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March 11, 2014

Senate Conservatives Fund Endorses House Candidates

Senate Conservatives Fund Endorses House Candidates

SCF just endorsed Loudermilk, a candidate for the House in Georgia. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senate Conservatives Fund — an organization that has traditionally supported conservative Senate hopefuls — has backed five House candidates.

On Tuesday, SCF Executive Director Matt Hoskins wrote the endorsements, which are part of the organization’s new “House Conservatives Project.”

“These candidates believe deeply in our nation’s founding principles and will be strong voices for freedom in Washington,” Hoskins wrote. “They are strong conservatives who will fight to balance the budget and repeal Obamacare.” Full story

March 3, 2014

Democrats Announce House Targets for 2014

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee rolled out the first 35 districts of its “Red to Blue” program Monday, highlighting the GOP-held seats the party believes it can flip and open seats it hopes to keep in the Democratic column in the 2014 midterms.

Needing to net 17 seats to win back the House majority, the announcement makes clear where the party believes its most important fights will take place.

“This is our initial roll out,” DCCC Chairman Steve Israel said Monday morning on MSNBC’s “Daily Rundown.” “There will be more, and we will have a very competitive battlefield as we go deeper into the cycle.” Full story

January 14, 2014

GOP Businessman Won’t Run for Competitive Seat in Iowa

GOP Businessman Wont Run for Competitive Seat in Iowa

The race to fill Latham's seat is expected to be a tight one. (Tom Williams/Roll Call File Photo)

Cable television executive David Oman announced Tuesday that he will not seek the GOP nomination in Iowa’s most competitive House district, nixing the possibility of a tea party vs. business battle in this competitive seat.

Oman, a former aide to Gov. Terry E. Branstad, was eyeing a bid for retiring GOP Rep. Tom Latham’s seat, but he said he decided against a run in order to avoid a potential nominating convention. Full story

January 10, 2014

Iowa Democrat Posts Huge Fundraising as Latham Retires

Former state Sen. Staci Appel, a Democrat running in Iowa’s competitive 3rd District, raised a whopping $500,000 in the past year, according to a local report.

The huge haul could serve as a deterrent for other Democrats looking to enter the open-seat race. Longtime Rep. Tom Latham, R-Iowa, unexpectedly announced his retirement last month.

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January 7, 2014

Democrats, GOP Lament Benches for Competitive Open Seat in Iowa

Democrats, GOP Lament Benches for Competitive Open Seat in Iowa

Latham is retiring, leaving a wide-open race for his seat. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Longtime Rep. Tom Latham’s unexpected retirement has induced turmoil in the Hawkeye State, as both parties scramble to find top candidates to succeed the 10-term Republican.

But operatives from both parties have lamented the thin roster of top House hopefuls with a broad appeal in the competitive district. President Barack Obama carried the 3rd District — the state’s most competitive House territory — by 4 points in 2012.

“This isn’t a slam-dunk district for Republicans,” said former Iowa Republican Party Chairman Matt Strawn. “It’s important that we nominate a candidate who can win in November.”

Democrats backed former state Sen. Staci Appel this summer, when she announced a bid to challenge Latham, but now party operatives emphasize the field is open for other Democrats to join. Meanwhile, Republicans have privately expressed concern about two announced candidates, four other likely GOP contenders and the crowded field that could result.

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January 2, 2014

Iowa Republican Drops Senate Bid, Will Run for Open House Seat

Former Capitol Hill aide David Young announced Thursday that he will drop his bid for Iowa’s open Senate seat and instead run for the House seat being vacated by longtime Rep. Tom Latham, according to the Des Moines Register.

Young, who served as chief of staff to Iowa Republican Sen. Charles E. Grassley, was one of at least seven Republicans running for the open Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa.

When Latham announced his retirement from the 3rd District last month, however, Young said he decided to shift gears.

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Republican Opts Out of Open Iowa House Contest

Republican Opts Out of Open Iowa House Contest

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

GOP state Sen. Jack Whitver announced on Thursday that he will not seek the seat being vacated by longtime Rep. Tom Latham, R-Iowa, the Des Moines Register reported.

Whitver was one of a host of Republicans reportedly looking to replace Latham in the Hawkeye State’s 3rd District.

Latham’s surprise retirement last month created a competitive, open-seat contest in the 2014 midterms. President Barack Obama carried the district by a 4-point margin in 2012, making Latham one of 17 Republicans representing a district Obama carried last cycle.

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September 19, 2013

House Republicans Raise $3 Million for Vulnerable Members

House Republicans Raise $3 Million for Vulnerable Members

Coffman is one of House Republican's most vulnerable members. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The National Republican Congressional Committee will announce it has raised $3 million total for the 20 vulnerable incumbents through its Patriot program, according to figures provided first to Roll Call.

On Thursday, House Republican leaders hosted their second “Patriot Day” of the cycle — a fundraising event that contributed to that $3 million total. The Patriot program provides resources to the party’s most vulnerable House members for their re-election efforts, including fundraising and communications support.

Republican incumbents in the Patriot program include: Full story

August 8, 2013

Internal Email Names 17 House GOP Targets for Recess

Internal Email Names 17 House GOP Targets for Recess

Israel is the chairman of the DCCC. (Bill Clark CQ/Roll Call File Photo)

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee plans to target 17 House Republicans with a grass-roots push over the August recess, according to an internal party email obtained by CQ Roll Call.

On Monday, a DCCC aide sent a message to an email list sponsored by Americans United for Change, a liberal organization, describing the committee’s plans for the month-long break and including the warning, “please do not share this list with press.”

“In the majority of these districts we have field staffers on the ground, coordinated through the respective state parties, to define and hold accountable vulnerable Republican incumbents, through earned media tactics, messaging amplification, and community outreach,” wrote Ryan Daniels, the deputy national press secretary and African-American media adviser.

The DCCC’s list includes some of this cycle’s most-often mentioned vulnerable Republicans, but there are some lesser-known targets as well: Full story

August 6, 2013

EMILY’s List Backs Six House Candidates

EMILYs List Backs Six House Candidates

EMILY's List has fully backed Latham's challenger. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

EMILY’s List announced on Tuesday that it would fully endorse six challengers seeking House seats in 2014.

The organization, which backs female Democratic candidates who back abortion rights, will throw its full support behind the following half-dozen candidates:

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July 22, 2013

EMILY’s List Puts 6 House Candidates ‘On the List’

EMILY’s List announced their preliminary support for six new female House candidates from across the country on Monday.

The organization, which supports female Democratic candidates who back abortion rights, stopped short of giving the contenders their full endorsements.

But the following candidates have been placed “On the List,” giving them access to EMILY’s List’s fundraising and grass-roots supporters:

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July 21, 2013

House GOP Adds 9 Vulnerable Incumbents to Patriot Program

House GOP Adds 9 Vulnerable Incumbents to Patriot Program

Miller is a new member in the NRCC's incumbent retention program. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The National Republican Congressional Committee will announce Monday that it has added nine members to its vulnerable incumbent program for the 2014 cycle, according to information provided exclusively to CQ Roll Call.

The Patriot program provides fundraising and communications support to incumbents who meet certain NRCC benchmarks in their re-election campaigns. The nine Patriot program additions join 11 House Republicans whom the NRCC already deemed vulnerable.

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July 8, 2013

Democratic Recruit Files to Challenge Latham #IA03

Democratic Recruit Files to Challenge Latham #IA03

Latham has a new challenger. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former state Sen. Staci Appel filed federal paperwork this weekend to challenge longtime Rep. Tom Latham, R-Iowa, in the competitive 3rd District.

Appel, a Democrat, has been considering a run for several months against Latham, one of Speaker John A. Boehner’s top allies on Capitol Hill. In April, she told the Des Moines Register she had decided against a run, even though Democrats heavily recruited her for the race.

But Appel reversed course in the following months. Last week, she started hiring a team for a congressional bid, according to Iowa Democratic sources. Appel declined to comment last week, but she filed her candidacy paperwork with the Federal Election Commission on July 3. She did not immediately return a request for comment this morning.

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April 9, 2013

EMILY’s List Adds Six to House GOP Target List

EMILY’s List will add six House GOP members to its “On Notice” status Tuesday, signaling the group will make each of them a priority target in 2014:

  • Joe Heck in Nevada’s 3rd District
  • John Kline in Minnesota’s 2nd District
  • Tom Latham in Iowa’s 3rd District
  • Tom Reed in New York’s 23rd District
  • Scott Tipton in Colorado’s 3rd District
  • David Valadao in California’s 21st District

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April 1, 2013

Iowa: Democrat Sherzan Drops Bid to Challenge Latham

Businessman Mike Sherzan, a Democrat, has dropped his campaign for Iowa’s 3rd District, citing “personal health reasons” in a statement released Monday.

His announcement clears the way for another Democrat, perhaps former state Sen. Staci Appel, to challenge GOP Rep. Tom Latham in this competitive district.

House Democrats have targeted the 3rd District since the start of the cycle. In January, they touted Sherzan as one of their first potential recruits during the presidential inauguration festivities. He announced his campaign a month later.

Sherzan’s decision to leave the race comes after the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee met with Appel about the race on her recent trip to Washington, D.C. But in a statement, he insisted his decision was based “solely upon my individual circumstances.”

“Finally, I have made this decision based solely upon my individual circumstances and what I believe to be in my best interest and that of my family,” Sherzan said. “Ending my candidacy is very disappointing to me personally.”

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