2013-races

Crowded Race Forms for Markey's House Seat #MA05

Special elections in the Bay State might not be that special anymore.

Democratic Rep. Edward J. Markey defeated GOP nominee Gabriel Gomez in Tuesday’s special election for former Sen. John Kerry's seat. His victory kicks off yet another special contest to fill the seat he'll vacate in the 5th District — the third special election in as many years in Massachusetts.

Final Poll: Markey Leads by Double Digits in Special Election #MASEN

Markey's campaign leads in every public poll. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., leads by 10 points in a new poll released one day before the Bay State special election for Senate.

Markey took 52 percent in the Suffolk University survey, while Republican nominee Gabriel Gomez took 42 percent, and 4 percent of voters said they were still undecided.

Republican Wins Missouri Special Election #MO08

State Speaker Pro Tem Jason Smith won the the special election in Missouri's 8th District on Tuesday night, keeping the conservative territory in GOP hands.

Smith defeated state Rep. Steve Hodges, 68 percent to 27 percent, with 66 percent of precincts reporting, according to The Associated Press.

10 Things to Know About Jason Smith #MO08

Another Mr. Smith is on track to come to Washington, D.C., following Tuesday's special election in Missouri's 8th District.

Missouri Speaker Pro Tem Jason Smith, a Republican, is favored to win this heavily GOP district over state Rep. Steve Hodges, a Democrat.

Top Republican to Enter Alabama Special Election #AL01

Republican former state Sen. Bradley Byrne will announce on Tuesday that he will run in Alabama’s 1 st  District special election, according to local reports.

Alabama GOP consultants called Byrne the front-runner in what’s shaping up to be a crowded 1st District GOP primary to replace longtime Republican Rep. Jo Bonner. Bonner announced in May that he will resign from his seat in Congress later this year to take a job in the University of Alabama system.

Rick Santorum Endorses in Special Election #AL01

Santorum endorsed conservative columnist Quin Hillyer in the special election in Alabama. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., on Tuesday endorsed conservative columnist Quin Hillyer in Alabama’s 1st District special election.

Hillyer, a former editorial writer for the Mobile Press-Register, is one of many candidates who have either announced or are looking at running for the soon-to-be-vacant 1st District. Last week, GOP Rep. Jo Bonner announced he would resign from Congress soon to take a job at the University of Alabama as vice chancellor of government relations and economic development.

Remainders: Georgia on the Mind

Polls close at 7 p.m. EDT today for South Carolina’s 1 st  District special election between former Gov. Mark Sanford and Democratic nominee Elizabeth Colbert Busch. Keep an eye on Roll Call tonight to see if Sanford pulled off his comeback bid.

But in the mean time, here’s what you may have missed “At the Races” on Tuesday …

Democrats Markey, Lynch Resume Campaigns #MAsen

Markey has led in all polls of the Massachusetts Senate special election so far. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Reps. Edward J. Markey and Stephen F. Lynch resumed their Senate special-election campaigns on Monday. It's been one week since the two Bay State Democrats suspended political activities after the Boston Marathon bombing.

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South Carolina: Sanford Makes TV Buy Amid Trespassing Accusations

Updated 12:05 p.m. | Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford is set to appear in court this week, facing accusations that he trespassed on his ex-wife's property in early February, according to The Associated Press.

The news comes as he enters the final weeks as the GOP nominee in a special election against Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch. Continued drama in one of the messiest divorces in modern politics will add another layer of complication in his attempt at a political comeback.

South Carolina: Pat Boone Endorses Bostic Over Sanford

Republican attorney Curtis Bostic has picked up two high-profile conservative endorsements in as many days, with less than a week to go in South Carolina's special election GOP runoff.

In the last 24 hours or so, ex-Sen. Rick Santorum and 1950s pop singer Pat Boone announced their support for Bostic in the runoff against former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford.