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Off to the races: RNC gets its new chief technology officer

RNC Chair Reince Priebus tapped Facebook engineer Andy Barkett to be the RNC’s chief technology officer. “I am excited to announce that Andy Barkett will be leading the effort to expand our data and digital capabilities as our chief technology officer,” Priebus said in a statement. “I am confident that with Andy’s experience and our continued efforts to build meaningful relationships with experts in Silicon Valley, we'll see the changes to this part of our operation that we all agree are both important and necessary to winning elections in the future." 

MASSACHUSETTS:  Ed Markey (D) and Gabriel Gomez (R) debate tonight. Markey leads Gomez in a New England College poll 52%-40%. President Obama goes to Boston next Wednesday to raise money for Markey. Markey’s out with a new ad slamming Gomez’s claim to be a “new kind of Republican.” Rubio sent out a fundraising solicitation for Gomez.

MISSOURI: The Kansas City Star: “Republican state Rep. Jason Smith won a special election Tuesday for a vacant congressional seat in southeast Missouri that had been held by the same political family for the past 32 years.” He won 67%-28%.

NEW JERSEY: Rep. Frank Pallone’s (D) getting into the special election to replace Frank Lautenberg. 

Aaron Blake points out that Cory Booker (D) will have to break his pledge to finish out his full term as Newark mayor. Said Booker in a video earlier this year: “Let there be no doubt: I will complete my full second term as mayor of Newark, New Jersey.”

And what does the accelerated election mean? How about this from NJ Politicker: “Petition signatures are due in 15 days.”

NORTH CAROLINA: Per Jessica Taylor, Thom Tillis has hired On Message Inc., for media & polling in his bid for NC SEN.