PSA: “The 2014 Primary Calendar”

Ed Kilgore, at the Washington Monthly, has a tipsheet:

Since congressional Republicans seem to have decided they’re going to be out doing errands between now and the time they hunker down for the 2014 general elections, us news-watchers and bloviators have a large stake in paying attention to the scattered party primaries that will occur during the course of the year—especially those Senate contests on the Republican side that could screw up the GOP’s drive for Senate control, or tilt their Conference further to the Right, or both.

So it’s prudent to take a look at the calendar.

The first actual primary is in Texas on March 4. Sen. John Cornyn’s right-wing challenger, the erratic Rep. Steve Stockman, has run a really bad campaign and no one thinks the potentially vulnerable Cornyn is in any real trouble (the most competitive Texas primary probably involves 90-year-old Rep. Sam Hall, who is trying to hang on for one more term).

The primary calendar really doesn’t heat up until May. On May 6, North Carolina’s Senate primary revolves around Establishment GOP favorite Thom Tillis’ struggle to reach the 40% necessary to avoid a July 15 runoff against a large field in which the challenger to watch could be self-proclaimed “constitutional conservative” Greg Brannon

22 replies
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    Steve in the ATL says:

    Mitch McConnell’s tea bagger challenger, Matt Bevin, was a college classmate of mine. I hope he comes to the reunion right after he loses the primary. I don’t remember his being that big a tool in college; maybe he took a dark turn after the bell factory burned down.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    I guess John Cornyn must have no worries about his primary opponent, and campaign money to burn, if he’s targeting ads at lil ol’ me in Malaysia.

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    Yatsuno says:

    @Steve in the ATL: I actually want him to lose. Yertle does worse against Grimes than Bevin does.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Steve in the ATL: Being stationed at Ft Polk couldn’t have done him any good.

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    chopper says:

    oh jesus, fuck election years right to fucking hell.

  6. 6
    WaterGirl says:

    @chopper: That’s not quite how I might have worded that myself, but I can’t say I disagree at all!

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    Baud says:


    That’s the attitude that got us into this mess.

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    Tissue Thin Pseudonym (JMN) says:

    @Amir Khalid: Click the link and see if you can get him in trouble for campaign finance violations.

  9. 9
    chopper says:


    I’ll crawl over glass to vote agin’ the GOP this year. but I’m not looking forward to the time preceding that day.

    time to put the TV in the garage.

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    Hal says:

    (the most competitive Texas primary probably involves 90-year-old Rep. Sam Hall, who is trying to hang on for one more term).

    Great guy. Was a Dem until 2004.

    Hall cited unfinished business. He called it the “hardest day of my political life” when President Barack Obama got re-elected.
    “My goal is to be there when Obama leaves,” Hall said. “I want to see him leave, when he leaves the White House. I want to get him a ticket to Chicago just as quickly as we can. And I want to be there and be a member of Congress supporting some good Republican for president.”

    EDIT: He also apparently rolls out the “this is my last time running” before every election.

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    Baud says:


    I’ll crawl over glass to vote agin’ the GOP this year.

    Good. Because that’ll probably be a voting requirement in a few red states

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    ralphb says:

    Rep Ralph Hall may have called himself a Democrat before 2004 but he voted solid Republican for decades before. He wouldn’t vote for a Democrat as Speaker, always voted for the Republican. Huge racist asshat!

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    mdblanche says:

    @Hal: Given that the President’s term ends on 1/20/17 and the next Congress’ term ends on 1/3/17, he’ll need two more terms to see Obama out of DC. As for being around for a Republican president, I doubt a nonagenarian can live that long.

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    Turgidson says:

    Looks like there will be a handful of chances for the GOP to shoot themselves in the foot with weaponized teabags and piss away a couple more winnable Senate seats. We can hope.

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    NotMax says:

    Gotta admire his gumption.

    The Constitution mandates that the minimum age to serve in the U.S. House is 25. That won’t be a problem for Joe Newman.

    Newman, 101, is seeking the House seat held by Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., as a write-in candidate. Florida’s 16th District is currently listed as “Solid Republican” by Cook Political Report.
    As for politics, he says he’d never given serious thought to running before, but that changed recently. He described himself as an “archaeological progressive” — his website refers to him as an “anthropological progressive” — and says reaction to his candidacy has been “amazing.” So much so, he notes, that the odds of victory are “probably down to 1 million to 1.” Source

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    Liberty60 says:

    Boehner: “I’d rather kill myself than vote for a minimum wage increase.”
    America: “Your offer is acceptable.”

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    Fuzzy says:

    @Liberty60: Let them all hang themselves so the minimum wage goes up. Naw the poor white rural dumbshits would vote for a dead man just spite agin that Prez.

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    shelly says:

    More proof that Christie’s bloom is off the rose? Even NewsMax has a negative article about him.

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    Cervantes says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    Big tent. Very big tent.

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    Kay says:

    I’m just doing the Ohio governor’s race. It’s fairly cut and dried. In this county, he needs 8000 votes.

    The rest of you, along with the other 87 counties in Ohio, are on your own :)

    In an open-ended question, allowing for any answer, a total of 42 percent of Ohio voters list the economy or jobs as the top priority for state government in 2014. Another 14 percent list education or education funding, followed by 5 percent who cite health care.

    Education is the second most important issue in polling, and I think people mean “education funding”, which Kasich has cut. Also, he loathes “government schools”.

    I have informed Mr. FitzGerald, the challenger, of this potentially great issue for him but I’m not 100% sure he was listening although obviously I’m right :)

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    Cervantes says:

    @ralphb: Hall also voted to impeach Clinton and then endorsed Bush (against Gore) in 2000.

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    Gretchen says:

    Here in Kansas, Sen. Pat Roberts is being challenged by Obama’s teabagger cousin, Michael Wolf. Wolf is gaining traction on the discovery that Roberts doesn’t live here. His voting address was a house he rented out, while he voted absentee from his home in Virginia? How is that not voter fraud? Our Secretary of State, Kris Kobach, is the king of voter fraud pursuit, but not a peep out of him. I don’t think there’s a Democrat lined up to run if the teabagger wins, though. Unfortunately, Wolf is very handsome and will look good in ads.

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