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January 19, 2016

GOP Poll Underscores Competitiveness of Israel’s District

A new GOP poll underscores the competitiveness of the seat Israel is vacating. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A new GOP poll underscores the competitiveness of the seat Israel is vacating. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

When Democratic Rep. Steve Israel announced his retirement earlier this year, he said he wanted to leave Congress during a presidential year to give Democrats a greater shot at holding his seat.

But Republicans are pointing to new poll commissioned by the Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC tied to House GOP leadership, and obtained by Roll Call to underscore the competitiveness of his district.

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December 29, 2015

8 Senate Races to Watch as 4th Quarter Fundraising Ends

Hassan ignored a question from CQ Roll Call about her 2016 plans to greet two mounted police officers in Dover, N.H. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The fourth quarter will be Hassan’s first to file as a Senate candidate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

With the end of the year comes the end of another fundraising quarter. And while campaigns are not required to file their quarterly reports with the Federal Election Commission until Jan. 31, now begins a month of speculation about who will end the year on a high note and who will ring in 2016 needing to step up their cash game.

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December 22, 2015

Conservative Groups Not Rushing to Help Burr Primary Challenger

Brannon speaks during his campaign rally at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte on Monday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Brannon has launched a repeat bid for Senate after losing it in 2014’s GOP primary.  (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Obstetrician and 2014 Senate candidate Greg Brannon barely snuck under Monday’s filing deadline to challenge North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr in March’s primary.

Whether that’s too late for Brannon to amass the tea party support he might need to unseat a two-term senator remains to be seen, but so far, the kinds of groups that would back an anti-incumbent challenger such as Brannon don’t sound effusive about his candidacy.

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December 17, 2015

Toomey First Target of Senate Majority PAC Digital Campaign

 (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Toomey is the first target of the Senate Majority PAC’s 1.5 million ad buy. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

UPDATED: 3:25 p.m. | The Senate Majority PAC launched a $1.5 million digital advertising campaign targeting vulnerable Republicans up in 2016, the group told Roll Call on Thursday.

The first advertisements will begin appearing in Pennsylvania against Republican Sen. Patrick J. Toomey on Facebook, Twitter and the massive Google ad network used by many websites. Full story

December 16, 2015

McCain Ends 2015 Without a Serious Challenge From Right

McCain will run for re-election, he announced Tuesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

McCain will made it out of 2015 mostly unfazed from his right. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A year that began with concerns among members of his team over whether Arizona Sen. John McCain would face a viable primary challenger from his right is ending with the fifth-term Republican looking mostly unfazed.

Though about six months remain between now and Arizona’s June 1 candidate filing deadline, all but one of the Republicans in the state’s congressional delegation — Rep. David Schweikert — have said they will not run against him, and the three GOP candidates in the race against him haven’t gained much traction. Full story

December 10, 2015

Democrats Tie Vulnerable Members to Donald Trump

Coffman could run for Senate (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call).

Democrats are trying to tie Coffman to Trump. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Donald Trump’s call for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States” has intensified Democratic attempts to tie vulnerable members of the House and Senate — even those who have already criticized Trump’s comments — to the GOP presidential front-runner.

“You can denounce his comments but that only means so much if you would still vote for him,” a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee aide said Wednesday.

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December 8, 2015

Club for Growth Endorses Renee Ellmers Challenger (Updated)

Ellmers faces at least three primary challengers. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Ellmers faces at least three primary challengers. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 12:29 p.m. | In its first endorsement of a challenger to an incumbent this cycle, the Club for Growth on Tuesday backed Republican Jim Duncan against Rep. Renee Ellmers in North Carolina’s safe Republican 2nd District.

Although Ellmers faces at least three primary challengers, the Club concluded that Duncan, a retired businessman who chairs the Chatham County GOP, has the most viable campaign operation and the best shot at winning.

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December 6, 2015

Democratic Challengers Make Gun Control a Security Issue

 (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

In the wake of terror attacks and mass shootings, Democrats are making their gun control argument more about national security. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Gun control has rarely been a winning general election issue for Democrats — and they know it. But the renewed focus on homeland security after the terror attacks in Paris and two mass shootings at home has given Democrats an opening to try to make it one. Full story

December 1, 2015

Evangelicals Make Environmental Issues About ‘Caring for God’s Creation’

The Evangelical Environmental Network encourage Kirk to vote against a measure to kill Obama's clean power plan. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Evangelical Environmental Network encourage Kirk to vote against a measure to kill Obama’s clean power plan. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Evangelical Environmental Network is just what it sounds like: a ministry of evangelicals, mostly Republicans, who believe climate change is dangerous and worth fighting.

“I’m a Republican, and our organization is designed to reach out to evangelicals who are, by and large, conservative politically as well,” Rev. Mitchell Hescox, president of EEN told CQ Roll Call last week.

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November 20, 2015

GOP Hindu-American Political Arm Emerges for 2016 Elections

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, third from left, and House Rules Committee chairman Pete Sessions, R-Texas, second from right, light candles during the official launch of the Republican Hindu Coalition at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Tuesday, November 17, 2015. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Gingrich, third from left, and Sessions, second from right, light candles during the official launch of the Republican Hindu Coalition in Washington. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Indian-Americans make up one of the of the fastest growing segments of the U.S. population and generally lean Democratic. But Shalabh ‘Shalli’ Kumar – a wealthy Chicago businessman who immigrated from India nearly 50 years ago – is hoping to change that.

This year, Kumar founded a new group called the Republican Hindu Coalition to try to consolidate Hindu-American support in key battleground states ahead of the 2016 election for Republicans.

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October 27, 2015

Ryan Is a Boehner ‘Mini-Me’ to Some Conservatives

Ryan and Boehner, seen here in 2012, are facing similar attacks from tea-party outlets that once tolerated them. ( Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Ryan, left, and Boehner are facing similar attacks from tea party outlets that once tolerated them. ( Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Just weeks after Republicans won control of the House in 2010, John A. Boehner celebrated his 61st birthday with a cake with green frosting.

It was actually a double celebration. That same day, Nov. 17, 2010, he was elected speaker-designate by the Republican conference with unanimous support — a present he never enjoyed again.

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October 7, 2015

Little-Understood Export-Import Bank Becomes Politically Significant

Poliquin hasn't announced an official position on the bank. Above, he participates in the House Financial Services Committee on the bank in June. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Poliquin hasn’t announced an official position on the bank. Above, he participates in the House Financial Services Committee on the bank in June. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 11:30 a.m. | No politician wants to be accused of jeopardizing jobs in his or her state.

That’s the corner GOP Rep. Bruce Poliquin found himself in this fall, when Democrats attacked him for being out of touch with his district on reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank.

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August 13, 2015

Campaign Finance Reform PAC Wants to Be a Player in 2016

Bennet is one of two Senate race endorsements End Citizens United PAC has made so far this cycle. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Bennet is one of two Senate race endorsements End Citizens United PAC has made so far this cycle. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A new campaign finance reform political action committee expects to be among the top five outside groups to assist campaigns this cycle. 

End Citizens United PAC has raised more than $2 million from its online supporters since it formed in March and says it’s on track to raise $25 to $30 million to funnel through a yet-to-be-created independent expenditure arm.

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August 12, 2015

Two Democrats Get J Street Help in Maryland Senate Race

Edwards and Van Hollen are running for Senate in 2016. (Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly File Photo)

Edwards and Van Hollen are running for Senate in 2016. (Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly File Photo)

Ever since the major Democratic contest between Reps. Donna Edwards and Chris Van Hollen began for Maryland’s open Senate seat, both campaigns have been wondering who the major liberal Jewish lobby organization J Street would end up helping in the race.

On Wednesday, they got their answer: Both.

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August 4, 2015

Democratic Primary to Challenge Zeldin Will Be Competitive (Updated)

Lee Zeldin

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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