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July 29, 2015

July 28, 2015

Democrats’ Window to Find Strong House Candidates Slowly Closing

Gardner entered the Colorado Senate race late, and has become the retort for campaigns that  wait longer than usual to launch. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Gardner entered the Colorado Senate race at the last minute in 2014, and has become the model for campaigns that wait longer than usual to launch. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

When former Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller passed on a bid in the Silver State’s 3rd District last week, it sent Democrats back to the drawing board again to find a nominee for this Tossup seat in 2016.

Miller’s decision to sit the race out was a disappointment for national Democrats, who thought his profile would make him a strong candidate for this highly competitive seat. But it’s indicative of a larger issue Democrats face this cycle: Recruiting House candidates in 2016 hasn’t been as easy as many predicted two years ago.

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July 24, 2015

Conservative Groups Not Sold on John McCain Challenger

McCain speaks to reporters in the Ohio Clock Corridor. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Conservative outside groups have made it crystal clear they want John McCain out of the Senate, but a fog remains over whether any will back the Arizona Republican’s most prominent opponent so far.

While state Sen. Kelli Ward, a doctor who hails from a predominantly rural district in Lake Havasu City, is the most well-known Republican to enter the race, she has yet to earn the backing of some of the major conservative organizations able to offer significant financial support. Full story

July 23, 2015

Pennsylvania Democrats Get a Senate Candidate — and a Primary

Two Democrats are vying to take on Toomey. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Pennsylvania Democrats say they’re unsure how divisive the forthcoming Senate primary will get or how impactful it will prove in achieving the party’s ultimate goal of defeating Republican Sen. Patrick J. Toomey and winning back the Senate.

Katie McGinty’s resignation Thursday as chief of staff to Gov. Tom Wolf sets up a nomination battle for a must-win seat. Her decision to run is a score for national Democrats, who had searched for an alternative to Joe Sestak, a quirky former Navy admiral and ex-congressman who lost a close race to Toomey in 2010. Full story

Ahead of Redraw, Virginia Republicans Jockey for Safe Seats

Brat is one of three Republicans whose district is most likely to change. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Brat is one of three Republicans whose district is most likely to change. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Virginia Democrats say their congressional map can’t get any worse.

In a state President Barack Obama carried twice, their party holds just three seats in the 11-member delegation. With a new round of redistricting coming up next month, the question now is which districts get rougher for Republicans. Full story

July 22, 2015

Tossup New York House Race Starting to Take Shape

Gibson's retirement sets off a competitive open-seat race. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Gibson’s retirement sets off a competitive open-seat race. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The heart of summer may have passed, but the temperature in New York’s 19th District is only starting to warm up.

Democrats see it as a top-tier pickup opportunity, a rare open-seat House race in a tossup district that President Barack Obama won twice. The GOP is gearing up to defend it in a presidential election year that could include former Empire State Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton at the top of the ticket. Full story

July 20, 2015

Florida Legislature Called Into Special Redistricting Session

Graham's district is likely to become more Republican in a mid-decade redraw of Florida's congressional map. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Graham’s district is likely to become more Republican in a mid-decade redraw of Florida’s congressional map. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Florida legislators were notified Monday that a special session will be held Aug. 10 to 21 to approve a new congressional district map.

In a memo to members of the state Legislature, state Senate President Andy Gardiner and state Speaker Steve Crisafulli said a map will be drawn and made public before the legislature convenes for the two-week session, where state legislators will have the ability to debate and amend it.

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NRCC, DSCC Tops in June Fundraising

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

House Republicans’ campaign arm raised $400,000 more than its Democratic counterpart in June, according to figures provided to CQ Roll Call.

The National Republican Congressional Committee raised $7.3 million last month and had $15.4 million in the bank at the end of June. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised $6.9 million in the same time frame and ended the month with $14.4 million in cash on hand.

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David Jolly Becomes Fourth Republican in Florida Senate Race

Jolly is running for Senate in Florida. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Jolly is running for Senate in Florida. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. David Jolly, R-Fla., officially entered Florida’s open Senate contest Monday, becoming the fourth Republican running for his party’s nomination for the ultra-competitive seat.

“Based on my record as a conservative who has gotten results in the United States Congress and who has advanced the conservative principles we ran on, I am asking the people of Florida to let me serve as their next United States Senator,” Jolly told the Tampa Bay Times.

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Colorado Candidate ‘Immediately Serious’ With $1M Loan

Coffman could run for Senate (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call).

Democrats looking to challenge Coffman may first have to win a primary. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Few House candidates post $1 million quarterly fundraising hauls.

Arizona Rep. Martha McSally did it in the 2nd quarter, but she has the advantage of incumbency and the establishment support that comes with it.

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July 17, 2015

Kathleen Matthews Defends Donation to Blunt

Matthews introduces herself to voters. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Matthews introduced herself to voters when she kicked off her campaign in June. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 5:28 p.m. | As she seeks the Democratic nomination in Maryland’s 8th Congressional District, political newcomer Kathleen Matthews might have a hurdle to jump in convincing Free State voters of her progressive bona fides.

Matthews, a former Marriot executive and a longtime D.C.-area TV news anchor, contributed $2,600 to Republican Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri in 2014. During an appearance Friday on The Kojo Nnamdi Show on WAMU, Matthews was asked about the contribution.

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Democrats Try to Turn Trump’s Trolling Into Treasure

Trump's presidential candidacy has been fundraising fodder for Democrats. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Trump’s presidential candidacy has been fundraising fodder for Democrats. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 2:05 p.m. | It’s too early to tell whether Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy will hurt the Republican brand and alienate Hispanic voters the GOP needs to win the White House in 2016. But Trump’s vitriolic comments on Mexican immigrants is having one immediate effect on the elections.

A handful of Democratic candidates and committees have sent out fundraising and list-building emails denouncing Trump’s comments on Mexican immigrants. Both are crucial components for successful campaigns.

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Failed but Not Forgotten, Linda McMahon Keeps Hand in GOP

NJ Governor Chris Christie Campaigns With Connecticut Senate Candidate Linda McMahon

McMahon campaigns with Christie in the closing weeks before her failed 2012 Senate run. (Getty Images file photo)

There was a time in 2012 when it looked like Connecticut might do what it had never done before: Elect a female senator.

WWE co-founder and former CEO Linda McMahon was investing tens of millions of dollars of her personal fortune trying to become the state’s first Republican senator in more than two decades.

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Where Are They Now? 2010 Republican Senate Challengers

Despite losing two Senate bids, McMahon is still involved in GOP politics. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Two years after her unsuccessful run in 2010, McMahon spent another $50 with similar results in 2012. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Flash back to 2010, when moderate New England Republican Linda McMahon was on the Connecticut ballot to replace retiring Democratic Sen. Christopher S. Dodd. A self-funder, McMahon was one of several candidates who Republicans hoped could help flip the Senate.

But the former WWE executive went on to lose to Sen. Richard Blumenthal by 12 points. McMahon wasn’t alone. Across the country, Republican Carly Fiorina fell well short of knocking off California Democrat Barbara Boxer.

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July 16, 2015

Edwards Shakes Off Van Hollen’s Outside Money Pledge

Edwards is competing against Van Hollen in Maryland's competitive Democratic primary. (File Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Edwards is competing against Van Hollen in Maryland’s competitive Democratic primary. (File Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

On the heels of a fundraising quarter during which she was seriously out-raised by her Democratic rival, Rep. Donna Edwards said Thursday she disagreed with a proposal offered by Rep. Chris Van Hollen to try to keep outside money out of their race to replace outgoing Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski.

Van Hollen’s campaign manager emailed Edwards’ campaign manager Thursday morning asking her to join Van Hollen in signing the “Free State Pledge,” a proposal that would require the two campaigns to pay 50 percent of the cost of an outside-financed advertising buy to a charity of the opposing candidate’s choice.

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Making Their Mark: Rating 2016 Campaign Logos

Walker unveiled his campaign logo when he announced he was running on Monday. (Getty Images photo)

Walker unveiled his campaign logo when he announced he was running on Monday.

Presidential candidates’ logos are just part of a campaign’s effort to connect with voters, but they say a lot about the candidate’s brand and help with name recognition.

CQ Roll Call asked designers who specialize in creating logos and brand identity what they thought about the 2016 crop of candidates’ logos. Here are some of their critiques.

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