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February 2, 2015

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January 28, 2015

Senators Confirm Re-Election Bids for 2016

Senators Confirm Re Election Bids for 2016

Vitter has announced a bid for governor, leaving the future of his Senate seat in flux in 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The 2016 cycle could feature the fewest open Senate seats in at least a decade.

Of the 34 senators facing re-election next year, just one has announced retirement. A CQ Roll Call survey of the entire Senate class showed only one more senator publicly undecided about re-election, plus three additional senators considering bids for other offices. Two more Senate offices did not return requests for comment on re-election plans, though Democrats are near certain one of them — Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., will seek another term.

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Jerry Moran Kicks Off 2016 Cycle With $1.4 Million War Chest

Jerry Moran Kicks Off 2016 Cycle With $1.4 Million War Chest

Moran is up for re-election in 2016. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., has more than $1 million in his war chest heading into the 2016 campaign cycle, when he faces re-election.

According to fundraising numbers provided exclusively to CQ Roll Call, Moran raised $484,000 in the 4th quarter of 2014. He has $1.4 million cash on hand. Full story

January 23, 2015

Several Ohio Democrats Considering Senate Primary

Several Ohio Democrats Considering Senate Primary

Portman is a Republican from Ohio. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Ohio Democrats are expecting a crowded primary to challenge Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, in 2016, and the recent announcement by Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld may have accelerated its formation.

The 30-year-old Sittenfeld announced Thursday that he would get into the race. Democrats describe him as a charismatic and a rising star within the party, but his early announcement speaks to the fact that this local office holder has hurdles to raise his name recognition and ample cash for a federal race. And other Democratic candidates won’t let him do that for too long without any competition. Full story

Democrats Set National Convention Date for 2016

Democrats Set National Convention Date for 2016

Wasserman Schultz at the 2012 Democratic National Convention (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The Democratic National Convention will be held the week of July 25, 2016, Chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced Friday.

Democrats have not yet chosen where the convention will take place, but DNC officials have narrowed the list down to three cities: Columbus, New York City or Philadelphia. Full story

January 22, 2015

Nevada Congressman Questions Mitt Romney 2016 Plans

Nevada Congressman Questions Mitt Romney 2016 Plans

Amodei is a Nevada Republican. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Staffers for Mitt Romney have reached out to a Nevada congressman about the 2012 presidential nominee’s potential third bid for national office.

Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev., told CQ Roll Call Thursday that Romney’s staffers talked to him last week. Nevada is typically one of the earliest states to host a nominating contest, and Amodei was one of Romney’s early supporters in 2012. 

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January 21, 2015

Marco Rubio Names Potential Florida Senate Candidates (Updated)

Marco Rubio Names Potential Florida Senate Candidates (Updated)

Rubio is considering running for president. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo).

Updated 12:23 p.m. | If Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., chooses to seek the presidency instead of re-election in 2016, he believes there will be “no shortage of quality” Republican candidates to take his place on the ballot.

“Obviously we have a number of Republican statewide elected officials,” Rubio told reporters at a Wednesday breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor. “We have talented people like former speaker of the [state] House Will Weatherford, we’ve got the Lieutenant Governor [Carlos Lopez-Cantera] in Florida, who’s a close friend and very talented as well. … And there could be someone out there now that we haven’t even mentioned — I certainly was not viewed as a top-tier candidate early in the race.” Full story

GOP Presidential Hopefuls Offer Similar SOTU Criticism

GOP Presidential Hopefuls Offer Similar SOTU Criticism

Potential presidential candidates, including Rubio, responded to Obama's speech Tuesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republican presidential hopefuls panned President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday, focusing their attacks on economic issues — specifically, the tax package the president proposed.

The presidential primaries will be in full swing a year from now, and potential GOP candidates utilized the president’s annual remarks to highlight their differences. Full story

January 20, 2015

Joni Ernst’s Next Move

Joni Ernsts Next Move

Ernst is a first-term Republican from Iowa. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, will have been in the Senate for just two weeks before she delivers the GOP’s response to the State of the Union Tuesday — and Republicans already predict her influence in the party will extend well beyond that in the coming months.

“I think she’s going to play a very important role,” Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, said in a Monday phone interview. “No. 1, Republicans need more female leaders, so she falls into that category. Another thing is she’s got a commanding personality, and it’s backed up by her military experience as a commander. So she’s been a leader in a previous life and that is gonna be natural for her to lead in Iowa.” Full story

January 12, 2015

A Dilemma for Democrats in New York’s 11th District

A Dilemma for Democrats in New Yorks 11th District

Grimm resigned from Congress earlier this year. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call).

Updated 4:23 p.m.| Democrats have a tough decision to make on Staten Island: How much of a play do they make in the special election for a seat they are likely to lose?

“I’ve always believed that that is a very tricky district,” Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., the former chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, told CQ Roll Call recently outside the House chamber. “In a presidential year, it is competitive. In a midterm, not so competitive. In a special election, it could be exceedingly difficult.” Full story

January 9, 2015

Scramble Starts for Barbara Boxer’s Senate Seat

Scramble Starts for Barbara Boxers Senate Seat

Boxer, center, is a California Democrat. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer’s Thursday announcement she will not seek re-election kicked off what will likely be one of the most competitive — and expensive — Senate races of 2016.

Democrats have a deep bench of potential candidates, some of whom are salivating at the opportunity to run for California’s first open Senate seat in 24 years. But with 10 media markets, including four massive ones, seeking statewide office in California is an expensive proposition. Full story

January 8, 2015

Barbara Boxer to Retire (Video)

Barbara Boxer to Retire (Video)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

California Sen. Barbara Boxer announced Thursday she will not run for re-election in 2016, opening up an attractive seat for ambitious fellow Democrats.

Boxer made the announcement in a video posted to her campaign website, in which she conducted a mock interview with her grandson Zach. Full story

DCCC Kicks Off 2016 Recruitment

DCCC Kicks Off 2016 Recruitment

Luján is a Democrat from New Mexico. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Democrats will formally start recruitment efforts for 2016 this week, kicking off with the cycle’s first meeting of new committee leadership and a weekend trip to Illinois to find prospective candidates.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee will name Rep. Denny Heck of Washington as recruitment chairman for 2016, according to information provided first to CQ Roll Call. Rep. Jan Schakowsky of Illinois will aid the DCCC’s recruitment efforts as the national chairman for candidate services, and the committee’s chairman, Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico, will take a leading role in seeking stellar candidates for 2016.  Full story

Congressman Says Wife Nixed Senate Run

Congressman Says Wife Nixed Senate Run

Huelskamp could face a primary challenge in his House district in 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo).

Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., does not plan to run for Senate, he told CQ Roll Call Wednesday.

“Nope. My wife’s pretty clear on that,” he said just outside the House chamber, when asked if he was still thinking about running for Senate. Full story

January 5, 2015

Which Coffman Runs for Colorado Senate in 2016?

Which Coffman Runs for Colorado Senate in 2016?

Mike Coffman is a Colorado Republican. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

This Senate race could make for interesting dinner conversation in one Colorado household.

Republicans say battle-tested Rep. Mike Coffman and his wife, Cynthia, the state’s newly elected attorney general, are two of the party’s top prospects to challenge Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet in 2016.

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January 4, 2015

Exclusive: NRSC Names Senior Staffers

Exclusive: NRSC Names Senior Staffers

Wicker is the chairman of the NRSC in 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The National Republican Senatorial Committee will announce its senior staff for the 2016 cycle Monday, according to a release provided first to CQ Roll Call.

Last year, Senate Republicans netted nine seats to take control of that chamber for the first time since 2006. Several of the top staffers are staying on from last cycle, while others come from the other side of the Capitol.

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