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February 10, 2016

Congressional Black Caucus PAC to Endorse Clinton

UNITED STATES - JANUARY 6: Incoming chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., right, waits with Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., center, Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., left, and the rest of the CBC membership to enter the CVC Auditorium for the ceremonial swearing-in of the Congressional Black Caucus of the 114th Congress on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The CBC, chaired by Butterfield, right, will officially endorse Clinton on Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The Congressional Black Caucus PAC has voted to endorse Hillary Clinton for president and will make an official endorsement Thursday, CBC Chairman Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., said Wednesday.

Addressing reporters in the Speaker’s Lobby, Butterfield said at least a dozen CBC members with be campaigning on the ground in South Carolina ahead of the state’s Democratic primary on Feb. 27.

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As Intraparty Divisions Fade, New Hampshire Gears Up for Next Competitive Race

UNITED STATES - AUGUST 26: Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., arrives for a tour of Mikrolar Inc., a robotics company in Hampton, N.H., on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

With presidential campaigns emptying out, New Hampshire is getting ready for a competitive Senate race.  (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Presidential campaign signs are piling up at New Hampshire’s transfer stations (more colloquially known as dumps), their temporary place of rest until called up for their next mission — a deployment to Massachusetts’ or Maine’s nominating contests, perhaps, or a repeat Granite State tour in November.

After the first-in-the-nation primary, public works crews pluck yard signs from the state’s highway medians and deliver them to transfer stations, where campaigns can retrieve them. With candidates now long gone for sunnier states, their entourages and the national media flock to the next stop on the primary trail, leaving Manchester quiet, save for the local chatter about how well Donald Trump performed Tuesday night and what a bad couple of days Florida Sen. Marco Rubio had.

However, New Hampshire voters are famously politically engaged, and this isn’t the end for them. Once packed up and sent on its way, the presidential infrastructure will give way to one of the nation’s most competitive Senate races. Polls have showed Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte and Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan nearly tied in a race that’s expected to be a nail-biter until the end.

But first, the respective parties have to get back on the same page after a surprisingly divisive Democratic primary and a Republican primary that saw a record number of contenders. Full story

What We Learned From New Hampshire


Trump passed a big test in New Hampshire but he’ll face a bigger one in South Carolina. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Donald Trump and Sen. Bernard Sanders scored big wins in New Hampshire but the campaign for each party’s nomination turns south and west, where the real race begins, according to political analysts and strategists Roll Call asked to analyze the Tuesday’s results.

Here are their takes on what happened on Tuesday and what will happen next in South Carolina and Nevada:

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February 9, 2016

Quiz: How Much Do You Know About the New Hampshire Primary?

Attendees take a selfie before a before Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., speaks at a rally in Manchester, N.H., on Feb. 8, 2016. (Meredith Dake-O'Connor/CQ Roll Call)

Attendees take a selfie before a before Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., speaks at a rally in Manchester, N.H., on Monday. (Meredith Dake-O’Connor/CQ Roll Call)

You’ve been following the New Hampshire primary for the 2016 presidential election pretty closely. But have you been following closely enough?

Take our quiz to see if you know as much as CQ Roll Call’s experts.

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The Big Question in New Hampshire: Where Does Rubio Finish?

In their last two presidential primaries, Republicans left New Hampshire with a much clearer view of who would become their party’s White House pick thanks to victories from eventual nominees John McCain and Mitt Romney.

Whether the GOP will gain the same clarity Tuesday night might depend entirely on Marco Rubio’s performance — and if one of a trio of gubernatorial rivals can knock him off his new perch as the pick of the party establishment.

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February 3, 2016

In Iowa, Fight Over Democratic Votes Might Linger

UNITED STATES - FEB 1. - Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., greets supporters on the rope line at his caucus night rally at the Holiday Inn Des Moines Airport and Conference Center, on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Sanders greets supporters on the rope line at his caucus night rally at the Holiday Inn Des Moines Airport and Conference Center on Monday. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

DES MOINES, Iowa — Has the Hanging Chad become the Hung-Up App?

In 2000, the site of poll workers evaluating whether “hanging chads” from paper ballots would be counted in the Florida presidential contest became a defining metaphor for the closeness of the election of George W. Bush over Al Gore.

In Iowa, in 2016, the closeness of the Democratic presidential caucuses has been underscored by stories throughout the state that the Microsoft application that precinct chairmen used to report results was experiencing delays, prompting the state party to enlist the campaigns to help track down the tallies in 90 precincts, or roughly 5 percent of the vote. Full story

February 2, 2016

Dust Begins to Settle in Iowa With Clinton Edge

Becker, right, said “there’s probably going to be squabbles” about the missing votes. (Photo Courtesy Brent Roske)

DES MOINES, Iowa — After a tense night and early morning trying to account for missing votes in errant precincts, the Iowa Democratic Party declared Tuesday that it had received results from 100 percent of the state’s precincts and could confirm a razor-thin victory for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Late on Monday night, the party informed the campaigns of Clinton and Sen. Bernard Sanders that it had no results for 90 precincts across the state, which could account for as much as 5 percent of the total vote. The party asked the campaigns for help in getting a tally for those missing results. Then around noon Tuesday, central time, the Iowa Democratic party said 100 percent of precincts were reporting, sealing Clinton’s win. Full story

February 1, 2016

Going Full Grassley on the Iowa Caucuses

UNITED STATES - JANUARY 29 - Republican presidential candidate, Ohio Gov. John Kasich speaks as Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, departs during a campaign stop at the National Czech & Slovak Museum and Library, Friday, Jan. 29, 2016, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Kasich, left, and Grassley address a rally at the National Czech & Slovak Museum and Library in Cedar Rapids. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

WATERLOO, Iowa — Republican candidates learn a lot on the trail when they’re competing in Iowa’s first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses. Along with the sanctity of ethanol and the primacy of pork products, they eventually grasp this is Sen. Charles E. Grassley’s state. When you run for president here, at some point, Iowa’s senior senator will appear alongside you, and everyone knows who he is.

“I didn’t know Grassley was going to show up,” said Bill Davidson, a bartender at The Supervisors Club, where the senator was introducing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Davidson sounded impressed, as if the event, being repeated over and over throughout the state in the run-up to Monday’s caucuses, had been elevated.

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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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January 15, 2016

New York Republicans Rip Ted Cruz on ‘New York Values’

UNITED STATES - MARCH 10: Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., arrives to speak during the International Association of Fire Fighters Presidential Forum at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 10, 2015. The day featured addresses by potential presidential candidates. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

King said he can’t see himself doing much to support Cruz. The day featured addresses by potential presidential candidates. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Republican Rep. Peter King said he can’t see himself “working or doing anything for Ted Cruz,” after the Texas senator’s disparaging comments about “New York values” while criticizing Donald Trump in Thursday’s Republican presidential debate.

“Everyone understands that the values in New York City are socially liberal or pro-abortion or pro-gay marriage, focus around money and the media,” Cruz said.

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January 14, 2016

Pa. Senate Candidates Choose Sides With Endorsements

Fetterman is running for Senate in Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Fetterman announced his support for Sanders on Thursday. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Two of the candidates to be the Democratic nominee to run against Sen. Patrick J. Toomey, R-Pa., are also on opposing sides of the Democratic presidential primary.

On Thursday, Braddock Mayor John Fetterman posted his support for Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., on his Twitter account and in a video, saying, “the interests of corporations, the interests of the establishment, the interests of big money are not the interests of working families all across the Commonwealth or across this country.”

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January 6, 2016

Autism Advocates Cautiously Optimistic on Clinton Proposal

A majority of millennials want Democrats to hold the White House in 2016, and Clinton leads the field. (File Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Clinton rolled out a series of policy proposals regarding autism Tuesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Editor’s Note: This story’s author is one of the many U.S. adults on the spectrum. While the number of children on the autism spectrum has been identified as 1 in 68 in the U.S., there has not been a comprehensive survey of adults on the spectrum.)

Many in the autism community are optimistic about Hillary Clinton’s language in her policy proposals for autism, but they are waiting to see what happens if she is elected president. Full story

December 24, 2015

Poll: Low Confidence in Leaders Dealing With Terrorism

MINNEAPOLIS, MN -  DECEMBER 15: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at the University of Minnesota on December 15, 2015 in Minneapolis, MN. During the speech Clinton announced her counterterrorism strategy to protect the United States if elected President. Ten Minnesota men have been arrested and charged with attempting to join the Islamic State. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

While 40 percent said they were confident with how Clinton would deal with terrorism, 46 percent said they would be uneasy. (Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

A new poll shows more Americans are concerned about terrorism than the economy for the first time since the Great Recession, and they don’t have much confidence in how President Barack Obama is handling it or how those running to replace him would.

A Economist/YouGov poll shows that 18 percent of Americans say terrorism is their most important issue while 15 percent say the economy is.

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December 18, 2015

Sanders’ Campaign Takes DNC to Court

Sanders addressed reporters Tuesday in the Ohio Clock Corridor. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Sanders’ campaign has been penalized for accessing Clinton’s campaign data. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Bernard Sanders’ presidential campaign on Friday filed suit against the Democratic National Committee after its access to DNC voter files was suspended because a Sanders campaign staffer accessed files from Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

At a news conference on Friday, Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver said the staffer was fired and said they were not aware of any data being exported.

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December 17, 2015

Sanders Scores Progressive and Labor Endorsements Over Clinton

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 12: Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., leave the Senate Democrats' policy luncheon on Tuesday, May 12, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Sanders received the endorsement of Democracy for America, which tried to draft Sen. Elizabeth Warren to run for president (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Bernard Sanders received a big boost to his campaign Thursday with the endorsements of Communications Workers of America and Democracy for America and emphasized the grassroots nature of the endorsements.

At a news conference with Sanders, Chris Shelton, president of the CWA, emphasized that the decision came directly from union members themselves after the union asked if it should endorse in the election, and if so, who should it endorse.

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