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August 1, 2013

GOP Chairman to Discuss Senate Race With Camp #MISEN

Moran will speak with his former House colleague about a Senate run. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Jerry Moran has yet to discuss a Senate bid with Michigan Rep. Dave Camp, but he said the Ways and Means chairman would be a “viable candidate” and he plans to reach out to him soon.

“I know Dave Camp very well. We served together in the House,” Moran told reporters in the Capitol on Thursday, noting that he planned to speak with the congressman by phone or in person in the next few days. “I’m very interested in having that conversation to see what his interest and issues are.” Full story

Special Election Underdog Meets With Club for Growth #NJSEN

Steve Lonegan, the underdog and likely Republican nominee in New Jersey’s Senate special election, is making the rounds in Washington, D.C., this week.

The goal of the meetings: to prove there is a path to victory in the solidly Democratic Garden State and encourage financial assistance in the Oct. 16 special. Newark Mayor Cory Booker, for whom Oprah is headlining a fundraiser Thursday night, is favored to win the Democratic nomination. Full story

Democratic Power Broker to Meet With Al Lawson #FL02

A contentious Democratic primary threatens in Florida’s 2nd District and August is shaping up to be a consequential point in the race.

Florida Rep. Corrine Brown plans on traveling to Tallahassee in the coming days to meet with former state Sen. Al Lawson, the party’s 2012 nominee. Lawson is publicly mulling another run, as national Democrats are overtly behind contender Gwen Graham, daughter of former Sen. Bob Graham. Florida Democrats point to Brown as a top power broker in this conflict.

“I would like to say that I’m going to talk with the parties involved and make a decision at that time,” Brown said in a phone interview when asked if she will endorse.

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Mimi Walters on Jungle Primaries and Orange County Stereotypes | The Candidate #CA45

Walters is running for Congress in California's 45th District. (Douglas Graham/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: Republican state Sen. Mimi Walters.
The member: Retiring Rep. John Campbell, R-Calif.
The race: Located in Orange County, Calif., the 45th District is a safe Republican seat. Walters is running against two announced Republican candidates: Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach and Col. Greg Raths.
The candidate’s team: David Gilliard, Gilliard Blanning & Associates (lead consultant); Anne Dunsmore, Capital Campaigns (fundraising).

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July 31, 2013

DSCC Chairman Urges Patience in Senate Race Recruitment

Bennet is the chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senate Democrats’ campaign chief urged patience with the party’s recruitment progress as Republicans picked up a top challenger this week in a key race.

“Everyone wants the races to be jelled today,” Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman Michael Bennet told reporters in a Wednesday briefing after the quarter-mark of the cycle. “They’re not, and they never are.”

Congress may be preparing for a monthlong recess, but the 2014 battle for the Senate is only gaining steam. Fifteen months removed from the midterm elections, both Senate campaign committees are still deep in the recruitment phase of cycle.

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Cotton Senate Bid Could Put House Seat in Play #AR04

Cotton's bid for Senate opens his House seat (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Arkansas Rep. Tom Cotton’s bid to challenge Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor opens up a potentially competitive House contest in 2014.

Cotton, a freshman, is the second Republican since Reconstruction to represent the district, following longtime Democratic Rep. Mike Ross’ retirement last cycle. Democrats argue that with a strong candidate, they might have a chance to take back this district, which GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney won with 62 percent in 2012.

“Without [President Barack Obama] at the top of the ticket, candidates will be able to talk about local issues, without being hampered by the president’s baggage,” one Democratic operative said.

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Tom Cotton to Challenge Mark Pryor #ARSEN

Pryor is already running advertisements for his re-election. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Freshman Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., will announce his candidacy next week to challenge Sen. Mark Pryor, arguably Democrats’ most vulnerable senator of the cycle.

The Associated Press reported Wednesday that Cotton would make his campaign announcement Aug. 6 at an event in his hometown of Dardanelle.

(See also in Roll Call: Pryor Can’t Escape 2010 Comparison)

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Would Dave Camp Clear the Senate GOP Field? #MISEN

Camp is considering a Senate bid. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Michigan Republicans are excited about the potential for Rep. Dave Camp to run for their open Senate seat, a move the party believes would instantly put the Democrat-leaning state in play.

Camp, the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, would be the GOP’s most high-profile candidate in the race and its most prolific fundraiser. But would he clear a primary field that still has time to grow? Full story

Democrat Switches Parties to Challenge Rahall (Updated) #WV03

Updated 11:29 a.m. | West Virginia state Sen. Evan Jenkins will announce Wednesday morning that he changed his party affiliation from Democratic to Republican to challenge Rep. Nick J. Rahall II next year, according to national GOP operatives.

Republicans have indicated they want to target the 3rd District with a top candidate in 2014. But Jenkins might not be the only Republican in the race. The GOP’s 2012 nominee, former Del. Rick Snuffer, issued a statement on Jenkins’ move that indicated he might run again.

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Republicans Line Up to Challenge Embattled Freshman Democrat #FL26 | The Field

Rep. Joe Garcia, D-Fla., has become an increasingly attractive target for Republicans in the past few months, thanks to ongoing legal troubles among staffers from his office.

Two of Garcia’s staffers have resigned in the past few months, while GOP congressional hopefuls continue to line up to run in one of the most competitive House districts in the country.

Garcia denied involvement in voter fraud scheme that has embroiled two of his former staffers — both of whom have resigned. Democrats are sticking by their freshman and Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., is set to host a fundraiser for him on Wednesday.

Still, the legal drama means the seat has become a magnet for ambitious Miami Republicans. Here’s a look at the GOP field so far:

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July 30, 2013

House Republican Won’t Run for Senate #NCSEN

Ellmers will not run for Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

North Carolina Rep. Renee Ellmers is taking a pass on a Senate bid in 2014.

The Republican announced on Tuesday that she will seek re-election instead, removing a potential top-tier challenger to Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan in one of the GOP’s best pickup opportunities. Full story

EMILY’s List President Won’t Run for Senate #MTSEN

Schriock won't run for Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock announced Tuesday that she will not run for Montana’s open Senate seat, further dwindling a short list of potential candidates for the Democratic nomination.

“Montana raised me, and it will always be my heart,” said Schriock, a Montana native and former top aide to Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont. “It has been truly incredible to hear from so many folks who believe in me. I would love to say yes, but this is not the right time.” Full story

GOP Gay Rights Group Adds Gabriel Gomez to Board

Massachusetts Republican Gabriel Gomez has joined the board of GOProud, the conservative, gay rights organization announced Tuesday.

Last month, Gomez lost the Bay State special election for Senate to Democrat Edward J. Markey. But he’s hinted that he might run for office again soon.

He hasn’t shut the door on another bid against Markey in the 2014 general, telling the Boston Globe in a post-election interview that “nothing’s off the table” in terms of future runs. And the National Republican Congressional Committee has said Gomez would be an attractive candidate to run against Democratic Rep. William Keating in the 9th District.

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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

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