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February 15, 2012

Texas Primary Likely Pushed Back Again

Hopes are dimming that Texas will have much influence in the GOP presidential contest, thanks to redistricting litigation.

Legal fighting over the Congressional map has already pushed back the primary date from March 6 to April 3. Now, U.S. Circuit Judge Jerry Smith has told Texas Republicans that the primary will be held May 29, although that date is not official, the Associated Press reports.

Such a late date vastly undercuts the Lone Star State’s relevance in the GOP presidential primary.

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Massachusetts: Joseph Kennedy III to Announce House Bid Thursday

Massachusetts: Joseph Kennedy III to Announce House Bid Thursday

(Jonathan Wiggs/Boston Globe/Getty Images)

Joseph Kennedy III, the son of former Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-Mass.) and grandson of the late Sen. Robert Kennedy (D-N.Y.), will announce his bid for Congress in the Bay State’s 4th district on Thursday, a campaign source confirmed to Roll Call. Full story

John Delaney Goes on the Air in Maryland

Wealthy businessman John Delaney is on the air with his first TV ad in the race for the Democratic nomination in Maryland’s 6th district.

The $91,000 ad buy will run district wide on cable and broadcast TV and is a biographical spot noting that his father was a union electrician. Delaney has a self-made fortune, and the ad is clearly an attempt to expand his image beyond that of a wealthy businessman.

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Michigan: UAW Endorses Gary Peters

Michigan: UAW Endorses Gary Peters

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Gary Peters has won a key endorsement in his race against Rep. Hansen Clarke for Michigan’s 14th district. Members of the United Auto Workers have decided to back Peters in the Member-vs.-Member Democratic primary.

“As a Member of Congress, Gary Peters has shown tremendous leadership and courage by leading the fight for the automotive industry, including his work to secure the auto loans which saved over a million American automotive jobs,” said Chuck Hall, director of UAW Region 1.

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Pennsylvania: Mark Critz Poll Shows Him Trailing Jason Altmire by 10 Points

Pennsylvania: Mark Critz Poll Shows Him Trailing Jason Altmire by 10 Points

A poll conducted for Rep. Mark Critz showed him trailing a fellow Democratic Member. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Mark Critz’s (D) campaign released an internal polling memo today that showed him trailing his opponent, Rep. Jason Altmire (D), by 10 points.

Altmire led Critz, 47 percent to 37 percent, in the survey.

Keystone State Republicans moved Critz and Altmire into the same southwestern district when they redrew the Congressional map last year. Pennsylvania lost a House seat following reapportionment.

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LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to Chair Democratic Convention

LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to Chair Democratic Convention

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

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.) will nominate Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to chair the party’s national convention in Charlotte, N.C.

“Mayor Villaraigosa has dedicated his career to civic engagement and empowering people at the grassroots,” Wasserman Schultz said in a statement released this morning by the Democratic National Convention Committee. “And that’s exactly what we need to be successful at this convention — input and engagement from Americans across the country.” Full story

February 14, 2012

California: Steve Bennett Drops Congressional Bid

Ventura County Supervisor Steve Bennett dropped out of the race for California’s new 26th district, leaving a gaping hole for Democrats hoping to pick up the seat.

Bennett, who raised $241,000 in the fourth quarter, announced his decision over the weekend at the state party convention in San Diego. He had been the Democratic favorite since entering the race on Nov. 16.

In his place, the Ventura County Star reported that Assemblywoman Julia Brownley said she will take a serious look at the race. Full story

Pennsylvania: GOP Leaders Threaten to Move Primary Date

Chaos over the state legislative redistricting maps might delay Pennsylvania’s April 24 primary — a move that would effect Congressional and presidential races, too.

A later primary would give the Keystone State less prominence on the presidential nominating calendar, as well as influence several House contests, including the high-profile primary between Democratic Reps. Jason Altmire and Mark Critz in the redrawn 12th district.

Earlier this month, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered a state redistricting commission to redraw its controversial proposal for the legislative districts. But there’s growing concern the state Legislative Reapportionment Commission will not have enough time to pass new maps.

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Massachusetts: Poll Has Senate Race Essentially Tied

Massachusetts: Poll Has Senate Race Essentially Tied

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

A new poll found Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown (R) and presumptive Democratic nominee Harvard Law School professor Elizabeth Warren essentially tied in the tossup Senate race.

Warren led Brown by 3 points in a horse-race matchup, 46 percent to 43 percent — within the margin of error. Eleven percent of those polled didn’t know for whom they would vote. Full story

North Carolina: Charlotte Councilman Announces for Sue Myrick District

Charlotte City Councilman Andy Dulin announced a bid for Congress in North Carolina’s open 9th district today, hoping to replace retiring Rep. Sue Myrick (R).

In an interview with Roll Call between announcement events, Dulin, 52, harped on his constituent service bona fides and his opposition to President Barack Obama’s health care law and the Dodd-Frank legislation.

Dulin emphasized his “service record” to his constituents and explained that “nobody beats [him] when it comes to hard work, when it comes to service, when it comes to serving the customer.” Full story

New York: Court Steps Into Redistricting Morass

A federal judge has begun the process of moving New York’s Congressional redistricting toward the courts.

In an order released Monday night, Brooklyn U.S. District Court Judge Dora Irizarry asked the chief judge of the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals to appoint a three-judge panel to appoint a special master to draw Congressional lines. She cited the impending Congressional candidate petitioning process, set to begin on March 20, as an impetus for the ruling. Full story

Indiana: Club for Growth Backs Richard Mourdock for Senate (Finally)

Indiana: Club for Growth Backs Richard Mourdock for Senate (Finally)

(Shira Toeplitz/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Club for Growth backed state Treasurer Richard Mourdock’s primary bid against Indiana Sen. Dick Lugar, giving the GOP upstart a boost against the six-term Senator.

The conservative group’s political action committee endorsed Mourdock today — just four days after the filing deadline for the May 8 primary. Full story

February 13, 2012

NRCC Promotes Three to ‘Contender’ Status

NRCC Promotes Three to ‘Contender’ Status

Missouri's Ann Wagner and two other Republican House candidates have joined the silver tier of the NRCC's Young Guns program. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The National Republican Congressional Committee will announce today a second round of candidates who have become “Contenders” in its four-level fundraising and infrastructure program for open-seat and challenger candidates. Full story

Florida: Miami-Area GOP Members Back Connie Mack

Florida: Miami Area GOP Members Back Connie Mack

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Connie Mack IV’s Senate bid got a boost Monday from his South Florida colleagues. Republican Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Mario Diaz-Balart and David Rivera, along with former Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart, endorsed Mack at an event in Miami.
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New Jersey: Donald Payne Announces He Has Colon Cancer

New Jersey: Donald Payne Announces He Has Colon Cancer

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Donald Payne (D-N.J.) announced Friday that he is battling colon cancer, but he remains optimistic about his prognosis and said he will seek re-election.
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