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Arizona’s Special Election Heads to Home Stretch
Both parties watching whether 8th District race will be close

Arizona Republican Debbie Lesko has benefited from significant outside spending in the 8th District special election. (Courtesy Debbie Lesko for Congress)

Rep. Trent Franks resigned in December amid allegations that he sexually harassed female staffers. Next week, no matter which party wins the race to replace the Arizona Republican, a woman will be elected to succeed him.

The April 24 special election in the 8th District pits former GOP state Sen. Debbie Lesko against Democrat Hiral Tipirneni, a cancer research advocate and former emergency room physician. The two could also meet again in November since both intend to file to run for a full term.

Young Kim Launches First TV Ad in California’s 39th District
Kim is the first Republican in the crowded race to go on the airwaves

Former California Republican Assemblywoman Young Kim is running for the open 39th District seat. (Thomas McKinless/CQ Roll Call file photo).

Congressional hopeful Young Kim is the first Republican to go on the airwaves in the crowded race for California’s 39th District, launching a television ad Thursday. 

The spot, shared first with Roll Call, highlights the former assemblywoman’s ties to the man she is hoping to replace — retiring GOP Rep. Ed Royce. Kim worked for the congressman for two decades 

Phifer Drops out of Race to Succeed Nolan in Minnesota’s 8th District
Former FBI analyst received most votes at DFL convention but decided against running in primary

Minnesota Rep. Rick Nolan is not running for re-election. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Despite winning the most delegate votes at the Democratic-Farmer-Labor convention for Minnesota’s 8th District on Saturday, Leah Phifer announced Wednesday she will not run in the August primary.

The convention did not result in an endorsement because no candidate received the required 60 percent of the delegate votes.

Inside the Antique Mall That’s Greg Pence’s Largest Asset
Vice president’s brother is running for Congress but seldom gives interviews

A worker arranges merchandise at the Exit 76 Antique Mall in Edinburgh, Ind., on April 6. The store is owned by Denise and Greg Pence, the latter a candidate for the Republican nomination for Indiana’s 6th District. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

EDINBURGH, Ind. — He’s not big on talking to the media, but if you want to see Indiana congressional candidate Greg Pence, the brother of the vice president, the Exit 76 Antique Mall here may be a good place to look.

Along with another smaller antique mall in nearby Bloomington, this 72,000-square-foot mall is Pence’s largest asset. The warehouse-like building carries everything from a $10 U.S. Capitol porcelain plate to an $800 barbecue bull that lets smoke out of its nose, with plenty of Elvis figurines, costume jewelry, knives and grandfather clocks stuffed in between.

Another Wisconsin Republican Passes on Running for Ryan’s Seat
State Rep. Samantha Kerkman cites family concerns in announcing she won’t run

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and his staff walk back to his office after he announced his retirement at a news conference last week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Another Wisconsin Republican passed on running for House Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s seat, which he will vacate after this term.

State Rep. Samantha Kerkman cited concerns about her family in announcing she wouldn’t run for the 1st District seat, the Kenosha News reported.

Democratic Divide Flares in Pennsylvania’s 7th District
Race to replace Charlie Dent became more competitive after new map

Greg Edwards, center, speaks at a forum with Democratic candidates in Pennsylvania’s 7th District. (Bridget Bowman/CQ Roll Call)

ALLENTOWN, Pa. — At a recent Democratic candidate forum here in Pennsylvania’s 7th District, five hopefuls raised their hands to show their support for abortion rights. One candidate kept his hand down.

North Hampton County District Attorney John Morganelli said after the event that he supports abortion under certain circumstances, but described himself as “a pro-life Democrat like Sen. Bob Casey.”

Minnesota DFL Makes No Endorsement to Succeed Nolan
Leah Phifer and Joe Radinovich had the most support, but none reached required 60 percent

Rep. Rick Nolan, D-Minn., initially endorsed former state Rep. Joe Radinovich but then said he would reserve judgment when no candidate earned the party's endorsement to succeed him. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

After 10 hours of deliberation, delegates for the Democratic Farmer-Labor Party voted not to endorse any candidate to run for the seat Minnesota Rep. Rick Nolan is vacating.

None of the five candidates running to succeed Nolan for the 8th District seat  were able to reach the required 60 percent of support to receive the state party’s endorsement, MinnPost reported.

Republican Rocky Chavez Tops Poll for Issa’s Seat
Democrat Doug Applegate, who narrowly lost to Issa in 2016, is second

Democrat Mike Levin finished third in a poll in the race to replace retiring Republican Rep. Darrell Issa in California’s 49th District. (Thomas McKinless/CQ Roll Call).

A new public poll shows Republican state Assemblyman Rocky Chavez leading the race to replace outgoing Rep. Darrell Issa in California’s 49th District.

Chavez leads the race with 16 percent, followed by Democrat Doug Applegate, who was favored by 12 percent of those surveyed in the San Diego Union Tribune/10 News poll.

Ryan’s Retirement Timing Adds Complications to Leadership Battle
Midterm results will factor into GOP race dynamics

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, center, left, and Majority Whip Steve Scalise are declining to publicly say if they’re interested in succeeding Speaker Paul D. Ryan, who announced his retirement Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s decision to “run through the tape” and wait until the end of his term to exit Congress makes an already complicated race for his leadership position even more so.

With rumors about Ryan’s potential exit from Congress circulating for the past few months, potential successors like House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California and Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana had begun quietly positioning themselves for a leadership battle.

Ryan’s Exit Opens Up Race in Wisconsin’s 1st District
Republicans are confident they will hold the seat

Speaker Paul D Ryan, R-Wis., and his staff walk back to his office Wednesday after holding his press conference to announce his retirement. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s decision not to run for re-election opens up the race for his seat in southeast Wisconsin, which Democrats are targeting this year.

Ryan, who was first elected in 1998, said Wednesday he could not in good conscience ask 1st District voters for their support when he was not going to stay in Congress.