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January 1, 2014

Most Fascinating Races of 2014: Pennsylvania’s 13th District

Most Fascinating Races of 2014: Pennsylvanias 13th District

Schwartz is running for governor, leaving an open race for her House seat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The House isn’t very popular these days, so why would anyone want to return there after a 20-year hiatus? The answer — if there is one — is just one reason why the crowded primary for this suburban Philadelphia, strong Democratic district is so fascinating.

Former Rep. Marjorie Margolies, D-Pa., is waging a comeback bid for the 13th District nearly tw0 decades after she supported President Bill Clinton’s budget and famously lost re-election in 1994. The 71-year-old is back with a vengeance and strong political connections: Her son is married to Chelsea Clinton. Full story

December 28, 2013

Most Fascinating Races of 2014: Arizona’s 2nd District

Most Fascinating Races of 2014: Arizonas 2nd District

Barber, center, was at top aide to Giffords, right, before he ran for the seat. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In the simplest terms, Democratic Rep. Ron Barber faces a rematch with retired Air Force Col. Martha McSally, a Republican, in this highly competitive district based in Tucson, Ariz.

But over the past four years, this district’s story has proven anything but simple.

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December 27, 2013

The Best Congressional Campaign Ads of 2013 (Video)

Political ad makers were a busy bunch in 2013 — and the election year had not even started yet. Several competitive Senate races and special elections in the House meant the airwaves were already crowded.

Here’s Roll Call list of the top five most memorable congressional campaign advertisements of 2013:

5. “A Walk”

The Race: The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee sponsored this spot in the special election for South Carolina’s 1st District. Now-Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., waged a comeback bid to succeed now-Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., in this GOP-friendly district. Sanford’s well-documented personal foibles appeared to make this race against the Democratic nominee, Elizabeth Colbert Busch, somewhat competitive. This DCCC spot cleverly references — but never specifically mentions  — Sanford’s extramarital affair in 2009. Instead, the ad plays on the infamous hike on the Appalachian Trail that the former governor never took. Full story

December 23, 2013

Most Fascinating Races of 2014: California’s 31st District

 

Most Fascinating Races of 2014: Californias 31st District

Miller is politically vulnerable in 2014. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Editor’s note: Not all congressional races are created equal, and Roll Call’s politics desk admits to playing favorites. So in the spirit of the holidays, these are a few of our favorite things (races) to cover this cycle. We’re shining a spotlight on our 12 most fascinating races through the new year — in no particular order. Happy holidays from @RollCallPols!

Not much stands in the way of Democrats picking up California’s 31st District this cycle — except themselves. Again.

By the numbers, the district marks the best opportunity in the entire country for Democrats to pick up a House seat. Rep. Gary G. Miller holds dubious distinction of being the Republican representing the strongest Democratic district in the country.

But this race continues to be fascinating because, so far, Democrats have not learned their lessons from a 2012 upset here. Last cycle, several Democrats split the vote in California’s “top two” primary system, allowing Miller and another Republican to proceed to the general election.

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December 20, 2013

DCCC Raises $5 Million in November (Updated)

DCCC Raises $5 Million in November (Updated)

Rep. Steve Israel of New York is the DCCC chairman. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 4 p.m. | The campaign arm of House Democrats brought in $5 million during November, according to figures shared first with CQ Roll Call by a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee aide.

The committee will report $27.6 million in the bank and zero debt.

Full story

By Shira T. Center Posted at 1:28 p.m.
DCCC

December 17, 2013

Democrats Avoid Primary for Southerland Seat in Florida

Florida Democrat Al Lawson will not run for Congress in 2014, clearing the way for attorney Gwen Graham to cruise to the party’s nomination in the competitive race against Republican Rep. Steve Southerland II, according to The Tallahassee Democrat.

Lawson told the paper in a Tuesday story that he still has “too much debt from two previous congressional campaigns to run again this year.”

Lawson, a former state senator, has strong name identification that would have helped him win the primary. But Florida Democrats were grim about his chances in the general election. He came up short as the Democratic nominee in 2012 against Southerland.

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December 12, 2013

DCCC Unveils Final 2014 Recruits for Jumpstart Program

DCCC Unveils Final 2014 Recruits for Jumpstart Program

Israel is the DCCC chairman. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call Photo)

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee unveiled its final wave of Jumpstart candidates for the 2014 cycle on Thursday, giving the seal of approval to one final set of recruits before the election year begins.

New this cycle, the Jumpstart program provides “early financial communications, operational and strategic support” to candidates, according to the committee. It also gives members and potential donors a sense of the DCCC’s top candidates in competitive primaries.

“These four standout candidates are being added to the Jumpstart program because they’re committed to the right priorities, like working together to create good jobs, protect our seniors and give the middle class financial peace of mind,” said DCCC Chairman Steve Israel of New York in a statement.

The latest round of candidates are: Full story

December 3, 2013

House Democrats Shift to Back Bentivolio Challenger in Michigan

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on Tuesday swiftly moved behind former State Department adviser Bobby McKenzie’s bid to oust embattled Rep. Kerry Bentivolio — hours after the party’s top recruitment prospect declined to challenge the Michigan Republican.

McKenzie is seeking the Democratic nomination in the 11th District. Bentivolio is also contending with a primary challenge from attorney David Trott.

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Democrats Lose Top Recruit to Challenge Bentivolio (Updated)

Democrats Lose Top Recruit to Challenge Bentivolio (Updated)

Democrats lost their top recruit to challenge Bentivolio. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 2:01 p.m. | Interim Wayne State University Law School Dean Jocelyn Benson will not run for Congress, according to a Capitol Hill source.

This fall, Benson expressed interest in running for the Democratic nomination to take on Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, R-Mich., in the 11th District. Top House Democrats had recruited her to run, and she attended a caucus meeting in mid-October amid the government shutdown. Full story

November 21, 2013

Obama Campaign Media, Analytics Gurus Partner Up

A relationship fostered over the course of the president’s re-election campaign morphed Thursday into a partnership to capitalize on the two Democratic consulting firms’ data and media capabilities.

GMMB, a top Democratic advertising firm, and Civis Analytics, a big data firm launched by a group of former Obama campaign staffers, announced a new effort that will offer campaigns, non-profits and brands similar voter targeting and media buying that helped President Barack Obama in 2012.

“We’re excited about it, and that’s where we think the value is,” Daniel Jester, a senior vice president at GMMB, told CQ Roll Call about offering clients the combined expertise of both firms.

“We work with them because they are the smartest people in the analytics business, and we think we’re pretty good at what we do,” Jester said. “So bringing the two together just seemed like a no-brainer.” Full story

By Kyle Trygstad Posted at 3:15 p.m.
DCCC, DGA, DSCC, Shop Talk

November 20, 2013

House Republicans Raise $2 Million Less Than Democrats in October

House Republicans Raise $2 Million Less Than Democrats in October

Greg Walden is the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised at least $2 million more than its GOP counterpart in October. Full story

Top Democratic Leadership to Fundraise for Peterson

Several high-profile House Democrats will host a top-dollar fundraiser Thursday for longtime Rep. Collin C. Peterson, D-Minn., according to an invitation obtained exclusively by CQ Roll Call.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel, along with 17 other House Democrats, will host a “re-election campaign breakfast” for Peterson.

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House Democrats Raise Big Bucks During Shutdown in October

House Democrats Raise Big Bucks During Shutdown in October

Steve Israel of New York is the Chairman of the DCCC. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised about $7 million in October and will report more than $25 million in cash on hand, according to a DCCC aide.

The committee’s bottom line was boosted, in part, because of the government shutdown that month. Polls showed Republicans — especially in the House — received much of the blame for the 16 days the federal government was closed.

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November 18, 2013

Pelosi, Democrats to Fundraise for Alex Sink in Washington

Pelosi, Democrats to Fundraise for Alex Sink in Washington

Pelosi is the House Minority Leader. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call Photo)

Democrats in House leadership and the Florida delegation are scheduled to host a Dec. 4 fundraiser in Washington, D.C., for former Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, according to an invitation obtained by Roll Call.

Sink is running in the special election to replace the late Republican Rep. C.W. Bill Young. Lobbyist David Jolly is running for the GOP nomination and it remains unclear if he will have a primary rival, although state Sen. Kathleen Peters will announce on Tuesday whether she will run.

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November 11, 2013

McKeon Challenger Sees Advantages in Open-Seat Race (Video)

The candidate: Podiatrist Lee Rogers, a Democrat.
The member: Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, a Republican.
The district:
 California’s 25th District, which McKeon has held since 1992.
The candidate’s team:
Bill Wachob of The Campaign Group (general consultant and media), Eric Hogensen of HSG Campaigns (direct mail), Jonathan Brown of Global Strategy Group (polling), Adam Nashban (fundraising and strategy).

Podiatrist Lee Rogers, a Democrat, views an open-seat race as advantageous in his second attempt for Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon’s 25th District in California.

“There will be more attention on the district if it’s an open seat,” Rogers said in an Oct. 11 interview with CQ Roll Call. “This is one that already shows [McKeon] to be vulnerable. I think more attention is probably good for the challenger.”

Insiders have speculated this could be the top Republican’s last term in Congress, although his aide said in April he has no plans to retire. President Barack Obama lost the district by a slim margin in 2012, which makes Democrats optimistic they could compete there if McKeon leaves.

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