South Carolina: The Weekly Standard obtained early topline results from a poll taken by an organization(not named, but not affiliated with a particular candidate) that indicate so far that the results from New Hampshire have not changed things much in South Carolina. The poll has Trump 32, Cruz 26, Rubio 20, Bush 10, Carson 7 and Kasich 2. Trump appears to have gotten no bounce and it is still a 3-man race between Trump, Cruz and Rubio. Bush is still going nowhere and Kasich is faring poorly just as one might expect.
Trump & Sanders: A good article in the National Review about the similarities in Trump’s and Sanders’s messages-it’s all about envy and the thought amongst their supporters that somebody else is trying to cheat them out of what is theirs.
Webb: After taking a look at a possible independent run, former Democratic presidential candidate and Sen. Jim Webb has decided not to mount a bid, saying that the money wasn’t there to run a successful campaign.
FL-Sen(D): Rep. Alan Grayson (D) has been living a double life as a Congressman and a Hedge Fund Manager. The dual role has led to an investigation by the Ethics Committee and the New York Times has obtained emails and marketing documents that indicate just how far the two roles have been intertwined.
FL-Sen(R): Carlos Beruff, a wealthy homebuilder, is considered likely to soon join the race for the GOP nomination for US Senate. Beruff plans to use key members of Gov. Rick Scott’s political team, although others say that shouldn’t be taken as an indication that Scott supports Beruff. Beruff would be joining a field that currently includes LG Carlos Lopez-Cantera, Reps. Ron De Santis and David Jolly and businessman Todd Wilcox.
MO-Sen: Secretary of State Jason Kander (D) is attempting to make an issue of student deferments that Sen. Roy Blunt (R) received during the Vietnam War. Although Kander served in Afghanistan and would be better positioned than some candidates to make an issue of such deferments, Vietnam War-era military service seems to have passed as a serious issue and doesn’t seem likely to hurt Blunt that much.
DCCC: The DCCC has named 16 candidates to its “Red to Blue” program. As an indication of the small playing field they are dealing with, 2 of the candidates on their list are actually “Blue to Blue” candidates running in districts currently held by Democrats-Salud Carbajal in CA-24 and Randall Perkins in FL-18. Also on the list is Val Demings in FL-10, which is considered a safe Democratic seat after redistricting.
LA-4: State Rep. Mike Johnson (R) of Bossier Parish has announced a run for Congress. Johnson is a nationally recognized constitutional law attorney and was elected to his first term in the state House just last year. Johnson has been tabbed as the early frontrunner for the open seat by local media due to high name recognition in the area along with lots of connections and supporters across the district.
NY-22: Businessman Steve Wells has filed to run for Congress. Wells runs American Food and Vending Corp., one of the nations fastest-growing food service companies. He joins state Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney and former 2008 and 2010 Republican nominee George Phillips in the Republican primary.
OR-5: Ben West, who successfully challenged Oregon’s ban on gay marriage, is running for the Republican nomination for Congress. West, along with candidates like Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu in AZ-1, Dan Innis in NH-1 and Jacquie Atkinson in CA-52 are trying to succeed where Richard Tisei and Carl DeMaio have failed recently as successful gay Republican candidates for Congress. West still has to face pro-life advocate Colm Willis and mental health worker Seth Allan in the Republican primary to take on Rep. Kurt Schrader (D).
WI-8: Mike Gallagher, a former policy aide to the presidential campaign of Gov. Scott Walker (R) is considering running for Congress. Gallagher, who currently works for a Green Bay-based energy company led foreign policy briefings for Walker’s campaign and holds a Ph.D in international relations from Georgetown University. A group of 26 business leaders in the Green Bay area released a statement on Tuesday supporting him and was intended to draft him into running, but he isn’t ready to announce a campaign yet.
NH-Gov: Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas (R) is seriously considering running for governor. Gatsas has previously considered running in the past, but says he is more serious this time. Currently, Executive Councilor Chris Sununu is the only Republican running, but state Rep. Frank Edelbut is considering, as is state Sen. Jeanie Forester and state Senate Majority Leader and former Congressman Jeb Bradley has been encouraged to run as well.
WA-LG: State Sen. Steve Hobbs (D) is looking at joining the race for LG. Although LG Brad Owen (D) has not announced his plans, he is expected to not run for re-election. Hobbs strongly inferred that he would have Owen’s support if Owen decides not to run. Also running on the Democratic side are state Sens. Cyrus Habib and Karen Fraser. Republicans running include former TV business news anchor Phillip Yin, University Place Mayor Javier Figuerola and realtor Marty McClendon.