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Kentucky's Whitfield Won't Seek 12th Term in Congress

Whitfield will leave the House at the end of his term. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Update 3:45 p.m. | Rep. Edward Whitfield, R-Ky., under a cloud of an ethics investigation, announced Tuesday he will not seek a 12th term in Congress.  

“Representing the people of the 1st District for 21 years has been an honor,” Whitfield said in a statement. “I will cherish forever the countless opportunities to work with them to nurture and strengthen the 35 counties comprising Kentucky’s First District.” With Whitfield on his way out, Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer – who lost the governor’s primary earlier this year to Matt Bevin by 83 votes, but pulled wide margins in the district – could launch a campaign for the seat, four Republicans with knowledge of the district said Tuesday.  

Operative Gets 2 Years in First Campaign-Super PAC Coordination Case (Updated)

Harber worked for a candidate trying to oust Connolly, above, from his Virginia House seat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 5:35 p.m. |  Tyler Harber, a former Republican political operative, was sentenced to two years in prison for his involvement in illegal coordination between a campaign and a super PAC, according to The Washington Post , in the first case of its kind.  

Harber — who pleaded guilty to the charges in February — is the first political operative to go down for an illegal coordination violation, according to federal prosecutors. Those prosecutors lobbied for a harsh punishment to try to deter others from engaging in similar activities.  

Tim Bishop in Political Peril — Again

Bishop is a Democrat from New York. (Bill Clark/ CQRollCall)

Rep. Timothy H. Bishop's re-election has once again surged to the top of the cycle's list of most competitive House races, and Republicans are more optimistic than ever they can defeat the battle-tested New York Democrat.  

This cycle features a rematch between Bishop and his 2008 opponent, state Sen. Lee Zeldin, the GOP nominee. Strategists have said internal polling shows the race in a dead heat, and this week, the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call changed the rating of the race to Tossup .