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« on: April 20, 2017, 09:11:12 am »
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VA-10: Democrats top choice, State Senator Jennifer Wexton, jumped in to challenge Comstock
TX-32: Former NFL player Colin Allred launches campaign to challenge Pete Sessions
KS-03: Jay Sidie is fundraising for another shot at Yoder
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« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2017, 09:54:10 am »
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VA-10: Democrats top choice, State Senator Jennifer Wexton, jumped in to challenge Comstock
TX-32: Former NFL player Colin Allred launches campaign to challenge Pete Sessions
KS-03: Jay Sidie is fundraising for another shot at Yoder

We can do better in KS-03...

I'm hoping we find solid recruits for CA-10, CA-21, and CA-39.



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« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2017, 10:03:47 am »
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VA-10: Democrats top choice, State Senator Jennifer Wexton, jumped in to challenge Comstock
TX-32: Former NFL player Colin Allred launches campaign to challenge Pete Sessions
KS-03: Jay Sidie is fundraising for another shot at Yoder

We can do better in KS-03...

I'm hoping we find solid recruits for CA-10, CA-21, and CA-39.


The DCCC should be knocking down Rudy Salas' and Josh Newman's doors for CA-21 and CA-39 respectively. Rudy Salas just got stripped of his Assembly committee assignments, so now would be an opportune time for the DCCC to dangle the prospect of Congress in front of him.
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« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2017, 02:09:51 pm »
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Solomon Ortiz Jr. is thinking about running for his dad's old seat (currently held by Blake Farenthold) of the courts redistrict the map https://www.texastribune.org/2017/04/18/2018-texas-congressional-races-begin-take-shape/?utm_campaign=trib-social-buttons&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social
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« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2017, 02:11:53 pm »
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Angie Craig is reportedly looking for a rematch in MN-02
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« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2017, 10:50:04 pm »
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VA-10: Democrats top choice, State Senator Jennifer Wexton, jumped in to challenge Comstock
TX-32: Former NFL player Colin Allred launches campaign to challenge Pete Sessions
KS-03: Jay Sidie is fundraising for another shot at Yoder

We can do better in KS-03...

I'm hoping we find solid recruits for CA-10, CA-21, and CA-39.


The DCCC should be knocking down Rudy Salas' and Josh Newman's doors for CA-21 and CA-39 respectively. Rudy Salas just got stripped of his Assembly committee assignments, so now would be an opportune time for the DCCC to dangle the prospect of Congress in front of him.

Rudy Salas is the optimal recruit for CA-21. He just lost his Assembly Committee chairmanship for voting against Jerry Brown's gas tax increase--perhaps that will push him to run for congress where I'm sure the Democrats will be much more welcoming to a moderate member...

Newman's win was a total fluke. Dems would be much better off in CA-39 with Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva, a former Fullerton City Councilmember. She won a resounding victory in a tough race this year, centered on the Orange County portion of the district.

Though he is based more in Merced County, Assemblyman Adam Gray would be a good get for CA-10, or perhaps, we could rerun the astronaut John Hernandez or State Sen. Cathleen Galgiani.
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« Reply #6 on: April 21, 2017, 11:11:16 am »
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Why is Wexton the top recruit anyway?
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« Reply #7 on: April 21, 2017, 11:28:31 am »
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Why is Wexton the top recruit anyway?

Here's what DKE had:

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Wexton attracted national attention in early 2014 when she was the Democratic nominee for a special election to the state Senate that would help decide control of the chamber. While Obama had carried that Northern Virginia district 59-39, Team Blue was worried that weak turnout in a January special election would give the GOP the chance to flip it. In the end, Wexton won 53-38, and she was re-elected decisively the next year. Wexton is not up for re-election until 2019, so she doesn't need to sacrifice her seat to run for the House.

Sounds like this could be a busy primary however:

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Wexton doesn't have the Democratic field to herself. Ex-Obama Veterans Administration senior advisor Lindsey Davis Stover; Army veteran Daniel Helmer; and teacher Kimberly Adams, a past president of the Fairfax Education Association, all jumped in before Wexton made her announcement. Wexton has more name recognition than any of them and almost certainly more connections, but she wouldn't be the first favored candidate to surprisingly lose a nomination. Virginia First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe has also been reportedly mulling a bid, and if she's still interested, she may be able to give Wexton a race. Virginia also allows local party leaders to choose their nominees through means other than a primary, which could complicate things.
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« Reply #8 on: April 21, 2017, 01:56:58 pm »
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Is this thread also for Senate races? I really hope that some GOP candidates announce their candidacy very soon. The only one who has done so far is Josh Mandel, but Jenkins, Messer, Wagner, Tiberi, etc. all haven't officially entered yet. There should be nasty GOP primaries in many states, especially IN, OH and ND (assuming Cramer DOES enter).
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« Reply #9 on: April 21, 2017, 02:26:04 pm »
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Speaking as someone who lives in Newman's district, I wouldn't exactly call him a fluke. He beat former Irvine mayor Kang in the top-two primary, who was the establishment choice. Newman ran a pretty good campaign in the primary, and had very good signs. Chang was also a top-tier recruit. My one-man focus group (my dad), is a much bigger fan of Newman than Kang. Besides which, I don't see him losing during a Trump presidential year. If he wants to run for higher office, he has plenty of time. I could see Quirk running against (though unlikely after having just been reelected), but my dad would prefer Jay Chen run again. Other than that, the bench is pretty thin.
Edit: Oh yeah and Obama endorsed Newman, which isn't common for state legislative races.
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« Reply #10 on: April 21, 2017, 03:13:31 pm »
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Speaking as someone who lives in Newman's district, I wouldn't exactly call him a fluke. He beat former Irvine mayor Kang in the top-two primary, who was the establishment choice. Newman ran a pretty good campaign in the primary, and had very good signs. Chang was also a top-tier recruit. My one-man focus group (my dad), is a much bigger fan of Newman than Kang. Besides which, I don't see him losing during a Trump presidential year. If he wants to run for higher office, he has plenty of time. I could see Quirk running against (though unlikely after having just been reelected), but my dad would prefer Jay Chen run again. Other than that, the bench is pretty thin.
Edit: Oh yeah and Obama endorsed Newman, which isn't common for state legislative races.


Okay, I'll take your word for it on Newman. I mean, he won a tough campaign so he must have done something right. But, needless to say, he didn't have the profile that you would really expect for a winning candidate for state senate in California...

I agree that Jay Chen would also be potentially an interesting candidate. I was quite disappointed in Murdock's showing. I thought that as a mayor of one of the conservative areas of the district, he had a good profile to make a dent in Royce's numbers....but he didn't really get very far.

La Habra Mayor Rose Espinoza? Fullerton's Jesus Silva? The problem with the Dem-leaning areas of LA County is they are unincorporated and don't have city officials--except GOP-leaning Diamond Bar and Walnut.
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« Reply #11 on: April 21, 2017, 08:49:52 pm »
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Why is Wexton the top recruit anyway?

She simply has the highest name ID for any Democrat in the district considering she represents a large swath of Loudoun and some parts of Fairfax. Outside of her and Kathleen Murphy, the State House rep in the district Comstock used to represent, the Democratic bench is kinda weak here.

Comstock is also more cunning than you'd imagine, and Wexton is easily the best campaigner of the bunch to counter her.
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Democrats partner with political newcomers aiming to create anti-Trump wave in 2018 midterms

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« Reply #13 on: April 22, 2017, 02:39:40 pm »
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I do wonder why NY seems to have a recruitment problem and we don't hear about a people like Stephanie A. Miner hungry to Katko or Bellone wanting King like we are hearing about in California or Virginia
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Because Bellone is probably waiting until King (who is unbeatable) retires. He'd be the favorite in an open seat
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Because Bellone is probably waiting until King (who is unbeatable) retires. He'd be the favorite in an open seat
Probably but my point was NY is still blue heavy an hates the Donald but dems seem to have a an early recruiting problem here
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Because Bellone is probably waiting until King (who is unbeatable) retires. He'd be the favorite in an open seat
Probably but my point was NY is still blue heavy an hates the Donald but dems seem to have a an early recruiting problem here

NY-2 doesn't hate Trump.  It voted 53-44 for Trump.  Suffolk County and the south shore of Nassau County that is in NY-2 isn't as heavily blue as you think.
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Because Bellone is probably waiting until King (who is unbeatable) retires. He'd be the favorite in an open seat
Probably but my point was NY is still blue heavy an hates the Donald but dems seem to have a an early recruiting problem here

NY-2 doesn't hate Trump.  It voted 53-44 for Trump.  Suffolk County and the south shore of Nassau County that is in NY-2 isn't as heavily blue as you think.
I know it's not heavy blue but King has been making mistakes like Lee Zeldin in skipping town halls that look really bad
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Because Bellone is probably waiting until King (who is unbeatable) retires. He'd be the favorite in an open seat
Probably but my point was NY is still blue heavy an hates the Donald but dems seem to have a an early recruiting problem here

NY-2 doesn't hate Trump.  It voted 53-44 for Trump.  Suffolk County and the south shore of Nassau County that is in NY-2 isn't as heavily blue as you think.
I know it's not heavy blue but King has been making mistakes like Lee Zeldin in skipping town halls that look really bad

Really bad to whom?  The 10 people who know he's skipping town halls?  It hasn't been much of an issue here, where most congressmen are pretty anonymous because there are too many of them to constantly show up on the NYC metro TV news.  At least King pops up on TV from time to time, usually when national security issues come up.

King is the very definition of an entrenched incumbent.  He can get away with skipping town halls and not draw a good opponent.  His seat swung toward the Republicans last cycle, not against them (Obama won the district in 2012).  Zeldin can't get away with that as easily.
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« Reply #19 on: April 24, 2017, 09:49:52 pm »
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VA-5: Roger Dean Huffstetler announces a run

Don't know much about this guy other than that he's a Marine and a Iraq War vet from Charlottesville, and that he has 72.9k followers on Twitter already.

I'm just happy to see some more Gen X/Millennial Democrats getting into the ring finally.
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Four Democrats in CA-45. Four! And the race hasn't even come close to filling up yet.
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IA-3: Pete D'Alessandro will announce a bid on Tuesday. He was the top Iowa staffer for Bernie Sanders in 2016.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/apr/25/pete-dalessandro-congress-iowa-bernie-sanders-staffer
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IA-3: Pete D'Alessandro will announce a bid on Tuesday. He was the top Iowa staffer for Bernie Sanders in 2016.

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« Reply #23 on: April 25, 2017, 03:04:59 pm »
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CA-22 (Nunes, R): Andrew Janz (D), prosecutor for the Fresno County District Attorney’s office says he will run.

http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/4/25/1655146/-Daily-Kos-Elections-Live-Digest-4-25#update-1493133645000

VA-10 (Comstock, R): Dorothy McAuliffe (D), wife of Gov. Terry McAuliffe, is weighing a run.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/dorothy-mcauliffe-wife-of-va-governor-is-testing-the-waters-for-a-congressional-run/2017/04/25/7fdf9ac4-2920-11e7-be51-b3fc6ff7faee_story.html?tid=ss_tw&utm_term=.a91581534ca5
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« Reply #24 on: April 25, 2017, 03:23:35 pm »

VA-10 (Comstock, R): Dorothy McAuliffe (D), wife of Gov. Terry McAuliffe, is weighing a run.

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