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January 26, 2016

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.
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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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Senate Democrats, 2018 Math Is Not Your Friend

UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 9: Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., heads to the Senate floor for a vote on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Heller is up for re-election in 2018 one of the few Republicans in that cycle who faces a potentially competitive race. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo) 

If Democrats don’t retake the Senate majority this year, they face the prospect of a long winter in the minority, because the 2018 map puts them at a severe disadvantage that could leave them even further from the majority and any pick-up opportunities for the foreseeable future.

Just as this year’s Senate field offers ample opportunity for Democrats to pick up seats, the next election is stacked for the Republicans, and the one that follows has limited possibilities for Democratic gains.

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In Arizona, Ann Kirkpatrick Raised $1.8 Million in 2015 for Senate Campaign


Ann Kirkpatrick’s campaign bragged that their haul was the “strongest off-year fundraising effort ever” for a Democratic Senate candidate in Arizona. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

With the addition of $600,000 in the final three months of 2015, Arizona Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick ended the year having raised $1.8 million to fund her Senate campaign, the campaign told Roll Call.

In a statement, Kirkpatrick’s campaign bragged that their haul was the “strongest off-year fundraising effort ever” for a Democratic Senate candidate in the Grand Canyon State, as the third-term lawmaker attempts to unseat Republican Sen. John McCain.   Full story

January 17, 2016

Matthews, Raskin Take Different Paths in Maryland’s 8th District Primary

Matthews campaigned door-to-door with aides Samantha Seto and Tristin Ralph, in Bethesda, Md., on Saturday. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Matthews campaigned door-to-door with aides Samantha Seto and Tristin Ralph, in Bethesda, Md., on Saturday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

For about four days a week, from now until April 11, a major obstacle will be out of Democrat Kathleen Matthews’ way as she runs for her party’s nomination in Maryland’s 8th District, a primary contest that could well decide the successor to outgoing Rep. Chris Van Hollen.

That is because state Sen. Jamie Raskin – the Democrat who polling and Maryland Democratic operatives say is her chief rival among six others running for this open seat – will be spending more and more time in Annapolis during the 90-day legislative session that ends only two weeks before election day.  Full story

January 15, 2016

Democrats Look to Narrow Field in District They Can’t Afford to Lose

Gibson's retirement sets off a competitive open-seat race. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Democrats think Gibson’s retirement gives them a good shot at picking up the 19th District. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Democratic county chairs in New York’s 19th District are meeting Saturday to select their candidate of choice in a must-win seat for the party to make gains in the House.

Democrats have no shortage of interested people in this Hudson Valley district that President Barack Obama carried twice. But the 19th isn’t classically blue. It’s rural and agricultural, and Democrats are anxious about landing a candidate who fits the turf — someone who will allow them to capitalize on presidential-year turnout and GOP Rep. Chris Gibson finally being off the ballot.

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January 14, 2016

Pa. Senate Candidates Choose Sides With Endorsements

Fetterman is running for Senate in Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Fetterman announced his support for Sanders on Thursday. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Two of the candidates to be the Democratic nominee to run against Sen. Patrick J. Toomey, R-Pa., are also on opposing sides of the Democratic presidential primary.

On Thursday, Braddock Mayor John Fetterman posted his support for Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., on his Twitter account and in a video, saying, “the interests of corporations, the interests of the establishment, the interests of big money are not the interests of working families all across the Commonwealth or across this country.”

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January 13, 2016

Obama Tries to Build Bipartisan Redistricting Momentum

UNITED STATES - JANUARY 12 - President Barack Obama speaks during his final State of the Union to a joint session of Congress in the House Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Obama called for bipartisan groups to take over redistricting during his final State of the Union. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Calling for a systematic change to American politics in Tuesday’s State of the Union, President Barack Obama gave a somewhat surprising shout-out to bipartisan redistricting reform.

“I think we’ve got to end the practice of drawing our congressional districts so that politicians can pick their voters and not the other way around,” he said, before going off script to add, “Let a bipartisan group do it.”

Advocates of redistricting reform were pleased to hear the president validate their issue, but they cautioned that sweeping change at the national level isn’t likely anytime soon. Full story

January 12, 2016

Kay Hagan on Running Again: ‘Never Say Never’

Hagan serves on the Armed Services Committee. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Hagan started a new job at Akin Gump this week but didn’t rule out a return to elected office one day. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan is back to splitting her time between Washington and the Tar Heel State. She’s just not doing what she thought she’d be doing, or what Democrats hoped she would be doing in 2017.

After narrowly losing her 2014 re-election, Hagan taught at the Harvard Institute of Politics, and on Monday, she started a new job at the lobbying firm Akin Gump in Washington, D.C.

In the months after her loss, national Democrats tried to get her to run against Republican Sen. Richard M. Burr this cycle, but she ultimately passed on the race. “I’ve been in office for 16 years. And I really thought I’d be up here for at least another six. So obviously it’s disappointing that it did not turn out that way,” Hagan said when asked why she didn’t challenge Burr. Hagan served in the North Carolina Senate before running for U.S. Senate. Full story

Andrea Zopp Makes Her Case to Congressional Black Caucus Members

UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 22: Andrea Zopp, Democrat candidate for Illinois Senate, is interviewed in the Roll Call offices on October 22, 2015. (Meredith Dake-O'Connor/CQ Roll Call)

Zopp was invited by Davis to attend the State of the Union. (Meredith Dake-O’Connor/CQ Roll Call)

Despite trailing Rep. Tammy Duckworth in the Illinois Senate race, Andrea Zopp met with members of the Congressional Black Caucus ahead of the State of the Union to show she is the best candidate to advance their causes.

Zopp was invited to the Congressional Black Caucus Political Action Committee’s annual State of the Union breakfast reception on Tuesday by Rep. Danny K. Davis, D-Ill., who also invited Zopp to be his guest at President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night. Full story

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