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November 21, 2013
The National Republican Congressional Committee announced on Thursday 36 candidates who have achieved the committee’s “On the Radar” status.
This ranking is the first of three levels of the committee’s fundraising and infrastructure program. Earning this status means the NRCC “will help to provide candidates and their campaigns the tools they need to run successful, winning campaigns against their Democratic opponents,” according to an NRCC release.
The final level is “Young Gun” status.
“These 36 candidates all provide a stark contrast to their liberal opponents, whose support of ObamaCare and this Administration’s big-government, job-destroying agenda has taken a toll on the American people,” NRCC Chairman Greg Walden said in a statement.
Four of those rated are former members who lost re-election bids in 2012: former Reps. Robert Dold and Bobby Schilling of Illinois, Frank Guinta of New Hampshire and Nan Hayworth of New York.
Some of the other challengers are running in the same districts.
November 15, 2013
National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden said the upcoming special election in Florida’s 13th District will be a challenging race for the party, but vowed that Republicans will make it a competitive contest.
Last month, GOP Rep. C.W. Bill Young’s death forced a special election in the Tampa Bay-area seat, making it one of the most competitive House contests in 2014. Operatives from both sides have characterized the March 11 special election as a bellwether contest for the 2014 cycle.
“We all knew that Bill had a special relationship with his constituents in that district, and that district had changed over the years and that when he no longer was serving, that that district would be a competitive district,” Walden, an Oregon Republican, told reporters Friday morning at a Christian Science Monitor Breakfast in Washington, D.C.
October 9, 2013
Onondaga County Comptroller Robert Antonacci will not challenge Rep. Dan Maffei, D-N.Y., in the 24th District in 2014.
“After careful consultation with members of my family, friends and political supporters, I have decided to forgo a race for Congress next year,” Antonacci said in a statement Wednesday.
September 24, 2013
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
September 23, 2013
Updated 6:23 p.m. | Klamath County Commissioner Dennis Linthicum, a Republican, announced last week that he is eyeing a primary challenge to longtime Rep. Greg Walden, chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee.
The Oregonian has been named a top target of the Club for Growth, which placed the eight-term Republican on a list of GOP members it is seeking to primary in 2014.
A Club for Growth spokesman said the group had spoken with Linthicum over the phone, but has yet to have a formal meeting with him.
“We are watching the race,” Club for Growth spokesman Barney Keller said about whether the group is considering endorsing Linthicum in a primary.
September 20, 2013
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised about $800,000 more than the National Republican Congressional Committee in August. The House Democratic campaign arm will also report a cash-on-hand advantage in its monthly Federal Election Commission filing, according to a DCCC aide.
House Democrats reported $4.6 million raised last month and $16.1 million in the bank, while House Republicans raised $3.8 million and ended the month with $12.7 million in cash on hand.
Both committees previously eliminated their outstanding debt from the 2012 cycle.
Friday was the deadline for the House campaign committees to report their monthly fundraising hauls.
September 19, 2013
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
September 12, 2013
Republicans and Democrats are getting ready to spend 14 months and hundreds of millions of dollars on a House campaign that is likely to end in a split decision with a small gain for one party or the other.
The likelihood that only a handful of incumbents from either side will lose may in the end give the winning party a pickup as small as a single seat.
Because redistricting has given the parties — primarily Republicans — lopsided control of many districts and a working majority in many others, this is one of the narrowest fields of competitive races in recent memory. Twenty-six Democratic seats and 23 Republican seats are currently considered less than safe, according to ratings compiled by the Rothenberg Political Report and used by CQ Weekly and Roll Call. Of those, only 14 are regarded as highly competitive. (View ratings map.)
What’s more, this election is the first in at least a decade without a presidential race and also with no sign of an overriding issue such as the health care debate that helped Republicans win the House in 2010.
Region by region, and in some cases, state by state, Democrats and Republicans are battening down to protect the seats they have, while at the same time launching aggressive campaigns to pick off seats held by the opposition. Full story
September 6, 2013
Rep. Michael G. Grimm, R-N.Y., sent out a fundraising email Thursday, asking supporters for campaign contributions after changing his mind about authorizing targeted strikes against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Grimm, who is facing a competitive re-election this cycle against top Democratic recruit Domenic Recchia, initially supported targeted strikes against Assad. However he changed his position on Thursday, saying he felt the time to act had already passed.
In an email to supporters that same day, Grimm solicited $25 donations.
“Will you stand with me in opposing President Obama’s plan with a donation of $25 or more right now?” Grimm asked in the email.
August 27, 2013
Retired naval officer and former Pentagon official Suzanne Patrick announced on Tuesday that she will challenge two-term Rep. Scott Rigell, R-Va., in the upcoming midterm elections.
Patrick, a self-described “centrist Democrat,” most recently served as deputy undersecretary of Defense under President George W. Bush, and she said she is challenging Rigell because his policy stances hurt the large population of military families in the Old Dominion’s 2nd District.
August 23, 2013
Republican Carl DeMaio’s campaign confirmed late Friday that he is speaking with supporters who are urging him to run for mayor now that disgraced San Diego Mayor Bob Filner has submitted his resignation.
If DeMaio runs for mayor — an office the former city councilmember lost to Filner by a slim margin last year — it would hurt the House GOP’s chances in the competitive 52nd District. The National Republican Congressional Committee had touted DeMaio as a top recruit against freshman Rep. Scott Peters, D-Calif. Full story
August 20, 2013
The National Republican Congressional Committee brought in just slightly more cash than House Democrats’ campaign arm during the month of July, according to new fundraising reports filed on Tuesday.
August 13, 2013
The National Republican Congressional Committee will start its second television campaign targeting Rep. John Barrow, D-Ga., on Tuesday.
The advertisement — backed by a modest $10,000 buy in the Augusta media market — seeks to tie Barrow to the president’s health care law, which remains unpopular in Georgia.
August 12, 2013
A new GOP poll shows Rep. John F. Tierney, D-Mass., and his likely rematch opponent, Republican Richard Tisei, in a statistical dead heat.
The 6th District survey showed Tisei with 42 percent and Tierney with 40 percent — a minor lead within the poll’s margin of error of 4.8 percent. Full story
August 5, 2013
The National Republican Congressional Committee has made a small television buy likely intended to target Rep. Rick Nolan, D-Minn.
The $24,800 worth of airtime in the Duluth, Minn., market is for a spot slated to run Aug. 6-12, confirmed two media-buying sources not associated with the NRCC to CQ Roll Call.