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July 8, 2013

Democratic Recruit Files to Challenge Latham #IA03

Democratic Recruit Files to Challenge Latham #IA03

Latham has a new challenger. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former state Sen. Staci Appel filed federal paperwork this weekend to challenge longtime Rep. Tom Latham, R-Iowa, in the competitive 3rd District.

Appel, a Democrat, has been considering a run for several months against Latham, one of Speaker John A. Boehner’s top allies on Capitol Hill. In April, she told the Des Moines Register she had decided against a run, even though Democrats heavily recruited her for the race.

But Appel reversed course in the following months. Last week, she started hiring a team for a congressional bid, according to Iowa Democratic sources. Appel declined to comment last week, but she filed her candidacy paperwork with the Federal Election Commission on July 3. She did not immediately return a request for comment this morning.

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Lautenberg Family Backs Pallone #NJSEN

Lautenberg Family Backs Pallone #NJSEN

Pallone, above, was endorsed by the late senator's family. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The family of the late Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, D-N.J., has endorsed Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. in next month’s special election Democratic primary.

“We are saying: Stick with Frank,” the family said in a statement released Monday by the Pallone campaign.

Pallone is facing three other Democrats in the Aug. 13 primary: Newark Mayor Cory Booker, Rep. Rush D. Holt and state Speaker Sheila Oliver. The winner will be heavily favored in the Oct. 16 special to fill the remaining year of Lautenberg’s term. Full story

Kirkpatrick Gets First GOP Challenger #AZ01

Kirkpatrick Gets First GOP Challenger #AZ01

Kirkpatrick has a GOP challenger. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republican state Rep. Adam Kwasman announced today an exploratory committee to challenge Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz., a top target for the House GOP in 2014, according to a press release from his new campaign. Full story

July 5, 2013

Second-Quarter Fundraising Roundup

Second quarter fundraising hauls trickled in all week and offer insight into the health of a handful of House and Senate campaigns.

The fundraising deadline was June 30. The reporting deadline is July 15. Here is what we know so far:

Senate

  • #TNSEN: Lamar Alexander raised around $2 million.
  • #IASEN: Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley raised $1.5 million and has $2 million in cash on hand, according to the The Des Moines Register.
  • #VASEN: Democratic Sen. Mark Warner raised $1.4 million and has $5.3 million in cash on hand, according to a press release.
  • #MNSEN: Republican finance executive Mike McFadden raised $700,000 in his first quarter, according to a press release. Of that, $10,400 came from individual contributions from him and his wife.
  • #COSEN: Sen. Mark Udall raised $1.3 million and has $3.4 million in cash on hand, according to the The Denver Post.
See the House numbers after the jump.

Lamar Alexander Buys Pre-Emptive TV Ad Featuring Rand Paul

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., placed a six-figure television buy more than a year ahead of Tennessee’s primary, enlisting Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul as a guest star, according to an Alexander spokesman.

The reservation will run statewide from July 8-21 and cost about $180,000. It includes broadcast and cable reservations and $24,000 in radio advertising.

The Lamar camp provided the ad for the buy to CQ Roll Call and noted that he had a $2 million second-quarter fundraising haul. The ad is an anti-government, “positive” spot about fishing rights.

A week ago, Senate Conservatives Fund Executive Director Matt Hoskins wrote to group supporters of his interest in supporting a primary challenge against Alexander if “a strong, conservative” candidate emerges.

Tennessee’s GOP primary is scheduled on Aug. 7, 2014.

Sinema Raises $400,000 in Second Quarter

Freshman Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., raised about $400,000 in the second quarter, according to her campaign spokesman.

The campaign does not yet have a final tally, but estimates are that she will come in with $390,000 to $400,000 in quarterly fundraising, with about $550,000 in cash on hand.

She will need the money. The Rothenberg Political Report rates the 9th District as Democrat Favored, but it is situated in the pricey Phoenix media market and a competitive Republican field is already forming.

Possible Sinema challengers include retired Air Force Lt. Col. Wendy Rogers, who launched her campaign in March, while former Arizona State University football player Andrew Walter filed his statement of candidacy in April. Businessman Martin Sepulveda and 2012 GOP nominee Vernon Parker are also frequently mentioned contenders.

July 3, 2013

Ken Buck, Local Lawmakers Consider Senate Race #COSEN

Ken Buck, Local Lawmakers Consider Senate Race #COSEN

Buck is thinking about running for Senate again. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rocky Mountain State Republicans continue to struggle in their search for a challenger for Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., thanks to the fractious nature of the state’s party.

The field of potential candidates reflects a shallow GOP bench in a race that should pique the interest of any ambitious Colorado Republican. Since the start of the cycle, the field of potential candidates has evolved into a mix of young talent, old names, and middle-rank state legislators.

“There are a lot of viable candidates who wouldn’t scare the hell out of suburban women …who could actually win a general,” said lobbyist Mike Beasley, a former staffer to former Gov. Bill Owens, a Republican. “But a lot of them wouldn’t want to suffer through … what continues to be these weird, stranger and stranger primaries.”

Martha McSally Files Paperwork for Rematch (Updated) #AZ02

Martha McSally Files Paperwork for Rematch (Updated) #AZ02

McSally wants to run for Congress again. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated: 3:19 p.m. | Ret. Air Force Colonel Martha McSally filed federal paperwork on Monday to once again challenge Democratic Rep. Ron Barber in Arizona’s 2nd District.

Republicans view the seat as one of their best pickup opportunities this cycle, as Barber is considered one of the most vulnerable incumbents of 2014. Full story

Ex-Bush Official Prepares Run for Capito Seat #WV02

Another Republican is poised to enter the race for GOP Rep. Shelley Moore Capito’s seat in West Virginia

Ex-U.S. International Trade Commissioner Charlotte Lane told CQ Roll Call on Tuesday that she is “in the process” of getting her papers together to file her candidacy. She expects to file sometime this week. Full story

July 2, 2013

Mitch McConnell’s Unusual Attack Video

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell unleashed his first attack Tuesday on his new Democratic opponent, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, who announced her candidacy Monday in the Kentucky Senate race.

It’s, um, unique. We offer this Web video without any other commentary because, frankly, we don’t know what else to say about it:

Rounds Rebounds in Second-Quarter Fundraising

Former South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds raised more than $600,000 for his Senate campaign in the second quarter of this year, confirmed a spokesman for the Republican’s campaign.

Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., is retiring, and his seat is a top pickup opportunity for Republicans. The national GOP has touted Rounds as its strongest candidate in the race.  Full story

Democrats Recruiting Gitmo Commander #MI01

Democrats Recruiting Gitmo Commander #MI01

Democrats are recruiting a retired Army general to challenge Benishek. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A retired Army general is close to announcing he will challenge Rep. Dan Benishek, R-Mich., next year, according to Democratic operatives familiar with Michigan politics.

Retired Army Maj. Gen. Jerry Cannon is considered the party’s top prospect to win the Wolverine State’s seat in the Upper Peninsula. A Michigan Democratic operative said “the party is quite hot on” the longtime military official as a recruit, and national Democratic sources concurred about the former commander of the Joint Detention Operations Group at Guantánamo Bay.

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House GOP Leaders Donate to Gay Republican in Top Race #CA52

House GOP Leaders Donate to Gay Republican in Top Race #CA52

Cantor gave campaign cash to a GOP candidate. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Three top House GOP leaders donated to their party’s most prominent openly gay House candidate, former San Diego Councilman Carl DeMaio, a top prospect in a competitive California race.

Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia, Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of California and former Republican Study Committee Chairman Tom Price of Georgia gave campaign cash to DeMaio in June.

“I’m grateful to receive this strong early support, which I believe reflects both my record of getting fiscal reforms done in San Diego and my more inclusive vision for the future as a new generation Republican,” DeMaio said in a Tuesday news release.

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Iraq War Veteran Challenges Steve King #IA04

Iraq War veteran Jim Mowrer announced on Tuesday that he will challenge Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, in the 4th District.

Mowrer, a Democrat, struck a nonpartisan tone in his announcement for the GOP district. He also took subtle shots at King, who is known nationally and in Iowa as a conservative firebrand who often makes controversial comments.

“When I served in Iraq, there were no Democrats or Republicans — just Americans working together to protect our safety and stability,” Mowrer said in a news release. “In Congress, too many politicians are trying to score political points for partisan gain or pushing sound bytes to please their extreme base. I’ve decided to run for Congress to restore that true sense of public service.”

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Don Young to File for Re-Election #AKAL

Don Young to File for Re Election #AKAL

Young, left, will seek re-election. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Alaska Republican Rep. Don Young will file paperwork to seek his 21st term in Congress on Tuesday afternoon in Anchorage, according to a campaign news release.

Young won his 2012 re-election race by a 2-to-1 margin. But given his long tenure in the House, the 80-year-old Young often graces Roll Call’s list of potential member retirements. Full story

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