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October 5, 2015

Senate Democrats Nearly Run Table in Recruitment

UNITED STATES - AUGUST 26: Gov. Margaret "Maggie" Hassan, D-N.H., speaks with local mounted police as she arrives for a breakfast meeting with the State of New Hampshire Executive Council at the Children's Museum of New Hampshire in Dover, N.H., on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

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With New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan’s entrance into the Granite State Senate contest, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has secured nearly every top-tier recruit it sought for 2016 — when Democrats will attempt to net the five seats necessary to regain control of the Senate.

Aside from Hassan in New Hampshire, the DSCC secured strong candidates in Florida, Illinois, Missouri, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. The DSCC also scored wins with Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick’s decision to run for Senate in Arizona, as well as three Democratic senators from red states forgoing gubernatorial bids in 2016.

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Maggie Hassan Will Run for Senate in New Hampshire (Video)

Hassan will run for Senate in New Hampshire. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Hassan will run for Senate in New Hampshire. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senate Democrats got the candidate they wanted in New Hampshire.

Gov. Maggie Hassan announced Monday she is challenging GOP Sen. Kelly Ayotte for Senate in the Granite State, rather than seek a third term as governor. It’s a move Democrats say gives the party its best shot at picking up a seat that will prove critical to Senate control.

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October 1, 2015

DSCC Promotes Sadie Weiner to Communications Director

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

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

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee will promote Sadie Weiner to communications director next week, putting her in charge of the committee’s communication strategy for the 2016 cycle, according to a release provided first to CQ Roll Call.

Weiner will assume the role on Oct. 8 after current Communications Director Justin Barasky leaves the DSCC for Priorities USA, the super PAC supporting former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign.

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September 21, 2015

Democratic Committees Top GOP Counterparts in August Fundraising

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

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

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee both raised more than their GOP counterparts in August.

The DSCC raised $3.3 million last month — more than the $2.6 million the National Republican Senatorial Committee brought in. The monthly hauls bring the DSCC’s total cash on hand to $8.8 million, while the NRSC has $8 million in the bank. The NRSC is debt-free, while the DSCC is still $8 million in the red.

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September 14, 2015

Democrats Prepare for the Unlikely in Senate Races

Democrats recruited a candidate to take on Boozman in 2016 — a tough task in a normal political environment. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Democrats recruited a candidate to take on Boozman in 2016 — a tough task in a normal political environment. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Arizona, Arkansas and Missouri look like unlikely pickups for Democratic Senate candidates to win in 2016. But Democrats are preparing for the unlikely.

You don’t need to look any further back than 2012, when despite a favorable GOP climate, mistakes by two favored Republican candidates kept the party from winning control of the Senate.

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September 9, 2015

Former U.S. Attorney Will Challenge Boozman in Arkansas

Boozman will be challenged by TK, a former U.S. attorney. (File Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Boozman will be challenged by Eldridge, a former U.S. attorney. (File Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Conner Eldridge, a Democratic former U.S. attorney, said Wednesday he will run for Senate next year in Arkansas against Republican Sen. John Boozman.

Eldridge, who resigned last month, said in a statement that his work in law enforcement allows him to run as a nonpartisan outsider.

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August 31, 2015

Hassan Waits to Choose Her Adventure in New Hampshire

Hassan is Democrats' top pick to run for Senate in New Hampshire in 2016, but the governor is keeping her plans close to her chest. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Hassan is Democrats’ top pick to run for Senate in New Hampshire in 2016, but the governor is keeping her plans close to her chest. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

DOVER, N.H. — Gov. Maggie Hassan stands in front of a green screen. To her left, a stick-on motif on the wall prompts her to “Choose Your Adventure Here.”

While Hassan is merely exploring one of the exhibits at the New Hampshire Children’s Museum during a state Executive Council breakfast in Dover on Aug. 26, it is a timely coincidence as the clocks ticks down for her to decide which statewide office to seek next year.

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August 28, 2015

DSCC Talking to Potential Burr Challengers in North Carolina

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

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

For much of this summer, North Carolina has been Democrats’ Colorado. Looking toward 2016, Democrats have a shot at unseating the incumbent senator but no candidate.

That may be about to change.

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August 3, 2015

In Senate Race, Alan Grayson Could Be Own Worst Enemy

Grayson is running for Senate in Florida. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Grayson is running for Senate in Florida. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In his bid for Senate in Florida, the biggest thing standing in Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson’s way is … Alan Grayson.

The three-term Orlando lawmaker is a hero among progressives for his stances on health care policy and regulating Wall Street — something that makes him a seemingly formidable candidate in a Democratic primary. But as he looks to secure his party’s nomination in a statewide bid, his unfiltered remarks and the circus that surrounds his private life threaten to derail his statewide ambitions before primary day.

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July 24, 2015

Conservative Groups Not Sold on John McCain Challenger

McCain speaks to reporters in the Ohio Clock Corridor. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Conservative outside groups have made it crystal clear they want John McCain out of the Senate, but a fog remains over whether any will back the Arizona Republican’s most prominent opponent so far.

While state Sen. Kelli Ward, a doctor who hails from a predominantly rural district in Lake Havasu City, is the most well-known Republican to enter the race, she has yet to earn the backing of some of the major conservative organizations able to offer significant financial support. Full story

July 23, 2015

Pennsylvania Democrats Get a Senate Candidate — and a Primary

Two Democrats are vying to take on Toomey. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Pennsylvania Democrats say they’re unsure how divisive the forthcoming Senate primary will get or how impactful it will prove in achieving the party’s ultimate goal of defeating Republican Sen. Patrick J. Toomey and winning back the Senate.

Katie McGinty’s resignation Thursday as chief of staff to Gov. Tom Wolf sets up a nomination battle for a must-win seat. Her decision to run is a score for national Democrats, who had searched for an alternative to Joe Sestak, a quirky former Navy admiral and ex-congressman who lost a close race to Toomey in 2010. Full story

July 20, 2015

NRCC, DSCC Tops in June Fundraising

Walden is the NRCC chairman. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Republicans’ campaign arm raised $400,000 more than its Democratic counterpart in June, according to figures provided to CQ Roll Call.

The National Republican Congressional Committee raised $7.3 million last month and had $15.4 million in the bank at the end of June. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised $6.9 million in the same time frame and ended the month with $14.4 million in cash on hand.

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July 9, 2015

DSCC Endorses Duckworth in Illinois Senate Race

The DSCC endorsed Duckworth's Illinois Senate bid. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The DSCC endorsed Duckworth’s Illinois Senate bid. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee endorsed Rep. Tammy Duckworth Thursday in a contested Democratic primary in Illinois — a top Democratic pickup opportunity in 2016.

“Tammy Duckworth has spent her life serving this nation and the state of Illinois, and she has a proven record of advocating for veterans, women and working families,” DSCC Chairman Jon Tester said in a news release. “Tammy’s incredible story reflects her persistence and tenacity, even when the odds are stacked against her, and she brings that same determination to her work on behalf of her constituents every single day. We are excited to support Tammy and we are confident that she will be an outstanding Senator for the State of Illinois.”

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June 19, 2015

NRSC Bests DSCC in May Fundraising (Updated)

Ron Johnson is among the Republican senators facing competitive re-elections. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

There are several Republican senators running in states the president carried in 2008 and 2012. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 4:45 p.m. | The National Republican Senatorial Committee raised nearly $1 million more than its Democratic counterpart in May, according to figures provided to CQ Roll Call.

The NRSC raised $4.5 million last month, while the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee brought in $3.6 million.

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By Emily Cahn Posted at 10:27 a.m.
Democrats, DSCC, Fundraising

June 2, 2015

DNC’s Mo Elleithee Leaving Politics for Georgetown

Elleithee is leaving politics. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Elleithee said he is leaving politics “to learn how to do it better.” (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Mo Elleithee, communications director for the Democratic National Committee, announced in a post on Medium Tuesday that he’s leaving the DNC to serve as executive director of the newly created Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service at the McCourt School of Public Service.

“I’m leaving politics to learn how to do it better,” Elleithee wrote. “And I’m counting on young people to show me how.” Full story

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