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West Virginia: Ex-Maryland GOP Chairman Alex Mooney Eyes Capito Seat

Mooney expressed interest in Capito's (above) seat. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Maryland GOP Chairman Alex Mooney has moved to West Virginia and is considering a run for the open 2nd District, according to a high-ranking state party official.

West Virginia GOP National Committeeman Kris Warner confirmed to CQ Roll Call that Mooney had his eye is on the seat held by Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., who is running for Senate in 2014.

Illinois: Democrats to Endorse 2nd District Candidate

Chicago-area Democrats are scheduled on Saturday to slate a candidate in the special election for the open 2nd District seat.

Influential Thornton Township Committeeman Frank Zuccarelli will lead the committee to pick a favorite in a burgeoning field of Democrats.

Louisiana: Charles Boustany Jr. Cruises to Runoff Win Over Jeff Landry

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 10:30 p.m. | Louisiana Rep. Charles Boustany Jr. defeated freshman Rep. Jeff Landry in Saturday's GOP member-vs.-member runoff in the bayou forced by redistricting. The four-term lawmaker's victory marks the last House race of 2012 to be decided.

Boustany had 61 percent to Landry’s 39 percent, with 87 percent of precincts reporting.

Illinois: Special Election Candidate Charged With Trying to Bring Gun on Plane

State Sen. Donne Trotter, a Democratic candidate in the 2nd District special election, has been charged with trying to bring a weapon onto a plane at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.

Trotter must appear in bond court Thursday morning to answer the Class 4 felony charge that carries from one to three years in prison, according to Cook County State's Attorney's Office spokeswoman Tandra Simonton.

Illinois: Hutchinson Joins Special Election in 2nd District

The field continues to grow in the special election for former Rep. Jesse L. Jackson Jr.'s seat.

State Sen. Toi Hutchinson announced Thursday that she will join the burgeoning open Democratic primary for the 2nd District, south of Chicago.

North Carolina: Rouzer Concedes; McIntyre Returns to Congress

Rep. Mike McIntyre is coming back to Congress. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

After a recount in North Carolina's 7th District that left Republican candidate David Rouzer trailing by hundreds of votes, he has conceded to Democratic Rep. Mike McIntyre.

"I have called Congressman McIntyre to congratulate him on a hard-fought victory, and I wish him well as he joins a new Congress that will be dealing with very difficult issues facing our country," Rouzer, a state senator, said in a statement.

Tennessee State Representative Mulls Primary Run Against DesJarlais

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Republican state Rep. Kevin Brooks confirmed to CQ Roll Call that he is seriously eyeing a bid against embattled Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn.

"We're in the exploration/prayer mode," he said. "We are gauging our support, which is growing. And that's the reason I've decided to publicly state that this is something that we're looking at."

Illinois: Beale Joins Special Election for Jackson Seat

Alderman Anthony Beale has filed paperwork to run in the special election for former Democratic Rep. Jesse L. Jackson Jr.'s 2nd District seat on Chicago's South Side.

The Democrat's campaign announced that he "officially formed a political committee" late Monday with the Illinois State Board of Elections.

Utah: Matheson Won by 768 Votes, Final Count Shows

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Democratic Rep. Jim Matheson won by just 768 votes, according to final election returns announced last week.

According to the Salt Lake Tribune, that was just outside of the margin that would have allowed Republican Mia Love to request a recount.

lllinois: Halvorson Jumps Into Jackson Special

Former Rep. Debbie Halvorson, D-Ill., will run in the special election to replace her former political nemesis, former Rep. Jesse L. Jackson Jr.

Halvorson declared herself "the only candidate who could avoid freshman orientation and hit the ground running," in a statement to local reporters Monday morning.