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March 5, 2012

Maine: Indie Angus King Set to Run for Olympia Snowe Seat

Former Maine Gov. Angus King (I) will throw his hat into the race to succeed retiring Sen. OIympia Snowe (R), according to local reports. He will make the announcement tonight at Bowdoin College.

The Portland Press Herald and Boston Globe are reporting that King will run as an Independent, a factor that will make the normal political calculus difficult to determine. King was originally a Democrat, but he served as an Independent governor in the 1990s and early 2000s. In an interview last week with Roll Call, King declined to indicate which party he would caucus with if elected as an Independent.

Among the Democrats weighing Senate bids are Rep. Chellie Pingree and ex-Gov. John Baldacci. Republicans mulling the open-seat contest are Maine Secretary of State Charlie Summers, state Treasurer Bruce Poliquin and Attorney General William Schneider. Full story

Illinois: Nancy Pelosi Backs Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. in Primary

Illinois: Nancy Pelosi Backs Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. in Primary

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi endorsed Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s re-election bid during a stop at the Rainbow PUSH Coalition’s Saturday Morning Forum in Chicago.

“Jesse Jackson Jr. comes from a proud tradition but came to the Congress and is making his own mark there,” Pelosi said. “He deserves re-election and we all want to do everything possible to make sure that happens.”

The Congressman’s father, the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., is the founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition.

Jackson faces a primary challenge from former Rep. Debbie Halvorson (D-Ill.) in the 2nd district south of Chicago. The Congressman is favored to win re-election, but Halvorson is on track to provide one of the toughest political challenges he’s faced in his federal career. The primary is March 20.

Here’s the full Pelosi endorsement video, courtesy of NBC Chicago.

Maryland: Bill Clinton Backs John Delaney

Maryland: Bill Clinton Backs John Delaney

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

President Bill Clinton has endorsed businessman John Delaney in the Democratic primary in Maryland 6th district.

“John Delaney is a lifelong Democrat who has real life job creation experience, he’s a progressive business leader with a long record of civic activism and charitable causes,” Clinton said in a statement.

Delaney raised more than $800,000 for then-Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, according to the Washington Post.

Full story

Washington: State Sen. Derek Kilmer Will Run for Norm Dicks’ Seat

Washington state Sen. Derek Kilmer today became the first Democrat to announce for the seat of retiring Rep. Norm Dicks (D).

“Norm Dicks may be the best Congressman in the history of Washington State,” Kilmer said in a statement. “No one can fill his shoes, but I’ll work to continue his legacy of fighting for jobs and standing up for the little guy.” Full story

March 4, 2012

Massachusetts: Scott Brown Up Eight Points in Latest Poll

Massachusetts: Scott Brown Up Eight Points in Latest Poll

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) led Elizabeth Warren (D) by 8 points in a new poll released today.

A survey by the Western New England University Polling Institute found 49 percent of registered Massachusetts voters would cast their ballot for Brown if the election were held today, while 41 percent would vote for Warren, a Harvard professor and the presumptive Democratic nominee. Ten percent were undecided.

The poll, taken Feb. 23 through Thursday, matches two other February polls that showed Brown leading Warren in a horse-race matchup. Full story

March 3, 2012

Ohio: Members Send Late Money to Marcy Kaptur

Ohio: Members Send Late Money to Marcy Kaptur

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Just days before Ohio Democratic Reps. Marcy Kaptur and Dennis Kucinich square off in a primary, two fellow Democrats, including Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (Ill.), picked sides.

Earlier this week, Rep. David Price’s (D-N.C.) re-election committee and Durbin’s Prairie political action committee each donated $1,000 to Kaptur. The Congresswoman also received a $1,000 check from Rep. Rosa DeLauro’s (D-Conn.) campaign at the start of this year, according to online fundraising records. Both Price and DeLauro serve with Kaptur on the Appropriations Committee. Durbin, also an appropriator, was first elected to the House in 1982, the same year as Kaptur.

Kucinich’s fundraising reports from this year did not show any transfers from his Congressional colleagues. However, the late Rep. Tom Lantos’ (D-Calif.) campaign committee donated $2,000 to Kucinich in early February. Full story

March 2, 2012

Utah: Mitt Romney Urges Support for Orrin Hatch in Ad

Utah: Mitt Romney Urges Support for Orrin Hatch in Ad

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) is leaning on one of the most well-known names in the state to help him win a seventh term.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who is heading into the final weekend before Super Tuesday, lent his voice to a radio ad launched today by the Hatch campaign.

In the ad, Romney, who endorsed Hatch in September, explains the importance of Hatch’s potential chairmanship of the Senate Finance Committee — one of Hatch’s leading arguments for re-election — and encourages voters to attend local precinct caucuses on March 15 to elect delegates to the state convention. Full story

Washington: No Shortage of Successors Looking At Norm Dicks’ Seat

There is no shortage of Washington state Democrats expected to step forward in the near future to run for the seat of retiring Rep. Norm Dicks, the longtime appropriator whose announcement today caught Washingtonians on both coasts by surprise.

State Sen. Derek Kilmer, already viewed as the early frontrunner, released a statement today confirming his interest but stopped short of announcing.

“I will be seriously considering whether to run for Congress, but today should be focused on honoring Norm’s record of service,” he said. Full story

Appropriations Ranking Member Norm Dicks to Retire

Appropriations Ranking Member Norm Dicks to Retire

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Norm Dicks, the ranking member on the Appropriations Committee, announced today he is retiring at the end of the year.

“After 18 terms representing the people of the 6th Congressional District of Washington, preceded by eight years on the Staff of Senator Warren G. Magnuson, Suzie and I have made the decision to change gears and enjoy life at a different pace,” the Democrat said in a statement. Full story

Nebraska: Jon Bruning Goes on the Air Against Bob Kerrey

Welcome home, former Sen. Bob Kerrey.

Only two days after the Nebraska Democrat changed his mind and jumped back into the state’s Senate race, state Attorney General and GOP frontrunner Jon Bruning is welcoming him into the race with a new ad slamming Kerrey for his New York City residency.

Full story

Maine: Kevin Raye Decides Not to Run for Senate

Maine state Senate President Kevin Raye (R) has decided to continue his campaign against Rep. Mike Michaud (D) in the state’s 2nd district, instead of mounting a Senate bid.

Raye had been considering the statewide race in light of Sen. Olympia Snowe’s (R) retirement announcement this week. In a statement, Raye described the encouragement he had received from his supporters.

“Many of them have urged me to run for the United States Senate, and others have asked me to continue my candidacy for Maine’s 2nd Congressional District seat,” he said. “After careful consideration, I have decided to remain a candidate for the 2nd District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.”

Full story

March 1, 2012

Maine: Mike Michaud Staying Put in House, Won’t Run for Senate

Maine: Mike Michaud Staying Put in House, Won’t Run for Senate

(Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Maine Rep. Mike Michaud announced tonight that he will not run to replace retiring Sen. Olympia Snowe (R), a move that all but ensures fellow Democratic Rep. Chellie Pingree will enter the race.

Michaud and Pingree had both moved to begin collecting signatures in the hours after Snowe’s surprise announcement on Tuesday, which came about two weeks before the state’s filing deadline. But Michaud, first elected to Congress in 2002, said he is staying put for now. Full story

Texas: San Antonio Court Orders May 29 Primary

The federal court in San Antonio issued an order today setting a new primary schedule. The ruling comes a couple of days after the same federal court ordered a new interim Congressional map for the Lone Star State.

You can check out the court’s full order, sent over by the Texas Democratic Party, below. But here are the key dates:

  • March 2: The filing period reopens
  • March 9: The filing period closes at 6 p.m.
  • May 29: Primary election
  • June 10: Deadline for primary runoff candidates to withdraw from the ballot
  • July 31: Primary runoff election Full story

Gary Condit’s Son Set to Launch Bid for Congress

Chad Condit, the son of former California Rep. Gary Condit, appears set to launch a campaign for Congress as an independent in California’s Central Valley.

Condit, 45, who most recently served as a state legislative aide, has launched a website, Twitter account and YouTube channel but has not made a formal announcement. However, a story published on includes an interview with Condit in which he confirms he is running. Full story

Arizona: Democrats Looking Ahead to Fall Campaign for Gabrielle Giffords’ Seat

Arizona state Rep. Steve Farley announced today he is running this fall in the 2nd district, the Tucson-area seat that closely resembles the district formerly held by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D).

The Democrat’s candidacy is significant because he has close ties to Giffords, who resigned in January. He told Roll Call he discussed his candidacy with Giffords’ husband, Mark Kelly, but did not reveal the details of the conversation. Full story

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