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October 8, 2015

House Republicans’ Chaos Could Hurt GOP Fundraising

McCarthy's exit from the speaker's race and ensuing chaos could lead members to leave Congress. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

McCarthy’s exit from the speaker’s race and the chaos it caused could lead members to leave Congress. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s shocking decision to drop his bid for speaker Thursday could cause problems for House Republican fundraising, multiple Republican strategists told CQ Roll Call.

Speaker John A. Boehner said he will stay on until House Republicans choose his successor. But until that dust settles, some Republicans say they fear donors will keep their wallets closed until they know who will be helming the ship.

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October 7, 2015

Potential Kyrsten Sinema Challenger to Meet With NRCC

Sinema represents a competitive Arizona House seat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sinema represents a competitive Arizona House seat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Two years after an unsuccessful campaign for her party’s nomination for governor of Arizona, Republican Christine Jones is looking at giving electoral politics another try.

An official at the National Republican Congressional Committee on Tuesday confirmed a report that Jones, a former executive and top lawyer at The Go Daddy Group, will meet with the organization this week in Washington about a possible campaign against Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema in Arizona’s 9th District. Full story

September 23, 2015

GOP Poll: Comstock in Strong Position for Re-Election

Polling shows Comstock is in good position for re-election in Virginia's 10th District. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Polling shows Comstock is in good position for re-election in Virginia’s 10th District. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Freshman Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-Va., holds a strong lead against a generic Democratic opponent, according to polling by the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Comstock — who does not yet have a Democratic opponent as none have announced bids in this northern Virginia district — leads a generic Democrat 49-36 percent, according to the NRCC’s poll.

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September 21, 2015

Democratic Committees Top GOP Counterparts in August Fundraising

Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., is chairman of the DSCC. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., is chairman of the DSCC. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee both raised more than their GOP counterparts in August.

The DSCC raised $3.3 million last month — more than the $2.6 million the National Republican Senatorial Committee brought in. The monthly hauls bring the DSCC’s total cash on hand to $8.8 million, while the NRSC has $8 million in the bank. The NRSC is debt-free, while the DSCC is still $8 million in the red.

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September 10, 2015

Democrats Pounce on Leaked NRCC Document

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

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

A leaked internal document from the National Republican Congressional Committee is causing headaches for some of the House GOP’s most vulnerable incumbents.

The document — a memorandum of understanding to be included in the NRCC’s Patriot Program, which supports some of the House’s most endangered Republicans — includes a provision that requires members to submit a “written legislative strategy” to the committee. That legislative strategy must also detail “political justifications” in order to be part of the program, which provides fundraising and organizational support to its members.

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August 18, 2015

NRCC Goes On Air, Online Targeting Three House Democrats

Ashford is the target of GOP ads in his Omaha-based House seat. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Ashford is the target of GOP ads in his Omaha-based House seat. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The National Republican Congressional Committee will go up with television and digital ads in three districts this week targeting Democratic incumbents the committee hopes to pick off in 2016, according to a source with knowledge of the buys.

The NRCC will spend a combined six-figure sum on a month’s worth of ads hitting Democratic Reps. Scott Peters, Brad Ashford and Rick Nolan on national security issues, according to the source. The early buy is a sign Republicans will still play offense against vulnerable House Democrats in 2016, even as the GOP defends a number of seats Democrats often carry in presidential cycles.

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August 5, 2015

Democrats Likely to Gain One House Seat in Florida Redraw

Graham's current House seat will become too Republican-leaning for a Democrat to carry. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Graham’s current House seat will become too Republican-leaning for a Democrat to carry. (File Photo by Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The Florida Senate released a draft of a new congressional district map Wednesday that, if approved, would likely lead to Democrats netting one House seat in 2016.

The map must still be approved by the state Legislature in a special session, which is scheduled to begin on Aug. 10. But if the map released Wednesday is adopted for the 2016 cycle, Democratic Rep. Gwen Graham and Republican Rep. Daniel Webster are likely to have tough — if not impossible — roads to re-election.

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August 4, 2015

Democratic Primary to Challenge Zeldin Will Be Competitive (Updated)

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Democratic groups have targeted Zeldin as a vulnerable incumbent Republican. (File Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Updated August 4 11:05 a.m. | The Democrat who challenges GOP Rep. Lee Zeldin in New York’s 1st District will face a close race. But the eventual nominee will have a primary shaping up to be just as competitive, political handicappers say.

The only two declared candidates for the Democratic nomination are Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst and former federal prosecutor and venture capitalist David Calone. They are locked in a tight race, with each candidate drawing on different bases of support in the Long Island district, and both having raised close to a half million dollars so far.

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July 28, 2015

Democrats’ Window to Find Strong House Candidates Slowly Closing

Gardner entered the Colorado Senate race late, and has become the retort for campaigns that  wait longer than usual to launch. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Gardner entered the Colorado Senate race at the last minute in 2014, and has become the model for campaigns that wait longer than usual to launch. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

When former Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller passed on a bid in the Silver State’s 3rd District last week, it sent Democrats back to the drawing board again to find a nominee for this Tossup seat in 2016.

Miller’s decision to sit the race out was a disappointment for national Democrats, who thought his profile would make him a strong candidate for this highly competitive seat. But it’s indicative of a larger issue Democrats face this cycle: Recruiting House candidates in 2016 hasn’t been as easy as many predicted two years ago.

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July 22, 2015

Tossup New York House Race Starting to Take Shape

Gibson's retirement sets off a competitive open-seat race. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Gibson’s retirement sets off a competitive open-seat race. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The heart of summer may have passed, but the temperature in New York’s 19th District is only starting to warm up.

Democrats see it as a top-tier pickup opportunity, a rare open-seat House race in a tossup district that President Barack Obama won twice. The GOP is gearing up to defend it in a presidential election year that could include former Empire State Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton at the top of the ticket. Full story

July 20, 2015

NRCC, DSCC Tops in June Fundraising

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

House Republicans’ campaign arm raised $400,000 more than its Democratic counterpart in June, according to figures provided to CQ Roll Call.

The National Republican Congressional Committee raised $7.3 million last month and had $15.4 million in the bank at the end of June. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised $6.9 million in the same time frame and ended the month with $14.4 million in cash on hand.

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July 6, 2015

GOP Women’s Recruitment Effort Adapts for 2016

Ellmers was one of the founders of Project GROW. (File Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Ellmers was one of the founders of Project GROW. (File Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The Republican women’s recruitment effort is experiencing some growing pains.

Project GROW (which stands for Growing Republican Opportunities for Women) was launched in 2013 to try to elect more GOP women to Congress. But with the historic Republican majority in the House, the effort has a big challenge to address in its second cycle: limited room to grow.

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July 1, 2015

Retired Army Colonel to Challenge Stefanik

Stefanik leaves the Capitol Hill Club with aide Anthony Pileggi Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Stefanik leaves the Capitol Hill Club with aide Anthony Pileggi on June 24. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Democrat Mike Derrick, a retired Army colonel, said Wednesday he will run for Congress in New York’s 21st District, challenging freshman Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik in a district President Barack Obama won twice.

In a statement from his hometown of Peru, New York, Derrick touted his 30 years in the military — which took him from the Demilitarized Zone in South Korea, to the German border and to domestic posts — but said his campaign would focus on issues such as education, agriculture and income inequality.

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June 25, 2015

Michigan’s Benishek Gets a Democratic Challenger — or Two

Johnson's entrance into the 1st District race puts Benishek on defensive. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Benishek now has a credible Democratic challenger. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republicans have a new defensive responsibility in their quest to maintain their House majority.

Michigan Rep. Dan Benishek, who has represented the 1st District for three terms, not only faces potential primary threats for breaking his term-limit pledge, but now also has a credible Democratic challenger.

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Democrats Search for Katko Opponent in New York Swing District

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Democrats have targeted freshman incumbent Katko but haven’t yet come up with a candidate to challenge him. (File Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

As political parties pick up the pace of recruiting candidates ahead of next year’s congressional elections, Democrats are searching for a candidate in NY’s 24th Congressional District to challenge what they see as a vulnerable incumbent.

Considered one of only 10 Tossup districts in the country by the Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report/Roll Call, both parties have made winning the seat a top priority. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has targeted first-term Rep. John Katko on its “One-Term Wonders” list of Republican freshmen, and the National Republican Congressional Committee placed Katko in the party’s Patriot Program, which is meant to protect its most at-risk incumbents.

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