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March 27, 2015

Democrats Maneuver for Illinois House Seat

Democrats Maneuver for Illinois House Seat

Duckworth is mulling a Senate bid in Illinois. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Tammy Duckworth has not officially announced her 2016 intentions, but the behind-the-scenes jockeying to replace the two-term congresswoman in her suburban Chicago House district should she run for Senate has already begun in earnest.

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March 24, 2015

Coats Retirement Sparks Hoosier State Free-for-All

Coats Retirement Sparks Hoosier State Free for All

Coats chats with Sen. Lamar Alexander not long after announcing his retirement plans. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

An open Senate seat in Indiana could lead to a GOP free-for-all in 2016, with nearly every Republican member of the Hoosier State’s congressional delegation showing interest.

Of the seven Republicans in the House delegation, five are at least giving a bid consideration.

GOP Sen. Dan Coats’ Tuesday retirement announcement sparked a behind-the-scenes frenzy, as Reps. Jackie Walorski, Marlin Stutzman, Todd Young, Todd Rokita and Susan W. Brooks all contemplated jumping in the race to succeed him. Eric Holcomb, Coats’ chief of staff in the state, and state Speaker Brian Bosma also are weighing runs, according to Indiana GOP operatives.

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March 23, 2015

Democrats’ Florida Senate Hopes Could Cost House Seat

Democrats Florida Senate Hopes Could Cost House Seat

Murphy’s Senate bid is opening up his competitive House district. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A Senate recruitment victory for Democrats in Florida could, in turn, jeopardize the party’s quest for the House majority.

Rep. Patrick Murphy, a favorite of national Democrats for the state’s potentially open-seat Senate race, is announcing his statewide campaign Monday. That opens up the Treasure Coast-based House seat Murphy held for the past two cycles — one of just five Democrat-controlled House districts Mitt Romney carried in 2012.

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Patrick Murphy Announces Senate Bid in Florida

Patrick Murphy Announces Senate Bid in Florida

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Patrick Murphy will run for Senate in the Sunshine State in 2016, giving national Democrats the candidate they want in a top pickup opportunity for the party this cycle.

“I’ve spent the last several months considering the best way I can continue to serve the people of Florida, and today, after much thought and discussion with people from across this state, I’m proud to announce that I will be a candidate for the United States Senate in 2016,” Murphy said in a release announcing his bid Monday morning.

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March 19, 2015

EMILY’s List Names VP of Independent Expenditures

EMILYs List Names VP of Independent Expenditures

Stephanie Schriock is president of EMILY’s List. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

EMILY’s List named Lucinda Guinn vice president of independent expenditures for the 2016 cycle, according to a release provided first to CQ Roll Call.

In this role, Guinn will be tasked with running the Women Vote! program, which spends millions of dollars in support of the group’s endorsed gubernatorial, Senate and House candidates. An EMILY’s List aide said Guinn will also oversee potential spending in targeted state-level races that could impact redistricting in 2020.

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Democrats’ Maryland Senate Circus

Democrats Maryland Senate Circus

There is plenty of interest in Mikulski’s seat. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

CHESAPEAKE BEACH, Md. — When Barbara A. Mikulski announced her retirement last month, she instructed fellow Maryland Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin to brace himself.

“She said it would take about 10 minutes before things would get really interesting in Maryland,” Cardin recounted at a March 12 event on the Chesapeake Bay. “It took about 30 seconds until things got very interesting.” Full story

March 18, 2015

With Horsford Out, Nevada Democrats Look Down Line (Updated)

With Horsford Out, Nevada Democrats Look Down Line (Updated)

Horsford won’t run in 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated March 19, 10:40 p.m. | Former Nevada Rep. Steven Horsford’s decision not to seek his old House seat next year has set off jockeying on the Democratic side for one of the party’s top pickup opportunities.

Republican Rep. Cresent Hardy defeated Horsford in 2014, but party leaders hoped to convince the former lawmaker to run again this cycle, which should have favorable presidential-level turnout. Full story

Staff Decamp Vulnerable Democrat’s Office Over Fundraising Concerns (Updated)

Staff Decamp Vulnerable Democrats Office Over Fundraising Concerns (Updated)

Ashford is a Democrat from Nebraska. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 12:26 p.m. | One of the House’s most vulnerable members is shedding staff at a rapid clip, just months after he arrived in Congress.

Three top-level staffers in Rep. Brad Ashford’s office have left since his swearing-in on Jan. 6. The exits include Ashford’s chief of staff and two communications directors, who departed over the past few weeks. All are frustrated with what was described as the Nebraska Democrat’s unwillingness to fundraise for an ultra-competitive re-election campaign.

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March 17, 2015

Former Schumer Aide Expected to Join Clinton Camp

Former Schumer Aide Expected to Join Clinton Camp

Fallon is reportedly joining the likely Clinton presidential campaign. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Brian Fallon, a former Capitol Hill aide, is expected to be named as a prominent spokesman for Hillary Rodham Clinton’s likely presidential campaign.

The Washington Post reported Tuesday that Fallon, now the director of public affairs at the Department of Justice, will be the “lead press secretary” on the quickly growing Clinton team. Full story

Wasserman Schultz Won’t Run for Senate

Wasserman Schultz Wont Run for Senate

Wasserman Schultz will not run for Senate. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz will seek re-election to her House seat and will not run for Senate, she confirmed to Roll Call Tuesday in the halls of Congress.

The Democratic National Committee chairwoman had been considering a bid for the potentially open seat, thanks to Republican Sen. Marco Rubio looking at a run for president. Full story

Democrat Announces Bid in Top Illinois House Race (Updated)

Democrat Announces Bid in Top Illinois House Race (Updated)

Dold is an Illinois Republican. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 11:00 a.m. | Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering announced a bid in Illinois’ 10th District Tuesday, putting Democrats on a likely primary collision course in a must-win seat for the party.

Rotering hopes to face GOP Rep. Robert Dold, a moderate Republican who won his second, non-consecutive term in this suburban Chicago-based district in 2014. But she is likely to face a primary against former Rep. Brad Schneider, the Democrat who lost to Dold in November.

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March 13, 2015

Democrats Prep North Carolina Contingency Plan

Democrats Prep North Carolina Contingency Plan

Hagan lost re-election in 2014. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

National Democrats want ex-Sen. Kay Hagan to mount another bid for Senate in the Tar Heel State. But in case the former senator declines, party officials have started to key in on other potential recruits.

Hagan did not rule out running in a Wednesday interview with a radio station in Boston, where she’s serving as a resident fellow at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics.

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March 12, 2015

Democrat Rules Out Maryland Senate Run

Democrat Rules Out Maryland Senate Run

Perez, left, talks to Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., in his Senate Hart office. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

CHESAPEAKE BEACH, Md. — Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez will not run for Senate in Maryland, he told CQ Roll Call Thursday.

Several Maryland Democrats have mentioned Perez, a Maryland resident who held public office there, as a possible Senate candidate following Sen. Barbara A Mikulski’s recent announcement that she will not seek another term. Full story

Ben Cardin Weighs in on Maryland Senate Race

Ben Cardin Weighs in on Maryland Senate Race

Cardin, center, is a Democrat from Maryland. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin, D-Md., pledged to remain “neutral” in the Democratic primary to succeed his retiring colleague, Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski.

“I’m using Sen. Mikulski’s words: I plan to be neutral but not passive,” Cardin said Thursday in a C-SPAN “Newsmakers” interview scheduled to run this weekend. “We’ll be very active to make sure that Maryland maintains a Democratic seat in the United States Senate. And we will have some interesting primaries in the House of Representatives as well.” Full story

March 11, 2015

Democrat Mulls Rematch in Michigan House Contest

Democrat Mulls Rematch in Michigan House Contest

Cannon is a Michigan Democrat. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Retired Army Maj. Gen. Jerry Cannon is mulling another bid against Rep. Dan Benishek, R-Mich., according to two sources with knowledge of the Democrat’s plans.

Democrats billed Cannon — a veteran of the wars in Vietnam and Iraq — as a top recruit in 2014. But he went on to lose to Benishek by a 7-point margin last year, a poor cycle overall for Democrats.

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