|by: Daniel Surman|
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.
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.
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-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.