The Republican contenders: - Only 10 will appear in the first Republican debate August 6th. Top Tier: Jeb Bush, Scott Walker (to announce), Ben Carson, Marco Rubio. In Good shape: Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul, Donald Trump. Just in: Ted Cruz, Rick Perry, Chris Christie. Outside: Rick Santorum, Carly Fiorina, John Kasich (to announce), Bobby Jindal, Lindsey Graham, George Pataki, Jim Gilmore (to announce). (The Hill)
MI - Open Seat, CD 10 – Rep. Candice Miller (R) is retiring. Among those interested in running include: Shelby Treasurer Michael Flynn (R), St. Sen. Phil Pavlov (R), Alan Sanborn (R), St. Rep Andrea LaFontaine (R), St. Sen. Tory Rocca (R), Shelby Clerk Stan Grot (R), St. Sen. Jack Brandenburg (R), St. Rep Todd Courser(R). Safe Republican district.
MD - CD 8-open seat – Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D) is running for the open Senate seat. This will be a competitive Democratic seat. Interested: St. Sen. Jamie Raskin (D), St. Rep. Kumar Barve (D), St. Rep. Ana Sol Gutierrez (D), St. Rep Jeff Waldstreicher (D), Valerie Erwin (D), Will Jawando(D), Cty Councilman Craig Rice (D).
IL - (CD18)Special election 2015 – Rep. Aaron Schock (R) resigned his seat March 17th after new questions about his mileage reimbursements. A special primary election is scheduled for July 7th with the General Election September 10th, 2015. Running: St. Sen. Darin LaHood (R), Mike Flynn (R), Don Rients (R), Adam Lopez (D) and Rob Mellon (D).
CA - Sen. Barbara Boxer (D) – retiring in 2016. There are at least 14 potential candidates expressing interest in the seat: Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D), St. Ass. Rocky Chavez (R), Former GOP Chair Tom Del Beccaro (R) and Duf Sundheim (R), Former St. Sen. Phil Wyman (R), Kamala Harris (D), John Estrada (R), Stewart Albertson (D).