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February 12, 2016

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February 9, 2016

Presidential Contenders Stay Away From Vulnerable Guinta

UNITED STATES - JANUARY 23: Rep. Frank Guinta, R-N.H., attends the New Hampshire Republican Party #FITN Leadership Summit at the Radisson Hotel in Nashua, N.H., January 23, 2016. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Guinta, seen above at the New Hampshire Republican Party #FITN Leadership Summit in Nashua on Jan. 23, has multiple primary challengers. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

One of the most vulnerable members of the House is lurking in the shadows outside of New Hampshire’s presidential spotlight.

Attention on the Republican presidential candidates in the Granite State’s first in the nation primary on Tuesday would normally be a golden opportunity for a down-ballot incumbent like GOP Rep. Frank C. Guinta, who has $12,000 in his campaign account, to hitch a ride, boost his visibility and secure some much-needed donations.

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February 8, 2016

Randy Forbes Switches Virginia Districts for 2016 Race

 

Democrats are hoping that a redrawn 4th District will allow them to take on Forbes. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Forbes will run in the 2nd District. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Facing a redrawn 4th District much friendlier to Democrats, Virginia Republican Rep. J. Randy Forbes has decided to run for the 2nd District, currently held by retiring Rep. Scott Rigell.

Forbes, chairman of the Seapower and Projection Forces subcommittee of the Armed Services Committee, made national security the focus of his Monday announcement streamed live on his Facebook page, arguing that his place on the committee is good for Virginia and the military.

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January 15, 2016

Democrats Look to Narrow Field in District They Can’t Afford to Lose

Gibson's retirement sets off a competitive open-seat race. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Democrats think Gibson’s retirement gives them a good shot at picking up the 19th District. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Democratic county chairs in New York’s 19th District are meeting Saturday to select their candidate of choice in a must-win seat for the party to make gains in the House.

Democrats have no shortage of interested people in this Hudson Valley district that President Barack Obama carried twice. But the 19th isn’t classically blue. It’s rural and agricultural, and Democrats are anxious about landing a candidate who fits the turf — someone who will allow them to capitalize on presidential-year turnout and GOP Rep. Chris Gibson finally being off the ballot.

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January 12, 2016

Kay Hagan on Running Again: ‘Never Say Never’

Hagan serves on the Armed Services Committee. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Hagan started a new job at Akin Gump this week but didn’t rule out a return to elected office one day. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan is back to splitting her time between Washington and the Tar Heel State. She’s just not doing what she thought she’d be doing, or what Democrats hoped she would be doing in 2017.

After narrowly losing her 2014 re-election, Hagan taught at the Harvard Institute of Politics, and on Monday, she started a new job at the lobbying firm Akin Gump in Washington, D.C.

In the months after her loss, national Democrats tried to get her to run against Republican Sen. Richard M. Burr this cycle, but she ultimately passed on the race. “I’ve been in office for 16 years. And I really thought I’d be up here for at least another six. So obviously it’s disappointing that it did not turn out that way,” Hagan said when asked why she didn’t challenge Burr. Hagan served in the North Carolina Senate before running for U.S. Senate. Full story

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 8, 2016

Before Donald Trump, There Was Maine’s Paul LePage

LePage, shown here in 2013, is again garnering national media attention.  (John Ewing/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)

LePage, shown here in 2013, is again garnering national media attention. (John Ewing/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)

It’s not unusual for Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s comments to make national news.

The two-term Maine Republican has a penchant for speaking off the cuff in a similar tell-it-like-it-is manner as the presidential candidate whom he’s endorsed, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

But his most recent comments sound a lot more like current GOP front-runner Donald Trump, earning LePage — who as recently as Thursday said he was thinking “very seriously” about running for Senate in 2018 — more national attention. Full story

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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Virginia’s Robert Hurt To Retire After Three Terms

UNITED STATES - MAY 19: Rep. Robert Hurt, R-Va., leaves the House Republican Conference meeting at the Capitol Hill Club in Washington on Tuesday, May 19, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Hurt is expected to retire at the end of this term. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 11:30 a.m. December 23 | After representing Virginia’s 5th District for just three terms, GOP Rep. Robert Hurt will retire at the end of this term, he announced Wednesday.

Several Republican sources had confirmed to Roll Call on Tuesday that Hurt would retire at the end of this term.

The open seat should give Democrats a better opportunity to win, but it won’t vault into the first or second tier of opportunities. Mitt Romney carried the 5th District by 7 points in 2012 and Arizona Sen. John McCain won it by 3 points in 2008. Republican Ken Cuccinelli won the district by 10 points, 51-41 percent, over Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe in the 2013 gubernatorial race, according to Daily Kos Elections.
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December 21, 2015

Lindsey Graham Exiting Presidential Race

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Graham’s campaign never got traction. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

On the last day for candidates to remove their names from the South Carolina primary ballot, the Palmetto State’s senior senator, Lindsey Graham, dropped out of the presidential race. 

After breaking the news to his supporters on a Monday morning conference call, Graham made the announcement publicly in a video message Monday.

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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 11, 2015

Scott Tipton Not Running for Colorado Senate Seat

Tipton says he's not running for Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Tipton says he’s not running for Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Colorado 3rd District Rep. Scott Tipton, who had long said he wasn’t “closing doors on anything,” told Roll Call Friday afternoon that he will be running for re-election to his House seat rather than running for the Senate.

“You know, we’ve got a lot of issue we’re working on that are incredibly important for my part of the state and our state at large. And we’ve had some success, and that’s where we’re focused,” Tipton said.

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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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December 8, 2015

Trump Puts Republican Candidates in a Corner

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)

Trump’s comments about Muslims have the GOP worried. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Republican congressional candidates have been slow to take a position on GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump’s call for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.”

Trump has put Republican Senate candidates into the position of either addressing his comments and alienating Republicans who agree with Trump, or staying silent and hurting themselves with voters in the general election.

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December 3, 2015

DSCC Picks Elizabeth Warren Chief of Staff to Lead IE Efforts

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has selected Mindy Myers to run its independent expenditure arm this cycle.

Chief of staff to Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren for the past three years, Myers previously managed Warren’s 2012 campaign as well as several other winning Senate campaigns in the Northeast.

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By Simone Pathé Posted at 7:40 a.m.
Democrats, DSCC, IEs, People

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