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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 29, 2015

State Senator Considering Run for Arizona Open House Seat


Kirkpatrick is giving up her House seat to run for McCain’s Senate seat. (File Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Arizona State Sen. Barbara McGuire, a Democrat, said Monday she is considering a run for the Democratic nomination in the state’s 1st Congressional District.

In a statement, McGuire stopped short of declaring her candidacy. Instead, she said she plans to “take the next few weeks to discuss the possibility” with people she knows and her constituents.

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Voting-Rights Advocates Get Win at Supreme Court

Monday’s big election law news came from the Supreme Court’s penultimate decision of the term upholding Arizona’s congressional districts.

But before handing down its last three decisions, the court made voting-rights advocates happy by deciding not to review a different election case.

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Supreme Court Upholds Arizona’s Congressional Map (Updated)

U.S. Supreme Court

The court could have thrown elections in Arizona and California into chaos. (File Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 11:20 a.m. | The Supreme Court upheld Arizona’s congressional map Monday, declaring in a 5-4 ruling the use of an independent redistricting commission that drew House district lines in the 2012 cycle did not violate the Constitution.

If the court had thrown out the state’s map, it could have sent the 2016 elections into chaos in Arizona and it could have had implications for neighboring California’s map, drawn by a similar independent commission.

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June 26, 2015

Vermont Rep. Welch Won’t Run for Governor

Welch is running for re-election and not for governor. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Welch is running for re-election and not for governor. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Vermont’s Democratic Rep. Peter Welch announced Friday morning that he will run for re-election to his at-large district and not return to the Green Mountain State to run for governor.

After Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin said earlier this month that he would not seek a fourth term, speculation immediately turned to the five-term congressman as a strong contender who could clear the Democratic field.

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GOP Tries to Portray Feingold as a Hypocrite Over PAC Spending

Feingold is running a comeback bid in Wisconsin. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Feingold is running a comeback bid in Wisconsin. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republicans are eager to use former Sen. Russ Feingold’s signature issue against him in 2016, as the Democrat wages a comeback bid in a Senate contest key to his party’s quest for the majority.

After losing re-election to a fourth term in 2010, Feingold, who had championed limits on spending in federal elections, launched the Progressives United PAC, which the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported spent a large percentage of the $7.1 million it raised on overhead and staff salaries. Republicans are already attempting to use that news to paint Feingold as a hypocrite.

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June 25, 2015

Michigan’s Benishek Gets a Democratic Challenger — or Two

Johnson's entrance into the 1st District race puts Benishek on defensive. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Benishek now has a credible Democratic challenger. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republicans have a new defensive responsibility in their quest to maintain their House majority.

Michigan Rep. Dan Benishek, who has represented the 1st District for three terms, not only faces potential primary threats for breaking his term-limit pledge, but now also has a credible Democratic challenger.

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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

Kay Hagan Won’t Challenge Richard Burr in 2016

Hagan is a North Carolina Democrat. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Hagan is telling donors she will not make another run for the Senate. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan will not be mounting a challenge to her former GOP colleague, Sen. Richard M. Burr.

Hagan, who was defeated by Thom Tillis in 2014, has been making calls to inform donors she will not be running for the seat that comes up in 2016, two sources familiar with the calls told Roll Call.

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Army Vet to Run Against Pennsylvania Congressman (Updated)

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and Senate Environment and Public Works Committee joint hearing

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


Updated, 12:45 p.m. | A Republican-turned-Democrat announced Tuesday he’s making a second run for the Pennsylvania 6th District House seat currently held by Republican Rep. Ryan A. Costello.

Malvern businessman and Chester County Democrats executive committee member Mike Parrish, a West Point graduate, former Army aviator and current Army Reserve colonel, is the first Democrat to announce his entry into the race, which is rated as Favored Republican by the Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report/Roll Call.

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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


Rubio passes by Paul, left, as the two took turns speaking to the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority conference on June 18, 2015. (Photo By Tom Williams/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 they’re in the race.

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Kentucky Congressman Yarmuth Will Seek Re-Election

Yarmuth, center, unexpectedly announced he will resign his Kentucky House seat Monday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Yarmuth, center, announced Monday he will seek to retain his Kentucky House seat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., announced Monday he will seek a sixth term in Congress, ending speculation that he would not run for re-election.

“I decided to run again because as the lone progressive voice on federal issues in Kentucky, particularly within the federal delegation, I think I have a responsibility to battle for the values that I think this community shares and I certainly champion, and those are things that help the average working family get additional opportunity and get ahead,” Yarmuth told Kentucky media outlet cjn2’s Pure Politics at his campaign headquarters in Louisville.

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June 19, 2015

NRSC Bests DSCC in May Fundraising (Updated)

Ron Johnson is among the Republican senators facing competitive re-elections. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

There are several Republican senators running in states the president carried in 2008 and 2012. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 4:45 p.m. | The National Republican Senatorial Committee raised nearly $1 million more than its Democratic counterpart in May, according to figures provided to CQ Roll Call.

The NRSC raised $4.5 million last month, while the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee brought in $3.6 million.

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By Emily Cahn Posted at 10:27 a.m.
Democrats, DSCC, Fundraising

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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