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January 19, 2016

Kasich Reaches 20 Percent in New Hampshire, Still Has to Survive Iowa

Kasich is considering a run for president. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Kasich earned 20 percent in the latest ARG poll. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

An American Research Group poll released Tuesday showed Ohio Gov. John Kasich in second place in New Hampshire Republican primary, registering at 20 percent to Donald Trump’s 27 percent.

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January 14, 2016

Before Swiping at Trump, Nikki Haley Took His Cash

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Haley criticized Trump but had previously received cash from him. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call file photo)

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley made headlines for her not-so-subtle swipes at Donald Trump in her Republican response to the State of the Union. But in the past, Haley was a recipient of the billionaire’s cash.

In her response, Haley said, “some people think that you have to be the loudest voice in the room to make a difference. That is just not true.” Haley added often the best thing “is turn down the volume.”

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January 8, 2016

Before Donald Trump, There Was Maine’s Paul LePage

LePage, shown here in 2013, is again garnering national media attention.  (John Ewing/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)

LePage, shown here in 2013, is again garnering national media attention. (John Ewing/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)

It’s not unusual for Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s comments to make national news.

The two-term Maine Republican has a penchant for speaking off the cuff in a similar tell-it-like-it-is manner as the presidential candidate whom he’s endorsed, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

But his most recent comments sound a lot more like current GOP front-runner Donald Trump, earning LePage — who as recently as Thursday said he was thinking “very seriously” about running for Senate in 2018 — more national attention. Full story

December 29, 2015

George Pataki Suspends Presidential Campaign

Pataki, seen here addressing the Republican Jewish Coalition on Dec. 3, is reportedly dropping out of the race. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Pataki, seen here addressing the Republican Jewish Coalition on Dec. 3, is dropping out of the race. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Former New York Gov. George Pataki is suspending his presidential campaign, he announced in a video message Tuesday evening.

“While tonight is the end of my journey for the White House, as I suspend my campaign for president, I’m confident we can elect the right person — someone who will bring us together and who understands that politicians, including the president, must be the people’s servant, and not their master,” Pataki said in the message, which aired on NBC affiliates in New Hampshire, Iowa and South Carolina.

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December 14, 2015

Before He Runs for Governor in 2017, Wittman Faces Uncertain District in 2016

UNITED STATES - MARCH 29: Rep. Robert Wittman, R-Va., speaks during the news conference on American Energy Initiative legislation to expand U.S. energy production on Tuesday morning, March 29, 2011. (Photo By Bill Clark/Roll Call)

Wittman is running for governor in 2017. (Bill Clark/Roll Call File Photo)

Virginia’s 1st District Rep. Rob Wittman announced over the weekend that he’s running for the GOP nomination for governor in 2017.

“Obviously our focus is on winning in 2016, but I am preparing for 2017,” Wittman told The Washington Post on Dec. 12.

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December 8, 2015

Trump Puts Republican Candidates in a Corner

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)

Trump’s comments about Muslims have the GOP worried. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Republican congressional candidates have been slow to take a position on GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump’s call for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.”

Trump has put Republican Senate candidates into the position of either addressing his comments and alienating Republicans who agree with Trump, or staying silent and hurting themselves with voters in the general election.

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November 30, 2015

Gubernatorial Races to Watch in 2016

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 23:  North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory holds a news conference with fellow members of the Republican Governors Association at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce February 23, 2015 in Washington, DC. Republican and  Democratic governors met with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House Monday during the last day of the National Governors Association winter meeting.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Democrats in North Carolina are hoping McCrory has overplayed his hand. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images File Photo)

Despite Democrats’ surprising victory last week in Louisiana — where state Rep. John Bel Edwards beat Republican Sen. David Vitter in the runoff –  they hold only 18 gubernatorial seats, compared to the 31 held by Republican governors.

Next year, Democrats will defend eight seats, including ones in targeted U.S. Senate battle grounds such as Missouri and New Hampshire, while Republicans will defend four.  Full story

November 21, 2015

Vitter Won’t Seek Re-Election After Louisiana Governor’s Loss

Louisiana gubernatorial candidate Sen. David Vitter, R-La., reacts to the crowd during his election night watch party in Kenner, La., Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Max Becherer)

Vitter thanks supporters during his election night watch party in Kenner, La., on Saturday. (Max Becherer/AP Photo)

Republican Sen. David Vitter said he will not seek re-election next year after his stunning loss to Democrat John Bel Edwards in the Louisiana governor’s race.

“I came up short tonight,” he told supporters at his election night watch party in Kenner, La.

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November 17, 2015

Markell Opens Arms to Syrian Refugees as Others Pause

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 25:  National Governors Association (NGA) Chair Delaware Gov. Jack Markell (3rd L) speaks as (L-R) Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, NGA Vice Chair Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin listen as they speak to members of the press as NGA Vice Chair Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin looks on after a State Dining Room meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House February 25, 2013 in Washington, DC. Governors from across the nation were in Washington for the 2013 National Governors Association Winter Meeting.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Markell, center, speaks at the White House on Feb. 25, 2013 in Washington, D.C.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images File Photo)

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell announced on national TV Tuesday his state will continue to welcome Syrian refugees in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris, even as fellow governors across the country call for a moratorium on their admission.

The Democrat touted his position in an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and in an op-ed on CNN.com, saying these “are families in desperate straits.” Full story

Refugee Groups Scramble to Defend Syrian Resettlement

Catholic Cardinal Theodore McCarrick speaks during a press conference of interfaith activists appealing to the Obama administration to accept more Syrian refugees September 16, 2015 in Washington, DC. Only "four or five" US-trained rebels are fighting the Islamic State group in Syria, a top general said Wednesday during a grueling hearing about the progress of America's fight against the jihadist group. AFP PHOTO/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI        (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Catholic Cardinal Theodore McCarrick speaks during a press conference of interfaith activists appealing to the Obama administration to accept more Syrian refugees in September. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images file photo)

Days after the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris, a handful of American nonprofit organizations, most of them Christian-affiliated, have suddenly found their work at the center of America’s latest political fight.

There’s a growing list of politicians who have taken aim at the United States’ refugee vetting process, with more than half of the country’s governors speaking out about resettling Syrians in their states.

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By Simone Pathé Posted at 3:42 p.m.
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November 16, 2015

Following Paris Attacks, Syrian Refugees Emerge As Issue in Louisiana Governor’s Race

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The race to replace outgoing Gov. Jindal is getting nasty, with both Vitter and Edwards trading angry punches. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

While some have suggested the Paris attacks might have implications on the 2016 presidential race, voters in Louisiana are dealing with the issue in a much more immediate way.

As voters prepare to head to the polls in Saturday’s gubernatorial runoff, Republican Sen. David Vitter — who is trailing in the polls to state Rep. John Bel Edwards — released a new television commercial that attempted to capitalize off of fears about Syrian refugees following reports that one of the attackers in France may have gotten into the country along with others who were fleeing the war that is raving their home country. Full story

Two Senate Candidates Buck Parties on Syrian Refugees

Hassan joined with GOP governors calling on the federal government to stop accepting refugees from Syria until vetting "is as strong as possible." (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Hassan joined GOP governors calling on the federal government to stop accepting refugees from Syria until vetting “is as strong as possible.” (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

New Hampshire’s Maggie Hassan has the distinction of being the only Democratic governor so far to call on the federal government to stop accepting Syrian refugees.

At the same time, vulnerable Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin is one of the few Republicans who is not calling for a halt on Syrian immigrants.

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November 9, 2015

Prostitution Pops Up in New Round of Louisiana Ads

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(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Reeling from months of attacks about his 2007 prostitution scandal, Republican Sen. David Vitter released a new TV ad offering voters an apology in the final days of his Louisiana gubernatorial campaign.

“Fifteen years ago, I failed my family but found forgiveness and love,” Vitter said directly to the camera. “Our falls aren’t what define us, but rather how we get up, accept responsibility and earn redemption.” Full story

November 5, 2015

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 4, 2015

McConnell on GOP Gains in Kentucky: Thanks, Obama

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McConnell said Kentucky’s 2015 races were a referendum on Obamacare. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Democrats might disagree, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell thinks the GOP electoral wave in his home state Tuesday was about President Barack Obama.

The Kentucky Republican told CQ Roll Call that he viewed the election returns Tuesday in his home commonwealth as a strike against the Obama administration’s agenda — particularly the Affordable Care Act.

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