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August 19, 2013

Republicans Wait on Daines’ Decision in Montana Senate Race | #MTSEN #MTAL

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

Montana state Sen. Matt Rosendale, a Republican, recently filed papers with the Federal Election Commission to start raising money to run for Congress — he’s just not sure which office yet.

Like several other ambitious Republicans in the state, his decision to run for either the House or Senate will depend on whether Rep. Steve Daines, a freshman Republican, enters the race for Montana’s open Senate seat. Even state Rep. Champ Edmunds, who is currently in the Senate race, has said he would switch races if Daines jumps in.

As Rosendale’s campaign treasurer, Bill VanCanagan, wrote in a note filed Aug. 16 to the FEC, “we will not designate which office is being sought until Representative Steve Daines announces whether he’s seeking re-election for the U.S. House of Representatives or running for the U.S. Senate.”

Either would be a statewide race, as Montana has only one representative in the House. Full story

GOP Polls Show Tight Race for Landrieu Senate Re-Election | #LASEN

Rep. Bill Cassidy

Cassidy is running for Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Two GOP polls released Monday show a tight race for Senate between Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., and her Republican challenger, Louisiana Rep. Bill Cassidy.

The Senate contest is expected to be one of the closest of the cycle. National Republicans are targeting the state, and the Senate GOP’s campaign arm recently released its first advertisements of the cycle there. Full story

Mike Simpson Hires Ex-Romney Aides for Re-Election Bid | #ID02

Simpson is hiring staff in the wake of a new challenger entering the race. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, has hired two former Mitt Romney aides for his re-election bid in the wake of his new primary challenge from attorney Bryan Smith.

Simpson hired Todd Cranney, Romney’s national deputy political director, and Travis Hawkes, who served as Idaho finance chair for the Romney campaign, according to the Idaho Statesman.

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Alan Grayson Endorses Two Democrats in Primaries | #MA05 #PA13

Grayson has backed a pair of candidates. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., endorsed two fellow liberal Democrats in crowded House primaries — state Sen. Daylin Leach in Pennsylvania’s 13th District and state Rep. Carl Sciortino in Massachusetts’ 5th District special election.

Grayson detailed his reasons in a Sunday email to supporters, writing that both candidates are against the NSA’s controversial domestic surveillance programs and would have voted for Michigan GOP Rep. Justin Amash’s amendment to scale back the NSA’s reach. Amash’s amendment failed in the House by 12 votes, despite strong bipartisan support. Full story

August 16, 2013

Dave Camp Not Running for Senate in Michigan | #MISEN

Camp will not run for Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

After a brief reconsideration, Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., has decided once and for all that he will not seek the Wolverine State’s open Senate seat.

“Over the past few months, I have received a lot of encouragement to run for the United States Senate,” the Ways and Means Committee chairman said in a Friday statement. “I have greatly appreciated and am deeply humbled by those calls and conversations. After much thought and careful consideration, I have decided not to run for the United States Senate.” Full story

August 15, 2013

Michaud Officially Enters Maine Gubernatorial Race | #ME02

Michaud will leave Congress to run for governor. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Michael H. Michaud, D-Maine, formally announced Thursday that he is running for governor in the Pine Tree State, creating a competitive and crowded race for the 2nd District he leaves behind.

Michaud had been exploring a gubernatorial bid since June.

Three Democrats and one Republican have already entered the race for his House seat, which operatives say will likely be competitive now that it’s an open-seat race.

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Lonegan: National Republicans Support My Special-Election Campaign | #NJSEN

Steve Lonegan, the New Jersey GOP’s nominee for the Senate special election, has high expectations for the Republican National Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee to boost him to victory.

Lonegan faces an uphill climb in the Oct. 16 special election against the Democratic nominee, Newark Mayor Cory Booker. A Republican has not won a New Jersey Senate seat in 40 years, and President Barack Obama carried the state with 58 percent in 2012.

On Wednesday, Lonegan told WOR Radio that he is “expecting really the whole NRSC and RNC to be focusing on this race.”

“The entire Republican Party is organized behind my campaign,” Lonegan, a legally blind conservative activist, said on “The John Gamble Show.”

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August 14, 2013

Rex Elsass Hires Ex-Hotline Editor for GOP Firm

Quinn McCord, former managing editor at National Journal’s The Hotline, recently joined The Strategy Group Co. as a research associate.

“Research is a critical element of the services we provide our clients,” Strategy Group for Media CEO Rex Elsass said in a news release. “Quinn will be a strong fit for our research division as his experience and talents will undoubtedly enable our team to remain the industry’s leading source of factual, quality, and thorough opposition research packages.” Full story

Raul Labrador Won’t Primary Governor in Idaho | #ID01

Labrador is not running for governor. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

GOP Rep. Raúl R. Labrador announced Wednesday that he will run for re-election in Idaho’s 1st District, rather than challenge Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter in a primary.

“I’ve decided to end all the speculation and announce that I have no plans at this time to run for governor,” Labrador said at a news conference, according to the Spokesman-Review. “I do not feel that I have yet completed the mission you sent me to Congress to do. There is still much work to be done. Whether at the state or the national level, I will always be an advocate for Idaho.” Full story

Ex-Congressman Won’t Attempt Comeback Bid in Pennsylvania | #PA12

Critz will not try to come back to Congress. (Bill Clark/Roll Call File Photo)

Former Rep. Mark Critz, D-Pa., will not attempt a congressional comeback bid in 2014, opting to seek statewide office instead.

He told a local union radio show that he plans to run for lieutenant governor, the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat reported. Full story

Bob Filner Steals Ex-Foe DeMaio’s Focus From House Race | #CA52

DeMaio said he is now more focused on Filner's troubles. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republican Carl DeMaio told a local news channel Tuesday that San Diego Mayor Bob Filner’s troubles have shifted his attention from his congressional bid to ousting his embattled former foe from office.

When asked by a reporter from San Diego’s local ABC affiliate whether he is “100 percent focused” on his congressional campaign, DeMaio responded, “No I’m actually focused a lot more on removing Bob Filner from City Hall.”

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Senate Republicans Duck Hunt in Louisiana | #LASEN

Senate Republicans are using a classic video game and tonight’s season premiere of “Duck Dynasty” to target Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., in their campaign arm’s first televised ad of the midterm election cycle.

The ad, obtained first by CQ Roll Call, utilizes Nintendo’s “Duck Hunt” game, familiar to kids of the 1980s. Titled “Misfire,” the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s spot says Landrieu has “bad aim” when it comes to issues such as “health care, energy, taxes and jobs.”

It will air only in New Orleans during the first episode of the Louisiana-based A&E reality show Wednesday night, as well as next week’s episode. Watch “Misfire” here: Full story

By Kyle Trygstad Posted at 11:53 a.m.
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August 13, 2013

Cory Booker Wins Senate Special-Election Primary | #NJSEN

Booker won the nomination for Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Newark Mayor Cory Booker won the Democratic primary Tuesday and is now favored to win the New Jersey Senate special election in October.

Booker held off three other elected officials in the no-drama, two-month sprint to win the low-turnout nomination fight with relative ease. Less than an hour after polls closed, Booker led with 56 percent of the vote when The Associated Press called the race with just 7 percent of precincts reporting.

Trailing Booker was Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. with 25 percent, Rep. Rush D. Holt with 14 percent and state Speaker Sheila Oliver with 4 percent.

In the Oct. 16 special to fill the remaining term of the late Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, Booker faces Republican nominee Steve Lonegan. In the GOP primary, Lonegan, a legally blind conservative activist and former mayor of a small borough in Bergen County, handily defeated Alieta Eck, a physician and first-time candidate. Full story

Two More Republicans Move Toward Running for Capito Seat | #WV02

Candidates are lining up to run for Capito's House seat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The burgeoning field of candidates looking replace Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., continued to grow this week.

On Tuesday, one Republican — finance consultant Ron Walters Jr. — jumped in the race. Meanwhile, another GOP contender — Del. Suzette Raines — indicated her interested in joining the field.

“We need to move West Virginia down the right path to an economically prosperous future,” Walters said in his campaign announcement statement. “I will make a difference in the fight against higher taxes and over-burdensome regulation. In addition, I know this district intimately, having grown up in the Charleston area with deep family roots in the Eastern Panhandle.” Full story

Second Republican Enters Race to Replace Cotton | #AR04

The field to succeed Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., grew Tuesday when Arkansas House Majority Leader Bruce Westerman announced his bid for the 4th District race.

“I’ve served in the state Legislature, I’m currently serving as majority leader, and I realized the struggle that we’re up against as a state dealing with top down government in Washington,” Westerman said in a Tuesday phone interview about why he decided to run. “It’s time to go and try and change some of that.”

Westerman marks the second Republican to enter the contest — one day after Lt. Gov Mark Darr announced he would seek the seat. The field may grow further in the race to replace Cotton, who is challenging Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor in 2014.

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