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April 28, 2015

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April 27, 2015

Laura Capps Won’t Seek Mother’s Seat in California

Laura Capps Wont Seek Mothers Seat in California

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

Laura Capps announced Monday she will not seek the California seat being vacated by her mother, Democratic Rep. Lois Capps.

The younger Capps, a Democratic political operative and nonprofit consultant, had long been viewed as a potential successor in the Santa Barbara-based 24th District.

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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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Democrats Bank on Peterson Sticking Around

Democrats Bank on Peterson Sticking Around

Minnesota’s 7th District is wondering if Peterson will retire. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

“Everyone’s happy.”

Do those sound like the words of a congressman on his way out the door? Coming from Minnesota Rep. Collin C. Peterson, the ranking Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee, it’s hard to tell.

When CQ Roll Call asked Peterson if he was planning to run for re-election, he said, “Yeah, everything’s good,” followed by, “Everyone’s happy.” It might have sounded vague, but a Democratic source confirmed Peterson’s positivity means he’s running.

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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 19, 2015

Manchin Is Staying in the Senate

Manchin Is Staying in the Senate

Manchin, right, said he would stay put in the Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Joe Manchin III will not be taking any country roads home to West Virginia any time soon.

The Democratic senator announced Sunday he’s decided against seeking a return to the Mountaineer State’s governor’s mansion in 2016.

That’s good news for Manchin’s fellow Democrats as an open Senate seat could prove difficult to hold in a special election. His term is not up until the 2018 cycle. Manchin came to the Senate from the governorship after winning the special election following the death of Sen. Robert C. Byrd. He conceded Sunday the change of scenery has proven frustrating.

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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 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 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 9, 2015

Democrats Considering Female Comstock Challengers

Democrats Considering Female Comstock Challengers

Which Democrat will challenge Comstock? (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Virginia Democrats are narrowing in on a handful of female candidates to take on freshman Rep. Barbara Comstock.

Comstock, already a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee target for 2016, won the open seat to replace GOP Rep. Frank R. Wolf, her former boss, by 16 points in 2014. But given the swing nature of her northern Virginia district and the higher turnout expected in a presidential year, Democrats say if they’re going to take the seat, this is the time.

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April 8, 2015

Catherine Cortez Masto Running for Harry Reid’s Seat

Catherine Cortez Masto Running for Harry Reids Seat

Cortez Masto has been endorsed by Reid. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images File Photo)

Updated 4:47 p.m. | Catherine Cortez Masto, the preferred Democratic successor of retiring Nevada Sen. Harry Reid, will run for the minority leader’s seat.

“Catherine Cortez Masto fights to protect Nevada’s seniors, children, women, consumers, and homeowners,” her new Senate website states. “She did it as a prosecutor. She did it as Nevada’s Attorney General. Now she wants to bring her fight to the U.S. Senate.” Full story

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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April 6, 2015

Democrat Announces Bid Against Valadao in California

Democrat Announces Bid Against Valadao in California

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

A California mayor will announce a challenge to Republican Rep. David Valadao Monday in California’s 21st District — a top Democratic pick-up opportunity in 2016.

“I am running for Congress to be a bold voice on behalf of Central Valley families and local neighborhoods throughout the 21st District,” Daniel Parra — the mayor pro tem of Fowler, Calif., an Air Force veteran who had been contemplating a bid — said in a news release provided first to CQ Roll Call.

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April 2, 2015

Two Former Members Announce Comeback Bids

Two Former Members Announce Comeback Bids

Schneider is one of two former House Democrats to announce a comeback bid on Thursday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Two former House Democrats ousted in 2014 announced Friday they’re giving it another go.

Former Reps. Pete Gallego of Texas and Brad Schneider of Illinois released statements within minutes of each other confirming they will challenge the freshman Republicans who defeated them in the midterms. Full story

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