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February 28, 2012

Nebraska: Reid Won’t Give Details on Kerrey Decision

Amid speculation that former Sen. Bob Kerrey (D-Neb.) is reconsidering a run for his old seat, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) today acknowledged that he has had extensive conversations with Kerrey, but gave no other details.

“There is a lot of speculation out there; number one is whether Bob is going to be running,” Reid said at a press conference. “I have had, over the last several weeks, lots of conversations with Bob Kerrey and none of those am I going to talk about here.”

Other Democrats were also quiet about Kerrey including Sen. Patty Murray (Wash.) who is chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Full story

Virginia: John Douglass to Switch Districts and Challenge Hurt

Ret. Air Force General John Douglass is expected to announce next week that he will run in Virginia’s 5th district instead of in the 10th.

The Democrat’s campaign said today that Douglass will travel through each county in the expansive 5th district, currently held by freshman Rep. Robert Hurt (R), before his March 6 announcement. Douglass had originally filed to run against Rep. Frank Wolf (R) in Northern Virginia, but Douglass’ home was drawn into the 5th under the redistricting plan signed into law last month.

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Florida: Boehner to Appear at Fundraiser With Vern Buchanan

Florida: Boehner to Appear at Fundraiser With Vern Buchanan

(Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) will appear at a fundraising event Saturday hosted by Florida GOP Rep. Vern Buchanan, who is reportedly under investigation by federal authorities.

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Between the Lines: Virginia Court Dismisses Challenge to Map

Virginia is one step away from completing redistricting after the Richmond Circuit Court on Monday dismissed a lawsuit challenging the Legislature-drawn Congressional map.

The lawsuit argued that the state Legislature, which Republicans won complete control of in November’s state elections, was constitutionally mandated to complete redistricting in 2011. A similar lawsuit filed in federal court was dismissed Feb. 10. Full story

Missouri: Russ Carnahan, William Lacy Clay Set to Face Off

Missouri: Russ Carnahan, William Lacy Clay Set to Face Off

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Updated 2:55 p.m. | Missouri Rep. Russ Carnahan filed today to run in the urban St. Louis 1st district, setting off a potentially racially charged Democratic primary with Rep. William Lacy Clay that pits two Missouri political dynasties — one white, one black — against each other.

In the majority-minority district, both Congressmen will be familiar to voters, but Clay probably has the early edge. Only a third of Carnahan’s current constituents were drawn into the reconfigured 1st.

“It’s impossible to overlook the minority aspect here,” said Mike Kelley, a St. Louis Democrat who is a former executive director of the Missouri Democratic Party. “There will be a lot of downticket races that will have primaries, particularly in the African-American community, that will drive some turnout in this election. It will be something Caranhan will have to overcome, and it will be something that Clay will have to capitalize on.” Full story

February 27, 2012

Arizona: Five Candidates File for Giffords Special

With just a few hours left before Monday’s filing deadline, one Democrat and four Republicans had filed nominating petitions with the Arizona secretary of state’s office to run in the 8th district special election. Democrat Gabrielle Giffords resigned from the seat Jan. 25. Full story

California: Blong Xiong Making Rounds in D.C.

Fresno City Councilman Blong Xiong told Roll Call on Monday that he has meetings scheduled on Capitol Hill today and Wednesday regarding his potential bid for California’s new 21st district. Full story

North Carolina: Mike McIntyre Running for Re-Election After All

North Carolina: Mike McIntyre Running for Re Election After All

(Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.), who had flirted with a gubernatorial run earlier this year and who was drawn into Democratic Rep. Larry Kissell’s district by the GOP-controlled Legislature, filed to run in the 7th district Monday. Full story

Massachusetts: Scott Brown Backs Richard Tisei’s House Bid

Massachusetts: Scott Brown Backs Richard Tisei’s House Bid

Sen. Scott Brown (above) endorsed fellow Massachusetts Republican Richard Tisei in his House campaign. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former state Sen. Richard Tisei (R), who is taking on Rep. John Tierney (D) in Massachusetts’ 6th district, got the endorsement of Sen. Scott Brown (R) on Monday. Full story

Utah: Carl Wimmer Nabs Another Conservative Blessing

Carl Wimmer, one of three top candidates in the GOP primary to challenge Rep. Jim Matheson (D-Utah), has picked up another conservative endorsement. Full story

Shop Talk: Kate Chapek Leading Women’s Outreach for Obama Campaign

Kate Chapek started today as national women’s vote director for President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign, Roll Call has learned.

Chapek is spearheading an arm of the campaign’s Operation Vote, charged with engaging and mobilizing women voters. The program, designed to expand the electorate and maximize participation from crucial constituencies, drives the campaign’s strategy for utilizing paid media and other forms of outreach to communicate with and engage key demographic groups. Full story

New Mexico: Heather Wilson Up Big in Senate Primary Poll

Former New Mexico Rep. Heather Wilson is the overwhelming favorite to win the Republican Senate nomination, according to an internal poll released today.

Public Opinion Strategies partner Glen Bolger conducted the poll less than a week after Lt. Gov. John Sanchez’s Feb. 9 announcement that he was dropping out of the race. His decision left conservative businessman Greg Sowards as Wilson’s only GOP challenger. Full story

Report: Bob Kerrey Will Run for Nebraska Senate Seat After All

Former Sen. Bob Kerrey (D-Neb.) has decided to run for Senate in Nebraska, according to a report by the Washington Post.

Only three weeks ago, Kerrey announced he would not run for Senate. The change of heart is seen as a major boost for Democrats, who were unlikely to compete to hold the seat of retiring Sen. Ben Nelson absent a top-tier candidate.

Kerrey, a former governor and two-term Senator, has statewide star power similar to Nelson’s, and his entrance is expected to change the dynamics of the race. The current GOP field includes state Attorney General Jon Bruning, state Treasurer Don Stenberg and state Sen. Deb Fischer. Full story

Florida: Democrat to Announce Against Bill Young Today

Florida: Democrat to Announce Against Bill Young Today

(Courtesy Jessica Ehrlich)

Former Congressional aide and attorney Jessica Ehrlich (D) will announce a bid for Congress today against 21-term Rep. Bill Young (R) in Florida’s newly numbered 13th Congressional district. Full story

February 24, 2012

Arizona: Don Bivens Loses Ann Kirkpatrick Endorsement

Arizona: Don Bivens Loses Ann Kirkpatrick Endorsement

Former Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick has withdrawn her primary endorsement of a fellow Democrat in the Arizona Senate race. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In a blow to former Arizona Democratic Party Chairman Don Bivens’ campaign for the Senate, former Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D) has withdrawn her primary endorsement of him.

“Ann has decided to be neutral in the Senate primary, but she looks forward to seeing an Arizona Democrat win that seat in the general election,” Kirkpatrick spokeswoman Jennifer Johnson said in a statement.

“Ann has expressed that she wants to focus on her own race,” Bivens spokesman Mark Bergman said. “Don looks forward to running with her on the ticket this November.”
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