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February 4, 2016

Tim Scott Hits South Carolina Airwaves for Marco Rubio

Just days after endorsing Sen. Marco Rubio for president, Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina is hitting the airwaves back home for his GOP colleague from Florida.

The ad, obtained ahead of release by Roll Call, appears to be from the same video shoot as the endorsement video, as Scott’s shown by his childhood home.

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February 3, 2016

Pat Toomey Endorses Marco Rubio for President

Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.)

Toomey is up for re-election this year.

Updated: 5:30 p.m | Pennsylvania Sen. Patrick J. Toomey endorsed Sen. Marco Rubio for president Wednesday during an interview on CNN.

“We face a huge national security crisis, obviously, emanating from the Middle East. There is tension all across the world,” he said. “Marco has demonstrated clear understanding. He’s done the hard work, he’s knowledgeable, thoughtful and a smart guy.”

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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 14, 2016

Pa. Senate Candidates Choose Sides With Endorsements

Fetterman is running for Senate in Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Fetterman announced his support for Sanders on Thursday. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Two of the candidates to be the Democratic nominee to run against Sen. Patrick J. Toomey, R-Pa., are also on opposing sides of the Democratic presidential primary.

On Thursday, Braddock Mayor John Fetterman posted his support for Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., on his Twitter account and in a video, saying, “the interests of corporations, the interests of the establishment, the interests of big money are not the interests of working families all across the Commonwealth or across this country.”

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January 6, 2016

Club for Growth Makes Shimkus Second GOP Target

Shimkus is only the second sitting Republican to earn the opposition of the Club for Growth this cycle. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Shimkus is only the second sitting Republican to earn the opposition of the Club for Growth this cycle. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Illinois Rep. John Shimkus became the Club for Growth’s second Republican incumbent target on Wednesday when it endorsed state Sen. Kyle McCarter in the 15th District race.

“While Kyle McCarter would bring a fresh breath of fiscal conservatism to Washington, his opponent, John Shimkus, is the epitome of what’s wrong with Congress,” said Club for Growth President David McIntosh in a statement.

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January 5, 2016

Stupak Endorses Lon Johnson in Former District

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Rep. Bart Stupak Tuesday endorsed House hopeful Lon Johnson in the race to replace retiring Republican Dan Benishek in Michigan’s 1st District.

The nine-term lawmaker, who held the same seat from 1993 until 2010, billed Johnson as being best suited to now take the reins. “I support Lon Johnson because he will work to create a U.P. and Northern Michigan where our families can stay and succeed,” Stupak said in a release.

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December 17, 2015

Sanders Scores Progressive and Labor Endorsements Over Clinton

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 12: Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., leave the Senate Democrats' policy luncheon on Tuesday, May 12, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Sanders received the endorsement of Democracy for America, which tried to draft Sen. Elizabeth Warren to run for president (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Bernard Sanders received a big boost to his campaign Thursday with the endorsements of Communications Workers of America and Democracy for America and emphasized the grassroots nature of the endorsements.

At a news conference with Sanders, Chris Shelton, president of the CWA, emphasized that the decision came directly from union members themselves after the union asked if it should endorse in the election, and if so, who should it endorse.

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December 16, 2015

SEIU Endorses Brad Schneider

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The SEIU Illinois State Council Wednesday endorsed Democrat Brad Schneider, the former lawmaker looking to reclaim the 10th District seat he lost to Republican Rep. Robert J. Dold in 2014.

“Families in this district deserve a representative who will stand up for them in Washington and demand an economy that works for everyone. I look forward to continuing that fight alongside SEIU,” Schneider, who beat Dold in 2012, said in a release. Full story

December 15, 2015

Pelosi Endorses Krishnamoorthi for Duckworth’s Seat

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Pelosi called Krishnamoorthi a “true progressive” in endorsing him. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi Tuesday said she’d like to see Raja Krishnamoorthi replace Democratic Rep. Tammy Duckworth — who is running for Senate — in Illinois’ 8th District.

“I strongly endorse Raja Krishnamoorthi because he is a true progressive and the best candidate to represent working families in Chicago’s Northwest suburbs,” Pelosi said in a statement in which she also praised the lawyer and mechanical engineer’s work ethic and professional experience. “These qualities will enable him to pursue our common goal of fighting for progressive causes and strengthening and growing our middle class.”

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December 14, 2015

Tammy Duckworth Scores SEIU Endorsement

UNITED STATES - APRIL 8: Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., participates in the House Democratic women news conference to mark "Equal Pay Day" on Tuesday, April 8, 2014. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The SEIU endorsement gives Duckworth a pool of skilled political workers to assist her campaign. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., on Monday received the endorsement of the SEIU Illinois State Council, a vote of confidence from labor leaders and a pool of manpower that should help her in the three-way Democratic primary for the Senate seat held by Republican Mark S. Kirk.

“SEIU is an incredibly effective and diverse organization, and we share a commitment to fighting to improve the lives of working families and making our state a fairer and more decent place,” Duckworth said in a release. “I am proud to stand with the working men and women of SEIU, and I look forward to continuing to work to rebuild our middle class, create jobs and raise wages, and provide a measure of economic and retirement security for hardworking Illinois families.”

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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

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