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New candidate pages during November-December
OnTheIssues has completed the candidate list for the 2014 Senate races. January 2014 is considered a "late entry" for the November 2014 election (primaries take place in the spring and summer). Perhaps there will be a few more late entries, but our Senate candidate list is more-or-less complete for all 35 races. Below are our new candidate issue pages first posted in November and December (plus one newly-elected House member and two newly-elected Mayors):
Click on the new candidates above to see their issue stances (and others'); and check back in the coming weeks to see additional coverage. We will now focus on adding depth to each candidate issue page (the current average is 50% coverage for challengers; i.e., half of all VoteMatch questions are answered for each candidate); and on adding third-party candidates (who typically enter the race later than major-party candidates, since they usually have no primary).
Click for issue coverage of all Senate candidates.
Hotly-contested House races for 2014
This round of House targets includes four categories:
Also see below our previous listing of Congress' most vulnerable incumbents.
Two more House elections still pending in 2013
Winners and losers in Tuesday's election for the races we cover nationwide:
Click on the candidates above to see their issue stances (and others'); and check back in the coming weeks to see additional coverage of the newly-elected officials.
Click for issue coverage of all governors and candidates for 2014.
Cory Booker wins New Jersey special Senate election
Democrat Cory Booker, the charismatic mayor of Newark, defeated conservative Republican Steve Lonegan, a former small-town mayor, according to tallies published online by The New York Times, Politico and the Star-Ledger newspaper.
Booker becomes the first black U.S. senator from New Jersey. In Washington, Booker will join Republican Tim Scott of South Carolina as the nation's only two black senators. He will fill the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Frank Lautenberg, who died in June at age 89.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a Republican seeking re-election and a possible White House contender in 2016, chose October 16 as the special election date. Democrats said he could have scheduled the special election for November 5, the day of the general election, and accused him of self-interest and wasteful spending. They said he was avoiding being on the same ballot as Booker, who could attract Democratic and minority turnout and cut into Christie's chances of winning re-election by a large margin. Christie, who said politics did not play a role in the decision, said he wanted to let New Jersey voters have a permanent voice in the Senate as soon as possible.
Click for full voting record of Cory Booker's and Steve Lonegan's issue positions.
Clark wins Massachusetts Democratic primary in special House election, district MA-5
State Senator Katherine M. Clark bested six Democratic rivals Tuesday, winning her party’s nomination in the race to succeed Edward J. Markey in the US House of Representatives and setting her on course to likely become the state’s newest member of Congress. Clark, a Melrose lawyer captured 31.6 percent of the vote. Middlesex County Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian and state Representative Carl M. Sciortino trailed with 22 percent and 16.1 percent, respectively. As the Democratic nominee in a liberal district north and west of Boston — one that voted by more than 30 percentage points for President Barack Obama over Mitt Romney last November — Clark is now the strong favorite going into the December general election. She will face Frank J. Addivinola Jr., the Republican nominee, who won the Republican primary Tuesday night. Should Clark, 50, win on Dec. 10, she would become only the fifth woman in history to represent Massachusetts in the US House.
Click for Katherine Clark's issue positions.
New candidate pages during September
OnTheIssues uses the off-season (when there are few immediate elections pending) to establish issue pages for candidates in upcoming elections (mostly 2014). Below are our new candidate issue pages first posted in September:
Click on the new candidates above to see their issue stances (and others); and check back in the coming weeks to see additional coverage.
Click for issue coverage of all Senate candidates.
New York Representative first in GOP to formally announce
Long Island Congressman Peter King has thrown his hat in the 2016 presidential ring. King is the first Republican to [formally] announce he’s running.
The congressman currently serving his 11th term announced his candidacy on a New Hampshire radio station during a visit to the state. New Hampshire historically holds the first primary in the nation
Click for issue stances of Rep. Peter King (R, NY).
Presidential contenders' opinions on Syria policy
As the United States prepares for military action against Syria, OnTheIssues.org opens a new "News" page this week, Topics in the News: Syria, to cover presidential contenders' opinions on Syria policy. This new page complements our prior "Topics in the News" coverage of Arab Spring; Israel & Palestine; and Iranian Nukes.
While OnTheIssues does not serve as a news source (we consider ourselves an "archive" instead), we do cover presidential contenders' views on current events, since they often serve as the basis for campaign debates. We sample below some of the 2016 contenders' views on Syria, focusing on how they apply to Mideast policy in general:
Click on any presidential candidate above to see their issue stances (and others); and check back in the coming weeks to see additional coverage.
Click for issue coverage of Syria war.
Former U.N. Ambassador to run in 2016 GOP primary
Ambassador John Bolton announced this week his candidacy for the 2016 Republican nomination for President. Bolton announced early and unambiguously because he is not as well-known as many other possible contenders. His credentials include:
Click for issue stances (with no mustache references) of Amb. John Bolton (R).
Sex scandal ousts former U.S. Rep.
Mayor Bob Filner reached a proposed settlement agreement with his legal adversaries Wednesday that likely sets the stage for the end of his brief, scandal-plagued tenure as San Diego’s 35th mayor. The tentative agreement centers around a lawsuit filed against the mayor and the city by a former Filner aide who accused him of sexual harassment and unwanted sexual advances. The City Council will consider the proposal at 1 p.m. Friday in closed session.
In exchange for Filner's resignation, the city will reportedly pay "some, if not all" of Filner's share of damages awarded in the lawsuit. At least 18 women have come forward to accuse the mayor, a Democrat and former member of Congress, of inappropriate behavior such as groping and unwanted kissing. He has apologized for his behavior and recently went through two weeks of therapy.
Filner, 70, served in Congress for 10 terms until he became the first Democrat elected to lead San Diego in 20 years.
Click for full voting record of Bob Filner's issue positions.
Steve Lonegan wins N.J. Republican Senate primary
The Associated Press projected a win by Cory A. Booker, the mayor of Newark, who had a wide lead over his nearest challenger, Representative Frank Pallone. They were trailed by Representative Rush D. Holt and the State Assembly speaker, Shelia Y. Oliver.
A victory, after an abbreviated and contentious contest with some of the state’s best-known Democrats, would make Mr. Booker a heavy favorite to win the October general election in an overwhelmingly Democratic state that has not sent a Republican to the Senate in four decades. That would make him the country’s only elected black senator.
In the special general election in October, Mr. Booker will face Steven M. Lonegan, a former mayor of Bogota, N.J. and gubernatorial candidate, who easily won the Republican primary on Tuesday, the A. P. projected.
Click for full voting record of Cory Booker's and Steve Lonegan's issue positions.
|2014 Gubernatorial Race coverage: Aug. 12, 2013|
There are only two gubernatorial elections in 2013, but 36 elections in 2014. Of the 36 elections next year, 17 have serious challengers so far. Those 17, plus the 2 races for 2013, are listed below, with links to OnTheIssues coverage of each candidate we have covered so far.
|Incumbent Governor||2014 Challengers|
|AR: Mike Beebe (D) term-limited||Former Rep. Mike Ross (D)
Former Rep. & DEA Administrator Asa Hutchison (D)
|CA: Jerry Brown (D) running for re-election||Former Secy. of Labor Hilda Solis (D);
Former L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D).
|CO: John Hickenlooper (D) running for re-election||Rep. Tom Tancredo (C), 2010 challenger|
|CT: Dan Malloy (D) running for re-election||Former Ambassador Tom Foley (R)|
|FL: Rick Scott (R) running for re-election||Former Gov. Charlie Crist (D)
Former Rep. Kendrick Meek (D)
|HI: Neil Abercrombie (D) running for re-election||Former Rep. Charles Djou (R)|
|IA: Terry Branstad (R) running for re-election||Former Gov. Chet Culver (D);|
|ID: Butch Otter (R) running for re-election||Rep. Raul Labrador (R)|
|MA: Deval Patrick (D) retiring||State Senator Dan Wolf (D)
Rep. Mike Capuano (D)
Former Atty.Gen. Martha Coakley (D)
Treasurer Steve Grossman (D)
Former Senator Scott Brown (R)
|MD: Martin O'Malley (D) term-limited||Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D);|
|ME: Paul LePage (R) running for re-election||Rep. Mike Michaud (D)
Former Gov. John Baldacci (D)
|MI: Rick Snyder (R) running for re-election||Former Rep. Mark Schauer (D)|
|NH: Maggie Hassan (D) running for re-election||Former Rep. Jeb Bradley (R)
Former Rep. Frank Guinta (R)
|NJ: Chris Christie (R) running for re-election 2013||State Sen. Barbara Buono (D)|
|NM: Susana Martinez (R) running for re-election||Former Gov. Gary Johnson (L)|
|OH: John Kasich (R) running for re-election||Former Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D)|
|PA: Tom Corbett (R) running for re-election||Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D);|
|SD: Dennis Daugaard (R) running for re-election||Former U.S. Rep.Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D)|
|VA: Bob McDonnell (R) term-limted 2013||Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R)
Former DNC chairman Terry McAuliffe (D)
Click on any gubernatorial candidate above to see their issue stances; check back in a few weeks to see additional coverage.
|2014 House Race coverage: Aug. 8, 2013|
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee plans to target 17 House Republicans with a grass-roots push over the August recess, according to an internal party email obtained by CQ Roll Call. “In the majority of these districts we have field staffers on the ground, coordinated through the respective state parties, to define and hold accountable vulnerable Republican incumbents, through earned media tactics, messaging amplification, and community outreach,” wrote Ryan Daniels, the deputy national press secretary and African-American media adviser. The DCCC’s list includes some of this cycle’s most-often mentioned vulnerable Republicans, but there are some lesser-known targets as well.
On the other side of the aisle, the Cook Political Report listed 8 Democratic races as "toss-up's", meaning that those incumbents are particularly vulnerable to a Republican challenge. Only one Republican incumbent, Gary Miller (R, CA-31) was listed as equally vulnerable on the GOP side. Some of the DCCC-targeted Republicans are only "Lean Republican" districts, according to Cook's report, which means they are possibly vulnerable; and most are "Likely Republican" districts or "Solid Republican" districts.
Update Oct. 2013: Added target list from National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC)
|DCCC targeted Republicans||Cook's most vulnerable Democrats|
Democrats face a tough task this cycle in their quest for the majority. They must pick up 17 seats to take the speaker’s gavel, but the number of competitive races this cycle is much smaller than in previous years. Still, the committee plans to target dozens of Republicans throughout the fall and this cycle.
To summarize the combination of the two reports above: The Democrats would have to win all 17 of their targeted races against incumbent Republicans, while simultaneously holding all 8 vulnerable seats, in order to win a majority of the House of Representatives.
|2014 Senate Race coverage: July 27, 2013|
OnTheIssues this month begins our coverage of the 2014 Senate races. While it might seem "early" to regular voters, the 2014 Senate races are well under way, and there are plenty of races to cover. We list below the newly-covered entrants -- at least those who look like they will survive until the primary voting -- and ask our readers to check back over the next few weeks as we fill in their issue stances.
|Alaska Republican Primary||Joe Miller (R, 2012 nominee)
vs. Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell (R)
Sen. Mark Begich (D)
|Georgia Republican Primary||Michelle Nunn (R, daughter of Former Sen. Sam Nunn)
vs. David Perdue (R, cousin of Former Gov. Sonny Perdue)
vs. Former Secretary of State Karen Handel (R)
|To replace retiring
Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R)
|Kentucky Republican Primary||Matt Bevin (R)||Primary challenge to
|Kentucky General Election||Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D)||General Election challenge to
|Minnesota General Election||State Rep. Jim Abeler (R)||To challenge
Al Franken (D)
|North Carolina General Election||Speaker of the N.C. House of Representatives Thom Tillis (R)||To challenge
Kay Hagan (D)
|South Carolina 6-year-seat Election||Jay Stamper (D)||General Election challenge to
|Wyoming Republican Primary||Liz Cheney (R, daughter of Former V.P. Dick Cheney)||To challenge
Sen. Michael Enzi (R)