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April 27, 2015

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April 24, 2015

Republican Wins Money Race in New York Special

Republican Wins Money Race in New York Special

Grimm resigned from Congress in disgrace. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan walloped his Democratic opponent in fundraising for the special election to replace disgraced former Rep. Michael G. Grimm, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission on Thursday.

Donovan reported raising $615,000 between Jan. 1 and April 15 and had $462,000 in cash on hand for the final weeks of the May 5 special. New York City Councilman Vincent Gentile brought in $196,000 over the same time period and reported $116,000 in the bank.

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April 22, 2015

Potential Democratic Challenger Emerges in California

Potential Democratic Challenger Emerges in California

Knight is a freshman Republican from California. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A possible Democratic challenger is emerging in California’s Simi Valley to take on freshman Republican Rep. Steve Knight.

Maria Gutzeit, a member of the Santa Clarita Water Board, told CQ Roll Call Tuesday she’s spoken to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, EMILY’s List and others about the race. She said her decision will come down to whether she sees a path to victory.

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April 21, 2015

Ex-NFL Linebacker Considering Illinois Senate Bid

Ex NFL Linebacker Considering Illinois Senate Bid

Harris greets fans at a 2004 Oakland Raiders home game. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images File Photo)

Illinois state Sen. Napoleon Harris, a Chicago-area Democrat and former National Football League linebacker, is mulling a bid for Senate, according to multiple sources in the state.

His candidacy would set up a primary in a top Senate contest, with national Democrats squarely behind Democratic Rep. Tammy Duckworth to take on Republican Sen. Mark S. Kirk.

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Candidates Look to Make Family Legacies in Congress

Candidates Look to Make Family Legacies in Congress

Murkowski, right, and her father are among those who claim a family legacy in Congress. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 11 a.m. | When nine-term Democratic Rep. Lois Capps announced her retirement, all eyes turned to a potential successor: her daughter.

A nonprofit consultant and community activist who has never run for office, Laura Burton Capps has long been seen as a possible successor to her mother. (Her father Walter Capps first held the seat, but died after just nine months in office. Lois Capps won a special election to succeed him.)

The congresswoman’s daughter recently confirmed she is seriously considering a bid for the now-open Santa Barbara-based 24th District. If she opts to run, she would join the many politicians who have sought to follow in their parents’ footsteps and ascend to Congress — and she might be one of a handful who could attempt the feat this cycle.

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April 20, 2015

DSCC Topped $5 Million in March

DSCC Topped $5 Million in March

Tester chairs the DSCC. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee raised nearly $5.3 million in March, slightly edging its Republican counterpart.

The DSCC ended the month with $7.1 million in cash on hand. It had $13.7 million in operational debt, paid down from $15 million at the end of February.

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NRSC Raised $4.9 Million in March

NRSC Raised $4.9 Million in March

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

The National Republican Senatorial Committee announced Monday it raised $4.9 million in March and ended the month with $5.3 million on hand.

The NRSC also continues to pay down its debt from the previous cycle, which now stands at $6 million.

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NRCC Outraises DCCC in March, Is Now Debt-Free

NRCC Outraises DCCC in March, Is Now Debt Free

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

The National Republican Congressional Committee raised more than its Democratic counterpart in March, bringing in $10.3 million, according to an NRCC aide.

The March haul brings the NRCC’s cash on hand to $6.9 million, and allowed the committee to pay off the $7 million in debt it carried from the 2014 midterms. It’s a rare feat for a party committee this early in the cycle. At the same point last cycle, the NRCC had $8.25 million in debt.

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April 17, 2015

Democrat Announces Senate Bid in Pennsylvania

Democrat Announces Senate Bid in Pennsylvania

Toomey is a top Democratic target in 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski announced a bid for Senate in Pennsylvania on Friday, setting up a Democratic primary in a must-win Senate contest for a party looking to win back the majority in 2016.

Pawlowski faces former Rep. Joe Sestak, the Democrat who lost to GOP Sen. Patrick J. Toomey in 2010.

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April 16, 2015

The 7 Most Interesting First-Quarter Fundraising Facts

The 7 Most Interesting First Quarter Fundraising Facts

Burr stepped up his fundraising game in the first quarter. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Updated April 17, 10:30 a.m. | With roughly a year to go before the first primaries of 2016, fundraising numbers are among the few benchmarks to assess candidate strength.

A look at first-quarter reports — which were due to the Federal Election Commission Wednesday — shows which members are taking re-election bids seriously and also reveals weaknesses.

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Republican Launches Bid to Succeed Lois Capps in California

Republican Launches Bid to Succeed Lois Capps in California

Capps will not seek re-election. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republicans have landed a top recruit for a competitive open-seat House race in California.

State Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian will launch his campaign Friday in the race to replace retiring Democratic Rep. Lois Capps in the coastal Santa Barbara-based 24th District. Full story

April 15, 2015

Democratic Candidates Are Ready for Hillary Clinton

Democratic Candidates Are Ready for Hillary Clinton

Clinton’s candidacy is a boon to Democratic recruiting. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s candidacy for president became official Sunday, but Democrats already see the down-ballot benefits she brings as the presumptive nominee.

Staring down Republican majorities in the House and Senate, Democrats have secured recruits in five top Senate contests. At the House level, where the process gets cranking later in the cycle, the party has landed its preferred candidates in a handful of targeted races. Full story

April 13, 2015

Marco Rubio’s Presidential Bid Creates Open-Seat Scrum (Updated)

Marco Rubios Presidential Bid Creates Open Seat Scrum (Updated)

Rubio is running for president in 2016. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 6:19 p.m. | Marco Rubio on Monday became the third Republican senator to announce a bid for president and the first of the group to leave behind a competitive seat.

Rubio vacating his seat in Florida in favor of national ambition gives the GOP another potentially strong White House contender. But it presents new challenges for Senate Republicans pushing to hold their newly acquired majority by leaving an expensive open seat in a state at the heart of the presidential election.

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April 10, 2015

House Democrat Passes on Illinois Senate Race

House Democrat Passes on Illinois Senate Race

Foster will not run for Senate in Illinois. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Illinois Rep. Bill Foster announced Friday he will not run for Senate next year and instead endorsed fellow House Democrat Tammy Duckworth, who joined the race last month.

That decision by Foster, who was actively mulling a Senate bid, brings Democrats one step closer to avoiding a potentially damaging primary in what may be the party’s best opportunity to pick up a seat. Full story

April 8, 2015

Lois Capps to Retire (Video)

Lois Capps to Retire (Video)

Capps will not seek re-election. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 2:24 p.m. | California Rep. Lois Capps announced Wednesday she will not run for re-election.

Capps, 77, has represented the Santa Barbara, Calif.-based 24th District since 1998. The Democrat ran in a special election that year to replace her husband, Walter Capps, who died of a heart attack less than a year into his first term in Congress.

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Democrats Down on Potential Iowa Candidate

Democrats Down on Potential Iowa Candidate

Young is a top Democratic target in 2016. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Iowa state Sen. Matt McCoy is seriously considering a challenge to Republican Rep. David Young, a top target in 2016.

But Democrats in both Washington, D.C., and Iowa are concerned about the Des Moines Democrat’s congressional ambitions in the 3rd District, a must-win seat for Democrats looking to slice into the Republican majority this cycle.

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