Political Headlines June 6, 2013: NJ Gov Chris Christie Names Temporary Replacement for Frank Lautenberg in Senate

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Christie Names Temporary Replacement for Lautenberg in Senate

Source: ABC News Radio, 6-6-13

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The governor of New Jersey has named a temporary replacement for Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who died Monday and whose body lies in repose Thursday at the U.S. Capitol.

Governor Chris Christie selected fellow Republican New Jersey Attorney General Jeff Chiesa to temporarily fill the seat held by Lautenberg….READ MORE

Political Headlines May 15, 2013: Mark Sanford Sworn In to House for South Carolina Seat

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Mark Sanford Sworn In to House

Source: ABC News Radio, 5-15-13

Mark Sanford, the former Republican governor of South Carolina who resigned from office more than three years ago only to mount a political comeback with a special election victory earlier this month, was sworn into the House of Representatives Wednesday evening, saying he was “simply humbled to be here.”

Sanford made headlines in 2009 after he skipped the country for Argentina to see his former mistress, now his fiancée, Maria Belen Chapur….READ MORE

Political Headlines May 7, 2013: Mark Sanford Wins South Carolina Congressional Seat

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Mark Sanford Wins South Carolina Congressional Seat

Source: ABC News Radio, 5-7-13

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Mark Sanford has pulled off a political comeback some thought impossible….

Now Sanford is back, having retaken the South Carolina House seat he held in the 1990s. With 187 of 317 precincts reporting, Sanford led 54 percent to Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch’s 45 percent….READ MORE

Political Headlines May 7, 2013: Mark Sanford makes political comeback wins South Carolina House seat in special election

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Mark Sanford wins South Carolina special election

Source: WaPo, 5-7-13

Sanford voting in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)

Sanford voting in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)

Mark Sanford won the South Carolina special election comfortably Tuesday, emerging victorious in a competitive race for what in normal circumstances is a safe Republican seat.

The former governor beat Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch, the sister of comedian Stephen Colbert Busch, for the state’s 1st congressional district.

In the end, Sanford won by nine points, 54 percent to 45 percent, according to the Associated Press’s tally….READ MORE

Political Headlines April 30, 2013: Ed Markey, Gabriel Gomez Win Senate Primaries in Massachusetts

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Ed Markey, Gabriel Gomez Win Senate Primaries in Massachusetts

Source: ABC News Radio, 4-30-13

Democratic U.S. Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Republican businessman Gabriel Gomez are the winners in Tuesday’s primary for the special election to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated when John Kerry became Secretary of State….

Markey and Gomez will face off in the general election on June 25….READ MORE

Political Headlines April 10, 2013: Robin Kelly Wins Jesse Jackson Jr. House Seat by Besting Felon Paul McKinley

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Kelly Wins Jesse Jackson Jr. House Seat by Besting Felon

Source: Bloomberg, 4-10-13

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Democrat Robin Kelly is a New York native who moved to Illinois after high school to attend Bradley University in Peoria, where according to her campaign website she received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Photographer: Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call/Getty Images

Democrat Robin Kelly, 56 won the special election to fill the vacated seat of former U.S. Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. in a district that includes part of Chicago’s South Side and southern suburbs…. Her Republican opponent, Paul McKinley, served almost 20 years in prison for armed robbery, burglary and aggravated battery until a 1997 parole, according to the Chicago Tribune.

When Kelly — a friend of Obama, who attended her wedding – - is sworn into her seat, the House will have 232 Republicans and 201 Democrats, with two seats vacant. She had 71 percent of the vote to 22 percent for McKinley with 99 percent of precincts reporting, according to the AP tally….READ MORE

Political Headlines April 4, 2013: Scott Brown Won’t Rule Out New Hampshire Senate Bid in 2014 Midterm Elections

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Scott Brown Won’t Rule Out New Hampshire Senate Bid

Source: ABC News Radio, 4-4-13

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Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown told reporters Thursday night that he is not ruling out a run for Senate in the neighboring state of New Hampshire in 2014.

Asked whether he is considering a challenge to Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, Brown said he is still “recharging the batteries” but noted, “I’m not going to rule out anything right now,” according to an audio recording of the former senator’s remarks to reporters….READ MORE

Political Headlines February 1, 2013: Scott Brown Will Not Run in Massachusetts Senate Seat Special Election

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Scott Brown Won’t Run in Special Election

Source: ABC News Radio, 2-1-13 

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Former Massachusetts Republican senator Scott Brown will not seek out his old job in the June 25 special election to fill John Kerry’s seat, sources tell ABC News.

Brown, 53, was considered the strong favorite to win his party’s nomination if he had wanted to run, and polling indicated that he would have been well-positioned to win the race. However, over the past several weeks several reports indicated that Brown was leaning against declaring his candidacy and was instead eyeing the governor’s mansion as his next political target….READ MORE

Political Headlines January 29, 2013: Election to Replace Sen. John Kerry’s Massachusetts Senate Seat Likely June 25

Election to Replace Sen. John Kerry Likely June 25

Source: ABC News Radio, 1-29-13

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With Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry’s confirmation for Secretary of State proceeding at a smooth and quick pace, the question now becomes who will replace him and when?

Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin gave an answer to that second question this week, saying that the special election would likely be set for June 25….READ MORE

Political Headlines December 25, 2012: Ben Affleck Won’t Be Running for Massachusetts Senate Seat

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Ben Affleck Won’t Be Running for Senate

Source: ABC News Radio, 12-25-12

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Those hoping the United States Senate may get a little less gray and a bit more celebrity-studded won’t be getting their Christmas miracle today.

Despite speculation, Ben Affleck announced late Monday he would not go after John Kerry’s Senate seat in his native Massachusetts if the senator is confirmed as secretary of state.

The actor, who has been an increasingly popular presence in the political world recently, wrote on his Facebook page: “I love Massachusetts and our political process, but I am not running for office.”…READ MORE

Political Headlines December 24, 2012: Ted Kennedy, Jr. Will Not Run for Senate in Massachusetts

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Ted Kennedy, Jr. Will Not Run for Senate in Massachusetts

Source: ABC News Radio, 12-23-12

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Ted Kennedy, Jr., the eldest son of the late Ted Kennedy, will not run for Senate in the Massachusetts special election expected to take place in the summer of 2013 if John Kerry is confirmed as secretary of state.

Kennedy lives in Connecticut, but he had reportedly been mulling a run in the state where his family has a long legacy of public service. On Monday, however, Kennedy said he was grateful for “all of the offers of support” but that he didn’t want to leave Connecticut, according to a statement obtained by ABC News….READ MORE

Campaign Headlines November 15, 2012: Another George Bush Considers a Run in Texas

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Another George Bush Considers a Run in Texas

Source: ABC News Radio, 11-15-12

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Political observers, take note of this name: George Prescott Bush.  The son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and nephew of former President George W. Bush filed paperwork with the Texas Ethics Commission to run for office, and is apparently considering a run for land commissioner in the Lone Star State.

Bush’s filings did not specify the office that interests him, but his father on Wednesday sent an email to his own supporters asking for donations to George P.’s exploratory account.  In the email, Jeb specified that his son was eyeing the job of land commissioner in 2014….READ MORE

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