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January 31, 2016

DSCC Raised More in 2015 Than Senate Republican Group

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

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

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee raised $51.6 million in 2015, $10 million more than the National Republican Senatorial Committee did in the same time period.

The total came after a $13.4 million haul in the fourth quarter. In the final month of 2015, the DSCC raised $5.1 million, $2 million more than its Republican counterpart. Full story

January 13, 2016

Strickland’s Past Positions on Guns Put Him in a Tough Spot

UNITED STATES - APRIL 21: Former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland (D) talks with reporters before the senate policy luncheons in the Capitol, April 21, 2015. Strickland is running for the Senate in Ohio. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Strickland says his views on guns have changed in the wake of school shootings.
(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As the Democratic Party and President Barack Obama make moves on gun policy, former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland’s past record on the issue has put him under scrutiny.

When he was up for re-election in 2010, the Democrat was given an A-plus rating by the National Rifle Association, which endorsed him over Republican John Kasich, who got a B.

“We don’t give a lot A-pluses,” said Catherine Mortensen, a spokeswoman for the NRA. Kasich would go on to defeat Strickland.

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January 11, 2016

Republican Jon Keyser Enters Colorado Senate Race

Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., is chairman of the DSCC. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Keyser wants to make his campaign against Bennet about national security. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Another, albeit expected, Republican  has announced that he’s joining the crowded GOP field to take on Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet in Colorado.

State Rep. Jon Keyser, a major in the Air Force Reserves who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, announced his candidacy Monday, casting 2016 as a national security election in which his military experience would given him an advantage.

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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 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 9, 2015

Vulnerable Republicans Choose Words Carefully on Trump Comments

UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 8 - Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, takes questions from reporters after the weekly Senate Republicans luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, December 8, 2015. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

In a statement Tuesday, Portman said he didn’t agree with Trump without using his name. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

In the weeks since the Paris attacks, Republicans have been outspoken about the potential security risk posed by refugees from countries where ISIS has established strongholds from coming into the United States.

But when pressed on Donald Trump’s call for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States,” many of this cycle’s most vulnerable senators were slow to respond.

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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 13, 2015

NRSC Relishes Making Russ Feingold Eat His Own Words

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Feingold supporters plan a fundraiser for him at 201 Bar on Tuesday.(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Supporters of Wisconsin Democrat Russ Feingold’s Senate campaign plan to welcome their candidate back to D.C. next week with a fundraiser at 201 Bar — a spot the former lawmaker once cited as a key place where influence is bought and sold.

In a video released by the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Feingold tells audience members at the 2012 Chicago Humanities Festival how things really get done in Washington. Full story

October 20, 2015

Senate Democrats Raise More Than Senate Republicans in September

Tester is the DSCC chair. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Tester is the DSCC chair. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee out-raised its Republican counterpart by $1 million in September fundraising, according to numbers released by both committees.

The DSCC raised $4.2 million last month, while the National Republican Senatorial Committee brought in $2.9 million. But the NRSC reported having more cash in the bank.

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September 30, 2015

GOP’s Preferred Candidate Passes on Colorado Senate Run

Bennet is still without a top GOP challenger. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Bennet is still without a top GOP challenger. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In a surprise announcement, Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler, the Republican whom Colorado and national party leaders had been counting on to challenge Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet, said Wednesday that he will instead run for re-election, according to reports from Colorado’s 9News.

“There were serious family health issues that just recently came up,” a GOP operative told CQ Roll Call.

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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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Sarah Morgan Filters Out Noise for GOP Senate Campaigns

Morgan is the first female political director at the NRSC in recent memory. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Morgan is the first female political director at the NRSC in recent memory. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Having helped lead two GOP Senate campaigns to victory, Sarah Morgan knows what it’s like to face an onslaught of outside voices trying to influence a race.

Now political director at the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Morgan hopes to filter out that noise for GOP Senate campaigns as Republicans defend their majority in 2016.

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September 8, 2015

Former Washington GOP Chairman to Challenge Patty Murray

Murray has a new GOP opponent. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Murray has a new GOP opponent. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Washington GOP Chairman Chris Vance announced Tuesday morning he will challenge four-term Sen. Patty Murray.

“I’m running because I’m fed up with the gridlock in Congress and the politicians in both parties who won’t tell the American people the truth about the challenges we face,” Vance said in a statement. “And unfortunately the truth is, after 24 years in the Senate, Patty Murray is part of the problem.” Full story

August 30, 2015

Larry Kudlow Says He Would Challenge Blumenthal Over Iran Deal

Blumenthal remained undecided on the Iran deal. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Blumenthal is undecided on the Iran deal. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Conservative economist and media figure Larry Kudlow says he’s talked to national Republicans about running for Senate in Connecticut.

During an interview on his radio program with Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., over the weekend, Kudlow said he would mount a challenge to incumbent Sen. Richard Blumenthal if the Democrat supports the international agreement with Iran over its nuclear program.

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August 19, 2015

National Republicans Ramp Up ‘Kander Pander’ Campaign

 

Republicans are hoping to flip a charge being used against Blunt on Democrat Jason Kander. (File Photo By Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call)

Republicans are hoping to flip a charge being used against Blunt on Democrat Jason Kander. (File Photo By Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call)

As Republican Sen. Roy Blunt seeks re-election next year, Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander — the Democrat running against him — has sought to present Blunt to voters as man whose “constituency is Washington,” not Missourians like them.

To combat Kander’s charge, Republicans are trying to flip it against him – accusing him of being the one who is cozy with the lobbyists and special interests he says on the campaign trail he will resist if elected. Full story

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