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May 24, 2015

May 14, 2015

Sittenfeld Will Not Exit Ohio Senate Primary (Updated)

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Strickland is running for Senate in Ohio. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 1:39 p.m. | Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld declared Thursday he would stay in the Ohio Democratic Senate primary, despite efforts by supporters of former Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland to convince him to drop out.

“I have come here today to affirm my candidacy and to explain my campaign,” Sittenfeld said Thursday morning, according to prepared remarks. Full story

Russ Feingold Announces Senate Bid

Feingold officially announced a Senate bid Thursday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Feingold officially announced a Senate bid Thursday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold announced Thursday he will run for his old Wisconsin seat.

“Today, I’m pleased to announce that I’m planning to run for the United States Senate in 2016,” Feingold said in an announcement video posted Thursday morning.

Feingold, a three-term senator, was ousted in the 2010 Republican wave by now-Sen. Ron Johnson. Full story

May 13, 2015

The Rubio Doctrine

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rubio’s foreign policy speech is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

When Sen. Marco Rubio speaks Wednesday afternoon in New York, he has the opportunity to offer his foreign policy vision to an audience of foreign affairs experts who might have some biting questions.

But the Florida Republican, who is one of several senators making a bid for the White House in 2016, first plans to offer up a broad view of the United States’ role on the world stage, with three pillars as his rhetorical guide at the Council on Foreign Relations.

“The 21st century requires a president who will answer that question with clarity and consistency – one who will set forth a doctrine for the exercise of American influence in the world – and who will adhere to that doctrine with the principled devotion that has marked the bipartisan tradition of presidential leadership from Truman to Kennedy to Reagan,” Rubio plans to say, according to excerpts obtained in advance by CQ Roll Call.

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A Democratic Consultant in the Middle of Baltimore’s Recovery

From left, McKenna, Hettleman and Hayes chat at the Penn North Plaza in Baltimore on May 5. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

From left, McKenna, Hettleman and Hayes chat at the Penn North Plaza in Baltimore. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

RollCall-On-the-Road-Logo(150x150)BALTIMORE — On a sunny Tuesday morning one week after riots and looting upended the city, Democratic media consultant Martha McKenna was feverishly typing on a laptop at her dining room table, which was half-covered in various printed lists and Maryland Food Bank invoices, with a cellphone balanced between her ear and shoulder.

It’s the same table elected officials gathered around after the city’s curfew in the days following the riots to strategize how to deliver food and supplies to neighborhoods that had lost their already scarce shopping options to the destruction.

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May 12, 2015

Mississippi Special Election Heads to Runoff

The race to replace Nunnelee is headed to a runoff. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The race to replace Nunnelee is headed to a runoff. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The special election in Mississippi’s 1st District is headed to a June 2 runoff, after none of the 13 candidates in the field captured the necessary votes to win outright.

In a surprising twist, Democrat Walter Zinn took the first-place spot, with 17 percent when The Associated Press called the race. Zinn advances with Republican Trent Kelly, a district attorney who took the second-place spot with 16 percent. Both are seeking to replace the late Rep. Alan Nunnelee, who died in February after a battle with brain cancer.

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Loretta Sanchez May Announce California Senate Bid

Sanchez is running for Senate. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sanchez is running for Senate. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated, 8 p.m. | Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif., may announce a bid for Senate in the Golden State Thursday, which would set up a primary in the open-seat race to replace retiring Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer.

Citing an email intended for Sanchez supporters, sources told CQ Roll Call the congresswoman would make her announcement Thursday morning. That’s one day before Democratic operatives and activists gather in Anaheim, located in her district, for the annual California Democratic Party Convention. The plan described in the email was for Sanchez to stand beside her “husband, family and friends,” at the Santa Ana train station.

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May 11, 2015

Expect the Unexpected in Mississippi Special Election

Thirteen candidates are vying to succeed the late Nunnelee. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Thirteen candidates are vying to succeed Nunnelee. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The special election in Mississippi’s 1st District is a political handicapper’s nightmare.

“If anyone tells you they know what to expect on Tuesday, they are lying to you,” said Casey Phillips, a GOP ad maker who is working for Republican Greg Pirkle.

Pirkle, an attorney from Tupelo, is just one of 13 candidates seeking the northeastern Mississippi-based seat, left vacant in February following the death of GOP Rep. Alan Nunnelee.

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A Silver State Waiting Game

Heck is reconsidering a bid for the open Nevada Senate seat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Heck would be a strong Republican contender for the open Nevada Senate seat next fall. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The news Republican Rep. Joe Heck could run for the now-open Nevada Senate seat has shifted the landscape in the Silver State.

Since Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid announced his retirement, Heck has said he is reconsidering his earlier declaration he would not get in the race. By all accounts, he would be one of the strongest candidates on the Republican side.

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Kathleen Kennedy Townsend Backing Van Hollen

Van Hollen will get the endorsement of Kennedy Townsend Monday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Van Hollen will get a big endorsement. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 11:31 a.m. | Former Maryland Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend won’t run for Senate, and instead is endorsing Rep. Chris Van Hollen’s bid.

The eldest of former Sen. Robert F. Kennedy’s children had been publicly considering a bid for the open Maryland seat being vacated by Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski. Late last month, she told The Washington Post running for the seat was her “dream,” but said she was “still working on putting things together and making a decision.”

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May 9, 2015

Marlin Stutzman Leaving House to Run for Senate

Stutzman will run for Senate in Indiana. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Stutzman will run for Senate in Indiana. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Marlin Stutzman will announce an Indiana Senate bid Saturday, according to multiple sources with knowledge of his plans, making him the second Republican to join the open-seat race.

Democrats are hoping Stutzman’s entrance into the contest will produce a bloody Republican primary that could endanger the GOP’s chances at holding on to retiring Sen. Dan Coats’ seat.

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May 8, 2015

GOP Searches for Patty Murray Challenger

Republicans are hoping to target Murray, but they're still looking for candidates. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republicans are hoping to target Murray, but they’re still looking for candidates. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee might be Sen. Patty Murray’s best friend in 2016.

A Republican operative confirmed to CQ Roll Call the party is looking to target Murray this cycle, but with many of the state’s most eligible Republicans expressing more interest in challenging the Democratic governor, a formidable candidate remains elusive.

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May 6, 2015

Ron DeSantis Announces Florida Senate Bid

DeSantis is running for Senate in Florida. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Florida Rep. Ron DeSantis announced Wednesday he is running for Florida’s open Senate seat, becoming the first well-known Republican to enter what’s expected to be among the most competitive races of the cycle.

The second-term member is a favorite of tea party-aligned conservative groups, a number of which encouraged DeSantis to run after GOP Sen. Marco Rubio said he would vacate the seat to run for president.

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Democrat Eyes Rematch in West Virginia’s 2nd District

Depending on who runs for governor, Casey may challenge Mooney. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Casey, who lost by 3 points in 2014, may run again. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former West Virginia Democratic Party Chairman Nick Casey is considering challenging freshman Republican Rep. Alex Mooney, who narrowly beat him last year for the open seat long held by GOP Sen. Shelley Moore Capito.

“Oh you never say ‘never,’” Casey told CQ Roll Call when asked about his interest in the 2nd District seat.

A Democratic operative confirmed the party is trying to recruit Casey and that he’s met with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Full story

May 5, 2015

Dan Donovan Wins Special Election to Succeed Michael Grimm

Voters in Staten Island elected a successor to Grimm. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Voters in Staten Island elected a successor to Grimm. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republican Dan Donovan easily won a special election in New York’s 11th District Tuesday night, solidifying his role as the successor to disgraced ex-Rep. Michael G. Grimm.

The Staten Island district attorney defeated his Democratic opponent, New York City Councilman Vincent Gentile, 58 percent to 41 percent, with 72 percent of precincts reporting, according to The Associated Press. With his victory, the seat stays in GOP hands.

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Democrats Look Past Tuesday’s New York Special Election

Voters will elect a Grimm successor Tuesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republican Daniel Donovan is expected to cruise to victory Tuesday in the special election to replace disgraced former Rep. Michael G. Grimm, R-N.Y.

Despite the apparent opportunity for Democrats stemming from Grimm’s resignation in January, after the three-term Republican pleaded guilty to tax fraud, national Democrats did not see a path to victory and spent almost nothing to aid their party’s candidate, New York City Councilman Vincent Gentile. Full story

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