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Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: The field is set in 2015's biggest race

Tea partier Matt Bevin jumped into the Kentucky gubernatorial primary at the last minute Leading Off: • KY-Gov: Time to stock up on the cat fud, because tea partying businessman Matt Bevin is running for governor! Bevin jumped into the race on Tuesday, the last day for candidates to file to run in the Bluegrass State. Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Liberal firebrand Alan Grayson weighs a run for Senate

Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson may jump into the Senate race whether or not Marco Rubio runs for re-election Leading Off: • FL-Sen: Outspoken Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson represents a safe Orlando-area district, but it seems he has bigger things in mind. Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Meet the far-right's newest primary target

Rep. Renee Ellmers has gone from a tea party success story to an ideological heretic Leading Off: • NC-02: If you told me back in January of 2011 that Renee Ellmers—Renee Ellmers!—would not be crazy enough for the GOP in just four years time... Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Team Cincinnatus departs Rome, returns to farm

Tom "Cincinnatus" Steyer Leading Off: • CA-Sen: Good news for California Democrats, but as Colin Campbell wryly notes, bad news for California consultants: Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer, who had styled himself a reluctant savior of his party in the mold of the Roman dictator Cincinnatus, says that he won't run for Senate after all. Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Democratic poll spells bad news for Team Blue on Staten Island

Republican Dan Donovan Leading Off: • NY-11: Well, this is seriously bad news on several levels for Democratic hopes of winning back Mike Grimm's seat. Some unknown person just leaked a DCCC poll, conducted by Global Strategy Group,Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: The Toomey-Sestak rematch starts off tight

Pennsylvania's Republican Sen. Pat Toomey starts the 2016 cycle as a top Democratic target Leading Off: • PA-Sen: Here's how you know the 2015-16 election cycle has officially begun: The good folks at Public Policy Polling have released their first public poll of the year. Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Tammy Duckworth looks at unseating Mark Kirk

Democratic Rep. and prospective Senate candidate Tammy Duckworth Leading Off: • IL-Sen: Until now Democratic Rep. Tammy Duckworth has been pretty mum about a potential campaign against Republican Sen. Mark Kirk, though her campaign team has been keeping her name in contention. Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Why Staten Island Democrats are afraid to talk about Garner

Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan, the GOP's presumptive special election nominee Leading Off: • NY-11: While Republican Dan Donovan has sounded a few uncertain notes over his failure to obtain an indictment in the Eric Garner case, it sounds like Democrats are ready to drop the issue in the special election to replace disgraced ex-Rep. Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: First Democrat announces for Iowa House seat that got away

Democrats are hoping they can make Rod Blum (right) a one-term wonder Leading Off: • IA-01: Democrats were not happy to lose this blue-tinted eastern Iowa seat last year to Rod Blum, and they're looking to retake it posthaste. 2014 primary...Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: National Democrats look to retake Florida swing seat

The DCCC is turning to 2014 lieutenant governor nominee Annette Taddeo Leading Off: • FL-26: Freshman Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo took this swingy but Democratic-trending Miami-area seat last year, and national Democrats are making retaking it a priority. Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: DSCC tries to clear field for Harris, but others still looking

Leading Off: • CA-Sen: On Tuesday, Democratic Attorney General Kamala Harris officially kicked off her campaign to succeed Barbara Boxer, and she quickly drew a favorable response from national Democrats. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign...Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Harris is in and Newsom is out for Boxer's Senate seat

California's Democratic Attorney General Kamala Harris will run for the U.S. Senate Leading Off: • CA-Sen: One of the major questions in this race has been whether state Attorney General Kamala Harris or Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a fellow Democrat, would run to succeed Sen. Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Barbara Boxer's would-be successors are on the move

Democratic billionaire Tom Steyer is contemplating a Senate campaign Leading Off: • CA-Sen: Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer's Thursday retirement left us with more than our share of potential Senate candidates. Over the last few days, several of them have made their interest (or lack of interest) in the seat clear. Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Sen. Barbara Boxer retirement announcement sets off a wild race

Attorney General Kamala Harris and former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, two of the many prospective Democratic Senate candidates Leading Off: • CA-Sen: On Thursday, Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer officially announced her retirement after four terms. Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: It's judgment day for Peter Shumlin

Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin Leading Off: • VT-Gov: Back in November, Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin narrowly outpolled Republican Scott Milne in but did not secure a majority. Under state law the legislature will meet on Thursday to choose the new governor, and most observers expected the heavily Democratic House and Senate to pick Shumlin. Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Chris Gibson's departure gives Democrats a pickup opportunity

Retiring Republican Rep. Chris Gibson Leading Off: • NY-19: On Tuesday morning, Republican Rep. Chris Gibson announced that he would retire from his competitive Upstate New York House seat at the end of his term. Gibson had repeatedly pledged to serve no more than four terms, but his early departure is still a surprise. Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Republicans search for their champion against Michael Bennet

Colorado Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet Leading Off: • CO-Sen: Along with Harry Reid, Michael Bennet has the dubious distinction of being 2016's most vulnerable Senate Democrat. The GOP, emboldened by Cory Gardner's victory over Mark Udall last year, is searching for their candidate and has a few possibilities in mind. Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Staten Island Republicans coalesce around Daniel Donovan

Daniel Donovan looks like the clear Republican frontrunner for the NY-11 special election Leading Off: • NY-11: On Monday night, Republican Rep. Michael Grimm announced that he would resign from Congress. A special election will be held at a later date to replace Grimm, who recently pleaded guilty to tax fraud. Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Michael Grimm will resign from his swing seat

Republican Rep. and convicted felon Michael Grimm Leading Off: • NY-11: Last week, Republican Rep. Michael Grimm plead guilty to tax fraud, but refused to resign from his Staten Island seat. The House Republican leadership wasn't putting much public pressure on the congressman to depart, and it looked like he would be able to stay put. Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Michael Grimm pleads guilty but won't leave the House

Republican Rep. and convicted felon Michael Grimm Leading Off: • NY-11: On Tuesday, Republican Rep. Michael Grimm pleaded guilty to tax fraud, months before his trial was to start. Grimm was accused of falsifying tax returns for his restaurant before he was elected to Congress in 2010, and he is scheduled to be sentenced in June. Show More Summary

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