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Sebelius Eyes Run for Senate: Report

Could face friend Pat Roberts in Kansas

(Newser) - She's only just leaving her post as health secretary, and under more than a bit of a cloud, but that doesn't mean Kathleen Sebelius' political career is over. Democratic insiders say her name is coming up quite a bit in discussions of potential Senate candidates in her home... More »

Scott Brown Enters New Hampshire Senate Race

Former Massachusetts senator poised for official announcement

(Newser) - Former Massachusetts senator Scott Brown is officially looking to head back to the Hill—this time representing New Hampshire. During a radio interview with New Hampshire's WGIR , Brown all but said he would run, Talk Radio News Service notes; News 9 has confirmed the news. Brown met with Senate... More »

Kids' Health Issues Drove Cheney's Exit

Politico delves into last days of her campaign

(Newser) - What was behind Liz Cheney's sudden, surprise exit from the Wyoming Senate race? Up until two days before Christmas, during her team's final conference call, Cheney seemed gung-ho about the campaign. But, considering the various troubles that have plagued the campaign, including a public family feud and other... More »

Liz Cheney Exits Senate Race

Citing 'serious health issues' in family

(Newser) - Things might now settle down around the Cheney family dinner table: Liz Cheney is dropping her controversial bid for a Senate seat in Wyoming. Cheney announced today she is dropping out of the race that sparked a very public feud with sister Mary and her wife over gay marriage, Politico... More »

Booker 'Ambiguous, Weird' About Sexuality: Opponent

Steve Lonegan responds to Newark mayor's recent quote

(Newser) - Cory Booker recently said he doesn't mind at all if people think he's gay, and his Republican opponent for Frank Lautenberg's Senate seat thinks that's "weird." Here's what Booker said, in a Washington Post profile:
  • "People who think I’m gay, some
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Cory Booker Easily Wins Senate Primary

He takes big step closer to becoming Senator Booker in October

(Newser) - No contest: Cory Booker won the Democratic primary for a Senate seat in New Jersey so easily tonight that the AP called it just 45 minutes after the polls closed and with just 7% of returns in, reports the Star-Ledger. The Newark mayor beat two congressmen and the state Assembly... More »

Democrats Tricked Media in Quest to Stop Judd

Jonathan Miller goes behind the scenes of Kentucky Senate race

(Newser) - By the end of February, plenty of signs pointed to an Ashley Judd run for Senate in her native Kentucky, but it wasn't to be . So what happened? According to former Kentucky state treasurer/Judd adviser Jonathan Miller, a small number of "anti-Ashley" Kentucky Democrats helped edge her out... More »

Kentucky Dems Are Trying to Punk Ashley Judd Into a Run

She actually doesn't stand a chance in Kentucky: Jonathan Chait

(Newser) - The idea of Ashley Judd actually winning a Senate race against Mitch McConnell is, of course, delightful to Democrats—but it'll never happen, writes Jonathan Chait in a Daily Intelligencer piece titled, "Don’t Run for Senate, Ashley Judd! It’s a Trap!" Kentucky is incredibly conservative,... More »

Ashley Judd Moves Closer to Senate Run

Starts meeting with donors, strategists, politicians

(Newser) - Ashley Judd has been meeting with Democratic donors, strategists, and politicians, as well as the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, as she moves closer to a Senate run in Kentucky, The Hill reports. At one meeting, a source says Judd promised a decision by May 6—the day the Kentucky Derby... More »

Tagg Romney Rules Out Mass. Senate Bid

Mass. GOP scrambles to find Brown alternative

(Newser) - Looks like Massachusetts voters won't be getting another chance to elect a Romney after all, unless Ann steps in. Following reports that GOP leaders were interested , Mitt Romney's son, Tagg, has announced that he won't be seeking the Senate seat vacated by John Kerry. "I have... More »

Boston Herald: What About a Romney for Senate?

It says some state Republicans are thinking about Ann or Tagg

(Newser) - Scott Brown's political bombshell that he will not run for Senate has Massachusetts Republicans scrambling to find a replacement. Which is why the Boston Herald today floats the inevitable speculation: What about a Romney? And no, not that Romney. Try Ann or son Tagg. The story says some top... More »

Cory Booker: I'm Exploring Senate Run

Newark mayor looks to replace fellow Dem Frank Lautenberg in 2014

(Newser) - Cory Booker has made his decision : The popular Newark mayor will explore a run for the Senate, he announced today. "Let there be no doubt: I will complete my full second term as mayor of Newark, New Jersey," Booker says in a YouTube video and website post today.... More »

Ashley Judd May Challenge Mitch McConnell in 2014

She's considering a Senate run in Kentucky

(Newser) - The rumors are true: Ashley Judd is considering running for Senate in 2014, four sources tell Politico . But the political fledgling would be up against none other than Kentucky's own Mitch McConnell, so she's also considering waiting until 2016 to take on Rand Paul instead. The actress and... More »

RedState.com Founder Mulls Ga. Senate Run

Erick Erickson may challenge Saxby Chambliss

(Newser) - RedState.com founder Erick Erickson, the conservative blogger who endorsed the "sweet meteor of death" over any of the GOP candidates for president, is considering entering the political fray himself, CNN reports. Erickson, who is also a CNN contributor, may challenge Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss in the primaries in... More »

Clutch Senate Races to Watch Tomorrow

From Maine to Montana, here are the ones that could come down to the wire

(Newser) - The presidential race isn't the only one that will be decided tomorrow. Nearly as important is the fierce battle for control of the Senate. When the campaign season began, a GOP takeover there seemed assured, but now Democrats appear favored to remain in control, Real Clear Politics reports. Here... More »

Linda McMahon Spends Record $100M in 2 Races

Senate candidate in Connecticut spending huge sums of her own money

(Newser) - Linda McMahon is bound and determined to be a senator from Connecticut, so much so that the New York Times points out today she has spent nearly $100 million of her own fortune in the quest over three years. The money is about evenly split between her losing 2010 race... More »

Todd Akin: McCaskill Is a 'Dog'

She 'fetches' higher taxes. Get it?

(Newser) - Apparently, it's tough to teach an old, gaffe-prone politician new tricks, because Todd Akin just cannot seem to stop with the zingers, reports PoliticMO . Opponent Claire McCaskill "goes to Washington, DC, it’s a little bit like one of those dogs, 'fetch,'" he said at... More »

O'Donnell Mulls New Senate Run

Controversial Tea Partier talking about a comeback in 2014

(Newser) - She's baaaack: Delaware Tea Partier Christine O'Donnell is making noises about running for Senate again in 2014, thus ensuring that race would be at least as entertaining as her first unsuccessful run in 2010. "I think I owe that to my supporters, to at least consider a... More »

Pregnancy From Rape Like Illegitimate Kid: GOP Hopeful

Tom Smith is running for Senate in Pennsylvania

(Newser) - Well, it turns out that if legitimate rape could result in pregnancy, it's basically the same thing as an unmarried woman being pregnant, at least according to the latest ill-advised Republican to touch the subject with a 10-foot pole. The Republican in question is Tom Smith, who is running... More »

Bloomberg Endorses Scott Brown

NYC mayor hosting fundraiser for Mass. senator

(Newser) - Michael Bloomberg holds a number of left-leaning views, but technically the New York City mayor is a political independent—and he’s definitely leaning to the right when it comes to the Massachusetts Senate race. Politico reports that Bloomberg is hosting an Aug. 15 fundraiser for incumbent Scott Brown, who... More »

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