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March 5, 2015

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March 5, 2015

How a Tea Party Favorite May Influence Mississippi Race

How a Tea Party Favorite May Influence Mississippi Race

McDaniel is a state senator from Mississippi. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel, the tea party firebrand who nearly ousted a Republican senator in a primary last year, has attempted to shape the state’s upcoming 1st District special election.

But more than a week since Gov. Phil Bryant set the date to replace the late Rep. Alan Nunnelee, the candidates who fit McDaniel’s tea party mold have either passed on a bid or dropped out of the contest. It leaves the rabble-rouser and fellow anti-establishment conservatives without a candidate to support in the two-month sprint to the election.

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March 4, 2015

Joe Sestak Kicks Off Rematch With Pat Toomey

Joe Sestak Kicks Off Rematch With Pat Toomey

Sestak is running for Senate again in Pennsylvania. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Pennsylvania Rep. Joe Sestak formally launched his long-expected challenge to Republican Sen. Patrick J. Toomey Wednesday, setting up a possible rematch in one of Democrats’ best pick-up opportunities.

During an announcement outside Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Sestak said he is running to “restore the trust deficit,” according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. After showing up in a pair of old sneakers, Sestak vowed to walk across the state in a pair of Army boots — to walk symbolically in the shoes of Pennsylvanians.

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March 3, 2015

Ex-Rep. Brad Schneider Inches Closer to Rematch in Illinois

Ex Rep. Brad Schneider Inches Closer to Rematch in Illinois

Schneider is a former member. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Illinois Rep. Brad Schneider is inching closer to a rematch with Republican Rep. Robert Dold, according to a Democratic source with knowledge of his plans.

Schneider was in Washington, D.C., Tuesday for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference. He attended the Democratic Caucus meeting Tuesday morning, where he received a standing ovation from his former colleagues, according to the source, and he was scheduled to meet with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in the afternoon. Full story

Democrat Back for Rematch With Freshman Republican

Democrat Back for Rematch With Freshman Republican

Cain announced a rematch for 2016. (Meredith Dake/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former state Sen. Emily Cain is back for a second round against Maine Rep. Bruce Poliquin, the Republican who defeated her for an open seat last year.

Democrats worked hard to recruit Cain for a rematch in the northern Maine-based 2nd District, which President Barack Obama carried by 9 points in 2012. House leadership, including Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, brought Cain to Capitol Hill in December, seeking to convince her to run.

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DCCC Robocalls Target GOP on DHS Funding

DCCC Robocalls Target GOP on DHS Funding

Luján is chairman of the DCCC. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee will launch robocalls against more than two dozen House Republicans Tuesday over the Department of Homeland Security funding flap, according to a script of the call provided first to CQ Roll Call.

Many of the 29 targeted Republicans represent districts atop the DCCC’s list of pick up opportunities in 2016. Democrats must net 30 seats to win control of the House.

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March 2, 2015

Both Parties Monitoring Impact of Arizona Redistricting Case

Both Parties Monitoring Impact of Arizona Redistricting Case

The Supreme Court’s forthcoming redistricting ruling could affect Kirkpatrick’s district. (Jason Dick/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Supreme Court appeared divided Monday on an Arizona redistricting case that could have implications for congressional elections beyond the Southwestern state’s borders.

The court heard oral arguments in Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, which questions whether independent commissions — rather than state legislatures — have the power to draw the lines of congressional districts.

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February 26, 2015

Ex-House Candidate Will Take Top Role in Likely Clinton Campaign

Ex House Candidate Will Take Top Role in Likely Clinton Campaign

Renteria ran for Congress in 2014. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Amanda Renteria, the former Capitol Hill aide who unsuccessfully ran for Congress in 2014, is poised to be named the national political director of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s likely presidential campaign, according to two sources with knowledge of the move.

Renteria, reached by phone, declined to comment on the gig Thursday afternoon, but she said, “I’m thinking a lot about what’s next.”

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February 25, 2015

Vulnerable GOP Senators Steer Clear of CPAC

Vulnerable GOP Senators Steer Clear of CPAC

Toomey is a Pennsylvania Republican. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As conservative operatives and activists gather this week for the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, a handful of notable GOP senators are absent from the speaking lineup.

Several vulnerable Senate Republicans seeking re-election in 2016 will skip the confab, which serves as a national stage for politicians and conservative media stars. Three of them addressed the conference in past years.

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House Democrats Get Better Odds in California Senate Race

House Democrats Get Better Odds in California Senate Race

Villaraigosa, center, decided against a Senate bid in California. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A few House Democrats have found more favorable odds in California’s Senate race after former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa eschewed a bid for the open seat.

Reps. Xavier Becerra, Loretta Sanchez and Adam B. Schiff — who all represent districts in and around Los Angeles — continue to consider bids for the seat of retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer. Without Villaraigosa, who also hails from the southern part of the country’s most populous state, these House members have more of an opening to run.

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February 24, 2015

Antonio Villaraigosa Won’t Seek Senate in California

Antonio Villaraigosa Wont Seek Senate in California

Boxer is retiring. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will not run for California’s open Senate seat, he announced in a Tuesday Facebook post.

Villaraigosa’s decision surprised California and Washington, D.C. operatives, who until recently said he was leaning toward running to succeed retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif.

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Special Election Set for Mississippi Congressman’s District (Updated)

Updated 4:45 p.m. | A special election in Mississippi’s 1st District will take place on May 12, according to The Associated Press. The winner will succeed the late Rep. Alan Nunnelee, a Republican who died on Feb. 6 after a battle with brain cancer.

Nearly a dozen Republican candidates are mulling bids in this safe Republican district, which GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney carried with 62 percent in 2012.

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February 20, 2015

DCCC Raises More Than NRCC in January

DCCC Raises More Than NRCC in January

Luján is the chairman of the DCCC. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee brought in $2 million more than its GOP counterpart in January, according to reports filed Friday with the Federal Election Commission.

The DCCC raised $6.4 million last month, while the National Republican Congressional Committee brought in $4.4 million over the same time period.

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Cuomo Schedules New York Special Election (Updated)

Cuomo Schedules New York Special Election (Updated)

Grimm resigned from Congress last month. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call).

Updated 10:30 a.m. | Voters in New York’s 11th District will head to the polls on May 5 to elect a successor for former Rep. Michael G. Grimm, the Republican who resigned after pleading guilty to tax fraud last year.

Democratic Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo officially declared Grimm’s seat vacant on Friday, setting off a roughly two-month scramble in this Staten Island-based district.

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February 19, 2015

Undeterred by Primary Threats, Walter Jones to Seek 12th Term

Undeterred by Primary Threats, Walter Jones to Seek 12th Term

Jones is a Republican from North Carolina. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Walter B. Jones, R-N.C., has no plans to retire in 2016, when Republicans are likely plotting another primary to oust the GOP gadfly.

“Absolutely,” Jones told CQ Roll Call earlier this month about his re-election plans. “We had a fundraiser last night. We have a fundraiser next Tuesday when I go to Farmville, [North Carolina].

“I like to be a thorn in people’s ass,” he added.

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Democrat Announces Bid to Challenge Roy Blunt

Democrat Announces Bid to Challenge Roy Blunt

Blunt is a Republican from Missouri. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander, a Democrat, announced Thursday he will challenge GOP Sen. Roy Blunt in 2016.

“We can’t change Washington if we don’t change the people we send there,” Kander said in a video announcing his bid. “I believe it’s time for a new generation of leaders who’ve come of age at a time of unprecedented challenges and threats to our country, and who are committed to bringing people together and doing what’s right no matter what the personal cost.”

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