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April 21, 2015

April 20, 2015

DSCC Topped $5 Million in March

DSCC Topped $5 Million in March

Tester chairs the DSCC. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee raised nearly $5.3 million in March, slightly edging its Republican counterpart.

The DSCC ended the month with $7.1 million in cash on hand. It had $13.7 million in operational debt, paid down from $15 million at the end of February.

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NRSC Raised $4.9 Million in March

NRSC Raised $4.9 Million in March

Wicker is the NRSC chairman. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The National Republican Senatorial Committee announced Monday it raised $4.9 million in March and ended the month with $5.3 million on hand.

The NRSC also continues to pay down its debt from the previous cycle, which now stands at $6 million.

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NRCC Outraises DCCC in March, Is Now Debt-Free

NRCC Outraises DCCC in March, Is Now Debt Free

Walden is the chairman of the NRCC. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The National Republican Congressional Committee raised more than its Democratic counterpart in March, bringing in $10.3 million, according to an NRCC aide.

The March haul brings the NRCC’s cash on hand to $6.9 million, and allowed the committee to pay off the $7 million in debt it carried from the 2014 midterms. It’s a rare feat for a party committee this early in the cycle. At the same point last cycle, the NRCC had $8.25 million in debt.

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April 19, 2015

Manchin Is Staying in the Senate

Manchin Is Staying in the Senate

Manchin, right, said he would stay put in the Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Joe Manchin III will not be taking any country roads home to West Virginia any time soon.

The Democratic senator announced Sunday he’s decided against seeking a return to the Mountaineer State’s governor’s mansion in 2016.

That’s good news for Manchin’s fellow Democrats as an open Senate seat could prove difficult to hold in a special election. His term is not up until the 2018 cycle. Manchin came to the Senate from the governorship after winning the special election following the death of Sen. Robert C. Byrd. He conceded Sunday the change of scenery has proven frustrating.

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April 17, 2015

Democrat Announces Senate Bid in Pennsylvania

Democrat Announces Senate Bid in Pennsylvania

Toomey is a top Democratic target in 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski announced a bid for Senate in Pennsylvania on Friday, setting up a Democratic primary in a must-win Senate contest for a party looking to win back the majority in 2016.

Pawlowski faces former Rep. Joe Sestak, the Democrat who lost to GOP Sen. Patrick J. Toomey in 2010.

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April 16, 2015

The 7 Most Interesting First-Quarter Fundraising Facts

The 7 Most Interesting First Quarter Fundraising Facts

Burr stepped up his fundraising game in the first quarter. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Updated April 17, 10:30 a.m. | With roughly a year to go before the first primaries of 2016, fundraising numbers are among the few benchmarks to assess candidate strength.

A look at first-quarter reports — which were due to the Federal Election Commission Wednesday — shows which members are taking re-election bids seriously and also reveals weaknesses.

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Republican Launches Bid to Succeed Lois Capps in California

Republican Launches Bid to Succeed Lois Capps in California

Capps will not seek re-election. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republicans have landed a top recruit for a competitive open-seat House race in California.

State Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian will launch his campaign Friday in the race to replace retiring Democratic Rep. Lois Capps in the coastal Santa Barbara-based 24th District. Full story

April 15, 2015

Democratic Candidates Are Ready for Hillary Clinton

Democratic Candidates Are Ready for Hillary Clinton

Clinton’s candidacy is a boon to Democratic recruiting. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s candidacy for president became official Sunday, but Democrats already see the down-ballot benefits she brings as the presumptive nominee.

Staring down Republican majorities in the House and Senate, Democrats have secured recruits in five top Senate contests. At the House level, where the process gets cranking later in the cycle, the party has landed its preferred candidates in a handful of targeted races. Full story

April 14, 2015

Possible Primary Brewing in Michigan’s 1st District

Possible Primary Brewing in Michigans 1st District

Republicans could mount a primary challenge to Benishek. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s not just Democrats considering a challenge to Michigan Rep. Dan Benishek, who plans to run for a fourth term after pledging to serve only three.

Several Republicans in the state were mentioned as potential primary challengers to the 1st District incumbent. Full story

April 13, 2015

Marco Rubio’s Presidential Bid Creates Open-Seat Scrum (Updated)

Marco Rubios Presidential Bid Creates Open Seat Scrum (Updated)

Rubio is running for president in 2016. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 6:19 p.m. | Marco Rubio on Monday became the third Republican senator to announce a bid for president and the first of the group to leave behind a competitive seat.

Rubio vacating his seat in Florida in favor of national ambition gives the GOP another potentially strong White House contender. But it presents new challenges for Senate Republicans pushing to hold their newly acquired majority by leaving an expensive open seat in a state at the heart of the presidential election.

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April 10, 2015

House Democrat Passes on Illinois Senate Race

House Democrat Passes on Illinois Senate Race

Foster will not run for Senate in Illinois. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Illinois Rep. Bill Foster announced Friday he will not run for Senate next year and instead endorsed fellow House Democrat Tammy Duckworth, who joined the race last month.

That decision by Foster, who was actively mulling a Senate bid, brings Democrats one step closer to avoiding a potentially damaging primary in what may be the party’s best opportunity to pick up a seat. Full story

April 9, 2015

Democrats Considering Female Comstock Challengers

Democrats Considering Female Comstock Challengers

Which Democrat will challenge Comstock? (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Virginia Democrats are narrowing in on a handful of female candidates to take on freshman Rep. Barbara Comstock.

Comstock, already a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee target for 2016, won the open seat to replace GOP Rep. Frank R. Wolf, her former boss, by 16 points in 2014. But given the swing nature of her northern Virginia district and the higher turnout expected in a presidential year, Democrats say if they’re going to take the seat, this is the time.

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Moving Parts Complicate Democratic Challenge to McCain (Updated)

Moving Parts Complicate Democratic Challenge to McCain (Updated)

McCain will run for re-election, he announced Tuesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 8:57 a.m. | Arizona Sen. John McCain’s re-election campaign announcement Tuesday was just one of a handful of moving parts that will determine whether Democrats can make this race competitive.

Democrats trying to game out the Senate race are facing a dizzying number of variables: a pending Supreme Court decision that could result in the redrawing of congressional district lines, the potential for a nasty Republican primary, whether Hillary Rodham Clinton will make a play for Arizona in the presidential race and whether Democratic outside groups would devote resources to a state where the party hasn’t won a Senate seat since 1988. Full story

April 8, 2015

Catherine Cortez Masto Running for Harry Reid’s Seat

Catherine Cortez Masto Running for Harry Reids Seat

Cortez Masto has been endorsed by Reid. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images File Photo)

Updated 4:47 p.m. | Catherine Cortez Masto, the preferred Democratic successor of retiring Nevada Sen. Harry Reid, will run for the minority leader’s seat.

“Catherine Cortez Masto fights to protect Nevada’s seniors, children, women, consumers, and homeowners,” her new Senate website states. “She did it as a prosecutor. She did it as Nevada’s Attorney General. Now she wants to bring her fight to the U.S. Senate.” Full story

Lois Capps to Retire (Video)

Lois Capps to Retire (Video)

Capps will not seek re-election. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 2:24 p.m. | California Rep. Lois Capps announced Wednesday she will not run for re-election.

Capps, 77, has represented the Santa Barbara, Calif.-based 24th District since 1998. The Democrat ran in a special election that year to replace her husband, Walter Capps, who died of a heart attack less than a year into his first term in Congress.

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