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December 16, 2015

Candidates Crowd Into Race to Claim John Boehner’s Seat

(Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

There are 16 candidates running to fill Boehner’s open seat. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The race is on for the open seat created earlier this year when Speaker John A. Boehner left Congress, and there are 16 Ohioans vying to fill that vacancy ahead of the March 15 primary.

Potential candidates had until 4 p.m. Wednesday to file with Ohio’s boards of election to run for Congress in 2016. The special election for Boehner’s 8th District seat is scheduled  June 7.

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December 15, 2015

Pelosi Endorses Krishnamoorthi for Duckworth’s Seat

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Pelosi called Krishnamoorthi a “true progressive” in endorsing him. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi Tuesday said she’d like to see Raja Krishnamoorthi replace Democratic Rep. Tammy Duckworth — who is running for Senate — in Illinois’ 8th District.

“I strongly endorse Raja Krishnamoorthi because he is a true progressive and the best candidate to represent working families in Chicago’s Northwest suburbs,” Pelosi said in a statement in which she also praised the lawyer and mechanical engineer’s work ethic and professional experience. “These qualities will enable him to pursue our common goal of fighting for progressive causes and strengthening and growing our middle class.”

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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

December 1, 2015

Iraq Vet Enters Delaware Race with Call to Accept 100,000 Syrian Refugees

Carney won't run for re-election to the House. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

There are now four Democrats vying to replace Carney, who isn’t seeking re-election. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Iraq War veteran Sean Barney on Tuesday became the fourth Democrat to enter the race for Delaware’s open at-large congressional seat.

He announced his campaign with a call for the U.S. to accept 200,000 refugees, including 100,000 from Syria, this fiscal year.

“Times like this define the character of who we are as a nation,” Barney said in a statement.

“For the sake of our security, we should embrace these families and children fleeing violence and tyranny, rather than force them to languish in refugee camps that will destabilize our allies and become recruitment grounds for ISIS.”

Since the terrorist attacks on Paris on Nov. 13, more than half of America’s governors have called for halting the resettlement of Syrian refugees in their states. Also, nearly 50 House Democrats sided with Republicans in voting for a bill that would add an extra layer of security checks to Iraqis and Syrians hoping to enter the U.S. as refugees.

Barney joined the Marines after the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and received the Purple Heart after being wounded in Fallujah, Iraq. He worked as policy director for Gov. Jack Markell after returning from Iraq and now is president of a Delaware venture capital firm.

In 2014, he ran unsuccessfully for state treasurer. VoteVets backed his candidacy and is expected to support his congressional campaign.

Barney joins Lisa Blunt Rochester, the state’s first African-American secretary of labor, state Sen. Bryan Townsend, and state Rep. Bryon Short, a small business owner and former aide to Sen. Thomas R. Carper, in the Democratic race to replace Rep. John Carney. In September, Carney announced he would run for governor rather than seek re-election.

The district has twice gone for President Barack Obama by double digits, so whoever wins the Democratic primary has a good shot at holding the seat.

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November 21, 2015

Vitter Won’t Seek Re-Election After Louisiana Governor’s Loss

Louisiana gubernatorial candidate Sen. David Vitter, R-La., reacts to the crowd during his election night watch party in Kenner, La., Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Max Becherer)

Vitter thanks supporters during his election night watch party in Kenner, La., on Saturday. (Max Becherer/AP Photo)

Republican Sen. David Vitter said he will not seek re-election next year after his stunning loss to Democrat John Bel Edwards in the Louisiana governor’s race.

“I came up short tonight,” he told supporters at his election night watch party in Kenner, La.

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November 16, 2015

Who’s on the House Retirement Watch List?

Rep. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., was one of three House members to retire in one day. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Lummis was one of three House members to announce she’d retire on Nov. 12. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 9:55 a.m. | If this week was any indication, retirement season started early this year.

Three members of Congress announced they would retire in rapid succession on Nov. 12, bringing the number of retirements so far this cycle to 14 — a much faster rate than the nine members who had announced their retirement by this same point.

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November 6, 2015

With the Senate Up for Grabs, All Eyes Are on the Presidential Race

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 03:  Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a news conference before a public signing for his new book "Crippled America: How to Make America Great Again," at the Trump Tower Atrium on November 3, 2015 in New York City. According to a new poll, Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon, has pulled ahead of Trump with 29% of Republican primary voters.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Democrats think that Trump at the top of the ticket will make their path to control of the Senate easier. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Among those watching the White House race most closely a year from Election Day are those who stand to gain the most from the top-of-the-ticket contest.

House and Senate candidates from both parties know their fates are closely tied to the fortunes of their parties’ respective presidential nominees and the tenor of the national conversation next November.

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November 3, 2015

Poll: Democrats Have Competitive Primary in Pennsylvania House Race

There is a competitive Democratic primary to replace Fitzpatrick, above, who is retiring in 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

There is a competitive Democratic primary to replace Fitzpatrick, above, who is retiring in 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

State Rep. Steve Santarsiero leads scientist Saughnessy Naughton in a competitive Democratic primary in Pennsylvania’s open 8th District, according to a poll released by Santarsiero’s campaign and provided first to CQ Roll Call.

But the poll finds both Santarsiero and Naughton are largely unknown among the competitive Bucks County-based district’s electorate with about six months to go until the primary. The seat is open in 2016 because of the retirement of GOP Rep. Michael G. Fitzpatrick.

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November 2, 2015

What to Watch for on Election Day

Bevin, who ran an unsuccessful GOP Senate primary in Kentucky in 2014, is trailing in a gubernatorial contest on Tuesday in the Bluegrass State. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Bevin, left, who ran an unsuccessful GOP Senate primary in Kentucky in 2014, is trailing in the Bluegrass State gubernatorial contest. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Voters in a handful of states across the country head to the polls Tuesday for a slate of elections that political handicappers use as an off-year election bellwether of what might happen in 2016.

And while no federal offices are on the table, results from these states will have implications for House and Senate contests in 2016.

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Florida Republican to Retire From Congress

Nugent is retiring in 2016 after serving three terms. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Nugent is retiring in 2016 after serving three terms. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 4 p.m. | Rep. Rich Nugent, R-Fla., will retire from Congress after just three terms, he announced Monday, saying he wants to spend more time with his family.

Nugent, 64, leaves vacant a safe Republican seat based in northwestern Florida. GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney won it in 2012 by a 19-point margin — meaning the Republican primary is likely to produce the next member from this seat.

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Special Election Date Set for Boehner Replacement

A special election to replace Boehner will be held June 7. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

A special election to replace Boehner will be held June 7. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican, has set the special election to replace former Speaker John A. Boehner for June 7, 2016, according to The Associated Press.

A primary for the seat will be held on March 15, which coincides with the Buckeye State’s presidential primary.

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October 29, 2015

Kathleen Matthews Scores EMILY’s List Endorsement

Matthews is running for Rep. Chris Van Hollen's open seat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Matthews is running for Van Hollen’s open seat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Maryland Democrat Kathleen Matthews on Thursday received an endorsement from EMILY’s List, a national group which has made it its mission to support Democratic women candidates.

In a statement, EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock said that in Matthews the group sees an opportunity to elect the first woman to Congress from Maryland’s 8th District, which is being vacated by Rep. Chris Van Hollen as he seeks the state’s open Senate seat.    Full story

October 28, 2015

Favorite Sons Pinching GOP Florida Senate Contributions

Two native sons running for president in Florida are casting a shadow over the state's Senate primary. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Bush, above, and Rubio’s presidential bids in Florida are casting a shadow over the fundraising race in the state’s Senate primary. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Two favorite sons of Florida running for president in the crowded GOP primary field are stunting fundraising for the 2016 Senate race in the Sunshine State, sucking up the time and attention span of Florida’s top donors, according to multiple Florida Republican operatives.

The presidential campaigns of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and outgoing Florida Sen. Marco Rubio have siphoned off the time and money from top donors that could be going to Republican Senate candidates. The cash squeeze has been so bad that the leading Democrat in the race raised nearly as much in the third quarter as the three top Republican candidates combined.

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October 26, 2015

Raskin Hopes Grass Roots Will Grow to Maryland House Win

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, center, speaks at a news conference in Annapolis, Md., Friday, March 15, 2013, after the Maryland General Assembly approved a measure to ban capital punishment. Also pictured from left is Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, NAACP President Ben Jealous, Maryland State Conference NAACP President Gerald Stansbury and Sen. Jamie Raskin, D-Montgomery County. The bill now goes to O'Malley, who is expected to sign it. Maryland would become the 18th state to abolish the death penalty. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Raskin, far right, listens as then-Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley speaks at a news conference in Annapolis after the Maryland General Assembly approved a measure to ban capital punishment in March 2013. (Patrick Semansky/AP File Photo)

Jamie Raskin defeated a 32-year incumbent in his first race for the Maryland state Senate in 2006. Now he faces the same tall odds as one of eight candidates running to succeed Rep. Chris Van Hollen, who’s giving up his 8th District seat to run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Mikulski.

 “I go in with great optimism of the will,” Raskin, the state Senate majority whip, told CQ Roll Call recently.

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October 21, 2015

Minnesota Democrat Wins Congressional Progressive Caucus Backing

Craig is seeking the DFL endorsement for the seat currently held by Kline, above. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Craig is seeking the DFL endorsement for the seat currently held by Kline, above. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Minnesota Democrat Angie Craig won the backing of the Congressional Progressive Caucus Wednesday in her quest to secure the Democratic-Farmer-Labor endorsement in Minnesota’s open 2nd District.

Securing the support of 72 members of Congress is a strong boost for Craig, who will be competing with physician Mary Lawrence for the party’s support at its convention next spring.

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