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Appearing on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show Monday, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said that most violent criminals are Democrats.
“Now listen, here’s the simple and undeniable fact. The overwhelming majority of violent criminals are Democrats. The media doesn’t report that,” the Republican presidential candidate said.
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.
David Vitter thought he was a survivor.
He won re-election by 20 points in 2010, 3 1/2 years after his prostitution scandal came to light. It was hard to imagine the scandal coming back to bite him. But six years later, it ended his political career.
New York Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney announced Tuesday she will challenge Rep. Richard Hanna, R-N.Y., in the Republican primary next year, setting up a fight between the three-term tea party state legislator against a moderate incumbent.
Tenney, who challenged Hanna in the 2014 primary, framed the race as one against a “Washington incumbent who betrays Republican and conservative values.” Full story
Rep. Chaka Fattah, the Philadelphia Democrat indicted on more than two-dozen counts of corruption, hired a campaign manager over the weekend and vowed to run for re-election — denying rumors that the legal battle ahead of him would force him to step aside.
Fattah will bring on Joe Certaine — a one-time aide to former Gov. Ed Rendell — to manage his campaign. Fattah also told CQ Roll Call on Monday he plans to roll out endorsements later this week, a move to show strength ahead of what’s looking like a tough primary battle for his seat.
If Republican Liz Cheney decides to give a second run for office in Wyoming a try, she will have to overcome some hard feelings from her first bid two years ago.
As short as her first campaign was, it had serious implications, including emboldening Sen. Michael B. Enzi, who had considered retirement; splitting her family over her comments about gay marriage; and “ticking off” the state’s political leaders, a Republican operative who works with campaigns in Wyoming said.
Tuesday night’s Republican presidential debate was relatively free of the rough and tumble personal attacks of the previous ones but did illuminate some of the deep divides among Republicans over immigration, the economy and national security.
In the end, the debate will do little to shake up the field but it could give change the narrative about one-time front-runner former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush from nervous donors concerned about a campaign on the ropes to one of fighting back.
Perhaps no one has as much riding on Tuesday’s GOP presidential debate as former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, once the presumed front-runner, who has struggled to energize his campaign in recent weeks.
But ahead of the debate, the latest The Economist/YouGov poll shows the percentage of Republicans who think Bush could win the general election falling.
Alabama Sen. Richard C. Shelby may finally have some use for the $19 million in his campaign account.
Filing just before the deadline, Iraq War veteran Jonathan McConnell announced on Friday that he would challenge the five-term Republican senator in a primary.
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.
Freshmen Republicans who won otherwise Democratic-leaning seats in last year’s GOP wave outnumber Democrats 7 to 3 on Roll Call’s list of the 10 most vulnerable House members a year out from Election Day.
Last cycle, seven of the 10 most vulnerable incumbents did not return to Congress: three retired, two lost primaries and two lost general elections.
When Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., was indicted in July on 29 corruption charges, strategists in the state questioned whether any strong candidates would challenge the 11-term incumbent in a primary his heavily Democratic Philadelphia-based seat.
They got their answer earlier this week when state Rep. Dwight Evans, a longtime Philadelphia politician with considerable clout among the Pennsylvania Democratic establishment, announced he’ll challenge Fattah in a primary in this safe Democratic seat. With Evans’ entrance into the contest, Democratic strategists say Fattah’s future in Congress looks a little less certain.
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.
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.