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October 4, 2015

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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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October 29, 2014

Ted Cruz Endorses ‘Duck Dynasty’ Kin Over Vance McAllister

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Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has endorsed fellow Republican Zach Dasher, who is challenging embattled Rep. Vance McAllister, R-La.

In a 55-second video posted Wednesday on YouTube, Cruz voices his support for Dasher, urging Louisianans to vote for the Republican next week. Dasher, a businessman, is related to the Robertson family, who star in A&E’s popular reality show, “Duck Dynasty.”

“Zach Dasher is a conservative with a backbone to stand up to career politicians in both parties to help lead the fight to repeal Obamacare, to stop amnesty, defend our conservative values and turn our country around,” Cruz says.

A number of Republicans jumped into the 5th District race after McAllister, who is married, was caught on camera kissing a married staffer earlier this year and announced he would not seek re-election. Two months later, McAllister, who had won a special election in November, decided to run for a full term despite the scandal. Full story

September 3, 2014

Chamber to Formally Back John Barrow on Friday

Barrow will be endorsed Friday by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Georgia Rep. John Barrow will be get the endorsement of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce at an event in his district Friday, a chamber official told CQ Roll Call and Barrow’s campaign confirmed.

Barrow is the fourth Democrat this cycle to receive the backing of the chamber, a pro-business group that spends millions in federal elections usually in support of Republicans. The others include Rep. Scott Peters, D-Calif., a top GOP target who was endorsed Wednesday, along with Reps. Henry Cuellar of Texas and Jim Costa of California.

Barrow is being challenged by construction company owner Rick Allen, who won a crowded and competitive GOP primary in May. Full story

Chamber Backs Democrat in Top GOP Pickup Contest

Freshman Rep. Scott Peters has earned the backing of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, making the Californian one of the few House Democrats to earn the conservative-leaning group’s endorsement this cycle and marking a huge development in what’s expected to be one of the most competitive and costly House contests of the midterms.

Peters is facing Republican Carl DeMaio, a former San Diego City Council member who bills himself as a more moderate Republican, and who has earned praise from the GOP for being one of the party’s best House recruits of 2014.

“We believe that your re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives will help produce sustained economic growth, help create jobs, and get our country back on track,” Chamber of Commerce President Thomas Donohue said in a letter to Peters, according to a Wednesday report from UT San Diego. “We will encourage the business community to vigorously support your candidacy.”

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September 2, 2014

Jerry Brown Backs Mike Honda in Democratic Duel

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Honda won the backing of California Gov. Jerry Brown. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

California Gov. Jerry Brown has stepped in to one of the most competitive and aggressive Democratic races of the cycle.

Brown, who is expected to cruise to re-election in November, endorsed Rep. Michael M. Honda on Tuesday, praising the seven-term, Golden State Democrat’s support for the San Francisco Bay Area’s commuter rail system.

Honda faces a fierce challenge from fellow Democrat Ro Khanna in the Silicon Valley-based 17th District, where both advanced from the June top-two primary.

“Mike Honda has dedicated his career to tackling difficult issues and doing what’s right for working people,” Brown said in a release. “After leading the local effort to bring BART to San Jose, Mike got $900 million in federal funding for the project creating 10,000 jobs for the Silicon Valley. Mike is an effective advocate in Congress for his district and all of California — I’m proud to support him.”

In the primary, Honda, who also has the backing of President Barack Obama, took 49 percent to 27 percent for Khanna, an attorney whose campaign is run by former Obama campaign staffers.

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Ted Cruz to Rally for Marilinda Garcia in New Hampshire

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Garcia speaks with a supporter of former Sen. Bob Smith, R-N.H. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Ted Cruz is stumping for congressional hopeful Marilinda Garcia this weekend, just ahead of New Hampshire’s Republican primaries next week.

The Garcia campaign invited supporters to attend a rally with the Texas Republican and potential 2016 presidential candidate Sept. 7 at the Nashua City Hall.

Garcia, a state representative, is in a hotly contested nomination fight in the 2nd District, where Republicans are vying to take on Democratic Rep. Ann McLane Kuster. Garcia’s opponents include former state Sen. Gary Lambert, who has accused Garcia of supporting “amnesty” to undocumented immigrants.

Garcia has disputed that contention throughout the campaign, including in a recent interview with CQ Roll Call. The backing of Cruz, who has been leading the charge against potential executive action by President Barack Obama to expand deferred action on immigration, could well inoculate Garcia against that line of attack days before the Sept. 9 primary. Full story

August 29, 2014

Mitch McConnell’s Campaign Manager Resigns

McConnell is the Senate Minority Leader. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Jesse Benton, who had worked as the campaign manager for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s re-election bid, said Friday he would resign.

The veteran operative with close ties to the Paul family released a lengthy statement making the announcement. The Lexington Herald-Leader first reported Benton’s resignation, which is effective Saturday.

The move comes just two days after a former Iowa state senator admitted to accepting $73,000 in concealed payments from former Rep. Ron Paul’s presidential campaign. In exchange for the money, that individual, Kent Sorenson, switched endorsements from Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., to Paul, a Texas Republican.

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