MA Sen: Markey Heading to Victory

By: Monday June 24, 2013 1:58 pm

On the eve of the Massachusetts special Senate election to Replace John Kerry (D) things are looking very good for Democrats. The latest polls all find Democrat Rep. Ed Markey with a solid lead over Republican Gabriel Gomez. The final Suffolk University poll released today found Markey at 52 percent compared to Gomez at 42 [...]

NJ Sen: Gov. Christie Calls for Quick Special Election

By: Tuesday June 4, 2013 2:17 pm

Governor Chris Christie (R) decided to move as fast as possible to let the people of New Jersey choose a replacement for Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D) who recently passed away. During a press conference Tuesday afternoon Christie announced that the special election would take place on October 16th, with the primary to be held on [...]

Sanford Holds Single Point Lead Over Colbert Busch

By: Monday May 6, 2013 9:42 am

With the special election for South Carolina’s 1st Congressional district taking place tomorrow the race couldn’t be closer. According to a new PPP poll former Gov. Mark Sanford holds a single point lead over Democrats Elizabeth Colbert Busch. From PPP: PPP’s final poll of the special election in South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District finds a [...]

Colbert Busch Holds Nine Point Lead Over Sanford

By: Monday April 22, 2013 4:43 pm

Despite the strong Republican leanings of South Carolina’s 1st district it looks like Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch is on track to win the special election. According to a new PPP poll she holds a nine point lead over former Gov. Mark Sanford. From PPP: PPP’s newest poll on the special election in South Carolina finds [...]

As Expected Dem Janice Hahn Wins CA-36 Special Election

By: Wednesday July 13, 2011 10:59 am

Yesterday in the California 36th Congressional district, Democrat Janice Hahn beat Republican Craig Huey by a margin of 54.6% to 45.4% in the special election. Janice Hahn will become the newest member of the Democratic caucus taking the seat formally held by Democrat Jane Harman, who resigned in February. Early in the month there had [...]

NY-26 Will Mostly Matter If We Think It Should Matter… Mostly

By: Wednesday May 25, 2011 1:14 pm

In the NY-26 special election, Democrat Kathy Hochul managed to win a plurality victory despite the Republican leanings of the district. From a balance-of-power perspective, change in control of this one seat in itself should not have much impact on policy. Before the election, Republicans had a large but not veto-proof majority in the House, [...]

CA-36: Bowen Leads Hahn in Race to Replace Harman

By: Tuesday February 22, 2011 1:10 pm

The early retirement of Rep. Jane Harman this year will set off a special election in California’s 36th district. The latest poll of the race has California Secretary of State Debra Bowen with a small lead over Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn. From Roll Call: The poll was conducted by the Democratic-leaning Public Policy [...]

CA-36: Debra Bowen Announces Run for Congress

By: Tuesday February 15, 2011 2:41 pm

Debra Bowen, the California Secretary of State who won a Kennedy Profile in Courage Award for de-certifying e-voting machines in the state, officially announced her run for Congress today to replace Jane Harman. She cited the “strong outpouring of encouragement” from across the district among supporters as contributing to her decision. Bowen was a local [...]

To Help Discourage Political Violence, Hamper Its Ability to Influence Balance of Power

By: Monday January 10, 2011 3:30 pm

While Jared Loughner’s actions appear to be driven mainly by extreme delusion more than any form of political ideology, his failed assassination attempt is a disturbing reminder that a small group of violent actors at least hold the potential to dramatically change the political balance of power in this country with bullets and not ballots. [...]

WV Gov. Manchin Will Not Appoint Self to Replace Byrd… So Chance of Special Election Grows

By: Wednesday July 7, 2010 8:48 pm

Joe Manchin, the popular Democratic Governor of West Virginia, has come out in support of holding a special election this November to replace Sen. Robert Byrd, and Manchin is a likely candidate for the spot. Currently, the seat is set to be held by a replacement appointed by Manchin until 2012. From The Fix: Manchin [...]

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