Political Roundup for June 20th, 2013…West vs Rubio?…Red Racing Horses….

by: Daniel Surman
Senate

Massachusetts: Color me shocked that the Boston Globe has endorsed Rep. Ed Markey (D) for the Senate seat here.

Alaska: This one is only relevant for 2016, but Senator Lisa Murkowski joins Sens. Kirk (IL) and Portman (OH) in endorsing gay marriage.

Florida: Here is another 2016 bombshell: in a recent interview, former Rep. Allen West would not rule out a primary challenge to Senator Marco Rubio. In fairness, the interviewer was goading him on on the subject. Of course, if Rubio runs for President we may have an open seat anyhow.

House

MD-06: 2012 US Senate candidate Dan Bongino (R) is running against Rep. John Delaney (D). It is hard to see how Bongino wins, as Delaney overperformed Obama in this seat as a first-time candidate. Bongino also lives almost 40 miles from the district (although in fairness, Delaney also lives right outside its boundaries).

NC-06: Still no guarantees, but expect Rep. Howard Coble to run for re-election at 82.

U.S. Rep. Howard Coble hasn’t made a final decision on re-election, but he’s planning a fund raiser in September and expects to seek a 16th term unless his health dictates otherwise, he said today.

MN-06: State Senator John Pederson (R) of St. Cloud is now out of exploring the race and officially in. Pederson has a more moderate reputation than the Sivarajah and Emmer, and he already plans to go for a primary if/when it comes to that. However, Stearns County is not the strongest base for a primary bid. Pederson also owns a construction business and can partially self-fund.

CA-03:
 Assemblyman Dan Logue (R) has announced his campaign against Rep. John Garamendi (D).

CA-07: 2012 US Senate nominee Elizabeth Emken (R) is moving into the district and running against freshman Rep. Ami Bera (D). Still considering a bid is former Rep. Doug Ose, who also lives outside of the district.

CA-52: 
A look at the arguably blurry lines between Carl DeMaio’s recent 527, Reform San Diego, and his  congressional campaign’s finances. It seems pretty clear to me that, upon announcing his campaign, he took the necessary steps to prevent abuse of his 527. The article goes on to try a really indirect implication of impropriety through Americans for Prosperity (which itself straddles the line between issue advocacy and electioneering), but it does not seem compelling to me.

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