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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

Louisiana Governor’s Election Continues Tradition of Unusual Party Splits

If Sen. David Vitter becomes Louisiana's next governor, a number of political dominoes could quickly fall. (File Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Vitter is trailing in the race to become Louisiana’s next governor. (File Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated: 5:46 p.m. | Among some Republicans in Louisiana, Republican Sen. David Vitter’s candidacy for governor is drawing comparisons to an election with an unpopular nominee more than two decades ago that divided the party.

“What I keep hearing from folks – neighbors and other parents at the school – is, ‘this is going to be the first time since 1991 that I vote Democrat. I just can’t vote for that guy,’” said one Louisiana Republican operative. Full story

November 2, 2015

Marco Rubio’s Presidential Campaign Scores First Senate Endorsement

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Rubio has rallied support from younger and newer members of Congress. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner on Monday became the first member of the Senate to endorse Florida Sen. Marco’s campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.

Gardner, a 41-year-old Republican elected in 2014, joined a growing group of younger and newer members of Congress who have endorsed Rubio.  Full story

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 21, 2015

Duffy Joins Group of New Members Backing Marco Rubio

Duffy has a new challenger. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Duffy has endorsed Rubio for president. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A handful of newer Republican members of Congress see endorsing Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign as something worth stepping out on a limb for, even with a crowded primary field.

On Wednesday, Rep. Sean P. Duffy, R-Wis., became the seventh lawmaker to back Rubio, telling CQ Roll Call in a statement why he supports the 44-year-old’s candidacy. Full story

October 8, 2015

Anti-Establishment Mood Doesn’t Stop ‘Invisible Primary’

Republican presidential hopefuls  Ben Carson and Donald Trump participate in the Republican Presidential Debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California on September 16, 2015. Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump stepped into a campaign hornet's nest as his rivals collectively turned their sights on the billionaire in the party's second debate of the 2015.  AFP PHOTO / FREDERIC J. BROWN        (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

Republican front-runners Carson, left, and Trump have zero congressional endorsements between them. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images File Photo)

With 83 percent of Americans saying they disapprove of the way Congress is doing its job, one might expect presidential candidates and their savvy political teams to keep themselves at a distance.

But even in this year of the outsider — where, from the revolt in the House to the polls in the presidential race, it might appear the strength of the establishment is on the downturn — candidates seeking the highest office in the land are competing for their endorsements in what has been described as the “Invisible Primary.”  Full story

September 28, 2015

Pennsylvania Governor Endorses in Crowded Democratic Senate Primary

Wolf endorsed McGinty over Sestak, above, in a Democratic Senate primary in Pennsylvania. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Wolf endorsed McGinty over Sestak, above, in a Democratic Senate primary in Pennsylvania. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf waded into the Keystone State’s crowded Democratic Senate primary Monday, throwing his endorsement behind former gubernatorial opponent and chief of staff Katie McGinty.

Wolf’s endorsement hands McGinty the backing of the standard bearer of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, which gives her credibility among party activists and could aid McGinty’s fundraising operation.

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September 22, 2015

EMILY’s List Will Support Kirkpatrick in Race Against McCain

Kirkpatrick beat the odds and won re-election to a third term. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

EMILY’s List, a group that advocates from Democratic women in elected office, endorsed Kirkpatrick on Tuesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Arizona Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick was endorsed by EMILY’s List on Tuesday – a nod that could provide the Democrat with a financial boost and extra organizational support as she challenges Republican Sen. John McCain for re-election next year.

Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY’s List, said in a statement the group’s endorsement comes with the support of 3 million members who are “excited to stand with Ann Kirkpatrick and to help her get the U.S. Senate working for women and families in Arizona and across the country.” Full story

September 3, 2015

Harry Reid Endorses Kihuen in Nevada House Race

Reid endorsed Kihuen in a crowded Democratic primary in Nevada's 4th District. (Douglas Graham/Roll Call File Photo)

Reid endorsed Kihuen in a crowded Democratic primary in Nevada’s 4th District. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, the dean of the Nevada congressional delegation, endorsed state Sen. Ruben Kihuen in a crowded Democratic primary in Nevada’s 4th District on Thursday.

Reid’s endorsement of Kihuen, a former Reid aide, was widely expected. But his support could help Kihuen distinguish himself among the three other Democrats vying for the chance to take on freshman GOP Rep. Cresent Hardy — one of the most vulnerable House Republicans in the country.

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August 27, 2015

Eric Cantor Emerges From Defeat to Back Jeb Bush in Virginia

David Brat defeated Eric Cantor, above, in Tuesday's primary. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Cantor, the former House Majority Leader, said he will help the Bush campaign in Virginia. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Eric Cantor, the former House Majority Leader who primary election loss was one of the biggest political shockers of 2014, has re-emerged from the private sector to lend his support to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s campaign in his home state.

On Thursday, Politico first reported that Cantor was to endorse Bush on Thursday evening and would help chair his campaign in Virginia — joining former Lt. Gov. John Hager and former Secretary of Health Kay Coles James as co-chairman and chairwoman, a Bush spokeswoman told CQ Roll Call.

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August 26, 2015

Illinois Congressional Candidate Scores Axelrod Endorsement

(JM Rieger/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Axelrod announced his support for Krishnamoorthi, who he has known since Obama’s Senate campaign. (JM Rieger/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Illinois congressional candidate Raja Krishnamoorthi announced Wednesday he’s got the endorsement of David Axelrod, a Chicago political power-player who served as a senior adviser to President Barack Obama during much of his political career.

The 8th District seat is rated Safe Democrat by the Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report/Roll Call, and ties to Obama there could not hurt. The president, who calls Chicagoland home, won the district easily in both 2008 and 2012.

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May 11, 2015

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend Backing Van Hollen

Van Hollen will get the endorsement of Kennedy Townsend Monday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Van Hollen will get a big endorsement. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 11:31 a.m. | Former Maryland Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend won’t run for Senate, and instead is endorsing Rep. Chris Van Hollen’s bid.

The eldest of former Sen. Robert F. Kennedy’s children had been publicly considering a bid for the open Maryland seat being vacated by Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski. Late last month, she told The Washington Post running for the seat was her “dream,” but said she was “still working on putting things together and making a decision.”

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April 6, 2015

When Jeb Bush Managed a House Campaign

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Ros-Lehtinen is backing Bush for president. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

With the final votes concluded before the House left town for the two week recess, Florida Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen was running 20 minutes late for a scheduled interview.

Her legislative director’s dog, Maya, an office staple for the past half-dozen years, roamed as staffers munched on a fried chicken lunch served in honor of the current intern crop. Full story

January 29, 2015

Tim Scott Lauds Possible Lindsey Graham 2016 Campaign

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Scott, right, complimented the possible presidential bid by Graham, center. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Tim Scott lauded the possibility of fellow South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham vying for the Republican presidential nomination but stopped short of an endorsement.

Graham announced Thursday the formation of a presidential exploratory committee, “Security Through Strength.” Full story

November 12, 2014

Club for Growth Endorses 6 Senators for 2016

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Lee, left, and Scott have been endorsed for 2016 by the Club for Growth. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Club for Growth endorsed six Republican senators up for re-election in 2016 — including three top Democratic targets.

The club, a fiscally conservative group sometimes at odds with GOP leaders, announced Wednesday it is backing Sens. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Mike Lee of Utah, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Marco Rubio of Florida, Tim Scott of South Carolina and Patrick J. Toomey of Pennsylvania.

“The pro-growth class of 2010 has done excellent work in the United States Senate,” Club for Growth President Chris Chocola said in a statement. “Our members want to make sure they stay there for another six years.”

By Emily Cahn Posted at 11:43 a.m.
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