington, D.C., over the past several months.
The retired Air Force colonel is among the Republicans running in the special election to succeed former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.). She probably will not win the primary, but some important Republicans wish she would.
April 13, 2012
Campaigns have until Sunday to file Federal Election Commission reports, but a few campaigns made their numbers public today.
- Hawaii: Rep. Mazie Hirono (D) raised more than $1 million from 7,161 individual donors in the first quarter. Former Gov. Linda Lingle (R) raised close to $1.4 million. Neither released cash-on-hand totals, and former Rep. Ed Case (D) has not yet released any of his numbers.
- Minnesota: Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D) continues to prove herself as a fundraising powerhouse. She raised $1 million in the first quarter and has $5.2 million in her war chest. Full story
Ethan Wingfield, a 26-year-old Republican businessman, will begin airing a 30-second TV ad in North Carolina’s 11th district on Monday, aiming to introduce himself to voters before a crowded GOP primary on May 18.
Wingfield’s ad, which is backed by a $25,000 week-long buy on cable and broadcast TV across the district, shows him standing in front of a white background next to an easel pad with graphics drawn on it.
UPDATED 5:50 p.m. | Rep. John Tierney (D-Mass.) announced his first-quarter fundraising figures today. He raised more than $320,000 in 2012′s first three months, which underlines his vulnerability this cycle.
That means Tierney, an eight-term Member of Congress, has been outraised by a challenger two quarters in a row. Full story
Attorney Joseph Kennedy III (D), the son of former Rep. Joseph Kennedy (D-Mass.), raised more than $1.3 million in the first quarter in his bid for the Bay State’s 4th district seat.