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Rove Aide Enters Race Against Scott Peters

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Capitol Hill vet and former George W. Bush aide Denise Gitsham on Friday officially put incumbent Rep. Scott Peters, D-Calif., on notice that she wants his job.  

"I'm running because I believe public servants should be just that, servants, not self-serving," the first-time candidate told supporters at a campaign kickoff covered by KBPS .  

GOP Searches for Patty Murray Challenger

Republicans are hoping to target Murray, but they're still looking for candidates. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee might be Sen. Patty Murray’s best friend in 2016.  

A Republican operative confirmed to CQ Roll Call the party is looking to target Murray this cycle, but with many of the state’s most eligible Republicans expressing more interest in challenging the Democratic governor, a formidable candidate remains elusive.  

Temps and Tensions Max Out in Arizona Primary

Gallego speaks to Arizona primary volunteers before they canvass. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

PHOENIX — It’s a dry 108-degree heat this August afternoon, and Tony Valdovinos only prays it gets hotter. The curly-haired field director for Ruben Gallego, a Democrat running in the open House race here, has his reasons.  

“We know when it’s hot, we’re the only ones out there,” says Valdovinos, slighting the opposition’s turnout operation as he drives through a wide boulevard en route to an early evening canvass.  

Mary Rose Wilcox Vies for Arizona's 7th District (Video)

Wilcox, D-Ariz., candidate for Congress from Arizona's 7th district. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Former Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox, a Democrat, hopes her community ties and political experience will boost her to victory in Tuesday's primary in Arizona's 7th District.  

In an interview with CQ Roll Call in Washington, D.C., Wilcox laid out what she believes will be a winning strategy for the primary. “We’re targeting, we’re making sure that we’re getting the voters out,” said Wilcox in late July. “I know my community. My community has shared with me many of their concerns, and so the message is one that is resonating. And that's how we win.” Out of Wilcox's three primary opponents, her top rival is former state Rep. Ruben Gallego, whom CQ Roll Call interviewed earlier this summer . The candidates are vying to replace Rep. Ed Pastor, a Democrat who announced his retirement  this year after serving 11 terms.  Pastor has backed Wilcox in the race to fill his seat, along with EMILY’s List. Gallego, a former Marine, has received support from liberal veterans group VoteVets and Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva, D-Ariz.  

Hawaii Primary Results: Hurricane Iselle Delays Force Brian Schatz, Colleen Hanabusa to Wait

Hanabusa challenged Schatz in the primary. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Democratic primary between Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz and Rep. Colleen Hanabusa was too close to call early Sunday morning, and the race may not be decided for days.  

Voting in two precincts on the Big Island, which was hit hardest by Hurricane Iselle, was postponed because of storm damage, KITV reported . Those Democrats will vote absentee and essentially decide the contest, though Hanabusa has some ground to make up.  

Hawaii Senator Gets Distance From Governor Who Appointed Him

Brian Schatz is an appointed senator from Hawaii. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The careers of Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz and Gov. Neil Abercrombie have been linked for several years, but the Schatz campaign has worked for the past 18 months to ensure their political fates are not.  

With the Aloha State Democratic primaries just a week away, it’s increasingly possible Schatz, the former lieutenant governor appointed by Abercrombie in December 2012, could win the Senate nomination, even as the governor loses his own re-nomination.  

Senator Gets Outside Help for Final Days of Hawaii Primary (Video)

Schatz hopes to win the Aug. 9 primary. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The League of Conservation Voters is spending $380,000 on a TV ad campaign over the next two weeks to boost Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz in the Aug. 9 Democratic primary.  

Schatz, who was appointed to fill the seat of Daniel K. Inouye in December 2012, faces Rep. Colleen Hanabusa in the competitive nomination fight. They're running to serve the remaining two years of Inouye's term.  

Ruben Gallego Seeks Arizona's 7th District (Video Interview)

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State Rep. Ruben Gallego, an Arizona Democrat, said he's unsure how much money he'll need to succeed retiring Rep. Ed Pastor, D-Ariz., in the 7th District, according to an interview with CQ Roll Call. "It's hard to say," Gallego said. "It's not going to be a cheap race. This is a five month race."  

Monica Wehby Wins GOP Senate Primary in Oregon
Former Michigan Congressman Is Running Again

Clarke is running for Congress again. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

   

Former Michigan Rep. Hansen Clarke has filed to run for Congress again.