Joshua Miller

Georgia: Storm of Congressional Change Brewing in 2014

As the end of the first quarter approaches, Georgia is shaping up to be ground zero for the most congressional turnover in the 2014 cycle. No other open Senate seat so far this cycle has produced as much jockeying among the House delegation as in the Peach State, where as many as five members could be poised to run statewide.

GOP Reps. Phil Gingrey and Jack Kingston appear poised to soon announce bids for the state's open Senate seat, joining Rep. Paul Broun, who has already declared.

South Carolina: Sanford Still the Front-Runner Heading Into Runoff

After a first-place primary finish on Tuesday, former Gov. Mark Sanford remains the front-runner to win South Carolina’s 1st District as he heads to a Republican runoff with attorney Curtis Bostic on April 2.

Bostic is less familiar to the electorate than Sanford, a former congressman from that area. The personal-injury lawyer has a smaller fundraising base, plans to eschew negative advertising during the runoff and is seen by operatives as too focused on his social conservatism in a district where fiscal conservatism is paramount.

South Carolina: Sanford Heads to Runoff, but GOP Opponent Unknown

Updated 10:52 p.m. | Former Gov. Mark Sanford will advance, as expected, to the Republican primary runoff on April 2.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Sanford took 37 percent, according to The Associated Press. That was enough to send him to a head-to-head matchup with another Republican, but not over the 50 percent threshold needed to win the nomination outright.

South Carolina: Elizabeth Colbert Busch Wins Democratic Primary

Elizabeth Colbert Busch, the sister of comedian Stephen Colbert, won the Democratic nomination for South Carolina's open 1st District on Tuesday, easily beating frequent candidate Ben Frasier in a special-election primary.

South Carolina: Sanford Is Front-Runner in 1st District Primary

Voters in the coastal 1st District hit the polls Tuesday to cast ballots in the Democratic and Republican special-election primaries.

Insiders expect more than 30,000 people to vote in the Republican primary; 16 candidates will be on the ballot.

New Poll Shows Support for Gay Marriage at All-Time High

A new ABC News/Washington Post poll found record high support — 58 percent — for gay marriage.

In a new survey released Monday, only 36 percent of those polled thought marriage for gay and lesbian couples should be illegal and 6 percent had no opinion.

Three Takeaways From the RNC's Autopsy Report for 2014

The Republican National Committee rolled out a massive post-2012-elections report Monday that focused on crafting what RNC Chairman Reince Priebus called a "fresh beginning" for a party that was on the losing end of a number of electoral contests last cycle.

"We know we have problems," Priebus said to a packed ballroom at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. "We’ve identified them, and we’re implementing the solutions to fix them."

Palmetto State Showdown: Sanford Vs. ?

In his first television ad for South Carolina’s open 1st District seat, former Gov. Mark Sanford talked about “a God of second chances.”

Tuesday’s primary vote will be the first, but not final, test of whether Palmetto State Republicans are similarly forgiving.

Louisiana: Dardenne Not Running Against Landrieu

Louisiana Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, a popular local GOP official, will not take on Democratic Sen. Mary L. Landrieu in 2014.

"I'm not going to run for the U.S. Senate," he told Friday.

Senate Conservatives Action Launches Radio Ad Linking Pryor to Obama

Senate Conservatives Action launched a 60-second radio spot Thursday linking Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., to President Barack Obama, who remains deeply popular in the Razorback State.

The conservative, GOP-aligned group's spot, backed by $35,000 in the Little Rock and Fort Smith markets, will air through March 26. The ad opens with a man and woman watching TV together and disagreeing about what show to watch.

Shop Talk: Gingrey Puts Together Team for Likely Ga. Senate Bid


Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Ga., has started to assemble a political team for his increasingly likely bid for retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss' seat.

DCCC Trumpets Recruitment Strategy for '14

Recruitment matters for House Democrats, who are already aggressively pursuing potential candidates in order to the expand the congressional playing field and put House control in play, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel said Wednesday.

"We will win in 2014 in 2013," he said in a briefing for reporters and groups allied with the party.

House Democrats Outraise GOP Counterparts by $1.3M in February

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee outraised the National Republican Congressional Committee in February and ended the month with more money in the bank.

The DCCC took in $6.3 million in February to the NRCC's $5 million haul. The DCCC had $7.6 million in cash on hand as of the end of last month, while the NRCC had only $4.4 million.

Kentucky: McConnell Wife Elaine Chao Stars in His Campaign Ad

Former Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao, the wife of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, stars in a 30-second television spot released by the Kentucky Republican's campaign.

DCCC Raised $6.3 Million in February

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised $6.3 million in February, ending last month with $7.6 million in cash on hand.

House Democrats' campaign organization, charged with netting the 17 seats necessary to win control of the House, reported $10.9 million of debt at the end of February, according to figures provided by a DCCC official.

Kentucky: McConnell to Launch Six-Figure Ad Buy Thursday

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has bought six figures worth of airtime to back a television ad campaign beginning on Thursday. The buy marks the start of what could be one of the cycle's most contentious races.

McConnell's ads, up a year and eight months before his name appears on a general election ballot, will air for a week in the Lexington, Ky., and Louisville, Ky., media markets. The buy is in the "low six figures," a McConnell aide told CQ Roll Call.

Eastern Kentucky Coal Clouds Potential Judd Senate Bid

For Democratic actress and activist Ashley Judd to topple Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, she will need to go east in her old Kentucky home.

Judd will need to win over and activate a wide swath of conservative Democratic voters, many in eastern Kentucky, who appear wary of her bearish position on coal mining.

Massachusetts: LCV Launches Six-Figure Field Program for Markey

The League of Conservation Voters announced on Monday a new, six-figure field campaign to boost Rep. Edward J. Markey's bid for the Democratic nod in the Massachusetts special election for Senate.

Meanwhile, a source tells CQ Roll Call that Markey will begin a television ad campaign on Tuesday, ramping up his election effort seven weeks before primary voters decide between him and Rep. Stephen F. Lynch.

South Carolina: Sanford, Colbert Busch Raise More Than $300,000

The large field of congressional hopefuls in South Carolina's 1st District filed pre-primary fundraising reports this week — providing the first glimpse into the financial jockeying in the special election to replace Tim Scott, now a Republican senator.

Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, the front-runner in the contest, raised $334,000 between Jan. 1 and Feb. 27. He ended the period with $365,000 in the bank. Sanford faces 15 other Republicans, some of whom also posted relatively strong fundraising periods, according to filings with the Federal Election Commission.