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December 20, 2014

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December 18, 2014

Veteran GOP Fundraiser Moves On After 37 Years

Steve Gordon, who helped raise money for high-profile Republicans for nearly four decades, announced Thursday he will turn his focus on issue advocacy.

Gordon served as a fundraiser for Sen.-elect Cory Gardner, R-Colo., who defeated Democratic Sen. Mark Udall last month in the Centennial State.

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December 17, 2014

McSally Win Gives Republicans Another House Seat (Updated)

McSally Win Gives Republicans Another House Seat (Updated)

McSally is a Republican from Arizona. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 1:14 p.m. | Republican Martha McSally has officially defeated Rep. Ron Barber, D-Ariz., after a protracted recount in the Tucson-based 2nd District reaffirmed her lead.

MsSally won the seat by 167 votes, picking up six votes after the recount, according to elections officials. Full story

December 16, 2014

14 Congressional Republicans Jeb Bush Helped Last Cycle

14 Congressional Republicans Jeb Bush Helped Last Cycle

Bush, left, campaigned for Tillis in September. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush announced Tuesday he is exploring a bid for president in 2016 with help from a new leadership PAC.

“In January, I also plan to establish a Leadership PAC that will help me facilitate conversations with citizens across America to discuss the most critical challenges facing our exceptional nation,” Bush wrote in a Facebook post. “The PAC’s purpose will be to support leaders, ideas and policies that will expand opportunity and prosperity for all Americans.”

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Exit Interview: John Barrow Laments Hyper-Partisan Congress

Exit Interview: John Barrow Laments Hyper Partisan Congress

Barrow lost re-election in November. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Defeating Georgia Rep. John Barrow, the last white House Democrat in the Deep South, may have been one of the House GOP’s biggest feats in last month’s near sweep of the 2014 elections.

In an exclusive exit interview with CQ Roll Call Thursday — hours before Barrow’s final vote of his decade-long Capitol Hill career — he did not rule out a future bid. Full story

House Democratic Losses Deplete Bench of 2016 Senate Recruits

House Democratic Losses Deplete Bench of 2016 Senate Recruits

Jon Tester from Montana is the chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in the 2016 cycle. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Sweeping House losses have not only pushed Democrats into a historic minority, they’ve depleted the bench of potential Senate recruits for the 2016 elections.

After losing the majority in the midterms, Senate Democrats are seeking strong recruits for 2016 in hopes of netting the five seats necessary to ensure they win control again. Party officials argue the majority is within reach because many Senate Republicans elected in 2010 are seeking re-election in a presidential cycle in competitive states such as Florida, Illinois, Ohio, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

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December 15, 2014

Congressman Mum on Illinois Senate Race

Congressman Mum on Illinois Senate Race

Foster is an Illinois Democrat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

One of three politicians who Democrats say is considering a challenge to Sen. Mark S. Kirk, R-Ill., remained mum about his plans in an interview with CQ Roll Call last week — but he did not rule out the possibility.

Rep. Bill Foster, D-Ill., confirmed he’s been asked “from time to time” by Illinois Democrats about a bid, but he said it’s too early to discuss whether he wants to run for Senate.

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December 11, 2014

Club for Growth President Steps Down

Club for Growth President Steps Down

Chocola is photographed in his downtown office. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Club for Growth President Chris Chocola, a former Indiana congressman, announced his retirement Thursday from the conservative outside group that often serves as a thorn in the side of Republican leadership.

Former Rep. David M. McIntosh, also a Hoosier State Republican, will take over for Chocola, who led the group for six years. Full story

December 8, 2014

Democratic Staffer Killed During Louisiana Canvass, Ernst Hires New Spokeswoman

Democratic Staffer Killed During Louisiana Canvass, Ernst Hires New Spokeswoman

A staffer for the Louisiana Democratic Party died Saturday while canvassing for Landrieu. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

SeDestini Fields, a staffer for the Louisiana Democratic Party, died at 11 a.m. on Dec. 6 after a motorist struck her while she was canvassing for the Pelican State’s runoff elections, officials announced in a statement.

Fields, 23, was struck by a pickup truck at while working to get out the vote in Shreveport, La., for Democratic Sen. Mary L. Landrieu.

Landrieu, who lost to now Sen.-elect Bill Cassidy, asked for prayers for Fields’ family during her concession speech, The Times-Picayune reported.

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December 6, 2014

Louisiana Runoff Results: Mary Landrieu Loses

Louisiana Runoff Results: Mary Landrieu Loses

Cassidy was elected to the Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 3:23 a.m. | Republicans capped their Senate sweep Saturday night, when Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La., defeated Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., in a Senate runoff.

Cassidy, a doctor who still practices, was leading Landrieu, 65 percent to 35 percent when the Associated Press called the race 30 minutes after polls closed. Republicans also retained two House seats in additional runoff races.  Full story

December 4, 2014

DCCC With $12 Million Debt After Midterms

DCCC With $12 Million Debt After Midterms

House Democrats ended the 2014 cycle with a $12 million debt. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee ended the midterm election cycle $12 million in debt, $3.2 million more than its Republican counterpart.

The committees released the figures ahead of filing their post-general election reports, which are due Thursday to the Federal Election Commission.

The DCCC’s debt is $2.3 million less than it took out in the 2012 cycle, when it picked up more than a half-dozen seats. But it’s more than the $8.8 million debt the National Republican Congressional Committee announced earlier in the day.

This cycle, House Democrats may lose as many as 13 seats, depending on the outcome of a recount in Arizona.

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NRCC Ending 2014 With $8.8 Million Debt

NRCC Ending 2014 With $8.8 Million Debt

House Republicans' campaign committee ended the midterms with an $8.8 million debt. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The National Republican Congressional Committee will report ending the 2014 election cycle with an $8.8 million debt, according to figures released by the committee.

After picking up at least a dozen seats in 2014, that’s some $3 million less than the hole the committee found itself in following the 2010 and 2012 cycles. The NRCC ended both with $12 million in debt.

Post-general election reports, which cover Oct. 16 to Nov. 24, are due to the Federal Election Commission on Thursday. Full story

Pennsylvania Democrats Hesitate on Sestak Senate Bid

Pennsylvania Democrats Hesitate on Sestak Senate Bid

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

It’s been more than four years since former Rep. Joe Sestak narrowly lost his bid for Senate — and the Pennsylvania Democrat hasn’t stopped running since. After his 2010 loss to Republican Patrick J. Toomey, Sestak continued to traverse the state to raise cash before officially filing for a rematch against the senator in September.

“We’ve done 400 events in two years for other candidates,” Sestak said in a Wednesday phone interview with CQ Roll Call. “I’ve put a quarter-million miles on my car.”

Keystone State Democrats laud Sestak for coming within 2 points of defeating Toomey in an otherwise miserable year for the party. But some privately question whether he’s the party’s best bet for a high-stakes Senate race. Full story

December 3, 2014

Democratic Leaders Court Candidate for House Rematch

Democratic Leaders Court Candidate for House Rematch

House Democrats are recruiting Cain for another bid. (Meredith Dake/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 8:22 p.m. | Former Maine state Sen. Emily Cain is on Capitol Hill this week being recruited by House leadership to run again in 2016.

According to a Democratic source, Cain is meeting Wednesday and Thursday with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Ben Ray Luján to discuss a potential rematch with GOP Rep.-elect Bruce Poliquin.

Poliquin beat Cain by 5 points in the open-seat race for the 2nd District, located in the northern half of the Pine Tree State.

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NRCC Names New Executive Director for 2016

NRCC Names New Executive Director for 2016

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

The chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee has promoted Rob Simms to serve as executive director in 2016.

Simms — who served as the NRCC’s political director in the 2014 cycle — will take over for Liesl Hickey as the top staffer at the committee. He will be tasked with helping protect the GOP’s record-breaking wins from last cycle.

“Rob was instrumental in helping us win this historic majority and now he’s going to lead our efforts to keep it and help Members build the best campaigns possible,” NRCC Chairman Greg Walden of Oregon said in a release.

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December 2, 2014

Portman Will Seek Re-Election Instead of Running for President

Portman Will Seek Re Election Instead of Running for President

Portman will not run for president. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, will not run for president in 2016, and instead plans to seek re-election to his Buckeye State Senate seat.

“With the new Republican majority, I see a real opportunity over the next two years to break the gridlock in Washington and actually get things done to help Ohioans and all Americans,” Portman said in a statement Tuesday morning. “That’s where I believe I can play the most constructive role.”

Portman’s official re-election announcement likely makes the seat harder for Democrats to pick up in 2016. With Democratic Sen. Mary L. Landrieu projected to lose re-election in this weekend’s runoff against Rep. Bill Cassidy, Democrats will need to pick up five seats to reclaim control of the chamber.

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