The Campaign Spot

Election-driven news and views . . . by Jim Geraghty.

GOP House Bids Starting to Take Shape


Potential 2014 House GOP candidates are starting to announce their intentions. In California . . .

Republican state Assemblyman Brian Nestande said Wednesday he is leaning toward running next year for the U.S. congressional seat now held by Democratic Rep. Raul Ruiz.

Nestande has been endorsed by former Republican Rep. Mary Bono Mack, and said he will announce whether he will run for Congress in the next two weeks.

“Yes, I lean towards running. Mary’s support is important to me, and I will make a decision very shortly,” Nestande said in a phone interview.

Ruiz defeated Bono Mack in the Coachella Valley’s most expensive congressional race. The two camps spent more than $6 million, including large amounts from national Democrat and Republican groups.

Fundraising will be important again next year as the Republicans attempt a comeback in a district that has become a key national battleground.

And in Georgia, one name familiar to the national scene . . .

In the decade since he left Congress, Bob Barr has gone from Republican to Libertarian and back to Republican again. He announced Thursday that he wants voters from his new party — same as the old party — to send him back to his old job in the U.S. House.

And one not so familiar . . .

Georgia State Senator Barry Loudermilk has said that he will run for the U.S. House of Representatives seat that is currently occupied by Phil Gingrey.

Tags: Barry Loudermilk , Bob Barr , Brian Nestande


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