Two big events in the next two days: NJ-Sen sigs are due at 4PM today, and RRH will have full coverage of Virginia’s Democratic LG/AG primary tomorrow. In fact, enough NJ-Sen news has come over the weekend that we need a full section…
A law firm has filed a lawsuit to move the election to November. The Dem side looks like a four-candidate field, of Newark Mayor Cory Booker, Reps. Frank Pallone and Rush Holt Jr., and assembly speaker Sheila Oliver of East Orange. Booker is basically taking the Christiecrat mantle, securing the support of powerful Christie-alligned Essex CE Joe DiVincenzo and South Jersey Boss George Norcross, who has been somewhat friendly with Christie as well. Meanwhile, on the GOP side, Alieta Eck, a Piscataway Physician who seems of Some Dude caliber, is in, though it looks like ex-Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan is becoming the consensus GOP pick.
Other Senate Races:
NC-Sen: State House Speaker and Senate Candidate Thom Tillis was a featured speaker at this weekend’s NCGOP convention. Cary physician Greg Brannon, the other announced candidate, was also in attendance, as were two prospective candidates, Rep. Renee Ellmers and pastor Mark Harris.
KY-Sen: After largely going dark for a while, SoS Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) is sounding slightly more like a Senate candidate at a recent Dem dinner.
WI-Sen ’16: Russ Finegold is teasing a potential comeback bid against Sen. Ron Johnson (R) at a Dem dinner.
NE-Sen, NE-Gov: Millionare cattle rancher Charles Herbster (R) is considering a bid for either Governor or Senate. Herbster’s cash would likely make him a factor in either primary, though he is apparently more focused on a gubernatorial run right now. The article also confirms the CW that Midland University President Ben Sasse (R) is likely to make a Senate bid.
NE-Gov: In a somewhat suprising move, Unicameral Speaker Mike Flood (R-Norfolk) is back in the Governor’s race. Flood left the race after his wife Mandi was diagnosed with cancer; since then, her condition has apparently improved, and Flood’s main rival, LG Rick Sheehy, has been felled by a sex scandal, leaving a totally open field of “B” and “C” listers. Flood now becomes the favorite in both the GOP primary and general, though he will face at least State Sen. Charlie Janssen (R-Fremont), along with potentially a host of others.