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July 30, 2013

Cory Booker Gets Former Governor’s Backing #NJSEN

Booker is the front-runner for Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Gov. Richard Codey is backing Newark Mayor Cory Booker in New Jersey’s Senate special election.

The endorsement, announced by the Booker campaign Tuesday, comes two weeks before the Aug. 13 Democratic primary. Booker has held wide leads in every public poll released since the campaign kicked off in early June, and he was just endorsed by his hometown newspaper, the Newark Star-Ledger.

“For more than a decade, Cory Booker has worked tirelessly to bring people together and find solutions to the challenges facing Newark families,” said Codey, a longtime state legislator who served as acting governor from November 2004 to January 2006. “That’s exactly the kind of leadership that our state needs in Washington right now.” Full story

July 29, 2013

Van Hollen Fundraises for Vulnerable Democrats

Top House Democrats are hosting a duo of fundraisers for vulnerable members in their caucus, stoking speculation about their future ambitions.

Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen is scheduled to host a fundraiser on Wednesday for Democratic Reps. Ron Barber of Arizona, Ami Bera of California, Joe Garcia of Florida and Ann McLane Kuster of New Hampshire, according to an invitation obtained by CQ Roll Call.

Last week, Democratic National Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida and Rep. Joseph Crowley of New York co-hosted a fundraiser for vulnerable House Democrats as well. Full story

Republican to Challenge Freshman Democrat #IL12

Republican state Rep. Mike Bost will announce on Monday that he is challenging freshman Rep. Bill Enyart, D-Ill.,  in one of the state’s most competitive districts.

Bost’s campaign confirmed to CQ Roll Call that he will make his announcement at a series of stops throughout the 12th District, located in the southwest corner of the state.

Full story

By Emily Cahn Posted at 10:13 a.m.
House 2016, Ill.-12

July 26, 2013

Alabama Special Election Scheduled #AL01

Election officials have scheduled the race to replace Rep. Jo Bonner, R-Ala., who will resign from Congress on Aug. 2.

The primary election will most likely decide who will succeed Bonner, as this is a heavily Republican district.

The special primary will be held Sept. 24, per the governor’s office. If necessary, a primary runoff will be held on Nov. 5.

If there is no runoff, the general election will be on Nov. 5. In the event a runoff is required, the special general election will occur on Dec. 17. Full story

By Abby Livingston Posted at 8:20 p.m.
Ala.-1, Alabama

Carl DeMaio for San Diego Mayor? #CA52

Filner has not resigned yet. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As pressure mounts for San Diego Mayor Bob Filner to resign after a string of sexual harassment allegations from former female employees, so does the speculation about who might seek his office in the case of a special or recall election.

California Republicans could have someone in mind: Carl DeMaio, currently a GOP candidate for Congress.

Filner, a Democrat and former member of Congress from California’s 51st District, is being sued by his former communications director, Irene McCormack, for alleged sexual harassment in the workplace. A handful of others have anonymously accused Filner of harassment.

On Friday, Filner announced that he will take time off to receive therapy, rather than resign, after calls for him to step down from numerous Democratic officials, including Democratic National Committeewoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. But growing discord with Filner in the wake of the sexual harassment suit has also opened up the very real possibility of a recall election to remove the first-term mayor from office. Full story

By Emily Cahn Posted at 3:48 p.m.
Calif.-52, House 2016

Rudy Hobbs on Detroit, Bankruptcy and Michigan Democrats | The Candidate #MI14

Hobbs is running in Michigan's 14th District (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Every year, scores of congressional candidates visit the CQ Roll Call offices to meet with reporters and Contributing Editor Stuart Rothenberg. This feature, “The Candidate,” will ask these congressional hopefuls five questions about their campaigns. Responses and questions have been edited and condensed.

The candidate: Michigan House Democratic Floor Leader Rudy Hobbs
The member: Democratic Rep. Gary Peters, who is running for Senate
The district: This is a heavily Democratic district that includes both suburban and urban Detroit. The August 2014 Democratic primary will most likely determine Peters’ successor. In 2012, the 14th was the site of a heated member-versus-member race between Peters and Democrat Hansen Clarke.
The candidate’s team: Michigan-based operatives Diana McBroom, Jamaine Dickens and Kristen Caswell. He is still assembling the rest of his team.

1. Have you talked to Hansen Clarke and do you have any insight into whether he’s running? 

I have not touched base with Hansen Clarke and I have very little insight into whether he is running. Full story

Freshman Republican Holds the Keys in Montana #MTSEN

Daines is mulling a Senate bid. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Montana Rep. Steve Daines showed no signs of haste as he trekked from his Cannon office late Wednesday afternoon to the Capitol for a last-minute vote.

So far, the freshman Republican has taken a similarly measured approach to his looming decision about whether to run for the Big Sky State’s open Senate seat, one of the top pickup opportunities for Republicans in 2014.

In an interview with CQ Roll Call, Daines said he hasn’t made a final decision and hasn’t set a timeline to make one. Full story

July 25, 2013

Doug Lamborn Draws Democratic Challenger #CO05

Lamborn has a new challenger. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Irv Halter announced on Wednesday that he will challenge Republican Rep. Doug Lamborn in Colorado’s 5th District, according to a release from Halter’s campaign.

Halter, a Democrat, told supporters at a Wednesday campaign announcement in Colorado Springs that he is running because he feels there is a “crisis of confidence in political leaders and especially the United States Congress.”

Full story

Reid Assumes Cory Booker Will Win Special Election #NJSEN

Reid assumes Booker will come to the Senate. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid portrayed Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s election to the Senate as a foregone conclusion and gushed with encouragement for Hillary Rodham Clinton to run for president in 2016 in a recent interview.

The Nevada Democrat was pressed about the lack of black senators in the wake of President Barack Obama’s comments last week on Trayvon Martin.

“Oh, just hold your breath,” Reid told PBS NewsHour’s Judy Woodruff in an interview, parts of which aired Wednesday. “Cory Booker’s on his way from New Jersey. And that’ll happen in October.” Full story

Matt Whitaker on Football, Geography and Bear’s | The Candidate #IASEN

Whitaker will run for Senate. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Every year, scores of congressional candidates visit the CQ Roll Call offices to meet with reporters and Contributing Editor Stuart Rothenberg. This feature, “The Candidate,” will ask these congressional hopefuls five questions about their campaigns. Responses and questions have been edited and condensed.

The candidate: Former U.S. Attorney Matt Whitaker, a Republican
The member: Retiring Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa
The state: This will be Iowa’s first open-seat Senate race since 1974. The state is a perennial battleground.
The candidate’s team: Jeff Roe of Axiom Strategies (general consultant), Terry Nelson of FP1 Strategies (media), Wilson Perkins Allen Opinion Research (pollster), Jeff Livingston (finance).

1. You’re one of several candidates vying for the nomination. How can you distinguish yourself in such a crowded primary?

I think there’s two things that are going to help us in this campaign. One is that I’m a full-spectrum conservative that appeals to a broad section of Republican primary voters. At the same time, we have geography in both central and eastern Iowa, which I have spent a lot of time in. So stances on issues, along with geography, are what make me a competitive candidate. Full story

July 24, 2013

The Most Unpredictable Senate Primary of 2014

An unknown Baptist, Korean-American businessman from Augusta, Ga., delivered a speech July 19 to a regional conference of the National Federation of Republican Women. Sources say he shelled out $5,000 to serve as a “presenting sponsor” of the Atlanta event for 300 top Republicans, including Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal.

So who was he?

Eugene Yu had just joined the most intriguing primary in the country: the GOP race for Georgia’s open Senate seat. He and at least six other Republicans are vying for the nomination in one of the Senate’s top contests of 2014.

As Democratic recruit Michelle Nunn entered a nearly empty primary field this week, Yu’s candidacy — even as an underdog — is emblematic of the free-for-all that has ensued on the Republican side since Sen. Saxby Chambliss announced his retirement in January. Full story

Minnesota Businessman Eyes Peterson Challenge #MN07

Peterson might have a new challenger soon. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Scott Van Binsbergen, a Minnesota businessman and former staffer for retired Rep. Vin Weber, R-Minn., confirmed to CQ Roll Call on Wednesday that he is eyeing a bid against Rep. Collin C. Peterson, D-Minn., in the 7th District.

Van Binsbergen said in a phone interview that he didn’t have a timeline for his decision but said he has met with the National Republican Congressional Committee, as well as delegates from the Minnesota Republican Party, as he considers the race.

“I’m extremely interested,” said Van Binsbergen, who in 2006 ran an unsuccessful bid for state House in Minnesota. “I’ve been out meeting with delegates and political people from around the district and around the state, but I haven’t put a timeline on [an announcement].”

Full story

By Emily Cahn Posted at 3:14 p.m.
House 2016, Minn.-7, NRCC

DesJarlais Will Run for Re-Election in 2014 #TN04

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

Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., announced officially on Wednesday that he will seek re-election in 2014, according to a local news report.

DesJarlais will announce his re-election at an Aug. 7 official kickoff event in the 4th District — exactly one year from the primary, reported the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

His announcement comes a little more than a week after he posted a paltry second-quarter fundraising haul, casting doubts as to whether he could run a competitive campaign for Congress.

Full story

By Emily Cahn Posted at 2:30 p.m.
House 2016, Tenn.-4

Well-Known Businessman Joins Crowded Georgia Senate Primary #GASEN

Businessman David Perdue has joined the crowded Georgia primary for Senate, further shaking up the GOP field in one of the cycle’s top races.

Perdue, the former CEO of Dollar General and cousin of former Gov. Sonny Perdue, has been exploring a bid for a few months. He announced his campaign Wednesday with a video on his campaign website.

“The career politicians have created this mess, and we just can’t expect them to clean it up,” Perdue says. “If we want different results from Washington, we just have to send a different kind of person to Washington. Full story

The Race to Define McConnell’s Primary Challenger #KYSEN

It’s the race to define Matt Bevin in Kentucky, as the Republican primary challenger kicks off his Senate campaign and a statewide tour Wednesday.

The campaigns of both Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Bevin, McConnell’s primary challenger, released TV ads this morning introducing the businessman to Kentucky.

While Bevin took shots at McConnell’s votes and leadership in the Senate in his opening salvo, he also made sure to lay out his résumé: “Matt Bevin: Small-town roots, successful businessman, father of nine, veteran, conservative, Republican for U.S. Senate.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjgbdVOZqyw Full story

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