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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

December 4, 2013

Montana Triumvirate Backs Former Hill Staffer for House Seat

Montana’s top three statewide officials endorsed former Capitol Hill staffer John Lewis’ bid for the at-large district.

“John has traveled to every corner of our state as a problem-solver and a listener, and he knows it better than anyone I know. He will serve the people of Montana well,” said Democratic Sens. Max Baucus and Jon Tester and Gov. Steve Bullock in a joint statement released on Wednesday. Full story

October 28, 2013

Montana Democrat Sets $2 Million Fundraising Goal (Video)

The candidate: Democrat John Lewis, a former top aide to Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont.
The member: Freshman Rep. Steve Daines, a Republican who represents the at-large district and is most likely running for Senate in 2014. Both parties expect an open race for this House seat in 2014.
The state:
Last cycle, Mitt Romney won Montana by more than a 13-point margin and Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., won re-election by 4 points. But Republicans have held onto the state’s sole House seat for the past 17 years.
The candidate’s team
: Aaron Murphy (communications director), Barrett Kaiser (manager), Bob Funk (deputy manager), Geoff Garin of Garin-Hart-Yang Research Group (pollster), Mattis Goldman of Three Point Media (media), Colleen Martin (finance director).

Former Capitol Hill aide John Lewis, a Democrat, predicted he will need at least $2 million to “have a chance” next year at Montana’s at-large seat — a district Republicans have held for nearly two decades.

“There’s going to be, as we saw last year, a flood of outside money,” Lewis told Roll Call in a Oct. 9 interview. “Montana is cheap airwaves. No one saw more outside money than Montana last year. … I’m going to have to raise at least $2 million to have a chance.” Full story

September 27, 2013

Obama Campaign Manager Fundraises for House Candidate

Obama Campaign Manager Fundraises for House Candidate

Messina is a former deputy chief of staff in the White House. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

President Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign manager will help his former colleague, John Lewis, a Democrat who faces a tough challenge in the at-large House seat race in Montana.

Jim Messina sent a fundraising email to boost Lewis, who worked with him in the office of Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont.

“And as someone personally invested in the progress and success of Big Sky Country, I know he’s the right person to represent this great state in Congress,” Messina wrote on Thursday.

A veteran operative in Montana, Messina served as chief of staff to Baucus before he joined Obama’s operation. Baucus will retire after this Congress, creating a domino effect in Big Sky State politics. Rep. Steve Daines, R-Mont., will likely run for Baucus’ Senate seat in 2014, leaving a wide-open race for the state’s only House seat. Full story

September 24, 2013

Montana House Hopeful Hits Capitol Hill | #MTAL

Montana House Hopeful Hits Capitol Hill | #MTAL

Sonju met with Walden, right, about his House race in Montana. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Montana state Sen. Jon Sonju was on Capitol Hill last week meeting with GOP-aligned groups ahead of a potential House bid in 2014.

Sonju, who ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor last year, spent much of Thursday at the National Republican Congressional Committee, which is preparing for a potential Senate bid by freshman GOP Rep. Steve Daines.

If Daines runs for Senate — very likely at this point — Republicans expect a crowded field of Republicans for his at-large House seat in the Big Sky State. Along with Sonju, the NRCC has also been in contact with former state Sen. Corey Stapleton, state Sen. Matt Rosendale and former state Sen. Ryan Zinke. Full story

August 26, 2013

Former Baucus Staffer Readies House Campaign

John Lewis, a former staffer to retiring Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., is moving closer to a run for Congress.

Lewis filed a statement of organization with the Federal Election Commission on Aug. 22.

“He’s going to announce a campaign for the House seat,” a national Democratic operative said. “I would expect a formal launch in the next couple of weeks.”

CQ Roll Call reported in July that Lewis met with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

“John is moving forward because we need more bridge-builders in Congress,” Lewis spokesman Aaron Murphy said in a written statement. “Montanans are asking John to be a candidate because we need more independent-minded public servants committed to good-paying jobs and working together to find solutions — like looking after our families and neighbors, and living within our means.”

If Lewis follows through, it is uncertain who his opponent will be. An open-seat race could be in the cards. The seat’s current occupant, Republican Rep. Steve Daines, is currently mulling a run for Senate to replace Lewis’ old boss.

For now, the race is rated Safe Republican by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

Kyle Trygstad contributed to this report.

August 19, 2013

Republicans Wait on Daines’ Decision in Montana Senate Race | #MTSEN #MTAL

Republicans Wait on Daines Decision in Montana Senate Race | #MTSEN #MTAL

Daines is mulling a Senate bid. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Montana state Sen. Matt Rosendale, a Republican, recently filed papers with the Federal Election Commission to start raising money to run for Congress — he’s just not sure which office yet.

Like several other ambitious Republicans in the state, his decision to run for either the House or Senate will depend on whether Rep. Steve Daines, a freshman Republican, enters the race for Montana’s open Senate seat. Even state Rep. Champ Edmunds, who is currently in the Senate race, has said he would switch races if Daines jumps in.

As Rosendale’s campaign treasurer, Bill VanCanagan, wrote in a note filed Aug. 16 to the FEC, “we will not designate which office is being sought until Representative Steve Daines announces whether he’s seeking re-election for the U.S. House of Representatives or running for the U.S. Senate.”

Either would be a statewide race, as Montana has only one representative in the House. Full story

July 17, 2013

Democrats Eye Baucus Aide for House Seat #MTAL

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is eyeing Sen. Max Baucus’ state director to run for Montana’s at-large seat.

John Lewis, a top aide to the Montana Democrat, has met with DCCC Chairman Steve Israel to discuss a campaign, according to two Democratic sources.

Baucus is retiring, and the at-large seat’s current member, GOP Rep. Steve Daines, is seriously thinking about running for his Senate seat. The House race is currently rated Safe Republican by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call. Full story

October 31, 2012

Daily Ad Track

Here’s what cut through the clutter today.

National

Not everyone agreed with us when we declared a spot from former Massachusetts Senate Minority Leader Richard Tisei (R) as one of the best of the cycle. It was a static camera shot of the beach with almost no political messaging beyond his campaign logo. It reminded us of the annual Corona palm tree Christmas ads.

But if you need any better understanding of why we liked that spot, well, we’ll let this 4-year-old Abby do the talking for us.

Full story

June 6, 2012

Montana: Steve Daines, Kim Gillan Win House Seat Primaries

Montana: Steve Daines, Kim Gillan Win House Seat Primaries

(Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call)

Businessman Steve Daines easily won the Republican nomination Tuesday night and is now the favorite to win Montana’s House seat in November.

In the race to replace Rep. Denny Rehberg (R), who is running for Senate, Daines will face state Senate Minority Whip Kim Gillan, who won a crowded Democratic nomination fight. Full story

February 13, 2012

NRCC Promotes Three to ‘Contender’ Status

NRCC Promotes Three to ‘Contender’ Status

Missouri's Ann Wagner and two other Republican House candidates have joined the silver tier of the NRCC's Young Guns program. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The National Republican Congressional Committee will announce today a second round of candidates who have become “Contenders” in its four-level fundraising and infrastructure program for open-seat and challenger candidates. Full story

January 31, 2012

FEC for Lunch: Winners, Losers and Noteworthy Reports

During our lunch hour, the Roll Call politics team scoured fundraising reports filed with the Federal Election Commission and press releases that landed in our inboxes. Here’s our roundup of the winners and losers, as well as some noteworthy reports on this year-end filing day:

Winners:

  • IN-05: On the morning of Rep. Dan Burton’s (R-Ind.) retirement announcement, former U.S. attorney Susan Brooks reported raising $107,500 and had $325,000 in the bank. Her chief competition for the GOP nod, former Rep. David McIntosh, has not filed his report yet. But Brooks brought in much more than the other Republicans who lined up to challenge Burton. She also has a head start on state Sen. Mike Delph, a former Burton aide, if he jumps into the race before the Feb. 10 filing deadline. (via @shiratoeplitz) Full story

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