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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

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.

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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

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