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Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Joe Heck listens as the GOP pleads for him to run for Senate

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The NRSC is hoping they can land Rep. Joe Heck Leading Off: • NV-Sen: Rep. Joe Heck has repeatedly said that he doesn't want to run for Harry Reid's open Senate seat next year, but national Republicans have never given up hope that they can change his mind. Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Steve Knight might be the one who gets 'dropped on his ass'

Republican Rep. Steve Knight Leading Off: • CA-25: Republicans have held California's 25th Congressional District in northern Los Angeles County for ages, but presidential turnout might give Democrats a shot at pulling off an upset next year. Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: What's up with Joe Sestak's weak fundraising quarter?

Democratic Senate candidate Joe Sestak with supporters Leading Off: • PA-Sen: Whatever your opinion of him, ex-Rep. Joe Sestak has always been a strong fundraiser, which makes his weak first-quarter haul quite surprising. Sestak pulled...Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Supreme Court tosses Republican maps in North Carolina

Leading Off: • NC Redistricting: On Monday, the Supreme Court vacated a ruling from North Carolina's highest court that had upheld Republican-drawn maps of the state's congressional and legislative districts. While we don't yet knowShow More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Joe Manchin chooses the Senate over another gubernatorial bid

West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin Leading Off: • WV-Gov, Sen: On Sunday, Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin announced that he would seek re-election to the Senate in 2018 rather than run for his old job as governor next year. The move...Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: How is Russ Feingold like Han Solo? We're stoked to see him back

I have a good feeling about this Leading Off: • WI-Sen: Sweet merciful Moses! Run, don't walk, to Marquette's new poll of their home state of Wisconsin, which finds that former Sen. Russ Feingold would beat the man who unseated him in 2010, Republican Sen. Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Furious over RFRA, a legit Republican threatens to primary Pence

Indiana Republican Gov. Mike Pence Leading Off: • IN-Gov: Well, this would be fascinating. Bill Oesterle, a Republican who managed Mitch Daniels' first campaign for governor in 2004, just stepped down as CEO of the review website Angie's List—and he says he may primary the guy who succeeded Daniels, Gov. Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: The Club for Growth has found their man in Florida

Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis (right) with Louisiana Sen. David Vitter Leading Off: • FL-Sen: No Republicans have entered the race to succeed presidential candidate Marco Rubio yet, but several are positioning themselves for the long contest. Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Rubio gets bored of Senate after four years, does something else

Marco Rubio will depart the Senate to spend more time with his caucus-goers Leading Off: • FL-Sen: On Monday, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio confirmed that he will not seek re-election to the Senate in 2016, and will instead run for president. Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Democrats zero in on an unlikely Sestak alternative

The DSCC is looking for an alternative to former Rep. Joe Sestak Leading Off: • PA-Sen: We recently learned that incoming Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer has been searching for a candidate to oppose 2010 nominee Joe Sestak in the primary, and he may have found him. Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: A tea-partying ghost may haunt New Hampshire GOP again

Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte may need to watch out for an old primary rival Leading Off: • NH-Sen: Back in 2010, tea partier Ovide Lamontagne very nearly joined the ranks of nutter Senate nominees Republicans wished they weren't stuck...Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: DSCC tries to anoint Catherine Cortez Masto as Reid's successor

Catherine Cortez Masto (at left) Leading Off: • NV-Sen: On Wednesday, former Democratic Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto announced that she would run to succeed retiring Sen. Harry Reid. The DSCC quickly endorsed her and Reid gave her his support before she even publicly expressed interest. Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Rahm overpowers progressives, wins second term

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was re-elected on Tuesday Leading Off: • Chicago Mayor: On Tuesday, voters made their selection in Chicago's mayoral runoff, and as the polls predicted, incumbent Rahm Emanuel won an easy 56-44 victory over...Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Quinnipiac offers up eye-popping numbers in key Senate contests

Quinnipiac finds Republican Sen. Pat Toomey (left) smoking Democrat Joe Sestak (right) in a rematch of their tight 2010 contest Leading Off: • FL, OH, PA-Sen: Quinnipiac just published a batch of polls from three presidential swing states that are also all hosting key Senate races next year, and the results are a bit surprising. Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: A weak primary opponent may again save John McCain

Actual good news... for John McCain! Leading Off: • AZ-Sen: Hard-line conservatives would love to give John McCain a real primary challenge, but they're at risk of being stuck with a sub-standard candidate for the second time in a row. Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Democrat Pete Gallego is back for a rematch in Texas swing seat

Texas Democrat Pete Gallego Leading Off: • TX-23: On Thursday, former Democratic Rep. Pete Gallego announced that he would seek a rematch with freshman Republican Will Hurd. While the DCCC began recruiting Gallego almost immediatelyShow More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Montana GOP hopes to give Steve Bullock a tough race

Montana Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock Leading Off: • MT-Gov: Republicans are planning to target Gov. Steve Bullock, a red state Democrat who only narrowly won his first term. No one serious has jumped in yet, but the Bozeman Daily Chronicle...Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: An old foe prepares for a rematch against Mike Pence

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Leading Off: • IN-Gov: Republican incumbent Mike Pence hasn't exactly had the smoothest few days of his career, and his 2012 Democratic opponent sounds ready to pounce. Former state House Speaker John Gregg has...Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Tammy Duckworth will take on Mark Kirk

Democratic Senate candiate Tammy Duckworth Leading Off: • IL-Sen: As expected, Rep. Tammy Duckworth formally kicked off her campaign against GOP Sen. Mark Kirk on Monday, making her the first Democrat to enter the race. (She's posted...Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Nevada institution Harry Reid announces surprise retirement

Retiring Nevada Democratic Sen. Harry Reid Leading Off: • NV-Sen: Despite spending the last few months saying he would run for re-election, Democratic Sen. Harry Reid announced on Friday that he would not be on the ballot in 2016. Nevada...Show More Summary

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