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July 11, 2013

Gomez Catches House GOP’s Eye After Massachusetts Loss

Gomez Catches House GOPs Eye After Massachusetts Loss

Walden, the NRCC chairman, has expressed interest in Gomez running for the House next year. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The House GOP’s campaign chief expressed interest in Republican Gabriel Gomez running in Massachusetts’ 9th District next year against Democratic Rep. William Keating.

Gomez lost to Democrat Rep. Edward J. Markey in the special election for Senate last month. But the former Navy SEAL’s candidacy caught the attention of the national GOP — including National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden.

“He did outperform Markey in the [9th District] by 7 points,” Walden told CQ Roll Call in a Wednesday interview. “That got our attention.” Full story

By Emily Cahn Posted at 3:32 p.m.
House 2014, Mass.-9, NRCC

July 10, 2013

Walden Pledges Improvement for GOP Online Fundraising

Walden Pledges Improvement for GOP Online Fundraising

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

After Democrats trounced Republicans in online fundraising in recent cycles, the House GOP’s campaign chief has promised improvements for the party’s digital donor base in 2014.

“We’re coming out of this cycle wondering what the heck happened to us, and how did we fall behind, and how do we leapfrog ahead?” said Greg Walden, the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, in a Wednesday interview with CQ Roll Call. “I look at this as an opportunity.”

The NRCC’s effort comes as the party looks to protect, and possibly even expand, its 17-seat advantage over House Democrats. Despite holding the majority, the NRCC has brought in less cash than the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee every month this election cycle. Full story

June 28, 2013

GOP Announces Female Candidate Recruitment Program

With a stagnant number of women in its caucus, the House GOP’s campaign organization announced a new program Friday, Project Grow, to recruit, mentor and elect more female candidates in 2014.

“We need more women to run,” Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., said. “Project Grow will plant that seed that will get them thinking of doing it.”

CQ Roll Call reported earlier this week that the National Republican Congressional Committee was in the early stages of formalizing a female candidate recruitment program for the upcoming midterm cycle. The NRCC’s announcement was part of a joint event with six GOP committees that are making an new organized effort to help female candidates. Full story

June 23, 2013

House GOP Focuses on Female Recruits for 2014

House GOP Focuses on Female Recruits for 2014

Black is one of 19 House GOP women. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Republicans are putting the first touches on what they hope will be a formal program to recruit more female candidates for the 2014 midterm elections.

Faced with few women in their ranks — and an image among much of the electorate that they don’t pay enough attention to women’s issues — GOP leaders have some explaining to do. The heightened effort to put more GOP women on the campaign trail comes one cycle after Democrats dominated with female voters, in no small part because incendiary comments by male candidates on rape and abortion allowed Democrats to paint Republicans as hostile to women.

Female members of the House GOP said the new recruiting effort, still in its infancy, will likely include a listening tour of women and women’s groups across the country. The current crop of 19 women in the House GOP would play a key role by talking to prospective candidates. Full story

June 20, 2013

House Democrats Raise More Than Republicans in May

House Democrats Raise More Than Republicans in May

Rep. Steve Israel of New York leads House Democrats' campaign arm. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised $1.4 million more than the National Republican Congressional Committee for the month of May, according to sources at both committees.

The NRCC raised $4.7 million and had $9.5 million in cash on hand at the end of last month. Full story

House Democrats Post Strong May Fundraising

House Democrats raised $6.1 million in May, bringing their total fundraising this year to $34.1 million, according to a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee aide.

The monthly haul is $700,000 more than the party raised in April and brings the DCCC’s cash on hand to $11 million.

The numbers come after President Barack Obama headlined a number of high-profile events for the DCCC in May, including two fundraisers in Chicago at the end of the month.

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June 3, 2013

Top Republican Won’t Run for Capito Seat #WV02

Updated 5:12 p.m. | State Del. Eric Nelson will not run for the GOP nomination to succeed Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., in the state’s 2nd District, according to two sources.

Capito is running for Senate in 2014, leaving behind a district that favors Republicans.

But strategists from both parties envision scenarios in which the seat could flip to Democrats now that Capito will not be on the district ballot. Nelson was the favorite of top Republicans to run and had the potential to clear the GOP field.

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May 29, 2013

Michele Bachmann Will Not Seek Re-Election #MN06

Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., announced on Wednesday that she will not seek re-election in 2014.

In an 8-minute-long video posted on her website, Bachmann detailed her decision, which she said had nothing to do with the recent investigations into her failed presidential campaign’s finances.

“After a great deal of thought and deliberation, I have decided next year, I will not to seek a fifth congressional term,” she said in a straight-to-camera delivery. Full story

May 17, 2013

House Democrats Outraise Republicans in April

House Democrats raised $300,000 more than their Republican counterparts in the month of April.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised $5.4 million, according to a committee aide.  House Democrats have $10.4 million in the bank and $4.1 million in debt.

The National Republican Congressional Committee raised $5.1 million. The committee has $8.7 million in cash on hand and has $6.3 million in debt.

The Hill first published the Republicans’ numbers last week, and The Washington Post first reported the Democrats’ fundraising figures.

May 8, 2013

Bob Dold Announces House Comeback Campaign #IL10

Bob Dold Announces House Comeback Campaign #IL10

Dold will run again. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Rep. Robert Dold, R-Ill, announced on Wednesday that he will officially run for Illinois’ 10th District, setting up a rematch in one of the state’s most competitive seats.

In a letter to supporters, the one-term Republican touted his moderate record and said he wants to head back to Washington to reach across party lines to solve problems. The letter was sent to supporters shortly after Roll Call reported that Dold was interviewing staffers to fill his campaign team. Full story

Bob Dold Staffing Up for Rematch #IL10

Bob Dold Staffing Up for Rematch #IL10

Dold is preparing for a rematch. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Rep. Robert Dold, the Illinois Republican ousted after one term in 2012, is in the final stages of planning for a rematch in the 10th District.

Multiple sources confirm to CQ Roll Call that Dold has started to interview campaign staff and is close to officially jumping into the race. Full story

May 7, 2013

Democrats Land Top Recruit to Challenge Davis #IL13

Former Madison County Chief Judge Ann Callis formally launched her campaign Tuesday to challenge freshman GOP Rep. Rodney Davis.

Callis is a top recruit of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Her entrance provides encouragement for a party that lost what it felt was a winnable seat in 2012.

“Like many of my friends and neighbors, I’m frustrated right now that Washington is not listening, and it’s not delivering for the middle class,” Callis said in a statement. “As Chief Judge, I’ve delivered reforms when Washington didn’t, and I’m running to deliver solutions for middle class families who are looking for good-paying jobs, and someone to protect Medicare and Social Security.” Full story

May 6, 2013

Remainders: A Very Special, Special Election

Keep an eye on Roll Call and this blog for ongoing coverage of former Gov. Mark Sanford’s bid to come back to Congress via the 1st District special election. It could really happen on Tuesday.

Until then, here’s what you might have missed “At the Races” on Monday …

  • #GASEN: GOP Rep. Jack Kingston raised more than a quarter-million dollars at a fundraiser for his Senate campaign to replace retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga.
  • #IASEN: Since Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, declined to run for Senate, Republicans are on the prowl for a new  candidate.
  • #CA31:  Two of former Rep. Joe Baca’s, D-Calif., Democratic House colleagues are not backing his congressional comeback bid. The blood feud continues!
  • #SC01: Polls close at 7 p.m. EDT Tuesday for the special election between Sanford and the Democratic nominee, Elizabeth Colbert Busch.

What we’re mulling on Monday …

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May 1, 2013

Tim Scott, More Republicans Come to Mark Sanford’s Aid #SC01

Tim Scott, More Republicans Come to Mark Sanfords Aid #SC01

Scott was appointed to the Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Only nine days ago, former Gov. Mark Sanford invoked the Alamo in a full-page advertisement in his local paper, pleading for reinforcements to his embattled special election campaign. The appeal might have worked.

The latest Republican to offer support is the man whose appointment to the Senate created the seat’s special election:  Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C. He’s one of several Republicans and conservatives who offered either verbal or financial support to Sanford in the last week Full story

GOP Tests Gay Candidate as ‘New Generation Republican’ in Poll #CA52

GOP Tests Gay Candidate as New Generation Republican in Poll #CA52

Peters is vulnerable in 2014. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A new GOP poll tested former San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio, an openly gay Republican and potential congressional candidate, as a “new generation Republican” in the highly competitive 52nd District.

DeMaio, who ran unsuccessfully for mayor last year, posted solid favorable ratings. He led freshman Rep. Scott Peters, D-Calif., in a hypothetical general-election matchup.

The poll informed likely voters that DeMaio is openly gay and he would prefer that the GOP focus on fixing the federal government’s finances rather than on social issues. According to the polling memo, the results of pitching that kind of a profile in this moderate district were encouraging across the political spectrum.

“The data from this survey shows that DeMaio could be very successful in a congressional race portraying himself as a ‘new generation Republican,’” Tarrance Group pollster Dave Sackett wrote.

The survey memo, obtained by CQ Roll Call, was paid for by the National Republican Congressional Committee.

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