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July 29, 2015

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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 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

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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July 17, 2015

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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July 16, 2015

7 Key Numbers From Second Quarter Fundraising

McSally raised $1 million in the second quarter, a huge sum for a House member. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

McSally raised $1 million in the second quarter, a huge sum for a House member. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

With the 2016 elections still more than a year away, a dive into quarterly fundraising reports is one of the best ways to assess the viability of campaigns.

Those who add to their war chests by consistently raising large sums show strength. While those who underperform accumulate doubt.

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July 15, 2015

Florida Redistricting Creates Giant Game of Musical Chairs

Jolly is running for Senate in Florida in 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republican Jolly’s House district is likely to become a Democratic one. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The music has started in a game of musical chairs in Florida that will have sweeping implications for the state’s political landscape.

Republican Rep. David Jolly will likely announce a bid for Florida’s open Senate seat next week, the first implication from the Florida State Supreme Court last week striking down the state’s congressional map. Jolly’s 13th District is likely to favor a Democratic candidate after the map is redrawn, pushing the one-term Republican to enter the already crowded GOP Senate primary to replace GOP Sen. Marco Rubio, who is forgoing re-election to run for president.

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July 13, 2015

Danny Tarkanian to Run for Nevada House Seat

Tarkanian is running for Nevada's open 3rd District. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Tarkanian is running for Nevada’s open 3rd District. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republican Danny Tarkanian, the son of the legendary University of Nevada, Las Vegas, basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian, announced a bid Monday for the Silver State’s open 3rd District, setting up a GOP primary in a tossup race.

Tarkanian will challenge state Sen. Michael Roberson for the Republican nomination in this seat — left vacant because of GOP Rep. Joe Heck’s Senate bid.

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July 12, 2015

Todd Young Announces Indiana Senate Bid

Young is running for Senate in Indiana. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Young’s background has appeal to both the tea party and pragmatic Republican bases in Indiana. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Todd Young, R-Ind., will run for Senate in the Hoosier State, he announced Sunday, becoming the third Republican to enter a competitive race to replace retiring GOP Sen. Dan Coats.

“Everything in my life I owe to God, my family, the Naval Academy and the Marine Corps,” Young said in a video announcing his candidacy shared first with CQ Roll Call. “The best way I can think of to give back is to ensure that every Hoosier family enjoys a better future. That’s why I’m running for U.S. Senate.”

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Steve Israel: Hard for Democrats to Win House Majority in 2016

Israel is tasked with communicating House Democrats' message to voters. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Israel is tasked with communicating House Democrats’ message to voters. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Steve Israel, the New York Democrat who led the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee for the 2012 and 2014 cycles, said winning the House majority will be tough for Democrats, but predicted his party will pick up between eight to 10 seats in 2016.

“It’s going to be hard for us to win the majority,” Israel said on C-SPAN’s “Newsmaker’s” program that aired Sunday, and added later, “When you take a look at all the recruits, when you take a look at presidential performance, I believe that not only will be pick up seats, but I really think that the DCCC can expect to pick up at least a foundation of eight to 10 seats, maybe more with a strong wind behind us.”

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July 9, 2015

Florida Supreme Court Strikes Down Congressional Map (Updated)

Corrine Brown's district was at the center of the court case. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Corrine Brown’s district was at the center of the court case. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 3:05 p.m. | The Florida Supreme Court struck down a sizable portion of the state’s congressional map, throwing the 2016 elections into a state of disarray.

In a 5-2 decision Thursday, the court ruled the GOP-led redistricting process was “tainted” by partisanship and drawn to favor Republican incumbents. The Legislature has now been tasked with redrawing eight of the state’s 27 congressional districts within, as well as adjacent districts affected by the new lines. Full story

DSCC Endorses Duckworth in Illinois Senate Race

The DSCC endorsed Duckworth's Illinois Senate bid. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The DSCC endorsed Duckworth’s Illinois Senate bid. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee endorsed Rep. Tammy Duckworth Thursday in a contested Democratic primary in Illinois — a top Democratic pickup opportunity in 2016.

Tammy Duckworth has spent her life serving this nation and the state of Illinois, and she has a proven record of advocating for veterans, women and working families,” DSCC Chairman Jon Tester said in a news release. “Tammy’s incredible story reflects her persistence and tenacity, even when the odds are stacked against her, and she brings that same determination to her work on behalf of her constituents every single day. We are excited to support Tammy and we are confident that she will be an outstanding Senator for the State of Illinois.”

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Exclusive: Senate Majority PAC Announces Senior Staff

Poersch is one of the senior advisers at Senate Majority PAC in 2016. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Poersch is a senior adviser at Senate Majority PAC. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senate Majority PAC will announce Thursday that Stephanie Potter will be executive director for the 2016 cycle, and also will release its senior staff roster.

Potter, who was political operations director there last cycle, will be joined by a number of Democratic operatives who worked in 2014 at the super PAC, which spends tens of millions of dollars backing Democratic senators and candidates.

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GOP Gleeful That Grayson’s Getting Into Florida Senate Race

Grayson will announce a Senate bid Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Grayson will announce a Senate bid Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 9:18 a.m. | Republican operatives are elated about Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson getting into the Senate race in Florida, saying the liberal firebrand’s bid will create headaches for Democrats up and down the ballot.

Grayson released a seven-minute-long video Thursday morning saying he’s running. The seat is open thanks to GOP Sen. Marco Rubio’s presidential bid, and is key as Democrats look to net the five seats necessary to ensure Senate control.

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