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Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Chris McDaniel prepares to go to war with another GOP incumbent

Though you'd heard the last from Mississippi's Chris McDaniel? Think again. Leading Off: • MS-04: Despite hinting at a 2015 run for statewide office, tea partying state Sen. Chris McDaniel announced on Thursday that he would seek re-election instead. Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Ted Strickland aims for a comeback at Rob Portman's expense

Newly-minted Democratic Senate candidate Ted Strickland Leading Off: • OH-Sen: It's really happening. On Wednesday, former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland announced that he would challenge Republican Sen. Rob Portman in a race Democrats badly want to win. As we've noted previously, Strickland is a big get for Team Blue. Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Our new interactive state legislature maps are unlike any others

Leading Off: • President-by-LD: Daily Kos Elections is pleased to begin the 2014 round of our president-by-LD project. This time around, we'll be calculating the 2014 statewide results according to legislative (and congressional) districts for all 50 states. Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Nevada Republican prays GOP lawmakers don't nuke his Senate bid

Nevada state Senate Republican leader Michael Roberson (right) is likely to challenge Democratic Sen. Harry Reid Leading Off: • NV-Sen: While Republicans are still casting about for a candidate to take on Sen. Harry Reid, analyst Jon Ralston says that state Senate Majority Leader Michael Roberson is looking like the likeliest contender. Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: DWS trips herself up tangoing with medical marijuana supporters

Democratic Rep. and potential Senate candidate Debbie Wasserman Schultz Leading Off: • FL-Sen: Hoo boy. Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who is reportedly weighing a Senate run, truly just shot herself in the face. Last year,...Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Missouri Democrats hope Kander smokes Blunt

Jason Kander's decision puts the Missouri Senate race on the map Leading Off: • MO-Sen: On Thursday, Democratic Secretary of State Jason Kander announced that he would challenge Republican Sen. Roy Blunt for re-election. Kander gives...Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Philly's mayor race is the latest front in the education wars

Anthony Hardy Williams is getting major help from Michelle Rhee-like businessmen Leading Off: • Philadelphia Mayor: None of the candidates in the May 19 Democratic primary have been incredible fundraisers, but super PACs are rushing in to fill the void. Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Ted Strickland starts fundraising but still isn't a candidate

Ted Strickland Leading Off: • OH-Sen: Well, well, well. It looks like Ted Strickland is for-real serious about maybe possibly running for Senate—perhaps. The former governor has quit his job at the Center for American Progress, a top Democratic think tank, and now openly says he's "testing the waters" for a bid against GOP Sen. Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Democrats grin as Joe Walsh threatens to primary Mark Kirk

Joe Walsh Leading Off: • IL-Sen: Awww yeah! Our cat fud brand just got upgraded from "oh please, oh please" to "spin cycle set on high." Raving lunatic ex-Rep. Joe Walsh, who previously offered his "personal guarantee" that Sen. Mark...Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: The strange saga of John Kitzhaber ends with his resignation

Outgoing Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber Leading Off: • OR-Gov: In a stunningly quick descent, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber announced on Friday that he would resign his post, effective Wednesday. Kitzhaber's departure follows revelations that...Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: John Kitzhaber's swift implosion

Gov. John Kitzhaber in happier times Leading Off: • OR-Gov: Wednesday and Thursday were two of the most tumultuous days in the usually staid political history of Oregon, as Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber's fortunes yo-yoed back and forth...Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: After 30 years, Washington GOP is eager to win back governorship

Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee has yet to draw a Republican challenger, but several potential candidates are scoping out the race Leading Off: • WA-Gov: Neither party has many gubernatorial targets next year, but the GOP is expected to hone in on Washington. Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Why early poll numbers can be so hard to read

How popular is Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Pat Toomey? Depends on which poll you believe Leading Off: • Senate: Both PPP and Quinnipiac published new data on several potentially competitive 2016 Senate races on Tuesday, but for the most part, all we have are job approval numbers for a bunch of Republican incumbents. Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Team Blue's road back to the majority starts in this district

If Democrats want the House back anytime soon, they'll need to unseat Republicans like Michigan's Tim Walberg Leading Off: • MI-07: Good news for Democrats: Team Blue has landed one of its first legitimate recruits in the arduous battle to reclaim the House, state Rep. Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Bobby Jindal's greatest rival is also his likely successor

Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal Leading Off: • LA-Gov: Even as Gov. Bobby Jindal covets the Republican presidential nomination, plenty of his fellow conservatives at home are sick of him. We don't link to The American Conservative veryShow More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: California Democrats jockey for Janice Hahn's House seat

Democratic Rep. Janice Hahn is thinking of leaving Congress to run for the powerful Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Leading Off: • CA-44, 38, L.A. County Board of Supervisors: Democratic Rep. Janice Hahn is mulling a bid forShow More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Missouri GOP is in for a serious gubernatorial slugfest

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder may emerge as the primary frontrunner if he runs Leading Off: • MO-Gov: The Republican gubernatorial field has yet to fully take shape, and a new early February survey from the Republican pollster Remington Research...Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Democrats look to retake lost Downstate Illinois House seat

Republican Rep. Mike Bost is expected to be a top Democratic target Leading Off: • IL-12: Former Democratic Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon emerged as a potential contender against freshman Republican Rep. Mike Bost last month, but she doesn't sound incredibly interested. Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Begich passes of mayoral bid, but rules out nothing for 2016

Mark Begich Leading Off: • Anchorage Mayor, AK-Sen, AL: On Saturday, former Democratic Sen. Mark Begich took himself out of the running for this year's open seat mayoral race; he is starting a consulting firm instead. Plenty of potential...Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Missouri Democrats look to put Roy Blunt's Senate seat in play

Republican Sen. Roy Blunt (front) Leading Off: • MO-Sen: Both national and Show Me State Democrats have been focusing most of their energy to next year's gubernatorial contest, with the Senate race getting far less love. It's no secret...Show More Summary

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