2014 us senate elections

cnn.com
#WYSen: Liz Cheney to abandon Senate bid

New York (CNN) – Liz Cheney, whose upstart bid to unseat Wyoming Sen. Mike Enzi sparked a round of warfare in the Republican Party and even within her own family, is dropping out of the Senate primary, sources told CNN late Sunday.

Cheney, the eldest daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, began telling associates of her decision over the weekend and could make an official announcement about the race as early as Monday.

Cheney’s surprising decision to jump into the race, an announcement made in a YouTube video last summer, roiled Republican politics in the Wyoming, a state Dick Cheney represented in Congress for five terms before moving up the Republican food chain in Washington.

Enzi was a low-key presence in Washington who was elected in 1996 and, with few blemishes, amassed a conservative voting record in the Senate. He expressed public annoyance at Cheney’s decision to mount a primary challenge. A number of his Senate colleagues quickly rallied to his side and pledged support for his re-election bid.

h/t: CNN.com

washingtonpost.com
#KYSen: Alison Lundergan Grimes will challenge McConnell

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) announced Monday that she will run for Senate, giving Democrats a top challenger against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in 2014

Grimes, 34, was one of the party’s last big-name options against McConnell, who many see as Senate Democrats’ top target next year.

“I’m here today to tell you that I’ve met with my supporters, we have had a great conversation and determined and decided that we can next make the best move, the best difference in the Commonwealth of Kentucky by running for the U.S. Senate,” Grimes said.

Grimes was elected secretary of state in 2011, taking more than 60 percent of the vote. Before that, she served as a practicing attorney in Lexington. She is the daughter of former state Democratic Party chairman Jerry Lundergan.

McConnell brings to the race lots of seniority — he is in his fifth term — and lots of power and money as GOP leader. But he is not highly regarded in his home state and continues to draw strong and well-funded challengers despite Kentucky’s conservative lean.

McConnell likely will have a huge financial advantage over whoever he faces in the general election, and his campaign team has earned a reputation for being ruthless.

Grimes is expected to tie the long-serving McConnell to Washington and argue that it’s time for a change. She also played up her gender Monday, noting she is the only woman in statewide office in Kentucky.

h/t: Washington Post

huffingtonpost.com
#MASen: Ben Affleck Could Be Considering Senate Run, Say Sources

If Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) becomes the next Secretary of State, what will happen to his U.S. Senate vacancy? Many are predicting that actor-director Ben Affleck could be his replacement.

“Ben has been very active in Democratic Party politics for a long time and has never hid his love of politics,” a friend of Ben’s tells The Huffington Post. “He is a very impressive person, with a great deal of knowledge and passion.”

Ben is in D.C. now, raising awareness about the troubles in the Congo, but he declined to state his intentions when asked by Politico.

H/T: HuffPost Politics

#2014Elections Update (10:16PM CST): Bruce Rauner wins #ILGov, #KSSen/#GASen stay GOP, Bob Dold regains #IL10,

Good news and not-so-good news on #Personhood/#Abortion: - G: Measure 1 is failing in ND. - B: Amendment 1 is passing in TN. #2014Elections

— Justin Gibson (@JGibsonDem)

November 5, 2014

CBS calls #gasen for Perdue, not runoff. Unless he ends with 51% utter poll failure

— Daily Kos Elections (@DKElections)

November 5, 2014

This is the most INSANE result of the night. Rep. Louise Slaughter (D) is only 75 votes ahead with 99% of the vote in. #NY25

— Taniel (@Taniel)

November 5, 2014

CBS calls #kssen for Roberts. No realistic path to a Dem majority left

— Daily Kos Elections (@DKElections)

November 5, 2014

Don’t see how anyone can argue this isn’t a GOP wave.

— Daily Kos Elections (@DKElections)

November 5, 2014

CNN calls #il10 for GOPer Bob Dold. Good news for those who like our Bob Dold! jokes.

— Daily Kos Elections (@DKElections)

November 5, 2014

Tonight’s races (with a few exceptions) are a major tragedy for us Progressives/Liberals/Democrats. #SoSad #2014elections #MSNBCvote

— Justin Gibson (@JGibsonDem)

November 5, 2014

Jerry Brown wins re-election. Ensures the sky hasn’t completely collapsed for Dems #cagov

— Daily Kos Elections (@DKElections)

November 5, 2014

The two #CO state Senate seats Republicans picked up in tiny-turnout pro-gun recalls last year will flip back to Democrats

— Fiddler (@cFidd)

November 5, 2014

BREAKING: Bruce Rauner has won #ILGov over Pat Quinn. Thankfully, his butt is kept in check by the Dems in the House and Senate. #twill

— Justin Gibson (@JGibsonDem)

November 5, 2014