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MA-Sen: Former Navy SEAL, Obama/Khazei donor, and Cohasset selectman candidate Gabriel Gomez (R) announced his candidacy with a web video yesterday. Gomez is backed by most of the Mass. GOP establishment (including scoring Kerry Healey's endorsement). He faces a primary with State Rep. Dan Winslow of Norfolk, and potentially others.
More MA-Sen: The R field in this race beats even your average college student in tems of proclivity to procrastinate... Former US Attorney Michael Sullivan (R) will make a decision by Thursday. Meanwhile, State Sen. Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester) is still considering a bid and has no timetable for an announcement of his intentions.
IA-Sen: Rep. Steve King (R) is moving closer to a Senate bid. Expect this nomination to come down to a one-on-one meeting between him and fellow Congressman Tom Latham.
NJ-Sen '18: Drip, drip, drip... Menendez might have flown on Dr. Melgen's private jet another time, in 2008. This alleged trip was not reported and would be in addition to the 3 trips he reimbursed Melgen for with his life savings.
SC-1: Businessman Martin Skelly (D) has dropped his bid, leaving Steven Colbert's sister Elizabeth Colbert-Busch as the presumptive D nominee. Colbert-Busch is likely to face an uphill fight against whoever emerges from the R primary and runoff.
AR-Gov: Two-time ('90 & '94) R nominee Sheffield Nelson is considering a third bid for the Governor's Mansion. Nelson, a former natural gas executive, is considering a run as a Republican or an Independent.
More AR-Gov: ex-Rep. Mike Ross (D) is apparently reversing his previous 'no' on this race. According to a local reporter, he is "90% in", potentially giving Dems a much stronger candidate than their current front-runner, ex-LG Bill Halter.
Even More AR-Gov: LG Mark Darr (R) has ruled out a bid for Governor and endorsed presumptive candidate Asa Hutchinson. Darr is exploring a run for Senate against Pryor, but has left the door open to run for re-election instead.
NJ-Gov: Presumptive D nominee Barbara Buono was in a minor car accident yesterday in Somerset County. The State Senator was not wearing a seatbelt.
More NJ-Gov: Monmouth and Rutgers find the same thing in this race; both have Christie up 42 points on Buono and topping 60%. I'll curb my enthusiasm for now, but don't be surprised if this race shifts to Safe R at our next gubernatorial recap next month.
FL-Gov: 2010 D nominee Alex Sink is undecided about another bid in 2014. From my personal reading between the lines she doesn't sound too enthusiastic.
MI-Gov: ex-Rep. Mark Schauer (D) says he will decide on a run for Governor in the next few weeks.
State & Local:
KS-Ins. Comm.: Brownback admin official Aaron Jack has resigned his post to "pursue opportunities in the private sector". Jack was in the opening stages of mounting a primary bid against incumbent Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger (R); it's unclear whether he still intends to pursue the race.
KS-SoS: Businessman Randy Rolston (D) is running against SoS and noted immigration hardliner Kris Kobach (R). Rolston has seeded his campaign with $200K of his own cash; For his part, Kobach says he is seeking re-election.
CO-AG: Ex-Adams County DA Don Quick (D) becomes the first candidate to announce a bid for the seat of termed-out John Suthers (R). Quick is likely the front-runner for the D nod.
RI-SoS: A bit of an old story that's slipped our news net, but noteworthy nontheless: Wealthy Newport businessman Guillaume de Ramel (D), who narrowly lost to current incumbent Ralph Mollis (D) in the 2006 primary, is mounting another bid in 2014, when Mollis is termed out.
NE-LG: Ex-State Sen. Tony Fulton (R-Lincoln) is interested in replacing Rick Sheehy (R) as interim LG; the article also has some other possibilities rumored to be on Heineman's short list.
NYS-Comp.: Client #9 may be looking to have a lot more numbers in his life... Elliot Spitzer is rumored to be looking at a political comeback in the form of a primary challenge to incumbent Tom DiNapoli (D), who has few qualifications for the office other than his closeness to Sheldon Silver.
SC-LG, SC-Comp., SC-Supt: These 3 Republican incumbents, LG Glenn McConnell, Comptroller Richard Eckstrom, and Superintendent Mick Zais, may face primary challenges and/or retire; here's a good Great Mentioner piece. The Superintendent post is likely to be the only SC statewide race (besides Governor) seriously contested by Dems.
CA-Long Beach-Mayor: Damon Dunn, the 2010 R nominee for SoS, has become an Independent, and is now running in the nonpartisan mayor's race.
MN-LD-14A; MN-LD-19A: Two holds in Minnesota House special elections; Republicans hold 14A and Dems hold 19A.