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What you might have missed “At the Races” on Thursday …

  • #FLgov: Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla, is mulling a gubernatorial run in 2014.
  • #PA13: This blog premiered a new series, “The Candidate,” that questions the scores of congressional hopefuls who visit the CQ Roll Call offices each cycle. The first victim? State Sen. Daylin Leach, a Democrat running in a crowded primary for Rep. Allyson Y. Schwartz’s seat.
  • Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel touted his recruits in a memo to his caucus. Notably missing? Former Rep. Joe Baca, D-Calif., who is trying to come back to Congress via the 31st District.
  • #GAsen: Former Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, endorsed Rep. Paul Broun in the GOP primary to succeed retiring Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss.
  • #HIsen: Tensions from the 2008 Democratic presidential primary continue through the 2014 Senate primary. Several years ago, appointed Sen. Brian Schatz backed now-President Barack Obama and Rep. Colleen Hanabusa supported Hillary Rodham Clinton. Could Bubba or Obama campaign in the Aloha State first?
  • #SC01: In the latest strange turn of events in this special election, House Majority PAC emailed former Gov. Mark Sanford’s cellphone number to its supporters on Wednesday, asking them to “give him a call and ask why he spent hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars on luxury travel.” Sanford’s campaign responded on Thursday via press release: “The effort appears to be working based on the number of calls Sanford has received!” A number of people heeded House Majority PAC’s suggestion. The Sanford camp proved it by producing an iPhone call log screen shot of the missed calls — in effect, releasing those people’s phone numbers to the public.
  • #HI01: With Hanabusa moving toward a Senate run, Democrats are lining up to run for her House seat, via Hawaii News Now.
  • Senate: The National Republican Senatorial Committee is using airline delays caused by the sequester to hit 2014 candidates: Rep. Bruce Braley of Iowa and Sens. Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Mary L. Landrieu of Louisiana and Kay Hagan of North Carolina.
    Updated 5:20 p.m. | A Braley aide noted the congressman opposed the Budget Control Act.

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