Any senators who are thinking of calling it quits have probably already made their plans public. Now, it's time for House Democrats and Republicans to sit on pins and needles, wondering which members will announce their retirements in the next six to eight months.
The fundraising reports members of Congress filed this week give an early hint of which seats might be open next year.
Rep. Howard Coble, R-N.C., hasn't yet made a decision about running in 2014, but he doesn't seem to be preparing for another election. Coble raised $37,182 during the second quarter and ended with $38,116 on hand (an earlier report showing that Coble had raised just $4,000 represented only his June fundraising and has since been amended). Coble will be 83 on Election Day and has said that he'll retire if his health or other factors interfere with his reelection plans. He was hospitalized in February with dizziness.
Coble spokesman Ed McDonald said that Coble remains "truly undecided," but will make a decision before a barbeque fundraiser on Sept. 18 for his reelection campaign. In perhaps an inadvertent sign of things to come, Coble was recently featured on the cover of a retirement resources magazine.
Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., raised about $93,800 in the second quarter and has just $205,000 on hand as he seeks a 13th term in the House. Peterson has always performed strongly in his reelection efforts, but on paper his district tilts Republican and the national party would love a shot at his seat. He may not have a challenger yet, but Peterson's second-quarter haul certainly isn't scaring any Republicans off.