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November 3, 2015

Poll: Democrats Have Competitive Primary in Pennsylvania House Race

There is a competitive Democratic primary to replace Fitzpatrick, above, who is retiring in 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

There is a competitive Democratic primary to replace Fitzpatrick, above, who is retiring in 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

State Rep. Steve Santarsiero leads scientist Saughnessy Naughton in a competitive Democratic primary in Pennsylvania’s open 8th District, according to a poll released by Santarsiero’s campaign and provided first to CQ Roll Call.

But the poll finds both Santarsiero and Naughton are largely unknown among the competitive Bucks County-based district’s electorate with about six months to go until the primary. The seat is open in 2016 because of the retirement of GOP Rep. Michael G. Fitzpatrick.

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Duckworth Challenger Dividing Local and National Democrats

Zopp is a Democratic candidate for Senate from Illinois. (Meredith Dake-O'Connor/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Zopp is a former head of the National Urban League and has served on the boards of Chicago-based corporations. (Meredith Dake-O’Connor/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

On paper, Andrea Zopp seems to have quite a story to tell in her campaign for the Democratic nomination to take on Republican Sen. Mark S. Kirk next fall in Illinois.

After leading Chicago’s Urban League for five years following a career serving on boards for some of the city’s largest corporations, Zopp launched her campaign in May at the urging of former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley and with the support of Rev. Jesse Jackson. But she has bucked her party’s national establishment, which — from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee to EMILY’s List — has mostly lined up behind Illinois Rep. Tammy Duckworth. Full story

Sanders Consultants Carving Out Risky ‘Outsider’ Niche

Two Sanders consultants are likely hurting their chances of getting business from Senate Democrats. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sanders ‘ top consultants have also signed on to two Senate contenders who are running in primaries against candidates endorsed by national Democrats. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Four of Sen. Bernard Sanders’ top consultants are carving out a niche for themselves for 2016 — working for upstart Democratic candidates who rankle the party establishment.

Tad Devine, Julian Mulvey and Mark Longabaugh — as well as Sanders’ pollster, Ben Tulchin, are also working for two Democratic Senate candidates who are not the pick of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Democratic strategists say it’s a move that could either pay huge dividends if those candidates were to win, or could burn bridges with party insiders who could shut off the spigot for future business.

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November 2, 2015

What to Watch for on Election Day

Bevin, who ran an unsuccessful GOP Senate primary in Kentucky in 2014, is trailing in a gubernatorial contest on Tuesday in the Bluegrass State. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Bevin, left, who ran an unsuccessful GOP Senate primary in Kentucky in 2014, is trailing in the Bluegrass State gubernatorial contest. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Voters in a handful of states across the country head to the polls Tuesday for a slate of elections that political handicappers use as an off-year election bellwether of what might happen in 2016.

And while no federal offices are on the table, results from these states will have implications for House and Senate contests in 2016.

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October 29, 2015

Kathleen Matthews Scores EMILY’s List Endorsement

Matthews is running for Rep. Chris Van Hollen's open seat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Matthews is running for Van Hollen’s open seat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Maryland Democrat Kathleen Matthews on Thursday received an endorsement from EMILY’s List, a national group which has made it its mission to support Democratic women candidates.

In a statement, EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock said that in Matthews the group sees an opportunity to elect the first woman to Congress from Maryland’s 8th District, which is being vacated by Rep. Chris Van Hollen as he seeks the state’s open Senate seat.    Full story

October 28, 2015

Biden’s Not Running, But Reid’s Still Not Endorsing


Reid said he’ll be watching the World Series on Wednesday instead of the Republican presidential debate. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The decision by Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., to forgo a White House bid has not changed Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid’s mind about an endorsement.

The Nevada Democrat told CQ Roll Call that it was most important to him that the Silver State have a competitive nominating process in February 2016.

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October 26, 2015

Raskin Hopes Grass Roots Will Grow to Maryland House Win

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, center, speaks at a news conference in Annapolis, Md., Friday, March 15, 2013, after the Maryland General Assembly approved a measure to ban capital punishment. Also pictured from left is Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, NAACP President Ben Jealous, Maryland State Conference NAACP President Gerald Stansbury and Sen. Jamie Raskin, D-Montgomery County. The bill now goes to O'Malley, who is expected to sign it. Maryland would become the 18th state to abolish the death penalty. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Raskin, far right, listens as then-Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley speaks at a news conference in Annapolis after the Maryland General Assembly approved a measure to ban capital punishment in March 2013. (Patrick Semansky/AP File Photo)

Jamie Raskin defeated a 32-year incumbent in his first race for the Maryland state Senate in 2006. Now he faces the same tall odds as one of eight candidates running to succeed Rep. Chris Van Hollen, who’s giving up his 8th District seat to run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Mikulski.

 “I go in with great optimism of the will,” Raskin, the state Senate majority whip, told CQ Roll Call recently.

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Clinton Scores Endorsements From Delaware Democrats

With Biden out of the race, Carper backed Clinton for president. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

With Biden out of the race, Carper backed Clinton for president. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

With Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. announcing that he wouldn’t run for president last week, Sen. Tom Carper endorsed Hillary Rodham Clinton for president Monday.

“Nearly 15 years ago, Hillary and I were elected to the United States Senate together, and since then I’ve had the joy and privilege of wishing my friend a happy birthday each year on October 26th,” Carper said in a statement. “When I called her today, I had the opportunity to deliver a unique birthday message — that I am proud to endorse her as the next Democratic nominee for President.”

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Sports Radio Host Considers Trading One Talk Show for Another

(AP File Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Jones, who hosts Kentucky Sports Radio, is inching closer to a decision on a run for Congress. (AP File Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

When Matt Jones, the host of the popular sports talk show “Kentucky Sports Radio” landed in Washington, D.C., last week, it was his second trip to the capital since he began eyeing a run as a Democrat in the Bluegrass State’s 6th District against Republican Rep. Andy Barr.

Jones, well known back home after spending 10 hours on the radio each week for the past five years talking about all the things University of Kentucky athletics, was in town a few months ago to hear a pitch from congressional Democrats about “why it might make sense to consider a run” for office.

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October 23, 2015

Democrats Think Speaker Ryan Would Be Perfect Ad Villain

Democrats have used Ryan's budget as fodder, but now they may have the man himself. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Democrats have used Ryan’s budget as fodder, but now they may have the man himself. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Paul D. Ryan and his budget have been a major theme in congressional elections over the past few cycles.

But with the stars aligning for the Wisconsin Republican to become the next House speaker, Democrats say they’ll now have a villain to run against, not just a stack of numbers.

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Senate Majority PAC Bars Lobbyists From Its Payroll

Menendez's indictment likely sparked changes to a super PAC's code of conduct. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Menendez’s indictment could have sparked changes to a super PAC’s code of conduct. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senate Majority PAC, a Democratic super PAC that supports Democratic Senate candidates, will prohibit federally registered lobbyists from working for the organization, according to a memo obtained by CQ Roll Call.

Senate Majority PAC says the change is to make the super PAC a leader in campaign finance ethics. But it comes in the wake of the dismissal of a former staffer who was mentioned prominently in Sen. Robert Menendez’s corruption indictment.

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Lincoln Chafee Ends Presidential Campaign

MANCHESTER, NH - SEPTEMBER 19:  Democratic presidential candidate and former governor of Rhode Island Lincoln Chafee speaks on stage at the New Hampshire Democratic Party State Convention on September 19, 2015 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Five Democratic presidential candidates are all expected to address the crowd inside the Verizon Wireless Arena.  (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

Chafee speaks at the New Hampshire Democratic Party State Convention in Manchester in September. (Scott Eisen/Getty Images File Photo)

Updated 10:23 a.m. | Former Sen. Lincoln Chafee announced Friday morning he was ending his long-shot, obscure campaign for the Democratic nomination for president.

Chafee made his announcement during a speech at the Democratic National Committee Women’s Leadership Forum in Washington.

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October 21, 2015

Minnesota Democrat Wins Congressional Progressive Caucus Backing

Craig is seeking the DFL endorsement for the seat currently held by Kline, above. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Craig is seeking the DFL endorsement for the seat currently held by Kline, above. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Minnesota Democrat Angie Craig won the backing of the Congressional Progressive Caucus Wednesday in her quest to secure the Democratic-Farmer-Labor endorsement in Minnesota’s open 2nd District.

Securing the support of 72 members of Congress is a strong boost for Craig, who will be competing with physician Mary Lawrence for the party’s support at its convention next spring.

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Fellow Democrats: There’s No Silencing Joe Biden

US President Barack Obama (L) looks on as US Vice President Joe Biden (R) speaks in the Rose Garden at the White House on October 21, 2015, in Washington, DC. Biden announced that he is not running for president. AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON        (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Biden announces that he won’t run for president as his boss listens. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

It is no surprise Vice President Joseph R. Biden is vowing to be “forcefully” vocal in the 2016 presidential campaign even though he won’t be candidate, Democratic lawmakers say.

But one senior Republican doubts Biden will be much of a factor in the race.

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October 20, 2015

Biden Was Against bin Laden Raid Before He Was for It

UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 20: Vice President Joe Biden participates is discussion as part of a tribute to former Vice President Walter Mondale at George Washington University's Jack Morton Auditorium, October 20 2015. The event was part of day long series of talks about policy and the vice presidency hosted by GW and the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Despite others’ accounts that Biden opposed the bin Laden raid, the vice president said he advised Obama in private to proceed. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. offered an account Tuesday of his advice to President Barack Obama before the raid that killed Osama bin Laden that differed from his previous remarks.

Biden’s recollection spilled over to the White House’s daily briefing, and offered a clear example of how his off-the-cuff style could stir up the 2016 race — and undercut his potential candidacy. Full story

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