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February 9, 2016

Presidential Contenders Stay Away From Vulnerable Guinta

UNITED STATES - JANUARY 23: Rep. Frank Guinta, R-N.H., attends the New Hampshire Republican Party #FITN Leadership Summit at the Radisson Hotel in Nashua, N.H., January 23, 2016. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Guinta, seen above at the New Hampshire Republican Party #FITN Leadership Summit in Nashua on Jan. 23, has multiple primary challengers. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

One of the most vulnerable members of the House is lurking in the shadows outside of New Hampshire’s presidential spotlight.

Attention on the Republican presidential candidates in the Granite State’s first in the nation primary on Tuesday would normally be a golden opportunity for a down-ballot incumbent like GOP Rep. Frank C. Guinta, who has $12,000 in his campaign account, to hitch a ride, boost his visibility and secure some much-needed donations.

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February 3, 2016

Time Is Running Out for Senate Primaries Fundraising

Duckworth is running for Senate, opening the 8th District. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Duckworth has outraised her primary and general election opponents. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

For several of this year’s competitive Senate primaries, the fourth quarter of 2015 was the last fundraising quarter before primary day.

In Ohio, Illinois and North Carolina, voters go to the polls on March 15, a month before the next Federal Election Commission fundraising report deadline. In all three of those states, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has backed the better-known candidate, who, unsurprisingly, raised more money from October through December of 2015. Full story

January 22, 2016

DCCC Raised More Money in 2015 Than Republican Rival

Rep. Ben Ray Lujan is chairman of the DCCC. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The DCCC, chaired by Rep. Ben Ray Lujan of New Mexico, ended 2015 having raised $68.2 million. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It was close, but the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee edged out their Republican rivals in 2015 – raising $68.2 million last year to the National Republican Congressional Committee’s $62.3 million, according to a DCCC official.

But, the committee that helps elect and defend House Democrats ended 2015 with $29.3 million in the bank, about $1 million less than than the NRCC. Full story

By Eli Yokley Posted at 11:57 a.m.
DCCC, House 2016, NRCC

January 21, 2016

Army Lawyer Expected to Challenge Mooney in West Virginia

UNITED STATES - JANUARY 9: Rep. Alex Mooney, R-W.Va., leaves the House GOP caucus meeting on immigration on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Democrats are excited about a challenger to Mooney. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

With the filing deadline just over a week away, West Virginia Democrats are excited about a young recruit soon expected to announce his candidacy against freshman GOP Rep. Alex Mooney.

Cory Simpson, an administrative law attorney in the U.S. Army, is transitioning off of active military duty, and will soon be getting in the race for West Virginia’s 2nd District, multiple Democratic sources confirmed to Roll Call. Full story

January 19, 2016

NRCC Posts Best Off-Year December Fundraising

UNITED STATES - JANUARY 7: Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., holds his weekly on camera press conference in the Capitol on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Ryan raised $2.5 million for the NRCC in December 2015. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The National Republican Congressional Committee ended the last month of 2015 with its best cash on hand and best revenue figures of any off-year December.

The committee raised $8.6 million in December, and heading into 2016, had $30.1 million in the bank — some $9 million more than at the same point in the midterm cycle. The committee ended 2015 with its best off-year haul since 2005, having raised $62.3 million over the course of the year.

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January 4, 2016

Top Races to Watch in 2016

WILTON, NH - JANUARY 09: A voter leaves Town Hall on January 10, 2012 in Wilton, New Hampshire. Voters in the Granite State are heading to the poll in the nation's first primary election to pick their choice for the U.S. presidential candidates.   (Photo by Matthew Cavanaugh/Getty Images)

A voter leaves Town Hall in Wilton, N.H. on primary day in 2012. (MatthewCavanaugh/Getty Images File Photo)

Technically, there are 469 races for the House and Senate this year, but we’ve boiled down that list to a trio of races to watch in each of eight regions across the country.

From vulnerable incumbents to competitive open seats to intra-party squabbles, the batch of races has a little of everything and can be a useful guide to track the trajectory of the election cycle in the months ahead.

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December 22, 2015

Virginia’s Robert Hurt To Retire After Three Terms

UNITED STATES - MAY 19: Rep. Robert Hurt, R-Va., leaves the House Republican Conference meeting at the Capitol Hill Club in Washington on Tuesday, May 19, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Hurt is expected to retire at the end of this term. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 11:30 a.m. December 23 | After representing Virginia’s 5th District for just three terms, GOP Rep. Robert Hurt will retire at the end of this term, he announced Wednesday.

Several Republican sources had confirmed to Roll Call on Tuesday that Hurt would retire at the end of this term.

The open seat should give Democrats a better opportunity to win, but it won’t vault into the first or second tier of opportunities. Mitt Romney carried the 5th District by 7 points in 2012 and Arizona Sen. John McCain won it by 3 points in 2008. Republican Ken Cuccinelli won the district by 10 points, 51-41 percent, over Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe in the 2013 gubernatorial race, according to Daily Kos Elections.
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December 16, 2015

Republicans: Cruz Bigger Threat to Senate Majority Than Trump

Cruz greets guests at the Faith & Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority conference. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Republican operatives hoping to retain the Senate majority are almost as concerned about Cruz as they are about Trump. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republicans are worried a Donald Trump nomination could threaten the party’s chances of holding the Senate and winning seats in the House.

But they’re even more concerned about Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who surpassed Trump in Iowa polling this weekend and has been gaining in national polls.

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December 10, 2015

Political Neophyte Enters Race Against Steve Knight



Attorney Bryan Caforio Thursday declared his intention to put California Republican Steve Knight out of a job.

“Career politicians like Steve Knight are the problem with Washington, D.C.,” the Democratic challenger said in statement announcing his campaign.

Per the email blast, the political newcomer — Caforio is a trial lawyer with Susman Godfrey L.L.P. — has already raised $50,000 in contributions and is looking forward to staking out his positions. Full story

December 9, 2015

After Vitter’s Loss, Louisiana Republicans Seeking Promotions

 (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Fleming was the first, but a number of other ambitious Louisiana Republicans are considering whether they want to move up to Washington through Vitter’s loss. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

If Republican Sen. David Vitter — whose loss to a Democrat in the Louisiana governor’s race last month prompted his announcement that he would not run for re-election — was the first domino to fall, on Monday, he finally knocked over the second one.

Rep. John Fleming, R-La., officially announced his candidacy for Vitter’s now-open seat with a Web video in which he portrayed himself as a “passionate conservative” who has fought the leadership of his own party. And Fleming could soon be joined in his party’s primary by Rep. Charles Boustany Jr., whose spokesman Jack Pandol said he “is planning a formal announcement event in Louisiana” in the coming weeks.  Full story

November 20, 2015

NRCC Posts Strong October Fundraising After Boehner Steps Down

Boehner announced his retirement on Sept. 25. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Boehner announced his retirement on Sept. 25. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Despite initial concerns that former Speaker John A. Boehner’s departure would affect fundraising, the National Republican Congressional Committee raised $5.1 million in the first month after he announced his retirement.

Although Boehner didn’t actually hand over the gavel until the end of the month, October represented the transition period between him and Speaker Paul D. Ryan, and marked the strongest off-year October of revenue ever for the NRCC, leaving it with $22.9 million in the bank.

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November 18, 2015

Exclusive: NRCC Adds 32 Candidates to First Tier of Young Guns Program

Walden is the chairman of the NRCC. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Walden is the chairman of the NRCC. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The National Republican Congressional Committee announced on Wednesday that 32 candidates qualified for the first tier of its “Young Guns” program, putting them “on the radar” in its program that provides organizational and fundraising help to its candidates.

“With working families still struggling in this weak economy and our national security under increasing threats, we must elect more Republicans to Congress who will work to strengthen our nation,” NRCC Chairman Greg Walden said in a news release. “I am confident that these candidates will continue to work hard for their communities and build strong campaigns as we head into the election year.”

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By Emily Cahn Posted at 5 a.m.
House 2016, NRCC

October 21, 2015

Ryan Supporters Call Critics Hypocrites Over Fundraising

Ryan supporters say Huelskamp's criticisms of Ryan's demand for family time are unfounded. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Some House Republicans say Huelskamp’s criticisms of Ryan’s fundraising abilities are hypocritical and unfounded. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Supporters of a Rep. Paul D. Ryan speakership are calling two members of the House Freedom Caucus hypocrites for their criticism of his ability to fundraise for the party.

Ryan backers say the two members who questioned the Wisconsin Republican’s commitment to fundraising duties — Reps. Tim Huelskamp and Mo Brooks — raise almost no money for the party or their colleagues.

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West Coast Wasteland: Why the GOP Struggles in California

Democratic Reps. Ami Bera, center left, and Scott Peters, center, have a firm grip on their California swing districts. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republican consultants are pessimistic about their chances to oust Democratic Reps. Ami Bera, center left, and Scott Peters, center, from their competitive California House seats. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As 2016 quickly approaches, Republicans are struggling to find top recruits in a trio of competitive House districts in California — a state where the party has suffered defeat at the congressional level for decades.

The National Republican Congressional Committee sent a staffer out to the Golden State last week to search for and meet with potential candidates and convince them to run in competitive districts in San Diego, Palm Springs and Sacramento, according to a source with knowledge of the visit.

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October 9, 2015

Congressman’s Ex-Wife Eyeing Challenge to Barbara Comstock

Comstock, seen here at an  Independence Day parade in 2014, is still without a Democratic challenger. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Comstock, seen here at an Independence Day parade in 2014, is still without a Democratic challenger. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated Oct. 13 | No Democrat has entered the race against freshman Virginia Rep. Barbara Comstock. But there’s a new recruit whose name may be familiar to Washington.

National Democrats are talking to businesswoman LuAnn Bennett, who is president of the District of Columbia-based Bennett Group, a real estate management firm. Bennett is also the third ex-wife of former Rep. James P. Moran, who represented Virginia’s 8th District until his retirement in 2015.

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