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February 10, 2016

February 9, 2016

Quiz: How Much Do You Know About the New Hampshire Primary?

Attendees take a selfie before a before Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., speaks at a rally in Manchester, N.H., on Feb. 8, 2016. (Meredith Dake-O'Connor/CQ Roll Call)

Attendees take a selfie before a before Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., speaks at a rally in Manchester, N.H., on Monday. (Meredith Dake-O’Connor/CQ Roll Call)

You’ve been following the New Hampshire primary for the 2016 presidential election pretty closely. But have you been following closely enough?

Take our quiz to see if you know as much as CQ Roll Call’s experts.

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Presidential Contenders Stay Away From Vulnerable Guinta

UNITED STATES - JANUARY 23: Rep. Frank Guinta, R-N.H., attends the New Hampshire Republican Party #FITN Leadership Summit at the Radisson Hotel in Nashua, N.H., January 23, 2016. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Guinta, seen above at the New Hampshire Republican Party #FITN Leadership Summit in Nashua on Jan. 23, has multiple primary challengers. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

One of the most vulnerable members of the House is lurking in the shadows outside of New Hampshire’s presidential spotlight.

Attention on the Republican presidential candidates in the Granite State’s first in the nation primary on Tuesday would normally be a golden opportunity for a down-ballot incumbent like GOP Rep. Frank C. Guinta, who has $12,000 in his campaign account, to hitch a ride, boost his visibility and secure some much-needed donations.

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The Big Question in New Hampshire: Where Does Rubio Finish?

In their last two presidential primaries, Republicans left New Hampshire with a much clearer view of who would become their party’s White House pick thanks to victories from eventual nominees John McCain and Mitt Romney.

Whether the GOP will gain the same clarity Tuesday night might depend entirely on Marco Rubio’s performance — and if one of a trio of gubernatorial rivals can knock him off his new perch as the pick of the party establishment.

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Kasich’s Moment of Truth Comes on Budget Day

UNITED STATES - JANUARY 23: Presidential candidate Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio, speaks during a town hall at the VFW in Milford, N.H., January 23, 2016. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Kasich has made his budget chops a big part of his argument to be president. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Ohio Gov. John Kasich says Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary is his last stand, and the pivotal election of his career comes, coincidentally, on Budget Day, when proposed federal spending levels are released. The budget is an issue to which Kasich traces his biggest accomplishments, and he has embraced those in his run for the presidency.

“You know what this is? This is sloppy,” Kasich said Monday afternoon at a town hall in Windham, N.H., pointing to a “Our National Debt” clock that kept adding to its $19 trillion-plus total as he spoke. “This lacks discipline. This is a bunch of people who are not doing their jobs,” he said. Then he made his pitch, an unabashed one to his time in Washington when he was the Republican chairman of the House Budget Committee. “We can’t seem to control this. When I was in Washington, we did,” he said. Full story

Club for Growth Goes on Air Ahead Of Ohio, North Carolina Primaries

Ellmers was one of the founders of Project GROW. (File Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Ellmers is a top target of the Club for Growth. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The conservative Club for Growth’s political action committee will begin running new ads Tuesday aiming to help candidates in the North Carolina and Ohio Republican primaries.

While an ad in North Carolina will try to tear down Rep. Renee Ellmers to boost the Club’s endorsed candidate, the group’s ad in Ohio will try to build up Warren Davidson in the 15-way race for the seat Rep. John A. Boehner held before he resigned in October, a spokesman for the group said.  Full story

February 8, 2016

Randy Forbes Switches Virginia Districts for 2016 Race

 

Democrats are hoping that a redrawn 4th District will allow them to take on Forbes. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Forbes will run in the 2nd District. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Facing a redrawn 4th District much friendlier to Democrats, Virginia Republican Rep. J. Randy Forbes has decided to run for the 2nd District, currently held by retiring Rep. Scott Rigell.

Forbes, chairman of the Seapower and Projection Forces subcommittee of the Armed Services Committee, made national security the focus of his Monday announcement streamed live on his Facebook page, arguing that his place on the committee is good for Virginia and the military.

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Duckworth Blames Kirk for Radicalized Muslims

UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 16: Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., speaks during the Democratic members of the House Select Committee on Benghazi news conference on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Duckworth implied that statements made by her potential Republican opponent cause Muslims to be radicalized. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., implied that politicians like incumbent Republican Sen. Mark Kirk may be responsible for radicalization of young Muslims. Kirk’s campaign called Duckworth’s comments “dangerously foolish.”

In a session among Democratic senate candidates held by the Chicago Tribune to determine who the paper would endorse in the Democratic race to run against Kirk, Duckworth was asked about ensuring refugees would not pose a security risk.

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The Threat, and the Politics, of Homegrown Terrorism

UNITED STATES - February 7: Republican presidential candidate Senator Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks at a town hall event in Londonderry, New Hampshire on February 7, 2016. (Meredith Dake-O'Connor/CQ Roll Call)

Rubio is among the presidential candidates warning of the dangers of homegrown domestic terrorism. A new documentary on HBO explores the extent of the threat. (Meredith Dake-O’Connor/CQ Roll Call)

The threat of domestic Islamic terrorism is a political issue wielded by political candidates and debated hotly in Congress. But how serious is the threat?

A documentary premiering on HBO Monday night, “Homegrown: The Counter-Terror Dilemma” by Greg Barker, and a related book, Peter Bergen’s “United States of Jihad,” seek to answer that question. Full story

Former Coats Staffer Withdraws From Indiana Senate Race

Coats is heading for the exit — again. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Holcomb, former chief of staff to Coats, above, is no longer running for Senate. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Three days after Indiana’s filing deadline, Eric Holcomb, former chief of staff to Sen. Dan Coats, withdrew from the race to replace his former boss in the Senate.

Holcomb filed paperwork with the Indiana Secretary of State’s office at 11:33 a.m. Monday to withdraw his name as a candidate. The deadline to withdrawn was noon.

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Rand Paul’s ‘Long Haul’ Cut Short

Paul will pick up his Senate campaign. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Things didn’t go the way Paul might have hoped as he pursued his presidential aspirations. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

For Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, maybe the necessities of a modern presidential campaign were just a bit too much.

A former strategist for the Republican said while Paul’s drive to become president was never in question, the first-term senator’s national ambition “clashed against his personality – his prickliness, not wanting to do certain things and not being comfortable” with everything from making the ask on the fundraising circuit to what is asked of a candidate in this digital age. Full story

Bernie Sanders as GOP Tool: Their Plan to Use Him Against Democrats

UNITED STATES - FEB 1. - Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks at his caucus night rally at the Holiday Inn Des Moines Airport and Conference Center, on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Sanders speaks Feb. 1 at his caucus night rally at the Holiday Inn Des Moines Airport and Conference Center in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Bernard Sanders’ surprisingly strong candidacy for president has laid bare a sharp division within the Democratic coalition, pitting its activist base against the moderate-minded establishment.

It’s a split Republicans — especially the ones focused on winning down-ballot races this fall — are now racing to exploit.

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February 5, 2016

Pelosi, DCCC Use Tea Party to Fire Up Dem Voters

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., talks with Melinda Henneberger, off camera, Roll Call editor-in-chief, after an interview in the Capitol on Jan. 8 (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

 Pelosi cites “tea party extremism” in blast mailer to Democratic voters. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Democratic leaders are urging their voting base to fill the party’s campaign coffers as part of an election-year battle against a “tide of tea party extremism.”

Some political observers believe the tea party — specifically, the House Freedom Caucus — will keep its powder dry this year in favor of a number of policy and spending battles in 2017. But the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi see the conservative movement as a way to fire up their base.

“In the coming months, the DCCC will engage the American people in our urgent campaign to fight back the tide of tea party extremism and keep our nation moving forward,” the California Democrat wrote this week in a blast mailer to Democratic voters. Full story

Anti-Abortion Groups to GOP: Include Fiorina in Debate

US Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina (C) arrives to attend an Addiction Recovery Roundtable at the Hope for NH Recovery center in Manchester, New Hampshire, on February 5, 2016.  / AFP / JEWEL SAMAD        (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Fiorina arrives at an addiction recovery roundtable at the Hope for NH Recovery center in Manchester, N.H., on Friday. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

The leaders of two influential anti-abortion rights groups are blasting the decision to exclude Carly Fiorina from Saturday’s presidential debate, arguing that GOP voters deserve to see the primary field’s lone female candidate — and one of the race’s sharpest critics of Planned Parenthood — on stage in New Hampshire.

In a statement shared with Roll Call, the women — Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of Susan B. Anthony List, and Charmaine Yoest, president and CEO of Americans United for Life – said that they are “dumbfounded” at Fiorina’s exclusion.

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Obamacare Repeal Votes Motivate Democratic Donors

Rep. Ben Ray Lujan is chairman of the DCCC. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Ben Ray Lujan is chairman of the DCCC, which has been raising money off Republicans’ efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

If there’s a silver lining for Democrats in Republicans’ repeated efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, it’s that they’ve made good money off of it.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has raised more than $627,000 since early December in digital grassroots fundraising off Affordable Care Act repeal votes in the House and Senate. It has been the committee’s best grassroots fundraising off of a specific topic this year.

Republicans have been trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act for years. But the DCCC, the campaign arm of the House Democratic caucus, is using this year’s milestone — a repeal bill landing on the president’s desk — to excite its Democratic base ahead of congressional elections in November. Full story

February 4, 2016

A Democrat Begins Senate Campaign in Louisiana

Vitter suffered his first political loss this past weekend. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

After Vitter’s loss, a number of Republicans and now one Democrat want his seat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Caroline Fayard, a New Orleans lawyer, said Thursday she will run for Senate in Louisiana — the first Democrat to enter the race, which already features five Republicans.

“Politicians in Washington and Baton Rouge are fighting over things that just don’t matter,” she said while announcing her campaign, adding that she sees herself as part of a “new generation of leadership” needed in Congress. Full story

By Eli Yokley Posted at 6:14 p.m.
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