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July 29, 2015

Democrat to Detractors: I’m Doing Better Than Your Guy

Schneider is running for an open Santa Barbara House seat. ((Meredith Dake/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Schneider is running for an open Santa Barbara House seat. (Meredith Dake/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Seeking to avoid a contentious primary, some national Democrats have been working behind the scenes to force Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider out of a competitive open-seat House contest in California’s 24th District.

But Schneider has no plans to bow out of the race, and on Wednesday released a poll showing a slight lead in a primary against the candidate national Democrats prefer: Santa Barbara County Supervisor Salud Carbajal.

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House Democrats Going Good Cop, Bad Cop Against GOP

The DCCC, led by Luján, right, and DPCC, led by Isreal, left, are teaming up on an ambitious August project. (File Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The DCCC, led by Luján, right, and DPCC, led by Israel, are teaming up on an ambitious August project. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Democrats met Wednesday to review an ambitious new plan to target Republicans when lawmakers head home for the August recess.

The strategy — devised jointly over the past few months by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and Democratic Policy and Communications Committee — is part of an effort to “make the case locally that Republicans and their misguided priorities are failing hardworking Americans across the country,” DCCC Chairman Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., said in a statement to CQ Roll Call. Full story

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 22, 2015

Tossup New York House Race Starting to Take Shape

Gibson's retirement sets off a competitive open-seat race. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Gibson’s retirement sets off a competitive open-seat race. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The heart of summer may have passed, but the temperature in New York’s 19th District is only starting to warm up.

Democrats see it as a top-tier pickup opportunity, a rare open-seat House race in a tossup district that President Barack Obama won twice. The GOP is gearing up to defend it in a presidential election year that could include former Empire State Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton at the top of the ticket. Full story

July 20, 2015

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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July 12, 2015

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 7, 2015

Democrats Land Mike Coffman Challenger in Colorado

Carrroll is challenging the four-term congressman. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Carroll is challenging four-term congressman Coffman. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Colorado state Senate Minority Leader Morgan Carroll announced her candidacy Tuesday against Republican Rep. Mike Coffman in Colorado’s 6th District.

Carroll, who will be term-limited out of her state Senate seat, had been considering a bid this spring and had met with both the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and EMILY’s List in May. While in Washington, she also attended a House Democratic Caucus meeting.

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June 30, 2015

Murphy to Announce He’ll Seek Rematch With Blum (Updated)

A handful of Democrats are looking to take on Blum in 2016. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A handful of Democrats are looking to take on Blum in 2016. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 4:20 p.m. | Former state Rep. Pat Murphy, D-Iowa, will announce a bid for the Iowa House seat he lost in 2014, according to a source with knowledge of Murphy’s plans.

Murphy will face a crowded Democratic primary field looking to take on freshman Republican Rep. Rod Blum, one of the most vulnerable House GOP incumbents in the country.

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June 25, 2015

Democrats Search for Katko Opponent in New York Swing District


Democrats have targeted freshman incumbent Katko but haven’t yet come up with a candidate to challenge him. (File Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

As political parties pick up the pace of recruiting candidates ahead of next year’s congressional elections, Democrats are searching for a candidate in NY’s 24th Congressional District to challenge what they see as a vulnerable incumbent.

Considered one of only 10 Tossup districts in the country by the Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report/Roll Call, both parties have made winning the seat a top priority. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has targeted first-term Rep. John Katko on its “One-Term Wonders” list of Republican freshmen, and the National Republican Congressional Committee placed Katko in the party’s Patriot Program, which is meant to protect its most at-risk incumbents.

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June 23, 2015

Parties Gear Up for Crucial Test in Only Competitive Texas District


Hurd is one of two African American Republicans in Congress. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Hurd, left, is one of two African-American Republicans in the House. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The districts that are expected to provide true, edge-of-your-seat general election excitement this cycle are few and far between. One of the biggest — in size and importance — is Texas’ 23rd.

Aside from being Texas’ only competitive race, the district is “also important because it signals an ability for each party to compete,” said Progress Texas Executive Director Ed Espinoza.

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June 22, 2015

Who’s in the Running: 2016 Declared Presidential Candidates

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Walker announced his entry into the race on July 13, because “Americans deserve a leader who will fight and win for them.” (File photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

At least four current senators have announced their intention to run for president in 2016. And a couple more are considering getting into the race. Along with a number of former governors, the field so far includes two candidates with medical degrees, one former tech CEO and a billionaire real estate mogul/TV host.

Here’s a look at the major candidates who have declared that they’re in the race for the Democratic or Republican presidential nomination.

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June 18, 2015

Democrats Court MMA Fighter for Heck’s House Seat


Miller, right, appears with Bill Clinton and other Democratic candidates during his 2014 campaign. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images File Photo)

Staff from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee were in Las Vegas Wednesday to meet with former Secretary of State Ross Miller, hoping to recruit him to run for Nevada’s 3rd District, according to two sources with knowledge of the meeting.

Incumbent Rep. Joe Heck, R-Nev., is expected to enter the open-seat Senate contest to replace retiring Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid — leaving vacant this competitive Clark County-based seat. And Democrats say Miller would be a top recruit.

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June 11, 2015

Putnam Partners Hires Longtime DCCC Aide

Kevin McKeon, a Democratic operative who spent four cycles as an aide at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, will join Putnam Partners as a senior vice president, according to an announcement provided first to CQ Roll Call.

“Kevin is an accomplished campaign strategist with the experience to help our candidates and other clients run smarter and more effective campaigns” Mark Putnam, the firm’s founding partner, said in a release. “Kevin brings years of experience at the DCCC helping win tough data driven and aggressive campaigns using the latest technology and analytics.”

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June 8, 2015

Van Hollen’s Former Staffers to Host Fundraiser

Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

A number of Van Hollen’s former staffers are contributing to his campaign. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Updated, June 9, 7:30 a.m. | Along with congressional leadership experience and some high-profile endorsements, Rep. Chris Van Hollen has another source of funds for his U.S. Senate campaign: some influential former staffers.

The “Van Hollen Alumni and Friends” are hosting a fundraiser at Sonoma Bar & Restaurant on Capitol Hill Wednesday evening to benefit the seven-term Maryland Democrat’s campaign, according to a fundraiser invitation obtained by CQ Roll Call.  And the host committee list reads like a who’s who of former Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee staffers from Van Hollen’s tenure as chairman for the 2008 and 2010 cycles. Full story

June 4, 2015

Sean Eldridge Passes on Another House Bid in New York

Eldridge won't run for a seat that's likely to be open next year if Gibson retires. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Eldridge won’t run for the seat Gibson, above, is vacating. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Democrat Sean Eldridge, who failed to unseat Rep. Chris Gibson in 2014, told Vanity Fair that he will not mount another bid to represent New York’s 19th District.

The district, which President Barack Obama carried twice, is a top Democratic target, and with Gibson retiring at the end of this term, and Hillary Rodham Clinton likely topping the ticket, Democrats are looking at the open seat as one of their best pickup opportunities. The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report/Roll Call rates the race as Tossup.

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