(CNN) – The midterm election season officially gets underway Tuesday, as Texas holds the first primary contests of 2014.
The voting in the Lone Star State comes eight months to the day before Election Day in November. Here are some things to watch:
(CNN) – Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Arkansas, announced Monday he will not seek a third term next year.
The Congressman said in a statement he wants to spend more time with his family.
(CNN) – Newark Mayor Cory Booker holds a double-digit lead over Republican candidate Steve Lonegan on the eve of a special U.S. Senate election in New Jersey, according to the latest polls.
A Quinnipiac University survey released Tuesday morning indicates Booker, the Democratic nominee, is ahead of Lonegan 54%-40% among likely voters in the Garden State, with 5% unsure. Booker's 14-point lead over Lonegan is virtually unchanged from Quinnipiac's previous poll, which was released last week.
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(CNN) - Gov. Chris Christie's re-election team released its first television ad of the general campaign Thursday, highlighting the New Jersey Republican's record as a bipartisan leader.
"They said it couldn't be done. New Jersey was too broken, too partisan. But they never met Chris Christie," the narrators says, also pointing to some of his budgetary and legislative accomplishments. New Jersey has a Democratic-controlled legislature.
(CNN) - While former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania called for military intervention in Syria a year and a half ago, he's now urging members of Congress to vote against giving the president authorization to launch limited strikes in the country.
According to a Santorum source, the Republican will release a statement later Thursday morning arguing "there are no good outcomes here" and faulting the president for drawing a "reckless" line in the sand.
(CNN) – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie won't be able to meet with Rand Paul when the Kentucky senator travels to the Garden State next week.
Christie said he has a short trip planned with his wife for her 50th birthday.
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(CNN) – Republican Rep. Tom Cotton of Arkansas announced Tuesday he will challenge Mark Pryor, the senior senator from his state and one of the most vulnerable Democrats up for re-election next year.
"No one will outwork me in this campaign. I will always defend our shared principles when they are attacked by anyone. I will do the right thing, even when it's the hard thing. And I will never, ever forget how I was raised or where I come from," the freshman congressman told a crowd at his campaign launch in Dardanelle Tuesday.
(CNN) - An aide to Sen. Rand Paul who had taken heat recently for his past as a pro-Southern secessionist has resigned his position as the senator's new media director.
Moira Bagley, Paul's spokesperson, confirmed Monday that Jack Hunter had submitted his resignation and the senator has accepted it.
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(CNN) - After months of speculation, Republican Matt Bevin will announce Wednesday whether he'll take on the Senate's most powerful Republican in a GOP primary for next year's election.
Bevin, a Louisville, Kentucky businessman with tea party ties, has been considering a possible challenge against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Washington (CNN) - Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, once considered a possible 2016 Republican presidential candidate, continues to see his poll numbers decline amid a deepening gifts controversy.
According to a new Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday morning, McDonnell's approval rating among Virginia voters now stands at 46%, down from 49% in May and 53% in March. And his disapproval rating has jumped from 28% in May to 37% now. The 46% approval rating for McDonnell is an all-time low in Quinnipiac polling, and is down dramatically from his all-time high of 62% back in October 2011.