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Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: A Rubio-less Florida Senate race starts out as a tossup

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Democratic Senate candidate Patrick Murphy at a 2014 campaign appearance with The Big Dog. Leading Off: • FL-Sen: On Monday, Florida Rep. Patrick Murphy announced that he would run for Senate, whether or not Republican incumbent Marco Rubio seeks a second term. Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Indiana's Dan Coats quits the Senate a second time

Retiring Indiana GOP Sen. Dan Coats Leading Off: • IN-Sen: In an unsurprising move, Republican Sen. Dan Coats of Indiana announced on Tuesday that he'd wind down his second tour of duty in the Senate after just a single term, citing his age. Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Rubio or no, Patrick Murphy's Senate campaign is ready to go

Patrick Murphy (center) Leading Off: • FL-Sen: As expected, Florida Rep. Patrick Murphy formally kicked off his bid for Senate on Monday, giving establishment Democrats their top choice for GOP Sen. Marco Rubio's seat next year and boosting the party's effort to take back Congress's upper chamber. Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Evan Bayh isn't a firm 'no' on a Senate comeback bid

Evan Bayh Leading Off: • IN-Sen: Former Gov. and Sen. Evan Bayh already announced last year that he wouldn't launch a gubernatorial comeback bid in 2016, but he sounds far less opposed to a return to the Senate. In a paywalled pieceShow More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: A gaggle of Florida Republicans await Marco Rubio's departure

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio is expected to forgo re-election in order to run for president Leading Off: • FL-Sen: Both parties expect Republican Sen. Marco Rubio to seek the White House next year rather than run for re-election, though he hasn't announced his plans yet. Show More Summary

Just how strong are the GOP's gerrymanders? Daily Kos Elections' median district scores explain

Partisan advantage by congressional delegation In 2010, as Daily Kos readers are well aware, Republican swept to victory in Congress, taking back the House and making big gains in the Senate. At the same time, they also captured many governorships and legislatures, giving them control of the decennial redistricting process. Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Brad Ashford's worst enemy may be Brad Ashford

Democratic Rep. Brad Ashford will be a top GOP target in 2016 Leading Off: • NE-02: There are a couple warning signs on the road ahead for freshman Rep. Brad Ashford, who will be a top GOP target in a seat that Romney won 53-46. ForShow More Summary

The Daily Kos Elections House Open Seat Watch: Our first look at 2016's retirements

Aaron Schock trots out of town In the wake of Republican Rep. Aaron Schock's sudden resignation on Tuesday, it's an opportune time for the Daily Kos Elections crew to resurrect a familiar feature from election cycles past: our HouseShow More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Aaron Schock's career is a total wipeout

W-w-w-w-wiiiiiiiiiipeout! Leading Off: • IL-18: One of the fastest (and funniest) implosions in the U.S. House in recent years is complete. It started only in early February, with an innocent-enough story in the Washington Post about how Republican Rep. Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Charlie Crist forgoes third Senate run

Charlie Crist will stay out of the 2016 Senate race Leading Off: • FL-Sen: It never really felt like Charlie Crist could be serious about pursuing another run for office this cycle, so soon after his heartbreaking loss to GOP Gov. Rick Scott last year. Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: The DSCC looks for their huckleberry in North Carolina

With Kay Hagan's 2016 plans up in the air, the DSCC is scouting out backup candidates Leading Off: • NC-Sen: The DSCC has been encouraging former Sen. Kay Hagan to run against Republican incumbent Richard Burr, but it's far from clear if she actually will. Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Anthony Brown searches for redemption in Maryland

Anthony Brown is looking to salvage his political career after a shocking defeat last year Leading Off: • MD-04: Love him or hate him, Anthony Brown is not the type of guy who stays down for long. On Thursday, the former lieutenant governor...Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Feingold starts with a 9-point lead in rematch with Johnson

Russ Feingold is hoping to avenge his 2010 loss at the hands of Ron Johnson Leading Off: • WI-Sen: Freshman Republican Sen. Ron Johnson is going to be one of the top Democratic targets anywhere, and a new PPP survey finds him in deep trouble. Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: It's Edwards versus Van Hollen in the race to succeed Mikulski

Leading Off: • MD-Sen, 04: On Tuesday, Rep. Donna Edwards officially kicked off her bid for the Democratic nomination to succeed retiring Sen. Barbara Mikulski. Edwards will face at least fellow Rep. Chris Van Hollen in the primary,Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Rand Paul's experimental cloning project a success so far

Wanna see a magic trick? I'm going to make this Senate seat... disappear! Leading Off: • KY-Sen: Rand Paul has been trying all sorts of shenanigans to find a way to run for both president and Senate simultaneously, and it looks like he's finally managed to become a cake-eater. Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Robert Menendez defiant as indictment looms

New Jersey Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez Leading Off: • NJ-Sen: Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez has been under investigation for a while over allegations that he used his official position to aid a friend's business interests in exchange for gifts, and multiple media outlets reported on Friday that federal prosecutors will soon indict him. Show More Summary

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

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