House Members Face Off in Five Senate Primaries

Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, left, discusses bipartisan efforts by his administration and the state’s mostly Democratic congressional delegation to attract a new FBI headquarters to Prince George’s County during a news conference on Monday, March 23, 2015 in Annapolis, Md. To the right of the governor are Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Md., Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., and Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md.
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April 25, 2016, 9:30 a.m.

The start­ing gun is ready to fire on the run of House mem­bers fa­cing each oth­er in Sen­ate primar­ies. A total of 14 House mem­bers are run­ning for Sen­ate this year, and 10 of them must first dis­patch with a fel­low mem­ber of their state’s del­eg­a­tion be­fore mov­ing on to the gen­er­al elec­tion.

— On Tues­day, the tense race between Demo­crat­ic Reps. Chris Van Hol­len and Donna Ed­wards will fi­nally be de­cided. Van Hol­len al­ways looked to have the up­per hand in both es­tab­lish­ment sup­port and money, but Ed­wards has be­nefited from a few mil­lion dol­lars in out­side spend­ing, in­clud­ing from EMILY’s List, and has kept the con­test tan­tal­iz­ingly close. Van Hol­len, a former DCCC chair­man, has em­phas­ized his ef­fect­ive­ness in Con­gress, something that could help him sig­ni­fic­antly in the D.C. area. This race nearly fea­tured a third mem­ber, as Rep. Eli­jah Cum­mings didn’t an­nounce he would seek reelec­tion un­til early Feb­ru­ary, less than three months be­fore the primary.

— Two mem­bers of the Re­pub­lic­an wave class of 2010 are locked in a com­pet­it­ive battle in In­di­ana for the out­sider mantle in the May 3 primary. An es­tab­lish­ment-aligned su­per PAC is spend­ing sig­ni­fic­antly to help Rep. Todd Young over the fin­ish line. He might be aided by an As­so­ci­ated Press re­port last week that poin­ted out that Rep. Marlin Stutz­man’s cam­paign since he entered Con­gress has spent about three times as much as Young’s on flights, vehicle charges, meals, and ho­tels. Young would be heav­ily favored in the gen­er­al against Demo­crat­ic former Rep. Bar­on Hill, Stutz­man less so.

— Nearly four months later, on Aug. 30, two pairs of House mem­bers will tee off in the Re­pub­lic­an and Demo­crat­ic primar­ies in Flor­ida. Rep. Patrick Murphy, who was en­dorsed by Pres­id­ent Obama and the DSCC, has the up­per hand in the Demo­crat­ic race against eth­ic­ally chal­lenged Rep. Alan Grayson. The Re­pub­lic­an side is a jumble, with Reps. Dav­id Jolly and Ron De­S­antis, a mem­ber of the House Free­dom Caucus, also fa­cing the lieu­ten­ant gov­ernor, a de­fense con­tract­or, and a wealthy real es­tate de­veloper with strong ties to the gov­ernor.

Louisi­ana Reps. John Flem­ing and Charles Bous­tany will face off in the crowded jungle primary for the state’s open Sen­ate seat on Nov. 8. Of the four oth­er House mem­bers run­ning for Sen­ate, Reps. Tammy Duck­worth, a Demo­crat in Illinois, and Joe Heck, a Re­pub­lic­an in Nevada, stand the best chance in Novem­ber. But two oth­er Demo­crats are put­ting up a fight: Reps. Ann Kirk­patrick in Ari­zona and Lor­etta Sanc­hez, who could face a fel­low Demo­crat, Cali­for­nia At­tor­ney Gen­er­al Kamala Har­ris, in the gen­er­al.

Kyle Tryg­stad

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