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

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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

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Hoosier Republicans line up to replace Dan Coats

Retiring Republican Sen. Dan Coats Leading Off: • IN-Sen: On Thursday, Republican Eric Holcomb, the chief of staff to retiring Sen. Dan Coats, became the first candidate to enter the race to succeed him. While a few House staffers have won their bosses' old seats, it's very rare for their Senate counterparts to pull it off. Show More Summary

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

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

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