US Elections News & Election Races

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February 17 - NEW MEXICO: Mick Rich (R) to run vs US Senator Martin Heinrich (D).

February 16 - US SENATE: Votes 51-49 to confirm Congressman Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) as US Office of Management & Budget Director.

February 16 - WISCONSIN: Congressman Sean Duffy (R) will not run vs US Senator Tammy Baldwin (D) next year.

February 16 - ILLINOIS District 6: Amanda Howland (D) to run vs Congressman Peter Roskam (R).

February 15 - KANSAS: Wink Hartman (R) to run for Governor.

February 15 - GEORGIA District 6: Filing closed today for special election for Congressman Price's seat.

February 15 - COLORADO: Victor Mitchell (R) enters open gubernatorial race.

February 14 - US SENATE: Confirmed Linda McMahon to lead Small Business Administration by 81-19 vote.

February 13 - CABINET: Mike Flynn has resigned his post as national security adviser. US Senate confirms David Shulkin for Veterans Affairs Secretary, Steve Mnuchin confirmed as Treasury Secretary.

February 13 - IOWA: Jon Neiderbach (D) to run for Governor.

February 13 - RHODE ISLAND: Term-limited Attorney General Peter Kilmartin (D) will take another year before deciding if he will run vs Governor Gina Raimondo (D).

February 13 - TEXAS: Congressman Joaquin Castro (D) will decide within the next 8 weeks whether he will run vs US Senator Ted Cruz (R) next year.

February 13 - SOUTH CAROLINA District 5: Chad Connelly enters race for Congressman Mulvaney's soon to be open seat.

February 13 - KANSAS District 4: James Thompson defeated Dennis McKinney for Democratic nomination for Congress by 21-18 vote at district convention.

February 11 - ALABAMA: Governor Robert Bentley has appointed ex-Marshall County District Attorney Steve Marshall (R) to be Attorney General.

February 11 - FLORIDA: State CFO Jeff Atwater (R) is resigning to become CFO of Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton.

February 11 - GEORGIA District 6: Governor Deal fast-tracks special election. Filing deadline is next Wednesday. Primary April 18; Runoff (if nobody wins majority) June 20.

February 10 - CABINET: Congressman Tom Price (R-GA) confirmed for HHS Secretary by 52-47 vote. Special election for his open seat (Georgia District 6).

February 10 - MONTANA: Brad Molnar (Lib) seeking nomination for congressional special election.

February 10 - KANSAS District 4: Ron Estes (R) wins GOP nomination for congressional special election at district convention.

February 10 - GEORGIA District 6: Karen Handel (R) enters special election race for Congressman Tom Price's open seat.

February 9 - FLORIDA: Randolph Bracy (D) is considering running vs US Senator Bill Nelson (D) next year.

February 9 - NEVADA: Joe Heck (R) will not seek to recapture his old House seat in 2018.

February 9 - MICHIGAN: Detroit Health Director Abdul El-Sayed (D) is stepping down from his post, will run for Governor.

February 9 - NEW HAMPSHIRE: Caleb Dyer (R) quit the GOP and joined the Libertarian Party.

February 9 - UTAH District 3: Damian Kidd (R) to run vs Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R).

February 9 - ALABAMA: Governor Bentley chose Attorney General Luther Strange (R) to fill US Senate seat; will now pick new Attorney General. Strange was criminally investigating Bentley.

February 8 - CABINET: Jeff Sessions confirmed as Attorney General by 52-47 Senate vote.

February 8 - ILLINOIS: Chris Kennedy (D) to run vs Governor Bruce Rauner (R).

February 8 - LOUISIANA District 3: Josh Guillory (R) to run vs Congressman Clay Higgins (R).

February 7 - FLORIDA: Ronnie Bergeron (R) is considering run for Governor.

February 7 - CABINET: Betsy DeVos confirmed as US Education Secretary by 50-50 US Senate vote, with VP Pence breaking tie in favor of confirmation.

February 7 - SOUTH CAROLINA District 5: Tommy Pope (R) launches 2017 special election run for congress.

February 7 - GEORGIA District 6: Kelly Stewart (R) to run for Congressman Price's soon to be open seat.

February 7 - PENNSYLVANIA: Rick Saccone (R) files FEC paperwork to run vs US Senator Bob Casey (D). Congressman Pat Meehan (R) will not enter race.

February 6 - ILLINOIS: Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D) will decide within next 30 days on whether she will challenge Governor Bruce Rauner (R).

February 6 - MONTANA: Carl Glimm (R) enters race for Congressman Zinke's soon to be open seat.

February 5 - OKLAHOMA: Connie Johnson (D) enters open gubernatorial race.

February 3 - CABINET: Vincent Viola, Trump's nominee for Army secretary, withdrew his name from consideration (cites business conflicts).

February 3 - FLORIDA: Congressman Francis Rooney (R) will not run for Governor in 2018.

February 3 - SOUTH DAKOTA: Governor signs law repealing voter-adopted ethics law passed just last year.

February 3 - CALIFORNIA: "Stuttering John" Melendez (D) to run for US Senate.

February 2 - VIRGINIA: Congressman Dave Brat (R) will not challenge US Senator Tim Kaine (D) next year.

February 2 - GEORGIA District 6: Dan Moody (R) enters race for Congressman Price's soon to be open seat.

February 2 - SOUTH CAROLINA District 5: Brig Gen Tom Mulliken (R) enters race for Congressman Mulvaney's soon open seat.

February 2 - INDIANA: Mark Hurt (R) enters race vs US Senator Joe Donnelly (D).

February 1 - FLORIDA District 8: Dr Dena Grayson (D) files FEC papers to run vs Congressman Posey.

February 1 - ARIZONA: Congressman Paul Gosar (R) will seek reelection next year; will not run vs US Senator Jeff Flake (R).

February 1 - SCOTUS: President Trump nominates Appeals Court Judge Neil Gorsuch to be SCOTUS Justice.

January 31 - CABINET: US Senate confirmed Elaine Chao to be US Transportation Secretary.

January 30 - MICHIGAN: Congressman Fred Upton (R) may run vs US Senator Debbie Stabenow (D) in 2018.

January 30 - ARIZONA: Congressman Paul Gosar may challenge US Senator Jeff Flake.

January 30 - MASSACHUSETTS: Jay Gonzalez (D) enters race vs Governor Charlie Baker (R).

January 27 - SOUTH CAROLINA District 5: Kris Wampler (R) to run for Congressman Mulvaney's soon to be open seat.

January 27 - GEORGIA District 6: Bob Gray (R) to run for Congressman Price's soon to be open seat.

January 26 - MONTANA: Denise Juneau (D) will not run in special election for Congressman Zinke's open seat. Casey Schreiner (D) exited race. Greg Gianforte (R) enters race.

January 26 - KANSAS District 1: Tim Huelskamp (R) filed FEC paperwork to challenge Congressman Roger Marshall (R) in 2018 rematch.

January 26 - TENNESSEE: Beth Harwell (R), in precursor to Gubernatorial run, opens new designated 2018 campaign account.

January 26 - CALIFORNIA District 34: Governor Brown signed order calling congressional special election primary for April 4, general for June 6.

January 25 - SOUTH CAROLINA: The SC Senate unanimously elected State Senator Kevin Bryant (R) to fill the vacant Lieutenant Governor post.

January 25 - MISSOURI: Carl Edwards (R) told the AP he is considering a run vs US Senator Claire McCaskill (D) next year.

January 25 - KANSAS District 2: Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins (R) will retire, will not run for Governor nor any other office in 2018. District 4: List of special election candidates (April 11, 2017) for Mike Pompeo's open seat. Parties will nominate by conventions.

January 25 - CABINET: White House says VP Mike Pence has named Colonel Andrea Thompson as his national security adviser.

January 25 - WHITE HOUSE: Katy French Talento named as new White House Health Policy Adviser.

January 24 - SOUTH CAROLINA: Governor Nikki Haley (R) confirmed to be UN Ambassador. Lt Gov Henry McMaster (R) becomes new Governor.

January 24 - MINNESOTA: Governor Mark Dayton (D), after collapsing during State of the State speech, has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

January 23 - CABINET: Congressman Mike Pompeo confirmed as CIA Director by 66-32 vote.

January 23 - ALABAMA: Congressman Bradley Byrne (R) won't run in special election for US Senator Sessions seat.

January 23 - CABINET: President Trump picks Heather Wilson (R-NM) as new USAF Secretary.

January 20 - CABINET: Retired Marine Corps General James Mattis (defense secretary) and John Kelly (homeland security secretary) confirmed and sworn in.

January 19 - RNC: The RNC elected Ronna Romney McDaniel as the new National Chairwoman (replacing Chairman Reince Priebus).

January 19 - NEVADA: Congressman Mark Amodei (R) will not run in the open gubernatorial race next year.

January 18, - PRESIDENT-ELECT: Donald Trump names former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue (R) to be Agriculture Secretary.

January 18 - MINNESOTA District 5: Peggy Flanagan (DFL) filed FEC paperwork to run for Congressman Keith Ellison's seat ... IF Ellison is elected DNC Chair.

January 18 - SOUTH CAOLINA District 1: Tom Perez (R) launches run vs Congressman Mark Sanford (R).

January 18 - WISCONSIN: SuperPAC trying to draft Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke (R) to run vs US Senator Tammy Baldwin (D) next year.

January 17 - CONNECTICUT: Tim Herbst (R) to run vs Governor Dan Malloy (D).

January 17 - IOWA: Tom Vilsack (D) accepted job as US Dairy Export Council CEO - meaning he won't run for Governor next year.

January 17 - COLORADO: Mike Johnston (D) enters open gubernatorial race.

January 17 - KANSAS District 4: Pete Meitzner (R) & Laura Lombard (D) enter congressional special election race.

January 17 - MONTANA: It appears Greg Gianforte (R) has lock for GOP nomination in congressional special election.