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Battle Over Senate May Not End on Election Day

Louisiana and Georgia likely face runoff elections

(Newser) - Think the Nov. 4 election will determine which party controls the US Senate? Not necessarily: Louisiana and Georgia are facing possible run-offs, while Kansas and South Dakota have strong independent candidates who could become king-makers if either party needs one more to control the 100-member legislative body, Reuters reports. No... More »

McConnell Pays Expenses if You Show Up, Cheer

GOP covers meals and lodging in exchange for enthusiasm

(Newser) - Mitch McConnell is in what the Courier-Journal of Louisville calls the "fight of his political life" against Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, with the newspaper's latest poll showing them in a statistical dead heat. No surprise, then, that the Senate minority leader hopes to have his... More »

Outcome of Governors' Races Could Be Historic

It's been 30 years since more than 6 incumbents were booted

(Newser) - It's been 30 years since more than six governors were ousted in one fell swoop, but this year could prove a revolutionary election. Eleven incumbents are in trouble in the polls (and two other open-seat races could see a party switch), the Washington Post reports. And with just two... More »

This Could Be Priciest Senate Race Ever

Kay Hagan, Thom Tillis face off in $103M campaign

(Newser) - When you're seeing three Senate campaign ads every five minutes, you might guess there's a fair bit of money going into the race—and you'd be right. The race between North Carolina Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan and Republican challenger Thom Tillis could be the priciest Senate campaign... More »

Multistate Senator? Scott Brown Wins NH Primary

Republican will face Jeanne Shaheen this fall

(Newser) - Scott Brown is on the road to becoming the first person since the 19th century to have represented more than one state in the Senate. The former Massachusetts senator comfortably won the Republican primary in New Hampshire yesterday, the AP reports, and will face incumbent Democrat Jeanne Shaheen this fall... More »

Kansas Senate Race Is Big —and Now Very Confusing

Democrat wants to drop out to help independent, but state won't let him

(Newser) - This much is clear: Republican Pat Roberts of Kansas hopes to keep his Senate seat in the midterm elections this year. After that, things get fuzzy. Heading into this week, Roberts faced a strong challenge from independent candidate Greg Orman and a lesser one from Democratic candidate Chad Taylor. Yesterday,... More »

Blogger Accused of Photographing Senator's Wife in Nursing Home

Opponent's knowledge of incident raises questions: Thad Cochran campaign

(Newser) - A political blogger has been arrested for allegedly sneaking into a nursing home and photographing a "vulnerable resident," the Washington Post reports. The victim: the bedridden wife of Sen. Thad Cochran, says a family lawyer. Blogger Clayton Kelly, 28, is said to have posted his photo in a... More »

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 »

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