(CNN) – It's only March of 2013, but Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is going up with the first TV commercial of his 2014 re-election bid.
The Kentucky Republican's campaign confirms to CNN that they'll begin running a television spot starting Thursday. The campaign characterizes the spot as positive and that it will have "a female focus to it." The campaign says they're spending six-figures to run the commercial for a week in the Louisville and Lexington markets, which cover most of Kentucky.
Washington (CNN) – Scott Romney, the elder brother of former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, is considering running for the Senate seat that will be vacated by retiring Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan next year.
"He's interested and seriously looking at it," a friend of the Romney family told CNN Political Director Mark Preston on Friday. The Romneys' father, the late George Romney, was governor of the state in the 1960s.
Washington (CNN) - Democratic Sen. Carl Levin, 78, announced Thursday that he will not run for a seventh term in 2014.
Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, called it an "extremely difficult" decision and stated that he'll better serve his Michigan constituents in the next two years of his term by not being distracted by a campaign.
(CNN) - During an interview on CNN, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Sunday defended his wife against what he described as a "racial slur" by a left-wing group.
The group, Progress Kentucky, ignited controversy after it drew a connection between McConnell's wife, former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, and the practice of outsourcing.
(CNN) – With more than 20 months to go before the midterm congressional elections, incumbent Sen. Mitch McConnell's team is already attacking Democrats for not yet fielding a candidate to challenge the Senate minority leader.
McConnell's campaign released Tuesday its first web video of the campaign, a parody that attempts to depict President Barack Obama as being frustrated with the potential crop of Democratic contenders in the state.
(CNN) - Republican Sen. Mike Johanns, 62, will not seek re-election to a second term in 2014, according to an e-mail he sent to supporters Monday morning.
"During these many years, we have cherished our time together. So as we think about the next stage of our lives, we want a quieter time with our focus on each other, our family and our faith," Johanns said in the e-mail, which he signed along with his wife, Stephanie.
(CNN) – While Sen. Rand Paul has expressed interest in a potential White House bid, the libertarian-leaning Republican said Sunday he won't make that call until next year.
"We won't make a decision until 2014, but I think I do want the party to become a national party again and not lose sight of how we grow as a party," he said on "Fox News Sunday." "So I will continue in that vein for a couple of years and then we'll decide."
(CNN) - Bill Clinton was arguably the Democratic Party's biggest rock star on the campaign trail last year, and now the former president appears to be getting ready to hit the trail again.
CNN has confirmed that Clinton will be in his native state of Arkansas on March 16 to help Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor kick off his 2014 re-election bid. The fundraiser, in Little Rock, the state capital, will be headlined by Clinton, who served 12 years as Arkansas governor before being elected president in 1992.
(CNN) - Sen. Frank Lautenberg didn't get the best birthday gift on Wednesday, as new poll numbers indicate that even though a majority of New Jersey voters approve of the job he's doing in Congress, they don't think he deserves re-election next year.
Meanwhile, fellow Democrat and Newark Mayor Cory Booker continues to lead the now 89-year-old senator in a hypothetical 2014 Senate Democratic primary match-up.
(CNN) - Should it come down to a Democratic Senate primary next year in New Jersey between incumbent Frank Lautenberg and Newark Mayor Cory Booker, a new survey suggests at this point, Booker would have the upper hand.
A Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll of registered voters in the Garden State indicates that 42% of self-identified Democrats and Democratic leaners say they would prefer the two-term mayor, who's considered a rising star in the party, as the Democratic nominee, with 20% saying they would prefer Lautenberg.