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February 12, 2016

Grayson Will Be Glad When Reid is ‘Gone From Washington’

Grayson, D-Fla., is seeking the Senate seat being vacated by Republican Marco Rubio. He’s in the spotlight for running a hedge fund while serving in Congress.  (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

 

 

Rep. Alan Grayson on Friday shrugged off a suggestion by the Senate’s top Democrat that he immediately drop out of the Florida Senate race after a published report detailed his work leading a hedge fund while serving in Congress.

“Thank goodness that he will be gone from Washington, D.C., when I am sworn into the Senate,” Grayson said of Minority Leader Harry Reid, who he accused in a statement of using a “false and misleading hyped story” to try to pressure him out of the campaign to replace Republican Marco Rubio.

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February 11, 2016

Political Wrangling Over ‘People’s Pledge’ in New Hampshire

Ayotte is serving her first term. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Ayotte challenged Hassan to a People’s Pledge Thursday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

With the presidential circus having left their backyard, New Hampshire’s Senate candidates lost little time this week digging into each other’s commitment to limiting spending in what’s expected to be one of the most competitive and expensive Senate races in the country.

Just days after Vermont Sen. Bernard Sanders won the New Hampshire Democratic primary with 60 percent of the vote — a presidential race in which he’s made campaign finance a big issue against Hillary Clinton — Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte came out with a surprising campaign finance proposal of her own. Full story

February 8, 2016

Bernie Sanders as GOP Tool: Their Plan to Use Him Against Democrats

UNITED STATES - FEB 1. - Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks at his caucus night rally at the Holiday Inn Des Moines Airport and Conference Center, on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Sanders speaks Feb. 1 at his caucus night rally at the Holiday Inn Des Moines Airport and Conference Center in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Bernard Sanders’ surprisingly strong candidacy for president has laid bare a sharp division within the Democratic coalition, pitting its activist base against the moderate-minded establishment.

It’s a split Republicans — especially the ones focused on winning down-ballot races this fall — are now racing to exploit.

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February 3, 2016

Time Is Running Out for Senate Primaries Fundraising

Duckworth is running for Senate, opening the 8th District. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Duckworth has outraised her primary and general election opponents. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

For several of this year’s competitive Senate primaries, the fourth quarter of 2015 was the last fundraising quarter before primary day.

In Ohio, Illinois and North Carolina, voters go to the polls on March 15, a month before the next Federal Election Commission fundraising report deadline. In all three of those states, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has backed the better-known candidate, who, unsurprisingly, raised more money from October through December of 2015. Full story

January 31, 2016

DSCC Raised More in 2015 Than Senate Republican Group

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

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

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee raised $51.6 million in 2015, $10 million more than the National Republican Senatorial Committee did in the same time period.

The total came after a $13.4 million haul in the fourth quarter. In the final month of 2015, the DSCC raised $5.1 million, $2 million more than its Republican counterpart. Full story

January 27, 2016

Will Pro-LGBT Stances Hurt GOP Senators?

Portman. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Portman supported same-sex marriage after his son came out as gay. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Three Republican senators who support same-sex marriage are up for re-election in 2016, but though all three face primary challenges, they are betting it won’t hurt their chances.

Sens. Rob Portman of Ohio, Mark S. Kirk of Illinois and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska are three of the four Republican senators who support same-sex marriage. (The fourth, Susan Collins of Maine, won re-election in 2014.)

Last week, Kirk became the first Republican senator to co-sponsor the Equality Act, which would make sex, sexual orientation and gender identity among the prohibited categories of discrimination or segregation in places of public accommodation under the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., sponsored and introduced the bill. Full story

January 21, 2016

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 12, 2016

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

January 11, 2016

Democrats Target Vulnerable Senate Republicans over Party Loyalty

 (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In tight Senate races, Democrats plan to point to the reliably Republican voting records of incumbents such as Pennsylvania’s Toomey. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In some of the top competitive Senate races this year, Democrats on Monday planned a new line of attack against opponents they see as vulnerable: They are calling those Republican opponents reliable Republicans.

Using a metric that has been used before by the GOP against Democrats, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee said it would hit vulnerable Republicans in eight states over their high “party unity” scores, as ranked by the conservative Americans for Prosperity and the nonpartisan CQ Vote Studies.  Full story

January 4, 2016

Top Races to Watch in 2016

WILTON, NH - JANUARY 09: A voter leaves Town Hall on January 10, 2012 in Wilton, New Hampshire. Voters in the Granite State are heading to the poll in the nation's first primary election to pick their choice for the U.S. presidential candidates.   (Photo by Matthew Cavanaugh/Getty Images)

A voter leaves Town Hall in Wilton, N.H. on primary day in 2012. (MatthewCavanaugh/Getty Images File Photo)

Technically, there are 469 races for the House and Senate this year, but we’ve boiled down that list to a trio of races to watch in each of eight regions across the country.

From vulnerable incumbents to competitive open seats to intra-party squabbles, the batch of races has a little of everything and can be a useful guide to track the trajectory of the election cycle in the months ahead.

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December 6, 2015

Democratic Challengers Make Gun Control a Security Issue

 (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

In the wake of terror attacks and mass shootings, Democrats are making their gun control argument more about national security. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Gun control has rarely been a winning general election issue for Democrats — and they know it. But the renewed focus on homeland security after the terror attacks in Paris and two mass shootings at home has given Democrats an opening to try to make it one. Full story

December 3, 2015

DSCC Picks Elizabeth Warren Chief of Staff to Lead IE Efforts

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has selected Mindy Myers to run its independent expenditure arm this cycle.

Chief of staff to Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren for the past three years, Myers previously managed Warren’s 2012 campaign as well as several other winning Senate campaigns in the Northeast.

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By Simone Pathé Posted at 7:40 a.m.
Democrats, DSCC, IEs, People

November 20, 2015

NRCC Posts Strong October Fundraising After Boehner Steps Down

Boehner announced his retirement on Sept. 25. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Boehner announced his retirement on Sept. 25. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Despite initial concerns that former Speaker John A. Boehner’s departure would affect fundraising, the National Republican Congressional Committee raised $5.1 million in the first month after he announced his retirement.

Although Boehner didn’t actually hand over the gavel until the end of the month, October represented the transition period between him and Speaker Paul D. Ryan, and marked the strongest off-year October of revenue ever for the NRCC, leaving it with $22.9 million in the bank.

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November 6, 2015

With the Senate Up for Grabs, All Eyes Are on the Presidential Race

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 03:  Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a news conference before a public signing for his new book "Crippled America: How to Make America Great Again," at the Trump Tower Atrium on November 3, 2015 in New York City. According to a new poll, Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon, has pulled ahead of Trump with 29% of Republican primary voters.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Democrats think that Trump at the top of the ticket will make their path to control of the Senate easier. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Among those watching the White House race most closely a year from Election Day are those who stand to gain the most from the top-of-the-ticket contest.

House and Senate candidates from both parties know their fates are closely tied to the fortunes of their parties’ respective presidential nominees and the tenor of the national conversation next November.

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November 5, 2015

DSCC to Support Conner Eldridge in Arkansas

U.S. Attorney Conner Eldridge speaks at a Little Rock, Ark., civic club Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

Eldridge out-raised Boozman in the third quarter. (Danny Johnston/AP File Photo)

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, a key national ally for candidates or Senate, endorsed Arkansas Democrat Conner Eldridge Thursday in his uphill race against Republican Sen. John Boozman next fall.

“Conner Eldridge knows how to fight for Arkansas and will do exactly that once elected to the Senate,” Sen. Jon Tester, the Montana Democrat who chairs the DSCC, said in a statement. “After working to keep Arkansas communities safe from violent crime and drug trafficking, it’s clear Conner is an outstanding public servant who is the best candidate to win next fall, and we’re proud to support Conner in his campaign.”  Full story

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