Special Election Articles

How Jolly Won in Florida, and What It Means for 2014

12:54 PM, Mar 12, 2014

Republican David Jolly won Tuesday's special election for an open House seat in Florida over Democrat Alex Sink, a former chief financial officer for the state and a 2010 candidate for governor. Jolly, a lobbyist and one-time congressional staffer, is succeeding his former boss, the late Bill Young, a 43-year House veteran and Republican. Young died in October of last year, opening up the St. Petersburg-area 13th district for the first time in decades.

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Republican Kevin Faulconer Wins Mayoral Race in San Diego

8:12 AM, Feb 12, 2014

Kevin Faulconer, a Republican city councilman, won Tuesday's special election for mayor of San Diego. Faulconer defeated Democrat and fellow councilman David Alvarez in the race to fill the seat held by Democrat Bob Filner, who resigned his position last year amid numerous sexual assault allegations and ahead of criminal charges.

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Senator Cory Booker

8:43 PM, Oct 16, 2013

Cory Booker, the Democratic mayor of Newark, has defeated Republican Steve Lonegan in New Jersey's special election for the U.S. Senate Wednesday night. The Associated Press called the race for Booker just after 9:30 pm.

With 58 percent of precincts reporting, Booker leads Lonegan in the vote, 56 percent to 43 percent.

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Poll: Booker Lead Down to 12 Points

7:03 AM, Sep 24, 2013

Cory Booker, the Newark mayor and Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in New Jersey, has an 12-point lead over his Republican opponent, former Bogota mayor Steve Lonegan, according to a new Quinnipiac poll. Here's more from the Bergen County Record:

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Booker Raises $4.6 Million for NJ Senate Race

3:18 PM, Jul 11, 2013

Cory Booker, the Democratic mayor of Newark and a candidate in October's special election for Senate in New Jersey, has raised $4.6 million in campaign funds for the second quarter. USA Today has the story:

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Markey Wins Special Election

8:25 PM, Jun 25, 2013

Democratic congressman Ed Markey won Tuesday's special election for the Senate in Massachusetts, defeating Republican candidate Gabriel Gomez. The Associated Press reports:

BREAKING: Longtime Democratic Rep. Edward Markey wins US Senate election in Mass. to replace John Kerry.

— The Associated Press (@AP) June 26, 2013


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Suffolk Poll: Markey Ahead by 10

11:27 AM, Jun 24, 2013

In the final poll from Suffolk University before Tuesday's special election, Democratic congressman Ed Markey leads Republican Gabriel Gomez in the race for the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts by 10 points. In the survey of 500 likely voters at the end of last week, 52 percent support Markey while 42 percent support Gomez. Here's more:

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Gomez TV Ad: Give Me 17 Months

7:02 AM, Jun 20, 2013

Gabriel Gomez, the Republican candidate in the June 25 special election for Senate in Massachusetts, has a new television ad featuring quotations from his recent debate with Democrat Ed Markey.

"You've had thirty-seven years down in the Congress to get something done, and that's why people are tired of D.C.," Gomez told Markey. Gomez criticized Markey and Congress for not passing immigration reform or entitlement reform.

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Gomez Strong in Final Massachusetts Senate Debate

"You're running against me."
10:59 AM, Jun 19, 2013

News reports from the final debate between Democrat Ed Markey and Republican Gabriel Gomez conclude that Gomez, a first-time candidate and self-styled "new kind of Republican," delivered a strong performance.

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Boston Globe Poll: Markey Ahead Big in Special Election

But is Gomez out yet?
4:01 PM, Jun 17, 2013

With 9 days left before the June 25 special election for the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts, Democrat Ed Markey maintains a significant lead. The latest poll from the Boston Globe shows Markey, a longtime House member, ahead of Republican Gabriel Gomez by 15 points. Here's more from the Globe's analysis, which portends trouble for Gomez:

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MA Senate Poll: Markey 49, Gomez 37

But signs of opportunity for Gomez?
9:21 PM, Jun 12, 2013

A new poll on the Massachusetts special election for U.S. Senate shows Democrat Ed Markey with a 12-point lead over Republican Gabriel Gomez, with 49 percent supporting Markey and 37 percent supporting Gomez.

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Mass. Senate Poll: Markey 48, Gomez 41

1:39 PM, Jun 10, 2013

A new poll from Suffolk University finds Democratic congressman Ed Markey with a seven-point lead ahead of this month's special election for the U.S. Senate in Massachsuetts. In a survey of 500 likely voters, Markey received 48 percent support, while his Republican opponent, businessman and retired Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez, received 41 percent support.

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GOP Poll: Massachusetts Senate Race a Statistical Tie

7:01 AM, Jun 08, 2013

A Republican polling firm has found that the Massachusetts special election for the U.S. Senate is in a dead heat. Democrat Ed Markey, the longtime congressman, leads Republican and first-time candidate Gabriel Gomez by just a point. According to McLaughlin and Associates, a firm that often works for Republican candidates, 45 percent of likely voters in Massachusetts support Markey, while 44 percent support Gomez and 11 percent remain undecided. The election is on June 25.

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Christie: 'I Don't Know What the Cost Is and I Quite Frankly Don't Care'

"We're not going to be penny wise and pound foolish around here."
1:12 PM, Jun 04, 2013

Chris Christie said he doesn't know and doesn't care what the cost of the New Jersey special election will be:

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Christie Previously Signed Law to Consolidate Elections to Save Money

12:01 PM, Jun 04, 2013

The New York Times reports today that New Jersey governor Chris Christie, a Republican, is considering setting a special election for the vacant New Jersey Senate seat ahead of the already scheduled November election. This move, as the Times reports, could cost around $24 million: 

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Markey Disinvites Old Friend, Georgia Dem 'Cooter' from D.C. Fundraiser

"Fold it four ways and put it where the sun don't shine."
10:16 AM, May 16, 2013

Massachusetts Democrat Ed Markey, his party's nominee for Senate in next month's special election, asked a former House colleague not to show up to a fundraiser in Washington, D.C. earlier this week. A Markey staff member reportedly called Ben Jones, a former Democratic congressman from Georgia who also starred as Cooter in the television show The Dukes of Hazzard, to disinvite him from a fundraiser.

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Sanford Wins Special Election By 9

10:25 PM, May 07, 2013

Mark Sanford, the former governor of South Carolina, has won his old House seat back in a special election to succeed Tim Scott, who was appointed to the U.S. Senate earlier this year. The Associated Press reports:

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A Photo Finish Ahead in South Carolina?

4:01 PM, May 06, 2013

It's been a roller coaster of a special election in South Carolina's First Congressional District, and about 24 hours before the polls close, the race for the House seat once held by Senator Tim Scott looks to be a close one.

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PPP Poll: Markey 44, Gomez 40

12:17 PM, May 03, 2013

The special election campaign for Senate in Massachusetts is only a few days old, but it's already looking close. A new PPP poll shows Democrat Ed Markey leading his Republican opponent, Gabriel Gomez, by only four points. Here's more from PPP:

PPP's first poll of the general election in the Massachusetts Senate special finds a close race, with Ed Markey leading Gabriel Gomez by a 44-40 margin.

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Markey, Gomez to Face Off in Mass. Special Senate Election

6:14 AM, May 01, 2013

Ed Markey, the 19-term Democratic representative and dean of the Massachusetts congressional delegation, will face political newcomer Gabriel Gomez, a Republican, in next month's special election for the U.S. Senate.

In the primary elections held Tuesday, Markey handily defeated rival congressman Stephen Lynch for the Democratic nomination to succeed fellow Democrat John Kerry, who resigned from the Senate upon being confirmed for secretary of state. The 66-year-old liberal Democrat from Malden has held a significant lead in the polls over any GOP challenger.

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Retired Navy SEAL to Run for Senate in Massachusetts as Republican

9:55 AM, Feb 12, 2013

Retired U.S. Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez, a Republican, announced Tuesday he would be entering the U.S. Senate special election to fill the seat of Massachusetts Democrat John Kerry. In a video posted on his campaign website, Gomez begins by announcing in Spanish before continuing in English. "I spent my career as a Navy SEAL and as a businessman right here in Boston," he says. "I'm not a politician, so I'll have a very different kind of campaign." Watch the video below:

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Mark Sanford Will Run for Congress

12:34 PM, Jan 11, 2013

Mark Sanford, the former governor of South Carolina, will run for the House of Representatives, sources close to Sanford confirm. He will try to win election to the seat formerly held by Tim Scott. 

Sanford, a Republican who held the House seat himself from 1995 to 2001, will announce his intention to run early next week, ahead of the January 18 filing deadline. The special election to succeed Scott, who was appointed to the Senate by Governor Nikki Haley last month, will take place on May 7, with a GOP primary being held on March 19.

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Tussle in Tucson

A tight race for the Giffords seat.
Jun 11, 2012

The special election to fill the last six months of Gabrielle Giffords’s term in the Eighth Congressional District of Arizona is rapidly approaching. Although the race looks close, no one can say that the candidates are neck and neck. At 6’8”, Republican Jesse Kelly stands head and shoulders above most people—not just his opponent, former Giffords staffer Ron Barber.

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Tomblin Holds on to Governor's Seat in West Virginia

8:50 PM, Oct 04, 2011

Acting governor Earl Ray Tomblin has won Tuesday's special election for governor in West Virginia, according to the Associated Press. Tomblin, the Democratic state senate president since 1995, defeated Republican businessman and first-time candidate Bill Maloney.

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Happy Hour: Be Thankful They Don't Take It All

6:00 PM, Sep 14, 2011

Declare the pennies on your eyes: Jan Schakowsky doesn't think you deserve to keep all the money you earn.

Jon Huntsman doesn't like scary things.

Michele Bachmann's new book's cover.

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Republican Amodei's Big Win in Nevada

10:21 AM, Sep 14, 2011

In yesterday's special election for Congress in Nevada, Republican Mark Amodei trounced Democrat Kate Marshall in the Second Congressional District. Amodei received 58 percent of the vote, while Marshall received only 36 percent. The Las Vegas Sun has more:

Republican Mark Amodei chalked up a crushing victory in Tuesday’s special election for U.S. Sen. Dean Heller’s old House seat, routing Democrat Kate Marshall by 22 percentage points.

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Video: Hikind Endorses Turner

1:03 PM, Sep 09, 2011

Democratic Assemblyman Dov Hikind announced earlier this week that he was crossing party lines to endorse Republican Bob Turner in the New York special election. Hikind, an Orthodox Jew who has been outspoken against the White Houses's Israel policy, appeared in person with Turner this morning at a campaign event, saying voters in the district have the opportunity "to send a powerful message to the White House." That message, though, isn't just about Israel.

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Turner Leads Weprin in Siena Poll

9:38 AM, Sep 09, 2011

What a difference a month makes. Republican Bob Turner has a six-point lead in the latest Siena poll over Democrat David Weprin in the New York Ninth Congressional District special election. Fifty percent of the likely voters polled said they would vote for Turner in next Tuesday's election, which is being held to replace the scandal-ridden former Democratic congressman Anthony Weiner.

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Poll Shows Republican Ahead in New York 9th

2:18 PM, Sep 06, 2011

The latest poll from the surprisingly contentious special election in New York's Ninth Congressional District shows Republican Bob Turner with a small lead over Democrat David Weprin. Magellan Strategies, a firm associated with Republican political candidates, surveyed 2,055 likely voters for next week's election.

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