With the holiday season in full swing and 2014 just around the corner, we’re counting down the top 10 races you need to know about heading into 2014.
Today, we take a closer look at the No. 3 entry on our list.
The special election for Florida’s 13th Congressional District!
(A big thanks to PostTV’s Victoria Lewis for her work on producing this video countdown.)
Here’s our rundown, which will be updated as we go:
3. Florida’s 13th district (special election)
How soon is too soon to climb the political ladder?
Increasingly, House freshmen are putting that question to the test. Freshman Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) on Tuesday became the second House freshman the last two elections to launch a campaign for Senate soon after being sworn into his first term in the House.
If there were any doubts that Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) is the most vulnerable senator in the country this election cycle, Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) appears to have put them to rest.
Cotton will reportedly announce his bid against Pryor next week, giving Republicans a top recruit for a race they have been eyeing eagerly.
Those headlines have drawn a collective eyeroll from Democrats — and many others who closely follow national politics — who ascribe the underperformance by the incumbent to a very simple thing: racism.
Updated at 12:20 a.m.
President Obama lost more than 40 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s Arkansas and Kentucky Democratic primaries, despite little-to-no opposition.
Obama lost 42 percent of the vote to the “uncommitted” option in Kentucky and more than 40 percent to little-known attorney John Wolfe in Arkansas — the latest example of the incumbent president failing to win significant shares of votes in uncompetitive contests.
But it’s not the first time the president has taken less than 60 percent of the vote in a primary this year.
Republicans and Democrats will pick their nominees for a pair of open seats in Arkansas and Kentucky on Tuesday, while Democrats choose their candidate against targeted freshman Rep. Rick Crawford (R-Ark.).
The trio of House primaries highlight what is otherwise a pretty sleepy primary day in which President Obama’s performance in the Arkansas primary will likely be the most intriguing storyline
For those watching the battle for the House — political nerds unite! -- below are the three key questions that will be answered as tonight’s results roll in.
Two weeks after an imprisoned felon received 41 percent of the vote against President Obama in West Virginia’s presidential primary, Arkansas could provide another potential embarrassment for the incumbent.
That’s because only Obama and John Wolfe, a Tennessee lawyer, are on the Democratic presidential primary ballot in the Razorback State. (Wolfe took 12 percent — and nearly 18,000 votes — in a four-way fight in the Louisiana Democratic presidential primary in late March.) And a recent independent poll showed Obama running just seven points ahead of Wolfe in the southern Arkansas 4th district, which covers one-quarter of the state.