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Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Rahm softens his image by allegedly screaming his head off

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Leading Off: • Chicago Mayor: Even Mayor Rahm Emanuel's supporters acknowledge that at times he can be... a little abrasive. Rahm himself recently ran a spot arguing that while he has his flaws, he uses his stubbornness to fight for Chicago. Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Van Hollen steps off House treadmill, seeks promotion to Senate

Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen is the first candidate to enter the Maryland Senate race Leading Off: • MD-Sen: Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen, who'd steadily climbed the rungs of House leadership ever since he was first elected in...Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Maryland prepares for a crowded race to replace Barbara Mikulski

Rep. Donna Edwards is one of the many Democrats to acknowledge her interest in this open Senate seat Leading Off: • MD-Sen: It's going to be a while before the race to succeed retiring Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski fully takes shape, but potential candidates are assessing their odds. Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Mikulski's departure sets off a free-for-all for her seat

There are no shortage of Democrats who might run for this Senate seat Leading Off: • MD-Sen: On Monday, five-term Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski, the longest-tenured woman in congressional history, announced that she would not seek another term in 2016. Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: A wounded Rahm tries to show he's not bleeding ahead of runoff

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Leading Off: • Chicago Mayor: If you're a mayor locked in a competitive battle for re-election, one of the last things you want to hear is that your city's bond ratings have been downgraded. But that's just what Mayor Rahm Emanuel found out on Friday. Show More Summary

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

Update: Daily Kos Elections' interactive legislative maps now feature 2014 data

Using the 2012 presidential election results according to state legislative districts calculated by Daily Kos Elections, we've put together interactive district maps of those results along with the most recent legislative results and basic information about each lawmaker. 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

The Daily Kos Great Mentioner asks: Will North Dakota elect its first Dem governor in 24 years?

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp is eying the governor's mansion once again Potential candidates are constantly getting "mentioned" for higher office, but who's doing all that work? Why, the Great Mentioner, of course. In this new ongoing series,...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

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