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May 4, 2015

DSCC Endorses Murphy in Florida

The DSCC endorsed Murphy for Senate in Florida. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The DSCC endorsed Murphy for Senate in Florida. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee endorsed Florida Rep. Patrick Murphy for Senate Monday, perhaps trying to head off a primary as a second candidate prepares to enter the race.

Murphy announced his candidacy last month for the Senate seat currently held by Republican Sen. Marco Rubio. With his fundraising prowess and proven ability to win in a swing district, he has long been perceived as the favorite of national Democrats. Full story

May 1, 2015

Robin Kelly Met With DSCC on Possible Illinois Senate Bid

Kelly has spoken with the DSCC about an Illinois Senate bid. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Kelly has spoken with the DSCC about an Illinois Senate bid. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Illinois Rep. Robin Kelly met with the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee about a possible Senate bid, according to a source with knowledge of the meeting.

Kelly’s office declined to comment about the discussion but said the Chicago Democrat “continues to weigh a Senate bid” against Republican Mark S. Kirk, possibly the most vulnerable senator in 2016.

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April 29, 2015

Matchup Rouses Missouri’s Sleepy Senate Race

Blunt, right, chats with McCaskill in the Senate basement. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Missouri’s 2016 Senate contest may never rival the drama of the 2012 campaign, but operatives from both parties expect the Show-Me State to show their respective candidates a good time.

Sen. Roy Blunt’s re-election has been dismissed as a sleeper race compared to this cycle’s more competitive contests in other states. But the Republican is preparing for battle anyway.

Blunt told CQ Roll Call it’s “a little early” to worry about rumblings from the Club for Growth or a potential primary challenge from his right ahead of a bid for a second term.

“I’m just doing everything I normally do,” Blunt said. “It’s just being all over the state, and this year a little more fundraising than I would normally do.”

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April 21, 2015

Ex-NFL Linebacker Considering Illinois Senate Bid

Harris, No. 58 of the Oakland Raiders, greets fans at a 2004 home game. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images File Photo)

Harris greets fans at a 2004 Oakland Raiders home game. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images File Photo)

Illinois state Sen. Napoleon Harris, a Chicago-area Democrat and former National Football League linebacker, is mulling a bid for Senate, according to multiple sources in the state.

His candidacy would set up a primary in a top Senate contest, with national Democrats squarely behind Democratic Rep. Tammy Duckworth to take on Republican Sen. Mark S. Kirk.

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April 20, 2015

DSCC Topped $5 Million in March

Tester is the chair of the DSCC. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Tester chairs the DSCC. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee raised nearly $5.3 million in March, slightly edging its Republican counterpart.

The DSCC ended the month with $7.1 million in cash on hand. It had $13.7 million in operational debt, paid down from $15 million at the end of February.

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March 20, 2015

DSCC Raises More Than NRSC in February

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The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee raised slightly more than its Republican counterpart in February, bringing in $4.3 million, according to figures the committee reported Friday.

The DSCC’s haul is more than the $3.8 million the National Republican Senatorial Committee raised that month.

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NRSC Raised $3.8 Million in February

Wicker is chairman of the NRSC. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The National Republican Senatorial Committee raised $3.8 million in February, according to numbers provided first to CQ Roll Call.

The committee closed out last month with $4.3 million in cash on hand. It also began paying off its debt, which is down to $8 million from the $10 million it owed following the 2014 elections. Full story

March 13, 2015

Democrats Prep North Carolina Contingency Plan

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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 10, 2015

Democrats Line Up Behind Ted Strickland in Ohio Primary (Updated)

Strickland is a Democrat from Ohio. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo).

Strickland is a Democrat from Ohio. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo).

Updated 11:36 a.m. | The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee threw its weight behind former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland Tuesday — a sign the national party is trying to avoid a primary in a key 2016 state.

Strickland currently faces Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld for the Democratic nod in the Buckeye State. Both hope to challenge GOP Sen. Rob Portman, who is seeking re-election in a state President Barack Obama carried in 2008 and 2012.

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March 3, 2015

Top Democratic Campaign Staffers Chart 2016 Paths

Tester is the chairman of the DSCC (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Tester is the chairman of the DSCC (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

With Democrats relegated to the minority in both chambers for the first time since 2006, the two top staffers at the party’s House and Senate campaign arms charted a path back to the majority during an EMILY’s List event Tuesday.

Tom Lopach, executive director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and Kelly Ward, who’s holding the same position at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee for a second straight cycle, have a similar goal — but starkly different odds of achieving it. Full story

February 25, 2015

Matt Canter Joins Global Strategy Group

Matt Canter, a former top official at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, is joining Global Strategy Group as senior vice president in the political consulting firm’s Washington, D.C., office.

After two cycles at the DSCC, first as communications director and then deputy executive director, Canter is replacing Bill Burton, who left GSG last month to open a California office for SKDKnickerbocker.  Full story

February 20, 2015

DSCC Raised More Than NRSC in January

Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., is the Chairman of the DSCC (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee raised more than its Republican counterpart in January, bringing in $4.5 million as it begins its efforts to take control of the Senate in 2016.

Despite being in the minority, the DSCC said this haul is its best ever in the January of a non-election year. The committee had more than $2.6 million in cash on hand and had $15 million in operating debt at the end of the month. Full story

January 27, 2015

Exclusive: DSCC Hires National Political Director, Press Secretary

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Tester is the chairman of the DSCC. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee will add Simone Ward and Sadie Weiner to its senior staff roster, according to a Tuesday news release provided first to CQ Roll Call.

Ward will serve as the committee’s national political director, and Weiner will take the role of national press secretary.

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December 23, 2014

10 Races to Watch in 2016: Illinois Senate

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Kirk, left, is running for re-election in 2016. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Mark S. Kirk, R-Ill., is adamant he will seek re-election in the Land of Lincoln, giving forceful declarations of his intentions to national and local press.

Privately, Democrats and Republican operatives express concern about Kirk’s ability to withstand the strenuous task of a statewide campaign. Kirk suffered a stroke in January 2012 that left him with some mobility challenges.

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December 10, 2014

Exclusive: DSCC Chairman Makes Recruitment Pitch for 2016

Tester talks in his Capitol office Tuesday about his role as DSCC chairman. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Montana Sen. Jon Tester sees a world of opportunity when he looks at the 2016 Senate map — and a mountain of work to capitalize on it.

Democrats are entering an election cycle in the minority for the first time in a decade, yet the field of competitive states provides avenues back to Senate control, particularly with presidential-year turnout that historically favors the party.

In Tester’s first extensive newspaper interview since becoming chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, the farmer from Big Sandy, Mont., emphasized the need to motivate voters to turn out and the challenge of recruiting strong candidates in an atmosphere of unlimited outside spending.

“We’ve got to get a good, clear message that focuses on the middle class, we’ve got to have some deliverables that we can talk about, and we’ve got to have good candidates, maybe most importantly of all,” Tester told CQ Roll Call Tuesday from his hideaway office in the Capitol basement. Full story

By Kyle Trygstad Posted at 5 a.m.
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