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Running for Congress? Try, Try Again

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West would kick off a comeback with $500,000 in the bank, according to a campaign aide. But the Florida House districts might look different by 2014: Courts are considering a legal challenge to the congressional map that could force a redraw of the boundaries next year.

Frank Guinta | New Hampshire’s 1st District

Guinta confirmed that he’s thinking about running again in 2014 but said it’s too early to pick between House, Senate or governor. “I’m certainly going to take some time in 2013 to assess and make a determination at some point if I would run,” he said in a phone interview with CQ Roll Call.

It’s a good bet for Guinta to try again in New Hampshire. The state votes whichever way the wind blows, rejecting both House members in three of the past four cycles according to the national political mood.

Robert Dold | Illinois’ 10th District

Dold lost by less than 1 point in this heavily Democratic district north of Chicago. It was a smaller margin than most of his Illinois GOP colleagues in competitive races — all of whom ran in less Democratic districts.

Dold said he wasn’t ruling out anything when briefly questioned a few weeks ago about his future at the Capitol. Republicans believe he’ll have a better chance in the president’s home state in a midterm cycle.

Bobby Schilling | Illinois’ 17th District

In a speech to supporters on election night, Schilling said he’s keeping his options open, according to someone who was there. He lost to Rep.-elect Cheri Bustos, a Democrat, by 6 points.

Like Dold, Schilling might fare better in Illinois without Obama on top of the ticket. State operatives anticipate a competitive gubernatorial race to lead the ballot in 2014.


Val B. Demings | Florida’s 10th District

Demings is thinking about running again, according to a Democrat close to the situation. The former Orlando Police Department chief was on vacation and could not be reached for comment, according to her aide.

A favorite of House Democrats, Demings lost by 4 points to Rep. Daniel Webster in this GOP district. But the district could be different by 2014 if the courts force officials to redraw the congressional map following a pending lawsuit.

Brendan Mullen | Indiana’s 2nd District

Mullen is thinking about running again, according to two Democratic sources. He lost by less than 2 points to the Republican, Rep.-elect Jackie Walorski.

The good news for Mullen, an Iraq War veteran, is that the president won’t be on the ballot in 2014. (Obama lost Indiana by 10 points.) The bad news? Neither will Sen.-elect Joe Donnelly. The outgoing 2nd district congressman’s performance boosted his 7-point victory — and Mullen’s prospects — in this northern Indiana district.

Christie Vilsack | Iowa’s 4th District

Beloved by Iowa Democrats, the Hawkeye State’s former first lady has politics in her blood. Local operatives quipped they will be surprised if Vilsack doesn’t run again for something, but her former aide reports not having heard anything yet.

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