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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.
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.”
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.
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
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:
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
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.
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.
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.”
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
Democratic National Committeewoman Erin Bilbray-Kohn announced she will challenge Rep. Joe Heck, R-Nev., in the 3rd District.
“We need a strong voice in Congress who is on our side because of his or her values, not because there is another election coming up,” she said in an announcement Web video released Monday.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5J8QooOFJxs#at=50 Full story
Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced she will challenge Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in 2014, ending months of speculation about whether Democrats could deliver a top recruit for that targeted race.
“I have met with my supporters, we have had a great conversation, and determined and decided that we can next make the best move, the best difference in the commonwealth of Kentucky, by running for the U.S. Senate,” Grimes said at a Monday event in Kentucky.
National Democrats had laid all their hopes with Grimes’ bid since March, when actress Ashley Judd announced she wouldn’t run against McConnell. A top fundraiser and brutal campaigner, McConnell is a top target for Democrats this cycle.
A second aide to Rep. Joe Garcia, D-Fla., resigned last week as part of an ongoing election fraud investigation that continues to fester in the freshman’s office.
Garcia’s communications director, Giancarlo Sopo, submitted his resignation only weeks after Garcia’s chief of staff, Jeffrey Garcia (no relation to the congressman) resigned at the end of May. Full story
Rep. John Campbell’s retirement from his California seat will spark a crowded GOP primary, perhaps creating a ripple effect in nearby House districts, according to local Republican sources.
There are already a handful of potential GOP candidates for the 45th District — including GOP Rep. Gary G. Miller — who may consider leaving the 31st District to run there instead.
Republican state Rep. Alex Willette announced on Monday that he will run in Maine’s 2nd District, a likely competitive open-seat race in 2014.
Willette is the first Republican to announce a bid for the seat since Rep. Michael H. Michaud, a Democrat, announced last month that he is exploring a gubernatorial bid in the Pine Tree State.