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February 1, 2016

The Caucuses: Bringing the World to Iowa

The Iowa State Historical Museum hosts six caucuses. (Jason Dick/CQ Roll Call)

The Iowa State Historical Museum hosts six caucuses. (Jason Dick/CQ Roll Call)

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa State Historic Museum went from virtually deserted at 6 p.m. Monday to teaming with about 1,000 caucus-goers by 7 p.m, all of them streaming into one of six precincts — three Democratic and three Republican — as the Hawkeye State officially kicked off the 2016 presidential campaign.

By 7:30, Precinct 55 Democrats in the museum’s Cowles-Kruidenier Auditorium had so packed the 500-capacity venue that all observers were asked to leave. By 8:15, the chants of “Bernie! Bernie! Bernie!” came out.
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With Wednesday Deadline Looming, Cummings Hasn’t Filed for Office in Maryland

Cummings has been a constant media presence as turmoil in Baltimore continues (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Cummings, at left, still has not decided whether he will run for Senate or re-election. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated: 5:52 p.m. | If you were browsing the Maryland Board of Elections website midday on Monday, you might have thought you’d stumbled upon some news.

For at least a couple hours, the board’s official website showed that Rep. Elijah E. Cummings — the Democrat considering joining the competitive Democratic primary for the seat being vacated by Maryland Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski — had filed for re-election in the state’s 7th District, with just two days to spare until Wednesday night’s filing deadline.

But according to an email to Roll Call by Cummings and a Roll Call interview with Jared DeMarinis, the director of candidacy and campaign finance at the board, Cummings did not, in fact, file the paperwork. The website, Cummings said, was “not accurate.”  Full story

Quiz: How Many Past Iowa Caucus Winners Can You Name?

A volunteer moves yard signs in Iowa on Jan. 20, 2016 (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call).

A volunteer moves yard signs in Iowa on Jan. 20, 2016 (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call).

Iowans head to their caucus sites Monday evening while the rest of the country — and world — has nothing to do but await the results. While you do that, test your knowledge of Iowa races past.

Select the person you think won Iowa on a given year and view your results at the end of the quiz. Don’t forget to share your score on Twitter so you can beat your friends.

Sources: Iowa Secretary of State and the Des Moines Register.


Roll Call Race Ratings Map: Ratings for Every House and Senate Race in 2016

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Potential Field for Reid Ribble’s Wisconsin Seat Grows

Ribble announced over the weekend he wouldn't seek a fourth term. (Bill Clark/Roll Call File Photo)

Ribble announced over the weekend he wouldn’t seek a fourth term. (Bill Clark/Roll Call File Photo)

Three-term Wisconsin Rep. Reid Ribble’s weekend announcement that he won’t seek a fourth term has set off a potentially crowded race to replace him in what’s now a Favored Republican district.

Republicans mention several potential candidates:

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January 28, 2016

Democratic Recruit Challenges Minnesota’s Erik Paulsen

Tollefson is challenging Paulsen, above. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Tollefson is challenging Paulsen, above. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Former U.S. diplomat Jon Tollefson announced a challenge to Minnesota 3rd District Rep. Erik Paulsen on Thursday.

“I’m running to bring the true values of Minnesotans to Washington: real fiscal responsibility, investments in education and transportation that lead to jobs and economic growth, and affordable access to health care for all,” the Democrat said in a statement.

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New Candidate Already Spending Big in Maryland Race for Van Hollen Seat

Van Hollen secured endorsements in an area ripe for primary vote picking. (File Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The race for the Maryland congressional seat currently held by Van Hollen got a last-minute candidate. (File Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated: 3:22 p.m. | With only a few days before the door closes on candidate filing in Maryland, one surprise candidate is on his way through – and he brought a big checkbook with him.

David J. Trone, a 60-year-old businessman who made a fortune from his retail chain, Total Wine & More, announced his candidacy late Wednesday in the Democratic primary for Maryland’s open 8th District – potentially shaking it up with the millions he said he would be willing to spend ahead of the April primary.  Full story

By Eli Yokley Posted at 12:43 p.m.
Democrats, Md.-8, Primaries

Congressional Hopefuls Cozy Up to Iowa Caucus Circus

Mowrer is running against King. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Mowrer, who’s running for the Democratic nod in the 3rd District, says he has benefited from all the presidential activity in his backyard. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As presidential candidates storm their state ahead of next week’s caucuses, Iowa’s congressional candidates are struggling to be noticed. But behind the scenes, they’re taking advantage of an energized electorate and organized political infrastructure to help build their own campaign operations.

“Normally in January, 10 months until Election Day, people are not too politically involved. Having the presidential candidates investing time and money and fielding efforts in the state — that helps a lot to get people involved,” said Iraq War veteran Jim Mowrer, who’s running for the Democratic nomination in Iowa’s 3rd District. 

Mowrer would know. Having run for Congress in 2014 in the 4th District, he’s seen the difference between a midterm and presidential election cycle. “You can feel the difference between the level of engagement and the number of people involved,” he said. 

There are practical benefits, too. “It’s a huge boost because you don’t have to spend resources to get on the ballot,” said Travis Lowe, a Democratic consultant working for former state Rep. Pat Murphy in the 1st District and businessman Mike Sherzan in the 3rd District, both of whom are vying for the Democratic nods. “In other cycles,” Lowe said, “you have to knock on doors” to get the necessary signatures to qualify for the ballot. When there’s a competitive presidential caucus, “it all happens on caucus night.” Full story

January 26, 2016

Democrats Land Reid Recruit in Competitive Nevada District

UNITED STATES - JUNE 24: Rep. Joe Heck, R-Nev., speaks during the House GOP leadership media availability following the House Republican Conference meeting in the Capitol on Wednesday, June 24, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Heck, a Republican, is vacating the 3rd District to run for Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Nevada Republican Rep. Joe Heck’s decision to run for Senate last summer gave Democrats an opening to compete for his 3rd District seat. But up until Tuesday, the national party had taken heat for its struggles to recruit in the district and wasn’t excited about the candidates already in the race.

That changed when Jacky Rosen, the leader of a Henderson synagogue, announced her candidacy for the 3rd District Tuesday.

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The Quietest Resignation: Puerto Rican Delegate Running for Governor

UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 19: Del. Pedro Pierluisi, D-PR, speaks during the rally in support of Puerto Rico statehood on the east side of the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Pierluisi will not run for re-election. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In Puerto Rico, it’s common knowledge that its nonvoting delegate to the House of Representatives, Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner Pedro R. Pierluisi, is running for governor in 2016, and thus cannot seek re-election to Congress. But in Washington, D.C., his office has not put out an official announcement that the Democrat, currently serving his second four-year term, is leaving at the end of this Congress.

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January 25, 2016

Zephyr Teachout Announces Run for Congress in New York

Chris Gibson is a New York Republican. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Teachout announced her candidacy for the seat held by outgoing Rep. Chris Gibson (above). (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former New York gubernatorial candidate and Fordham University law professor Zephyr Teachout announced her candidacy Monday for New York’s 19th Congressional District.

The Democrat enjoys progressive support, but she may still be dogged by “carpetbagging” attacks in this rural Hudson Valley district.

Rep. Chris Gibson, a Republican who occupies the seat, is not running for re-election. Teachout served as CEO of Mayday PAC, which supports candidates who want to end super PACs. Teachout won 34 percent of the vote in her 2014 primary challenge against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2014. Teachout said she resigned from the Mayday board.

“The next several months are going to be really spending a lot of time in the corners of the district and really hearing stories,” Teachout said. “Eighty percent of the job is representing the district,” as opposed to partisan politics, she added.

Teachout emerged as the consensus candidate among Democratic county chairs in the district at their Jan. 16 meeting, according to some reports, but there has been no official county endorsement of her candidacy and none of the other Democratic candidates have yet pulled out of the race.

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January 22, 2016

In Kentucky, Andy Barr Challenger Won’t Shy Away From Obama Policies

A popular Kentucky sports radio host is considering whether he can turn Rep. Andy Barr's seat blue again. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Kemper, a Lexington preacher, filed her candidacy for Congress against Barr on Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

When Democrat Matt Jones, a popular Kentucky sports radio host, announced he would not challenge Republican Rep. Andy Barr for re-election, fears rose within the Democratic Party’s ranks that it might just forget about making a run for the district it held as recently as 2012.

But on Thursday, only five days before the filing deadline there, Kentucky Democrats have finally found a candidate. Nancy Jo Kemper, a 65-year-old United Church of Christ minister from Lexington, said she will trade one pulpit for another — a political one — to take on the second-term lawmaker this year. Full story

By Eli Yokley Posted at 5 a.m.
Democrats, Ky.-6

January 21, 2016

Army Lawyer Expected to Challenge Mooney in West Virginia

UNITED STATES - JANUARY 9: Rep. Alex Mooney, R-W.Va., leaves the House GOP caucus meeting on immigration on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Democrats are excited about a challenger to Mooney. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

With the filing deadline just over a week away, West Virginia Democrats are excited about a young recruit soon expected to announce his candidacy against freshman GOP Rep. Alex Mooney.

Cory Simpson, an administrative law attorney in the U.S. Army, is transitioning off of active military duty, and will soon be getting in the race for West Virginia’s 2nd District, multiple Democratic sources confirmed to Roll Call. Full story

DSCC Endorses Deborah Ross in North Carolina

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

Ross is challenging GOP Sen. Richard Burr. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee endorsed former state Rep. Deborah Ross Thursday morning in her bid to challenge GOP Sen. Richard M. Burr.

“Deborah was recognized as one of North Carolina’s most effective legislators during her time in the state legislature, and her commitment to fighting for North Carolina families is unwavering. We are proud to support her in this campaign and eager to welcome her to the Senate next fall,” DSCC Chairman Jon Tester, D-Mont., said in a statement. Full story

January 20, 2016

Edwards Tightens Up Race Against Van Hollen

 (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Edwards has experienced a boost in Baltimore, beating Van Hollen in an area that is home to a large number of Democratic voters. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A survey of Maryland voters last week found that despite his campaign’s financial advantage, Rep. Chris Van Hollen has only a slight lead over Rep. Donna Edwards as the two Democrats vie for their party’s nomination to replace outgoing Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski in an April primary.

The poll, conducted by the Maryland firm Gonzales Research & Marketing Strategies, shows Edwards might be seeing “dividends” from the $1 million television advertising campaign paid for her by EMILY’s List that has targeted Baltimore, home to about half of the state’s Democratic electorate, the pollster wrote.

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Democrats Might ‘Roll the Dice’ Hoping Trump or Cruz is on Ballot

A popular Kentucky sports radio host is considering whether he can turn Rep. Andy Barr's seat blue again. (File Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Democrats think a Trump or Cruz nomination could help them turn Kentucky Rep. Andy Barr’s seat blue again. But time is running out. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Democrats are optimistic that a Donald Trump or Texas Sen. Ted Cruz nomination will expand the map in their favor. But because of how long the GOP nominating contest could take, and how early some congressional filing deadlines are, Democrats may need to take a leap of faith on candidates before they know whether the GOP nominee will put certain states in play.

“I’m telling potential candidates, ‘There’s a chance that our party is going to win the lottery. … It might be worth rolling the dice because it turns out the Democratic nominee in some of these states that are not competitive right now may be worth a lot,'” one Democratic consultant said.

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