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Rogers goes from staff to candidate to staff

Hayden Rogers, last year's Democratic candidate in the 11th Congressional District, has a job as chief of staff for Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin III of West Virginia, Roll Call reports.

Rogers was chief of staff to former U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler and ran for his former boss's seat after Shuler decided not to stand for reelection.

Rogers told Roll Call he was "thrilled with the opportunity" to work for Manchin.

Meadows seeks distance from Romney's '47 percent' remarks at private fundraiser

Mark Meadows, a Republican running for Congress from North Carolina's 11th District, is trying to draw some distance and distinctions between he and the former Massachussetts governor after his 47 percent remark.

A Wednesday front-page headline in the Asheville Citizen-Times reads, "Meadows: I'm Not Romney."

Rogers picks up endorsement from his old boss

This should not come as a surprise. Democratic U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler has endorsed his former chief of staff, Hayden Rogers, who is running for his Congressional Seat in the Western N.C. mountains.

Shuler decided earlier this year to forgo running again in a district that is more Republican after redistricting. He described Rogers as "pragmatic" and "staunchly independent" when making the endorsement.

Rogers said he was humbled by the endorsement. Rogers faces Republican Mark Meadows in the race for the 11th Congressional District Seat.

Democrats give Hayden Rogers a lift

Democratic strategists put some added muscle behind underdog Hayden Rogers in his campaign to fill the Congressional seat left open by his former boss, U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler, in the 11th District.

In a move that will open up campaign pocketbooks, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee elevated Rogers of to the highest priority in the party's bid to reclaim the House.

Rogers is the only North Carolina Democrat to be awarded the “Red to Blue” designation that comes with financial support for TV ad buys and other outreach efforts.

Another NC Democratic candidate skipping the convention

Hayden Rogers is joining a flurry of North Carolina congressional candidates breaking with party ranks by skipping the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte and not endorsing Barack Obama.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that Rogers said his "sole focus is on running for Congress."

"I will be concentrating my time and energy on reaching out to as many voters as possible," he said.

Democrats see Hayden Rogers campaign as "emerging race"

National Democrats have added Hayden Rogers, who is running for Congress in District 11, to their list of Democrats in “emerging races.”

The emerging races is a lower tiered list of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s “Red to Blue” program reserved for candidates who have met a series of organization and fundraising goals. Rogers campaign is the only one in North Carolina to earn the ranking.

Rogers announces he's raised $301K in first quarter

Hayden Rogers, who launched his Congressional campaign for the 11th District seat in mid-February, announced today that his campaign raised over $301,000 in the first quarter of 2012. The campaign points out the money was raised in just six weeks, half the quarter, because of when Rogers announced his intentions to run.

Rogers, the long-time chief of staff of U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler, faces an uphill battle to winning the open seat representing the western N.C. mountains. Rogers faces two Democrats and eight Republicans who have lined up for a shot at the seat left open when Shuler decided not to seek reelection after new maps were drawn making the district more Republican.

The campaign said Rogers raised nearly $200,000 from individuals and more than half of those individual contributors live in Western North Carolina. The campaign had 232 donors who gave $100 or less, including 131 donors who gave $50 or less, campaign officials said. Rogers ended the quarter with over $281,000 cash on-hand.

Shuler's phone ringing about race

Heath ShulerU.S. Rep. Heath Shuler has been asked to reconsider.

Hayden Rogers, chief of staff for the Waynesville Democrat, said he has been contacted by groups in Washington and in North Carolina about running for Senate in 2010.

"We have had quite a few people reach out and ask him to reconsider," he said.

Earlier today, CNN reported that the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee considers Shuler one of four top prospects to face Republican Sen. Richard Burr. After publicly considering a run earlier this year, Shuler decided against it in early March.

Rogers said a major consideration for Shuler is his wife and two young children, Navy and Island.

"The one thing that was paramount to him was his family and the time commitment," he said.

Update: LuAnn Canipe, a spokeswoman for one-time Democratic recruit Rep. Brad Miller, says he has "nothing to say" about the race. 

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