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February 9, 2012

Republican John Sanchez Drops New Mexico Senate Bid

New Mexico Lt. Gov. John Sanchez is dropping out of the open-seat Senate race, leaving former Rep. Heather Wilson with just one opponent in the Republican primary.

Sanchez said Thursday that a nasty primary with Wilson and conservative challenger Greg Sowards would hurt the party’s chances of winning the seat in November.

“A bitter and divisive Republican Primary would only diminish our party’s genuine opportunity to bring real change in Washington,” Sanchez said in a statement. “The reality is that the path forward to success in the campaign could cause a negative primary struggle that would leave the eventual nominee bruised, bloody and broke.” Full story

Arizona: Gabrielle Giffords’ Aide Ron Barber to Run in Special

Arizona: Gabrielle Giffords Aide Ron Barber to Run in Special

(Jonathan Gibby/Getty Images)

Updated 1:03 p.m. | Ron Barber, an aide to ex-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D) will announce this morning that he will run in the Arizona special election to replace her.

The co-chairs of the Democrat’s campaign have begun informing others of the decision, according to a knowledgeable source. Barber is expected to make the announcement via press release. The source also confirmed that Barber will only be running as a placeholder to fill out the remainder of Giffords’ term and he will not run in November for a full term.

Barber was shot twice, once in the face and once in the leg, in the January 2011 rampage at a Tucson, Ariz., Safeway that also injured Giffords.

Updated 1:03 p.m.

Barber released a statement confirming his candidacy:

“My first priority won’t be the next election – but the next generation. That means balancing the budget the right way by protecting Social Security and Medicare, creating jobs and securing our border.”

Morning Roundup: Don’t Stop Thinking About … Next Cycle

Morning Roundup: Dont Stop Thinking About ... Next Cycle

(CQ Roll Call File Photos)

In politics, it’s never too early to speculate about anything. Witness the New York Times’ recent assessment of what the 2016 Democratic presidential field might look like, before Republicans even have a 2012 nominee.

In today’s Roll Call, we look ahead to next cycle and assess the 2014 Senate landscape, as well as who might be tasked with overseeing each party’s Congressional campaign efforts. Full story

February 8, 2012

NRCC Grants 21 ‘On the Radar’ Status

NRCC Grants 21 ‘On the Radar’ Status

NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions has added 21 GOP candidates to the committee's Young Guns program. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The National Republican Congressional Committee today will release a slate of 21 On the Radar candidates in its Young Guns program. The newly recognized challengers and candidates for open seats are in the bronze tier of the NRCC’s four-level fundraising and infrastructure program.

“These candidates have worked hard to meet the benchmarks that have been laid out before them and are determined to hold Washington Democrats accountable this November,” NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions (Texas) said in a statement.
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Michigan: SEIU Backs Peters Over Clarke for Detroit Seat

Michigan: SEIU Backs Peters Over Clarke for Detroit Seat

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Gary Peters (D) picked up the endorsement of the Service Employees International Union Michigan State Council on Wednesday.

“With the SEIU joining a growing number of labor unions supporting my candidacy, I am confident that we will be successful in our grassroots campaign to strengthen the economy and help families in the Greater Detroit region,” Peters said in a statement.

Peters faces fellow Democratic Rep. Hansen Clarke and Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence in the Aug. 7 primary. The Detroit-area district strongly favors Democrats, and the winner of this primary will most likely win the seat.

Virginia: Poll Shows Kaine, Allen Remain Tied

Virginia: Poll Shows Kaine, Allen Remain Tied

Tim Kaine (above) and George Allen have been neck and neck in polls during their race for Senate in Virginia. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Govs. Tim Kaine (D) and George Allen (R) are still unable to create separation in the state’s marquee open-seat Senate race.

A Quinnipiac University Polling Institute survey released Wednesday found Kaine with 45 percent to Allen’s 44 percent. The candidates have been within 2 points in each of the five polls that Quinnipiac has conducted since June.
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Rhode Island: Governor Signs New Map Boosting Cicilline

Rhode Island: Governor Signs New Map Boosting Cicilline

Rep. David Cicilline is expected to have a difficult re-election race. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Gov. Lincoln Chafee (I)  signed into law today the redistricting plan that Rhode Island’s Legislature passed last week.

Rep. David Cicilline (D) is the big winner under the new map. It is anticipated that he will have a tough re-election race this cycle, but his redrawn district shifts Democratic voters from fellow Democratic Rep. James Langevin’s 2nd district into Cicilline’s 1st district.

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North Carolina: Former Shuler Chief Mounts Congressional Bid

Hayden Rogers, chief of staff to Rep. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) until earlier this week, announced a bid for Congress in North Carolina’s 11th district today.

Rogers is widely considered to be the only Democrat who has a shot at keeping the district for the party since Shuler announced last week that he will retire.

During redistricting, the Republican-controlled Legislature drew the 11th to be the most Republican in the state, so Rogers will face a steep uphill climb in a district that would have voted more than 58 percent for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in the 2008 presidential election.

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Florida: Mica and Adams May Face Off in GOP Primary

Florida’s likely new Congressional map started a game of musical chairs last week.

But now, in northeastern Florida, there are two players looking to take one seat. Republican Reps. John Mica and Sandy Adams appear poised to run against each other in the proposed 7th district, setting up a Member-vs.-Member primary between a 10-term Congressman and a freshman.

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Florida: West Challenger Follows Him to New District

Democratic businessman Patrick Murphy, who had been running in Florida’s 22nd district, announced today he would follow in the footsteps of freshman Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) and run in the proposed 18th district.

“Allen West abandoned his constituents to find supposedly safer political ground. Today, our campaign is putting Mr. West on notice: There is no safe district he can run to,” Murphy said in a statement.

“I have spoken to local and national Democratic leaders, as well as local activists and the support for me continuing my campaign against Allen West is overwhelming,” he added. Murphy and former West Palm Beach Mayor Lois Frankel were vying for the Democratic nomination to take on West, who recently announced he was running in a district composed of mostly new territory.

In an interview with Roll Call on Tuesday, West was asked about the potential of Murphy following him to the new district.

“That would be a very dangerous thing,” West said. “If he goes back and studies Hannibal, you may not want to follow a very savvy person that just avoided an ambush because obviously they got something that’s waiting for you.” Full story

Illinois: Pro-Kinzinger Poll Shows Him Tied With Don Manzullo

Illinois: Pro Kinzinger Poll Shows Him Tied With Don Manzullo

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (above) faces fellow GOP Rep. Don Manzullo in a primary next month. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Illinois Republicans Don Manzullo and Adam Kinzinger are locked in a competitive primary, according to a new survey from a super PAC supporting Kinzinger.

The Congressmen are tied at 43 percent in the poll paid for by the Campaign for Primary Accountability. 14 percent of survey respondents said they were undecided about the March 20 primary. Full story

February 7, 2012

Nevada: Kihuen Drops Out of House Race

Nevada: Kihuen Drops Out of House Race

(Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Nevada Democrats avoided a contentious primary in the open 1st district today as state Sen. Ruben Kihuen announced he was dropping out of the race.

His exit clears a path for a return to Congress for former Rep. Dina Titus, a Democrat defeated in 2010 by now-Rep. Joe Heck. Titus will have no serious competition from Republicans in the general election for this Las Vegas-based district.

“Unfortunately, the reality is that continuing my efforts to win in what would promise to be a resource draining primary at this time is not in the best interest for me, my family, my community and my party,” Kihuen said in a statement that was reported by the Las Vegas Sun’s Jon Ralston.

Kihuen was in Washington, D.C., just two weeks ago to meet with party leaders, and he said in an interview with Roll Call that he felt his natural base among Latinos would help him in a primary against Titus.

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Ohio: Marcy Kaptur Airs First Ad in Race Versus Dennis Kucinich

Rep. Marcy Kaptur will kick off her television campaign against fellow Ohio Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich on Wednesday with a positive, semi-biographical spot.

Kaptur makes no mention of Kucinich in the ad, which aims to introduce her in the Congressman’s home turf — the Cleveland media market — with a $90,000 buy.

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North Carolina: Sue Myrick Won’t Seek Re-Election

Updated: 4:02 p.m. | North Carolina Rep. Sue Myrick (R) announced today she will retire from the House this year.

“After thoughtful discussion with my family, I have decided not to run for another term in Congress,” the Congresswoman wrote in a post on Facebook and said in a video posted on YouTube.

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New York: Rory Lancman Explores Bid Against Bob Turner

New York state Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D) moved toward a campaign against Republican Rep. Bob Turner on Monday, filing paperwork for an exploratory committee with the Federal Election Commission. In September, Turner won an upset special election victory in the 9th district, and Democrats are keen to take back the seat their party held for generations.

In an interview with Roll Call today, Lancman, who has made a point of hammering Turner over the past few months, bemoaned the fact that “ordinary people are not playing on a level playing field.” Full story

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