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After a campaign launch full of stumbles, Pennsylvania Democrats have decided to primary Joe Sestak for the Democratic Senate nomination.

Lehigh Valley Live reports:

Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski has officially announced he's running for U.S. Senate.

The three-term mayor will run in the 2016 Democratic primary. Fellow Democrat Joe Sestak has also announced he's running for the seat currently held by Lehigh County resident Pat Toomey, R-Pa.
This is bad news for Sestak, who, until now, has been the sole Democratic candidate running for Senate in 2016.

However, Sestak's competition won't have an easy ride to the nomination. Ed Pawlowski may have some troubles of his own in the primary.

The Morning Call reports:


The mayor's anticipated Senate campaign will need to defy critics who believe that he will again have trouble raising money.

Sestak's campaign staff did not return calls Wednesday or Thursday requesting information on his recent fundraising, and his latest filing was not yet available from the Federal Election Commission. He had $1.5 million in his campaign account as of Dec. 31.

In the gubernatorial campaign, Pawlowski raised only $346,000, well short of the $1 million that observers considered to be the price of entry. A third of that sum came from his mayoral campaign fund, an option he won't have in a federal race. Due to Pennsylvania's lack of contribution limits, money raised for a gubernatorial race here can't be transferred to a federal campaign, which has donor limits.
Both Pawlowski and Sestak may be facing even more competition as the weeks go on, as The Morning Call notes several other potential Democratic contenders weighing a bid:

Several other Democrats are said to be weighing bids, some encouraged by Sestak's rocky relationship with some state and national party leaders. Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro has been approached by national Democrats, including New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, about entering the race, and former U.S. Rep. Chris Carney of Susquehanna County has said he's considering a run.
Across the country, Democrats in California, Florida, Maryland, Nevada, and Ohio face similar primary battles.

Democrats nationwide are more divided than ever and it's going to be quite a spectacle moving into 2016.
NRSC | April 17, 2015 |


California Attorney General Kamala Harris has already announced her plans to run to replace retiring Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer. But she's not the only California Democrat eyeing up the open Senate seat.

Kamala Harris thought she had secured her position as the frontrunner for the Democratic Senate nomination.

But stiff competition from Rep. Loretta Sanchez could change that:


California Attorney General Kamala Harris has already declared her intent to run and is considered a strong frontrunner.

Harris has collected a number of high-profile endorsements in the state but Sanchez could pull support away from her by tapping into the more moderate voters in the state and the growing Latino voter population.

Sanchez is a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus — and could likely rely on strong support from Hispanics nationwide for fundraising and voter turnout. Any primary challenge would still be an uphill battle for the veteran lawmaker, who has served in Congress since 1997. A February poll gave Harris a commanding lead in name recognition over a wide field of Democratic challengers.
Loretta Sanchez hasn't shied away from criticizing Attorney General Kamala Harris either.

The Sacramento Bee reports:


“I believe we have experience that Kamala does not have,” Sanchez said of Harris, a former San Francisco district attorney.

“Look, in a very dangerous world, and a very scary world that we’re in, I’ve got 19 years of sitting on Armed Services and Homeland Security” committees, Sanchez continued. “In the Senate, (you) need somebody who already understands what’s going on. I don’t have any ramp-up. ... We can’t afford somebody who’s never – who doesn’t understand what’s going on in the world.”
Shots fired.

Sanchez criticized the California Attorney General further:


Sanchez also noted that Harris cannot speak the language, arguing that the attorney general will not have the ability to understand or communicate with a significant share of the state’s population.
However, Kamala Harris does have a distinct advantage on her side: for now, she still has the upper hand in fundraising:

California Democrat Kamala Harris raised $2.5 million in the first quarter of her bid to succeed retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer and ended the quarter with $2.2 million on hand.

It’s a formidable haul, but just the beginning of what the second-term attorney general will need to raise to build her profile in the expensive and expansive state.
There is definitely a high probability of yet another bloody Democratic Senate primary battle brewing. Stay tuned.
NRSC | April 14, 2015 |


Disappointed with Joe Sestak, Pennsylvania Democrats have become desperate to find an alternative Senate candidate for 2016...

After a series of recent stumbles in his campaign, top Democrats are becoming eager to replace him.

According to PoliticsPA:


Democratic leaders aren’t very excited about a second shot for Joe Sestak.

As a result, Democratic Senators from across the country have spoken with Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro about a potential Senate run to challenge the former Navy Admiral, according to the Washington Post.

Future Democratic Senate Leader Chuck Schumer of New York and DSCC Chair Jon Tester of Montana were among those who’ve contacted Shapiro.
Democrats have become seriously concerned about Sestak's prospects for Senate against incumbent Senator Pat Toomey. The Mercury reports:

Still, Toomey is a formidable candidate, a squeaky-clean former businessman and investment banker who is popular with free-market and anti-tax groups that have a lot of money to spend to influence elections.

The primary election is still a year away — April 26, 2016 — and Pennsylvania’s best-known Democrats have shown no interest in running.
Looks like Joe Sestak had better watch his back...Pennsylvania is the latest state up in 2016 with a bloody Democratic Senate primary ahead.
NRSC | April 13, 2015 |


On Equal Pay Day, we're asking Michael Bennet why he voted against an amendment to promote equal pay for women and prevent discrimination.

It’s telling that Senator Bennet couldn’t bring himself to vote for a bipartisan amendment to promote equal pay for women and prevent discrimination,” said NRSC spokeswoman Andrea Bozek. “Women are the backbone of our economy and we will continue to hold Senator Bennet accountable for his failure to stand up for Colorado women.”

Bennet Voted Against Establishing A Reserve Fund To Promote Equal Pay

On March 24, 2015, Bennet Voted Against The Fischer Amendment To Establish A Deficit-Neutral Reserve Fund To Promote Equal Pay. “To establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund relating to promoting equal pay, which may include preventing discrimination on the basis of sex and preventing retaliation against employees for seeking or discussing wage information.” (S.Amdt. 409 To S.Con.Res. 11, Roll Call Vote #81: Amendment Agreed To 56-43, 3/24/15, Bennet Voted Nay)
NRSC | April 13, 2015 |
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