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Virginia Lawmaker Spends Nights in Jail

Joseph Morrissey is serving 6-month sentence

(Newser) - Better the crook you know? Virginia Del. Joseph Morrissey won re-election in a special election this week despite the fact that he's in jail. The former Democrat stepped down from his 74th District seat after pleading guilty to contributing to the delinquency of a minor, but he ran as... More »

Scandal-Weary San Diego Gets a New Mayor

Republican Kevin Faulconer to take charge after Bob Filner scandal

(Newser) - More than five months after Bob Filner resigned as mayor, San Diego has chosen a new one: Republican Kevin Faulconer, a city councilman. Yesterday's special election saw a clear win for Faulconer, who beat fellow councilman David Alvarez 54.5% to 45.5%, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Faulconer... More »

Christie Calls Special Election, Takes Flak From Both Sides

Voters will pick Lautenberg replacement in October

(Newser) - Chris Christie was bound to take criticism no matter what he decided on how to fill the seat of late New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg. And, sure enough, now that he's filled in most of the details, both Republicans and Democrats are angry, reports Politico . Christie today declared that... More »

Mark Sanford Defeats Colbert Busch

He wins special election in South Carolina for congressional seat

(Newser) - He's back: Mark Sanford defeated Elizabeth Colbert Busch tonight in the special election for a congressional seat in South Carolina. The AP called the race with 71% of precincts reporting and Sanford drawing 54% of the vote. It's a huge comeback for the former governor and congressman—in... More »

Who Gets John Kerry's Senate Seat?

Scott Brown is a good bet, but Kennedys are dropping hints

(Newser) - John Kerry's confirmation hearings for secretary of State haven't yet started, but that's not stopping quite a crowd from measuring the drapes for his Senate office. According to Massachusetts state law, Gov. Deval Patrick would appoint Kerry's successor—likely a placeholder—then a special election would... More »

Ex-Giffords Aide Barber Wins Special Election

Hefty victory for former staffer hurt in Tucson shooting

(Newser) - Former Gabrielle Giffords aide Ron Barber has won the special election for her seat in Congress, AP reports. With 100% of precincts reporting, the Democrat has 52% of the vote to Republican Jesse Kelly's 45%, according to Politico . Giffords resigned a year after she was shot in the head... More »

Poll: Dem Ahead 12 Points in Giffords Special Election

PPP puts Barber way ahead of Kelly; party predicts tighter race

(Newser) - Democrat Ron Barber is heading into today's special election in Arizona to replace Gabrielle Giffords with a healthy lead, according to Public Policy Polling. The Democratic-leaning pollsters say that Barber, a senior Giffords aide who was critically injured in the mass shooting last year that killed six people and... More »

Mark Kelly: Gabby Should Find Closure Tomorrow

Ron Barber battles Jesse Kelly for Giffords' old seat

(Newser) - Arizona voters head to the polls tomorrow to determine who will replace Gabrielle Giffords in Congress; yesterday, Giffords herself weighed in on the matter. The former congresswoman made a campaign appearance on behalf of former aide Ron Barber, who faces Republican Jesse Kelly in what's expected to be a... More »

Giffords' Old Nemesis Wins GOP Primary for Her Seat

Jesse Kelly almost unseated former congresswoman in 2010

(Newser) - Voters in southern Arizona's 8th Congressional District last night chose Republican Jesse Kelly to face former Gabrielle Giffords aide Ron Barber in a special election to replace the wounded ex-congresswoman. Barber and Kelly will face off in June, but the two opponents have already started the war of words,... More »

Giffords Aide to Run for Her Seat

Ron Barber was shot in Tucson, too

(Newser) - Former Gabrielle Giffords aide and fellow shooting survivor Ron Barber intends to run to replace Giffords in Congress, he announced today. Barber was shot twice in the Tucson shooting spree that nearly killed Giffords, according to the Hill . "While there will never be anyone who can fill Congresswoman Giffords’... More »

Dem Hangs On to Win W. Virginia Special Election

Despite attempts to shackle him to President Obama

(Newser) - Acting West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin pulled out a slim win in last night’s special election in West Virginia, despite a late charge from Republican challenger Bill Maloney, who strove mightily to shackle Tomblin to President Obama. West Virginia tends to vote for Democrats in everything except presidential... More »

Carville's Advice for Obama: Panic!

It's time to 'fire. Indict. Fight,' he writes

(Newser) - What should the White House do now that Republicans won the special elections in New York and Nevada? "Panic," declares Democratic strategist James Carville. "The course we are on is not working," he writes on CNN . "The time has come to demand a plan of... More »

Look Out Democrats, 2012 Is Looking Like 2010

That could be bad news in the Senate: Nate Silver

(Newser) - It can be dangerous to draw broad conclusions from special elections, but last night's results from New York and Nevada make it safe to say that "the special election scorecard is starting to look pretty ominous for Democrats," writes Nate Silver at the New York Times . Coming... More »

GOP Wins Weiner's Seat

Bob Turner wins NYC seat in major upset

(Newser) - The special election to replace Rep. Anthony Weiner was widely seen as a referendum on President Obama's economic policy—and the resounding answer was: "No." Republican political novice Bob Turner soundly defeated Democratic state Assemblyman David Weprin, AP reports. It's the first time a Republican has... More »

In Nasty Fight, Weiner's Seat May Go to GOP

Republican leads Democrat by 6 points

(Newser) - Not only did Anthony Weiner lose his own seat, he might have lost it for his party—in a very Democratic district, no less. Republican Bob Turner leads Democrat David Weprin by 47% to 41%, with 7% still undecided, Public Policy Polling finds. Turner’s got a 32-point lead among... More »

Dem Wins NY Election in Upset

Medicare debate boosts Kathy Hochul to victory

(Newser) - Democrat Kathy Hochul has scored an upset win in one of New York state's most conservative congressional districts. Republican Jane Corwin had been expected to easily win the special election in the state's 26th district but her support ebbed away after she expressed support for the GOP's... More »

Miami-Dade Mayor Ousted

Carlos Alvarez recalled by huge margin

(Newser) - An overwhelming majority of voters in Miami-Dade county have decided to chuck their mayor out of office before the end of his term. Almost 90% of voters chose to oust Carlos Alvarez in the biggest recall of a local politician in American history, the Miami Herald reports. Alvarez, a Republican,... More »

Election for Byrd's Seat? Maybe Not

Ambiguity in West Virginia law leave

(Newser) - Robert Byrd’s Senate seat is up for grabs, but it’s unclear when the public will get to decide who fills it. For now, Gov. Joe Manchin, a Democrat, will appoint an interim successor. But then things get interesting. At first glance, we’re headed for a November showdown:... More »

GOP Wins House Seat in Obama's Hometown

Fractured Dems confident they can retake seat in November

(Newser) - A Honolulu city councilman has defeated two Democrats to give Republicans a midterm election victory in the US congressional district where President Obama grew up. Charles Djou's win yesterday is the latest triumph for the GOP as it looks to take back control of Congress. And it came as a... More »

What to Watch in Today's 4 Primaries

Pennsylvania, Arizona, Kentucky offer intrigue

(Newser) - Four states go to the polls today, and the results will have huge implications. Politico breaks down what to watch for in each race, and we, as always, provide the cliff notes:
  • Pennsylvania: Arlen Specter—the longest serving senator in state history—is in real danger of losing a primary
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