special-election

It’s no longer all about Republican primaries for the Club for Growth
The club played in more general elections in 2018 and expects that to continue in 2020

David M. McIntosh, the president of the Club for Growth, believes his group needs to play in general elections, not just Republican primaries. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Club for Growth has long been an arbiter of crowded primaries in safe Republican seats, but its role is evolving in the era of President Donald Trump. 

The group’s super PAC and PAC are still major players in internecine battles — the club successfully torpedoed a candidate in a Pennsylvania nominating convention over the weekend and is already interviewing candidates for two House special elections in North Carolina. 

Don Young makes history as the longest-serving House Republican
Man from Alaska moves past Uncle Joe Cannon in the record books

Alaska’s Don Young is officially the longest-serving Republican House member in history. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Alaska’s Don Young is officially the longest-serving Republican House member in history.

On Tuesday, Young eclipsed the tenure of legendary former Speaker Joe Cannon (yes, of Cannon House Office Building fame), who served 16,800 days in the House and retired in 1923.

Why this North Carolina Democrat thinks he can succeed Walter Jones
Conservative 3rd District backed Trump by 24 points in 2016

Retired Marine Col. Richard Bew is running for North Carolina’s 3rd District as a Democrat. (Courtesy Richard Bew’s campaign)

No Democrat stepped up to challenge Rep. Walter B. Jones last fall. The Republican congressman ran unopposed for a 13th term in North Carolina’s 3rd District.

But Jones’ death last month has triggered a September special election, and some Democrats are giving this military-heavy district another look. 

Trump ‘needs to weigh in... now’ on North Carolina special election, GOP rep who lost primary says
Former GOP Rep. Robert Pittenger wants president to help unify party behind one candidate to focus on defeating Democrat Dan McCready

Former North Carolina Rep. Robert Pittenger urged President Donald Trump to weigh in on the special election primary in his old district. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Rep. Robert Pittenger, the most recent person to hold North Carolina’s vacant 9th District seat, urged President Donald Trump on Friday to help the GOP “coalesce” behind a someone by choosing his preferred primary candidate as early as possible.

“The president does need to weigh in on this now,” Pittenger said in a radio interview Friday with WBT in Charlotte.

GOP greets North Carolina election scandal with crickets, excuses and misdirection
Hypocrisy is too mild a word for Republican about-face on vote fraud

Republican Mark Harris, left, will not run in the do-over of the election in North Carolina’s 9th District. Above, Harris campaigns with North Carolina Rep. Ted Budd in Charlotte last October. (Sean Rayford/Getty Images file photo)

[OPINION] CHARLOTTE, N.C. — America might know the name of the next president before voters in North Carolina’s 9th District have a representative in the House.

OK, maybe that’s an exaggeration.

Mark Harris will not run in North Carolina’s 9th District special election
2018 GOP nominee cites health reasons for decision

Republican Mark Harris, center, announced on Tuesday that he won’t run in the special election for North Carolina’s 9th District. Above, Harris campaigns in Charlotte, N.C., in October 2018 with President Donald Trump and Rep. Ted Budd. (Sean Rayford/Getty Images file photo)

Less than a week after his surprise call for a new election in North Carolina’s 9th District, Republican Mark Harris announced he will not be a candidate in that contest. 

Harris, the 2018 GOP nominee for the seat, cited health reasons and noticeably didn’t mention the election fraud scandal that was the subject of last week’s dramatic evidentiary hearing before the North Carolina State Board of Elections. He led Democrat Dan McCready by 905 votes after last fall’s election, but the board refused to certify the result because of allegations that a contractor for the Harris campaign had tampered with absentee ballots. 

With 2020 around the corner, North Carolina special election isn’t just about 9th District
Tar Heel State is a must-win for Republicans in 2020 presidential and Senate contests

North Carolina’s Mark Harris, left, here at a rally in Charlotte last October with Rep. Ted Budd, is almost certain to have company in the GOP primary if he decides to run in the 9th District special election this year. (Sean Rayford/Getty Images file photo)

What may be the most high-profile special election of 2019 is likely to attract national attention as a harbinger of things to come in a competitive state next year. 

The North Carolina State Board of Elections hasn’t yet set a date for the special primary or general election in the 9th District. But the contest is already taking shape with a burgeoning field of prospective GOP candidates in a race with potential consequences for next year’s presidential and Senate elections in the Tar Heel State. (House contests are more unpredictable since the North Carolina congressional map may change ahead of 2020.)

North Carolina redo recalls a forgotten New Jersey absentee ballot scandal
1976 Democratic primary in Garden State saw some kitchen-table shenanigans

North Carolina Republican Mark Harris’ 905-vote apparent victory in North Carolina’s 9th District was thrown out Thursday and the state elections board voted unanimously for a new election. (John D. Simmons /The Charlotte Observer via AP)

North Carolina is gearing up for a redo election in the 9th District, which will likely include a new primary, too.

The last rerun of a general election for a House race was in 1975 in Louisiana. But when it comes to primary redos, a 1976 race in New Jersey offers some striking similarities to what’s already happened and what could happen in the Tar Heel State.

You lost a House race in 2018? Now run for Senate in 2020
Some losing House candidates may try to ‘fail up’ to the Senate

National Democrats are encouraging Kentucky’s Amy McGrath, who narrowly lost a race for the 6th District last fall, to consider challenging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in 2020. (Jason Davis/Getty Images file photo)

“What’s next?” is a question J.D. Scholten often hears when he’s at the grocery store.

For most failed House candidates like Scholten, the answer doesn’t include running for Senate. But the Iowan is not your average losing candidate.

There’s at least one special election coming to North Carolina soon
Death of Rep. Walter Jones opens up a reliably red seat

The death of North Carolina Rep. Walter B. Jones opens up a seat in a Republican area that's used to being represented by a Jones in Congress. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The death of North Carolina Rep. Walter B. Jones over the weekend opens up a safe Republican seat on the state’s east coast.

The governor must call a special election for the 3rd District. But there is no statutory time frame, so the timing will be up to Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper.