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Little House Star 'Devastated' to Drop Bid for Congress

Upcoming surgery won't allow Melissa Gilbert to meet 'rigorous demands' of Mich. campaign

(Newser) - A star from Little House on the Prairie won't be moving to a bigger House after all—at least not this time around. Melissa Gilbert, who played Laura Ingalls Wilder in the Little House TV series, is "devastated" to have to drop out of her bid for Congress... More »

Jenny Sanford: I Won't Run Against My Ex

Says she's not seeking congressional seat

(Newser) - There will be no dramatic contest between Jenny Sanford and her ex-husband, onetime South Carolina governor and no-time Appalachian Trail hiker Mark Sanford, when it comes to Tim Scott's open House seat. Mark Sanford is expected to run for the seat in a special election, and while some had... More »

GOP Needs 'Political War College' on Medicare

But the issue is not why Republicans lost NY-26 seat: Karl Rove

(Newser) - Democrats are downright gleeful over their upset victory in the Buffalo-area congressional race, but they're also misguided about what happened, writes Karl Rove. The common narrative is that Kathy Hochul clobbered Jane Corwin by linking her to Paul Ryan's Medicare overhaul and that Democrats now have a lethal... More »

NY Upset Gives GOP Plenty to Worry About

Swing voters reject Tea Party ideology: Steve Kornacki

(Newser) - Yes, local issues played a role in Democrat Kathy Hochul's upset win in the Buffalo-area congressional race last night, but Republicans would be foolish to take solace in that. The results deliver a clear message: "The backlash against Tea Party governance is real," writes Steve Kornacki at... More »

Democrat Takes Lead in Big NY House Race

Ryan's Medicare plan looms large in special election near Buffalo

(Newser) - A closely watched congressional race near Buffalo looks to be tipping in Democrats' favor: A new poll gives Kathy Hochul a 4-point edge over Republican Jane Corwin heading into Tuesday's special election, reports Politico . The race is drawing national attention in part because it's seen as a proxy... More »

Deployed Soldiers Cost N. Carolina a Congress Seat

But they will return to North Carolina, guv's rep points out

(Newser) - During last year's Census, more than 40,000 troops were deployed from North Carolina's military bases—but because only 12,200 of them listed North Carolina as their home state, the state lost out on a congressional seat. That's because, though the Census usually counts the troops' current base as... More »

Census Results Could Be Really Good News for GOP

Red-leaning states to see congressional boost

(Newser) - The Census Bureau will announce its new population figures tomorrow, and Republicans will likely be fans of the numbers. Based on the figures, as many as 18 states could see their number of congressional districts and representatives change, a political consultant tells NPR . Texas is set to gain three Congressional... More »

Nixon Grandson Running for Congress in NY

Chris Cox, 30 and a consultant, is son of state's GOP chairman

(Newser) - Chris Cox, the 30-year-old grandson of former President Richard Nixon, is running for Congress in New York’s First District. A former lawyer who according to his campaign bio now runs a trade-consulting firm, is the son of state Republican Party chief Ed Cox. He aims to unseat Democratic incumbent... More »

NY Congressional Race Remains Dead Heat

(Newser) - The vote tally from Tuesday’s special election in New York’s 20th Congressional District is dead even tonight, the Albany Times Union reports after the state’s elections board released the latest totals. The contest between Democrat Scott Murphy and Republican Jim Tedisco is far from being decided, however,... More »

Burris Heads to Washington as Tensions Soar

Blago appointee to meet with Reid and Durbin Wednesday

(Newser) - Roland Burris heads to Washington today to claim Barack Obama’s old Senate seat, which he says is rightfully his, though he tells USA Today that he won't sully his reputation by making a "scene" if he meets opposition. Last night, the former Illinois AG spoke at a prayer... More »

GOP Fears Big Losses in Northeast

Dems likely to pick up a dozen seats in Congress, parties say

(Newser) - Up to a dozen Republican Congressional seats in the Northeast could fall to Democrats this November, and the New York Times looks at some of the tightest races in the region, where a well-financed Democratic party has won ever more supporters. "There could be a dramatic political realignment in... More »

Dems Fight to Retake the South

Party is running the most competitive Dixie campaign in 40 years

(Newser) - Democrats are mounting a full-scale assault on Southern congressional seats, the Wall Street Journal reports. By fielding socially moderate candidates, Democrats look like they might do the unthinkable: reverse the “Great Reversal,” the civil rights-era shift of the South from a Democratic stronghold to a Republican one. And... More »

GOP Finds Hope in Last-Ditch Fla. Candidate

Prisoner abuse scandal not impeding Congressional bid

(Newser) - South Florida Republicans are thrilled with Congressional candidate Allen West. They see the black Army veteran as a potential GOP standard bearer. There’s just one problem: In 2003, West was accused of abusing an Iraqi detainee and violating the Uniform Code of Military Justice. But some Republicans actually see... More »

Dems Score 'Safe' GOP Seat in Louisiana

Special vote costs Republicans House spot held since 1974

(Newser) - A Democrat snagged a Louisiana congressional seat long held by Republicans yesterday, strengthening Dems’ grip on the House, the AP reports. A special election followed the resignation of 20-year incumbent  Richard Baker and awarded the seat to Don Cazayoux after over 30 years of GOP control. Cazayoux took 49% of... More »

Kucinich Fights Off Challenge for His Seat

Failed presidential bid hurt his standing locally, but he bounced back

(Newser) - Supporters of Dennis Kucinich had reason to worry about last night's primary for the congressional seat he's held for 12 years: with the Democratic gadfly away on the presidential campaign trail for so long, four rivals had built up a formidable challenge. But Kucinich weathered the onslaught to win the... More »

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