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August 9, 2012

Illinois: Jesse Jackson Jr.’s Team Laying Plans for Return to Work

Illinois: Jesse Jackson Jr.s Team Laying Plans for Return to Work

(Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s team launched a new effort this week to reassure supporters that the Member plans to return to work and seek another term to his Chicago-area seat, the redrawn 2nd district.

Rick Bryant, the Illinois Democrat’s chief of staff, said he spoke to mayors to provide them with an update on Jackson’s medical condition and indicate that the Congressman fully intends to return to work on Capitol Hill after treatment for what the Mayo Clinic has described as “depression and gastrointestinal issues.” Full story

Four Thaddeus McCotter Staffers Charged Following AG Investigation

Four Thaddeus McCotter Staffers Charged Following AG Investigation

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Four staffers for former Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich.) will face criminal charges for filing fraudulent ballot petitions on behalf of the former Congressman’s re-election bid.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced today the details of the charges against the accused, which include 34 felony and misdemeanor crimes.

“This was not simply keystone cops run amok — serious criminal acts were committed, and following a thorough and complete investigation, felony charges have been filed,” Schuette said in a statement. Full story

Indiana: New Dem Poll Shows Tied Senate Race

Indiana: New Dem Poll Shows Tied Senate Race

Rep. Joe Donnelly (left) is in a dead heat with opponent Richard Mourdock in the latest poll released by his campaign. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) released a new poll today showing he remains in a dead heat with state Treasurer Richard Mourdock in the Hoosier State’s open Senate race.

Donnelly received 41 percent to Mourdock’s 40 percent in the survey obtained by Roll Call and paid for by the Democrat’s campaign.

The survey shows Democrats believe the race remains competitive several months after Mourdock defeated six-term Sen. Dick Lugar for the Republican nomination in May. Roll Call rates the Indiana Senate race as Leans Republican. Full story

House Race Ratings: Changes in Michigan and Washington

House Race Ratings: Changes in Michigan and Washington

Rep. Steve Israel, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, was pleased with the outcome of Tuesday's primaries. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Democrats had a productive primary night Tuesday. But how good was it, really?

In Michigan, Democrats nominated their strongest possible general election candidate, a self-funding former state lawmaker, to challenge freshman Rep. Justin Amash (R) in the 3rd district. Another potential opportunity was solidified in the vacant 11th district, where Republicans nominated a libertarian reindeer rancher who is untested and unvetted as a candidate. Finally, on the West Coast, Democrats nominated the best possible candidate, former Microsoft executive Suzan DelBene, in Washington’s vacant 1st district.

“We were presented with some good opportunities last night,” Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel (N.Y.) boasted to reporters Wednesday. “Make no mistake about it: Michigan was a huge loss for Republicans and a real opportunity for Democrats.”

Full story

August 8, 2012

Michigan: AG Will File Charges in Thaddeus McCotter Petition Scandal Thursday, Per Report

Michigan: AG Will File Charges in Thaddeus McCotter Petition Scandal Thursday, Per Report

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette will file charges Thursday in the case of former Rep. Thaddeus McCotter’s (R) erroneous ballot petitions, the Detroit Free Press reported.

Schuette is scheduled to announce those criminal charges Thursday, and multiple people will face felony and misdemeanor charges, per the report.

McCotter dropped his re-election bid in June after he failed to file the requisite 1,000 signatures to make the Republican ballot. But his petition errors were so egregious that the attorney general opened an investigation into them.

The Free Press report said it’s unclear whether McCotter will be charged on Thursday. Full story

DCCC Adds New Races to Red to Blue Program

DCCC Adds New Races to Red to Blue Program

California Assemblywoman Julia Brownley was added to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Red to Blue program. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call)

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee today announced the addition of 13 races to its Red to Blue program, which brings the total number in the program to more than 50.

The races in the benchmark-based, challenger-support program are a signal of where the DCCC sees opportunities for either taking out a GOP incumbent or winning a Republican-held open seat.

The Red to Blue candidates are:

  • Assemblywoman Julie Brownley, running in California’s open 26th district;
  • State Sen. Alan Lowenthal, running in California’s new 47th district;
  • San Diego Port Commissioner Scott Peters, running in California’s 52nd district against Rep. Brian Bilbray (R);
  • Retired Maj. Gen. Bill Enyart, running in Illinois’ open 12th district;
  • Physician David Gill, running in Illinois’ open 13th district;
  • Former state Rep. Mike Obermueller, running in Minnesota’s 2nd district against Rep. John Kline (R);
  • Former Congressional aide Hayden Rogers, running in the North Carolina’s open 11th district;
  • Former Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, running in New Hampshire’s 1st district, against freshman Rep. Frank Guinta (R);
  • Bernalillo County Commissioner Michelle Lujan Grisham, running in New Mexico’s open 1st district;
  • Former aide to the New York City public advocate Mark Murphy, running in New York’s 11th district against freshman Rep. Michael Grimm (R);
  • Attorney Sean Patrick Maloney, running in New York’s 18th district against freshman Rep. Nan Hayworth (R);
  • State Rep. Pete Gallego, running in Texas’ 23rd district against freshman Rep. Francisco “Quico” Canseco (R);
  • Former Microsoft executive Suzan DelBene, running in Washington’s open 1st district.
By Joshua Miller Posted at 3:04 p.m.
DCCC, Democrats

Illinois: Jason Plummer Poll Shows Him With Double-Digit Lead

A new poll from businessman Jason Plummer’s campaign shows the GOP nominee leading by double digits in the open 12th district.

Plummer had 45 percent and retired Maj. Gen. William Enyart (D) received 28 percent in the Public Opinion Strategies poll.

The retirement of Rep. Jerry Costello (D-Ill.) created an open-seat race in this downstate district. It’s a competitive race, and Roll Call rates it as a Tossup. Full story

Washington: Suzan DelBene, John Koster Advance in 1st District

Washington: Suzan DelBene, John Koster Advance in 1st District

Republican John Koster finished first in the top-two primary in Washington's 1st district. He faces a very competitive race this fall. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Democrats received some good news tonight, as former Microsoft executive Suzan DelBene (D) advanced to the general election in the top-two primary for Washington state’s open 1st district.

DelBene, who self-funded her primary campaign, will have the early edge in the general election against Snohomish County Councilman John Koster (R).

The Associated Press called the race with 41 percent of precincts reporting. Koster led with 44 percent, followed by DelBene with 23 percent. Behind them were three Democrats: former Microsoft manager Darcy Burner with 15 percent, former state Rep. Laura Ruderman with 7 percent and state Sen. Steve Hobbs with 7 percent.

Koster and DelBene are both looking to win after defeats in different Congressional districts in 2010. Koster lost to Rep. Rick Larsen (D) in the 2nd district, and DelBene lost to Rep. Dave Reichert (R) in the 8th district. Full story

Massachusetts: Richard Tisei Launches First TV Ad

Massachusetts: Richard Tisei Launches First TV Ad

(Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republican Richard Tisei, who is challenging eight-term Rep. John Tierney (D), launched his first television ad of the campaign today, Roll Call has learned.

Titled “The District,” the spot is biography-based and backed by upbeat music and a $43,000 weeklong buy on targeted cable stations in the district, which is likely to be expanded.

“I’ve met thousands of people throughout this district,” the former state Senator and 2010 GOP nominee for lieutenant governor narrates over images of him campaigning. “I went to school in this district. I own a small business in this district.”

Full story

August 7, 2012

Missouri: William Lacy Clay Shellacs Russ Carnahan in St. Louis-Area Democratic Primary

Missouri: William Lacy Clay Shellacs Russ Carnahan in St. Louis Area Democratic Primary

Rep. William Lacy Clay steamrolled over a fellow Democratic Member in today's primary. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

You can’t say Rep. William Lacy Clay (D) isn’t a man of his word.

In May 2011, after redistricting put him and fellow Democratic Rep. Russ Carnahan in the same urban St. Louis district, Clay was direct when asked about the potential primary: “I will run, and I will win decisively,” he promised at the time.

Today, Clay beat Carnahan in the Democratic primary, and his win was indeed decisive. With 60 percent of precincts reporting, the Associated Press called the race for Clay, who had 65 percent of the vote. Carnahan only had 35 percent.

Carnahan, a four-term Congressman and son of the late Gov. Mel Carnahan (D), never really had a clear shot at winning the newly configured seat, which only included about one-third of his constituents. Carnahan, who is white, also faced tricky racial dynamics running in a majority-minority district against Clay, who is black. Full story

Michigan: Gary Peters Prevails Over Hansen Clarke in Democratic Primary

Michigan: Gary Peters Prevails Over Hansen Clarke in Democratic Primary

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Gary Peters easily defeated fellow Rep. Hansen Clarke in a Democratic primary created by the redrawing of Detroit-area districts.

Peters led Clarke in the 14th district, 47 percent to 35 percent, with 89 percent of precincts reporting. Peters, who came to Congress after winning a competitive race in a suburban Detroit district in 2008, will be the Motor City’s first white Congressman in several decades. Full story

Michigan: John Conyers Wins; Pete Hoekstra to Face Debbie Stabenow

Michigan: John Conyers Wins; Pete Hoekstra to Face Debbie Stabenow

Rep. John Conyers easily held off multiple primary challengers. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call)

Updated: 12:06 a.m. | Michigan Rep. John Conyers held off a crowded field in Tuesday’s Democratic primary, paving the way for the second-longest-serving House Member to cruise to a 25th term in November.

Conyers had 54 percent of the vote in the 13th district against a field of challengers that included state Sen. Glenn Anderson, with 86 percent of precincts reporting. Anderson was in second place with 19 percent.

As a result of redistricting, Conyers sought re-election in a Detroit district of mostly new turf for him, including some suburbs in the western part.

The victory of Conyers, 83, means he will serve for a 25th term in this heavily Democratic district. Conyers is second in seniority behind fellow Michigan Democratic Rep. John Dingell, who is the dean of the House and now serving in his 29th term. Full story

Missouri: Todd Akin Wins GOP Nod to Face Claire McCaskill

Missouri: Todd Akin Wins GOP Nod to Face Claire McCaskill

Rep. Todd Akin is the GOP nominee Democrats wanted to face in the Missouri Senate race. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Todd Akin won a tightly contested GOP primary for Senate today and advances to face vulnerable Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) in November.

The six-term conservative Member beat out businessman John Brunner and former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman for the Senate nomination. Akin had 36 percent of the vote, with 74 percent of precincts reporting. Brunner and Steelman followed and were separated by less than 1 point.

In Akin, Democrats get the nominee they hoped to face — in fact the party played some part in pushing him to victory. Full story

Minnesota: State Democratic Party Buys Airtime for Rick Nolan in Primary

Former Rep. Rick Nolan’s cash-strapped campaign received a boost this week from the state party.

The state’s Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party bought $120,000 in airtime to help Nolan in the Aug. 14 competitive primary to decide who will challenge vulnerable Rep. Chip Cravaack (R).

Two other Democrats are running in the primary: former state Sen. Tarryl Clark and Duluth City Councilmember Jeff Anderson. The state DFL endorsed Nolan during its convention in May. Full story

Hawaii: Harry Reid Endorses Mufi Hannemann in 2nd District

Hawaii: Harry Reid Endorses Mufi Hannemann in 2nd District

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid endorsed in Hawaii's 2nd district Democratic primary. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) endorsed former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann for Hawaii’s open 2nd district.

In a statement, Reid said that the two “go back many years” and that he worked with Hannemann and Democratic Sens. Daniel Inouye and Daniel Akaka on securing funding for Hawaii. Full story

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