UPDATED 19:16 PM EDT, May 13, 2013 | KEN THOMAS, Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — A political group backed by Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida is coming to the aid of New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte, airing a new television ad in the Republican's home state defending her stance on gun legislation.
Rubio's Reclaim America political action committee says in the new ad that Ayotte has sought to reduce gun violence in New Hampshire, home of the nation's first presidential primary. The ad points to "safety, security, family. No one understands these things like a mom and no one works harder for them than this one."
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Sen. Rand Paul says he's only "considering" running for president. But he's doing much more than mull it over.
The Kentucky Republican is unabashedly clearing a path to seek the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, with a series of early voting state visits, a beefed-up political operation and a deliberate plan to appeal to mainstream voters and raise his national profile.
BOSTON (AP) — National Republicans cheered former Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez's Massachusetts primary victory, but Democratic Congressman Ed Markey enjoys tremendous advantages in the special election to replace former U.S. Sen. John Kerry.
Tuesday's primary elections set up an eight-week sprint to the June 25 election.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republicans are struggling to recruit strong Senate candidates in states that present the party's best opportunities to reclaim the majority, a sign that the GOP's post-2012 soul-searching may end up creeping into the midterm congressional elections.
It's admittedly early, with more than 18 months before the November 2014 elections.
ATLANTA (AP) — A rare open U.S. Senate seat in Georgia promises a scrambled 2014 campaign that already has some Republicans quietly nervous about retaining it.
Democrat Barack Obama lost the state in both of his White House races, and it's a seat that Republicans cannot afford to lose as they try to regain a Senate majority for the final two years of his presidency.
The question is whether a bruising party primary becomes a liability, particularly if voters nominate U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, who once called evolution and the Big Bang Theory "lies straight from the pit of hell."
WASHINGTON (AP) — The campaign arm of House Democrats outraised its Republican rival in first quarter of 2013, taking in more than $22 million.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has raised $22.6 million so far in 2013, compared to $17.5 million for the National Republican Congressional Committee. House Democrats also have more cash on hand, $10.2 million compared to $8.1 million, and less debt. The NRCC reports about $8.3 million in debt compared to $4.5 million in debt reported by the DCCC.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The advocacy group born out of President Barack Obama's campaign organization raised just under $4.9 million in its debut quarter, a modest sum illustrating the challenges of keeping campaign-year fervor alive once the voters have all gone home.
Organizing for Action told supporters Friday that more than 109,000 people donated money to the fledgling group, with the average donor handing over about $44. The group claimed that the preponderance of low-dollar contributions reflected powerful grassroots momentum.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge refused on Thursday to dismiss a Federal Election Commission lawsuit that accuses former Sen. Larry Craig of misusing $217,000 in campaign funds for his legal defense after his arrest in a 2007 airport bathroom sex sting.
Craig had argued that the airport bathroom trip fell under his official duties as senator because he was traveling between Idaho and Washington for work, and therefore the legal fees could be paid for with campaign money.
NEW YORK (AP) — A person familiar with Facebook says CEO Mark Zuckerberg is forming a political group to address issues such as education reform, immigration and scientific research.
The person says the group will formally launch in the coming weeks. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the information is not public. The San Francisco Chronicle, Politico and others reported on it earlier.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Actress Ashley Judd announced Wednesday she won't run for U.S. Senate in Kentucky against Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, saying she had given serious thought to a campaign but decided her responsibilities and energy need to be focused on her family.
The former Kentucky resident tweeted her decision.
"Regretfully, I am currently unable to consider a campaign for the Senate. I have spoken to so many Kentuckians over these last few months who expressed their desire for a fighter for the people & new leader," Judd wrote.