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September 11, 2015

Elijah Cummings ‘Not Interested’ in Baltimore Mayoral Race

BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 01:  U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) helps clear the streets of protesters on the same day that Maryland state attorney Marilyn J Mosby announced that charges would be filed against Baltimore police officers in the death of Freddie Gray on May 1, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. Gray died in police custody after being arrested on April 12, 2015.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Cummings helps clear Baltimore streets of protesters in April. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images File Photo)

As Rep. Elijah E. Cummings considers a run for Senate in the Democratic primary to replace retiring Barbara A. Mikulski, a source close to the 10-term lawmaker said he was “not interested” in another newly posted job: mayor of Baltimore.

On Friday, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake — seen as politically damaged from her handling of the death of Freddie Gray and the unrest that followed — told reporters that she would not run for re-election.

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Two Women Vie to Be the Democrat in Race for Kline’s Seat

Both Democratic women vying for the DFL endorsement in Minnesota's 2nd District think they have a better shot now that Kline, chairman of the Education and Workforce Committee, is retiring. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Both Democratic women vying for the DFL endorsement think they have a better shot now that Kline is retiring. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Without seven-term GOP Rep. John Kline on the ballot, Democrats in Minnesota suddenly have a much better shot at flipping a district President Barack Obama carried twice.

The question now is which of two Democratic women will be the candidate. Full story

September 10, 2015

Wasserman Schultz Expects Democratic Gains in the House

Wasserman Schultz, seen here in her DNC office in 2011, is confident Democrats will make gains. (Bill Clark/Roll Call File Photo)

Wasserman Schultz, seen here in her DNC office in 2011, is confident Democrats will make gains. (Bill Clark/Roll Call File Photo)

Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz predicts Democrats will pick up seats in the House next year — regardless of who’s at the top of the ticket.

“We have seen that the country supports our party’s agenda,” Wasserman Schultz said at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast Thursday morning. Full story

September 9, 2015

Former U.S. Attorney Will Challenge Boozman in Arkansas

Boozman will be challenged by TK, a former U.S. attorney. (File Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Boozman will be challenged by Eldridge, a former U.S. attorney. (File Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Conner Eldridge, a Democratic former U.S. attorney, said Wednesday he will run for Senate next year in Arkansas against Republican Sen. John Boozman.

Eldridge, who resigned last month, said in a statement that his work in law enforcement allows him to run as a nonpartisan outsider.

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September 4, 2015

Grayson Trumps Murphy’s Trump Comparison

Grayson, top, and Murphy have been sniping at each other as they vie for the Democratic nod in Florida's Senate race. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Grayson, top, and Murphy have been sniping at each other as they vie for the Democratic nod in Florida’s Senate race. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Update 12:55 p.m. | Rep. Alan Grayson’s campaign reacted quickly Friday to Democratic Senate primary opponent Rep. Patrick Murphy’s comparison of him to Donald Trump, pointing out that Murphy’s father’s construction company had built two major projects for the real estate mogul who’s leading Republican presidential polls.

“Murphy’s family construction business — where he used to work, where his daddy’s money comes from, and in which he owns a share worth $1 million to $5 million — has a business relationship with Donald Trump. How much money has Donald Trump put in Patrick Murphy’s pocket?” Grayson adviser Kevin Franck replied in an email to CQ Roll Call.

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September 3, 2015

Harry Reid Endorses Kihuen in Nevada House Race

Reid endorsed Kihuen in a crowded Democratic primary in Nevada's 4th District. (Douglas Graham/Roll Call File Photo)

Reid endorsed Kihuen in a crowded Democratic primary in Nevada’s 4th District. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, the dean of the Nevada congressional delegation, endorsed state Sen. Ruben Kihuen in a crowded Democratic primary in Nevada’s 4th District on Thursday.

Reid’s endorsement of Kihuen, a former Reid aide, was widely expected. But his support could help Kihuen distinguish himself among the three other Democrats vying for the chance to take on freshman GOP Rep. Cresent Hardy — one of the most vulnerable House Republicans in the country.

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September 2, 2015

Senate Majority PAC Releases Second Ad Attacking Ayotte at Home

Ayotte, center, is the target of a new ad by a Democratic super PAC. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Ayotte, center, is the target of a new ad by a Democratic super PAC. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Senate Majority PAC, a super PAC that backs Senate Democrats, on Wednesday released its second ad attacking Sen. Kelly Ayotte, the New Hampshire Republican who is a top target in 2016.

The 30-second spot, which runs through Sept. 17, blasts Ayotte for “helping the Washington special interests, not you,” charging the freshman Republican with supporting tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas.

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August 31, 2015

Hassan Waits to Choose Her Adventure in New Hampshire

Hassan is Democrats' top pick to run for Senate in New Hampshire in 2016, but the governor is keeping her plans close to her chest. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Hassan is Democrats’ top pick to run for Senate in New Hampshire in 2016, but the governor is keeping her plans close to her chest. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

DOVER, N.H. — Gov. Maggie Hassan stands in front of a green screen. To her left, a stick-on motif on the wall prompts her to “Choose Your Adventure Here.”

While Hassan is merely exploring one of the exhibits at the New Hampshire Children’s Museum during a state Executive Council breakfast in Dover on Aug. 26, it is a timely coincidence as the clocks ticks down for her to decide which statewide office to seek next year.

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Internal Poll Shows Cresent Hardy Leading Potential Challengers

Hardy is one of the most vulnerable Republicans in the House. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Hardy is one of the most vulnerable Republicans in the House. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Cresent Hardy, R-Nev., leads all four of the potential Democratic opponents in head-to-head matchups for his 4th District seat, an internal poll conducted for his campaign and obtained by CQ Roll Call shows.

Hardy — who is arguably the most vulnerable House Republican in 2016 — has the slimmest lead over former state Assemblywoman Lucy Flores.

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August 28, 2015

DSCC Talking to Potential Burr Challengers in North Carolina

Burr still doesn't have a Democratic opponent. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Burr still doesn’t have a Democratic opponent. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

For much of this summer, North Carolina has been Democrats’ Colorado. Looking toward 2016, Democrats have a shot at unseating the incumbent senator but no candidate.

That may be about to change.

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August 27, 2015

Former Senate Colleagues Could See Biden as President

Biden, seen here walking through Statuary Hall in 2013, is reportedly moving toward another presidential bid. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Biden, seen here walking through Statuary Hall in 2013, is reportedly moving toward another presidential bid. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rare is the senator who hasn’t praised Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s character.

But how do the senators who served with him reflect on Biden as a politician, and how do they feel he would perform as a commander in chief?

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August 26, 2015

Illinois Congressional Candidate Scores Axelrod Endorsement

(JM Rieger/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Axelrod announced his support for Krishnamoorthi, who he has known since Obama’s Senate campaign. (JM Rieger/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Illinois congressional candidate Raja Krishnamoorthi announced Wednesday he’s got the endorsement of David Axelrod, a Chicago political power-player who served as a senior adviser to President Barack Obama during much of his political career.

The 8th District seat is rated Safe Democrat by the Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report/Roll Call, and ties to Obama there could not hurt. The president, who calls Chicagoland home, won the district easily in both 2008 and 2012.

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August 25, 2015

Another Democrat Gets in Race to Replace Duckworth (Updated)

There are three Democrats running to succeed Duckworth. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

There are three Democrats running to succeed Duckworth. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 12:52 p.m. | After one Democrat abruptly bowed out of the race to succeed Illinois Rep. Tammy Duckworth late last month, the Democratic field in the 8th District got a little more crowded Tuesday with the entrance of Villa Park Mayor Deb Bullwinkel.

“For the last several years, the people of our communities have been lucky enough to have one of the hardest working common sense voices in Washington,” Bullwinkel said in a release Tuesday morning, referring to Duckworth, who’s challenging Sen. Mark S. Kirk.

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August 24, 2015

Open Governor’s Race Could Lure Heidi Heitkamp Home to North Dakota

Heidi Heitkamp is considering a second run for governor next year in North Dakota. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Heidi Heitkamp is considering a second run for governor next year in North Dakota. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The announcement Monday by North Dakota’s popular Republican governor, Jack Dalrymple, that he will not seek re-election in 2016 might be enough to lure one of the state’s senators home from Washington.

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., had begun to mull the possibility of a second run for the job well before Dalrymple’s announcement, and the possibility of her candidacy was talked up by leaders at the Democratic Governors Association in February.

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How Elijah Cummings Could Shake Up Maryland’s Senate Race

With his Baltimore activism and roots, Cummings would be a formidable force in the Maryland primary. (File Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

With his Baltimore activism and roots, Cummings would be a formidable force in the Maryland primary. (File Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Updated: 5:50 p.m. | After months of flirting with the notion of running for Maryland’s open Senate seat, it seems that Democratic Rep. Elijah E. Cummings might be ready to take it for a first date.

Next month, according to The Washington Post and confirmed to CQ Roll Call by a Cummings aide, the 10-term representative from Baltimore will hold a fundraiser at Nationals Stadium in Washington when his hometown Orioles are in town.

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