Special Election

Latest fundraising numbers from Beto O’Rourke and others are ridiculous
Texas Democrat raised more in 24 hours than earlier top candidates did in an entire cycle

Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke reported raising $6.1 million within 24 hours after announcing his bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

When covering campaigns on a day-to-day basis, it can be easy to lose perspective, particularly when it comes to money. Million-dollar figures are thrown around without much thought. But the amounts of money being raised by candidates right now, particularly Democrats, are absurd.

I glanced back at competitive races nearly 20 years ago for some context, and the comparisons between a day of presidential fundraising and entire, top-tier congressional contests are staggering.

Utah bill would give primary voters less say on who appears on special election ballots
Measure is latest development in yearslong struggle over party nomination process

Rep. John Curtis, R-Utah, right, with his wife, Sue, and Speaker Paul D. Ryan at his mock swearing-in ceremony in November 2017. Curtis won his special election after successfully petitioning to get on the GOP primary ballot. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Utah voters would have fewer opportunities to weigh in on candidates to fill certain congressional seats under legislation that quietly passed the state Legislature this week. 

The bill, which has yet to be signed by the governor and has so far received little attention from local media, would change the process by which candidates appear on primary ballots in special elections to replace House members who resign in the middle of their terms. For those elections, only candidates nominated by delegates from either party would be able to run. Candidates would not be able to make the ballot by petitioning voters. 

NRCC targeting House Democrats on impeachment
Committee is launching new digital ads in all 55 of its target districts

NRCC Chairman Tom Emmer says Democrats need to “definitively state” where they stand on impeachment. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The National Republican Congressional Committee aims to pin House Democrats on the issue of impeaching President Donald Trump through a series of digital ads launching Friday.

The ad campaign is the latest sign that Republicans will try to tie vulnerable Democrats to their more liberal colleagues to win back the House. 

Vacant office of North Carolina’s 9th District falls under Clerk’s control
District has been without representation after last fall’s result was thrown out

A sign outside the office of North Carolina’s 9th District on Thursday. (Katherine Tully-McManus/CQ Roll Call)

The House clerk is officially taking over the vacant office of North Carolina’s 9th District.

A “vacant office notice” from House Clerk Cheryl L. Johnson released Thursday says her office will provide constituent services and operate the congressional office until an upcoming special election decides a new member.

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. 

North Carolina officials set dates for 9th District special election
A new election was called following allegations of election fraud

The North Carolina State Board of Elections has set the dates for a special election in the 9th District. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The North Carolina State Board of Elections has set dates for a special election in North Carolina’s 9th district after allegations of election fraud threw the results into question.

A primary election will take place on May 14. If no candidate receives 30 percent of the vote, a runoff will take place on Sept. 10 and the general election will be Nov. 5. But if a primary runoff is not necessary, the general election will take place on Sept. 10.

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.

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.)