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July 10, 2015
It’s been a month of diminishing prospects for Colorado Republicans looking for a candidate to challenge vulnerable Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet.
Three Republicans have declined to run, beginning with the party’s top pick, 6th District Rep. Mike Coffman, in a race that could affect the balance of power in the Senate. Drama within the state party has only distracted from the search for a credible candidate.
July 9, 2015
Updated 3:05 p.m. | The Florida Supreme Court struck down a sizable portion of the state’s congressional map, throwing the 2016 elections into a state of disarray.
In a 5-2 decision Thursday, the court ruled the GOP-led redistricting process was “tainted” by partisanship and drawn to favor Republican incumbents. The Legislature has now been tasked with redrawing eight of the state’s 27 congressional districts within, as well as adjacent districts affected by the new lines. Full story
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee endorsed Rep. Tammy Duckworth Thursday in a contested Democratic primary in Illinois — a top Democratic pickup opportunity in 2016.
“Tammy Duckworth has spent her life serving this nation and the state of Illinois, and she has a proven record of advocating for veterans, women and working families,” DSCC Chairman Jon Tester said in a news release. “Tammy’s incredible story reflects her persistence and tenacity, even when the odds are stacked against her, and she brings that same determination to her work on behalf of her constituents every single day. We are excited to support Tammy and we are confident that she will be an outstanding Senator for the State of Illinois.”
Senate Majority PAC will announce Thursday that Stephanie Potter will be executive director for the 2016 cycle, and also will release its senior staff roster.
Potter, who was political operations director there last cycle, will be joined by a number of Democratic operatives who worked in 2014 at the super PAC, which spends tens of millions of dollars backing Democratic senators and candidates.
Updated 9:18 a.m. | Republican operatives are elated about Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson getting into the Senate race in Florida, saying the liberal firebrand’s bid will create headaches for Democrats up and down the ballot.
Grayson released a seven-minute-long video Thursday morning saying he’s running. The seat is open thanks to GOP Sen. Marco Rubio’s presidential bid, and is key as Democrats look to net the five seats necessary to ensure Senate control.
July 8, 2015
Rep. Alan Grayson, a liberal firebrand whose outspokenness irks members of his own party, will announce a bid for Florida’s open Senate seat Thursday morning on a Florida TV station, according to a source with knowledge of Grayson’s plans.
Grayson’s entry into the race could turn into a messy primary with fellow Florida Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy, national Democrats’ pick for this competitive seat, vacant this cycle thanks to GOP Sen. Marco Rubio’s presidential bid.
Rep. Chris Van Hollen raised $1.5 million in the second quarter of 2015, more than double the amount taken in by Rep. Donna Edwards in their campaigns for the Democratic nomination to replace retiring Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski in Maryland.
Edwards’ campaign announced on July 3 that it raised $590,000 in its first full quarter with new campaign manager Garrick Delzell from EMILY’s List.
With international negotiators in Vienna working to reach a nuclear deal with Iran, and the guarantee of a congressional vote on any accord, both hawks and doves among pro-Israel groups are mobilizing over an issue that’s growing in importance ahead of the 2016 elections.
“Next to the economy, nothing is more important to American voters than national security, and Iran is at the center of that debate,” Omri Ceren, managing director at The Israel Project, a D.C. educational organization, told CQ Roll Call in an email.
July 7, 2015
State Sen. Darin LaHood easily won a GOP primary in Illinois’ 18th District Tuesday night, making him the odds-on favorite to succeed disgraced ex-Rep. Aaron Schock in this downstate seat.
LaHood defeated his Republican opponent, Breitbart Editor Mike Flynn, by about 69 percent to 29 percent with most precincts reporting, according to The Associated Press.
Arizona state Rep. Victoria Steele on Tuesday became the first Democrat to launch a campaign against Rep. Martha McSally, who represents one of the districts that has national Republicans worried most.
Steele, a former television and radio news broadcaster from Tucson, said in a post on her campaign website that she hoped to “build on the legacies” of the Democrats who held the seat until 2015, including Reps. Ron Barber and Gabrielle Giffords. Full story
Republican Taylor Griffin plans to announce a primary bid against North Carolina 3rd District Rep. Walter B. Jones on Wednesday, according to a release first obtained by CQ Roll Call.
Republicans in the state had long expected Griffin to mount a repeat challenge after he came within 6 points of knocking off the 11-term congressman in 2014. In a conservative district that Mitt Romney carried by double digits, the winner of the GOP primary will win the seat.
Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson raised $2 million in the second quarter, as the Republican prepares for a rematch with former Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold in one of the country’s most closely watched races.
That’s less than Feingold’s $2.2 million raised, but Johnson’s campaign said it would report $2.75 million in cash on hand, $750,000 more than Feingold. Full story
Democrat Kirk Bangstad, a Wisconsin entertainer and consultant who has worked with some of the country’s largest tech companies, announced Tuesday he will challenge Republican Rep. Sean P. Duffy in the state’s 7th District.
Like other candidates who have never held elected office, Bangstad said his message will be simple: “Washington is broken, and it will take someone who has not been there to fix it.”
Colorado state Senate Minority Leader Morgan Carroll announced her candidacy Tuesday against Republican Rep. Mike Coffman in Colorado’s 6th District.
Carroll, who will be term-limited out of her state Senate seat, had been considering a bid this spring and had met with both the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and EMILY’s List in May. While in Washington, she also attended a House Democratic Caucus meeting.
Illinois state Sen. Darin LaHood may share a surname with his well-known father, former Congressman-turned-Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. But LaHood wants voters to know he has his own conservative record to stand.