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June 29, 2015

State Senator Considering Run for Arizona Open House Seat

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Kirkpatrick is giving up her House seat to run for McCain’s Senate seat. (File Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Arizona State Sen. Barbara McGuire, a Democrat, said Monday she is considering a run for the Democratic nomination in the state’s 1st Congressional District.

In a statement, McGuire stopped short of declaring her candidacy. Instead, she said she plans to “take the next few weeks to discuss the possibility” with people she knows and her constituents.

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June 25, 2015

Democrats Search for Katko Opponent in New York Swing District

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Democrats have targeted freshman incumbent Katko but haven’t yet come up with a candidate to challenge him. (File Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

As political parties pick up the pace of recruiting candidates ahead of next year’s congressional elections, Democrats are searching for a candidate in NY’s 24th Congressional District to challenge what they see as a vulnerable incumbent.

Considered one of only 10 Tossup districts in the country by the Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report/Roll Call, both parties have made winning the seat a top priority. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has targeted first-term Rep. John Katko on its “One-Term Wonders” list of Republican freshmen, and the National Republican Congressional Committee placed Katko in the party’s Patriot Program, which is meant to protect its most at-risk incumbents.

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June 24, 2015

Miller to Announce Bid for Rubio’s Senate Seat (Updated)

Miller will run for Senate in Florida. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Miller will run for Senate in Florida. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 11:40 p.m. | Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., will run for the Sunshine State’s open Senate seat, according to a source with knowledge of Miller’s plans. A second source said the announcement could come next week.

Miller will be the third Republican to officially enter the contest to replace Sen. Marco Rubio, who is vacating the competitive seat to run for president. Miller will be the third member of Congress in the race.

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June 23, 2015

Army Vet to Run Against Pennsylvania Congressman (Updated)

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Costello is a Pennsylvania Republican. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

 

Updated, 12:45 p.m. | A Republican-turned-Democrat announced Tuesday he’s making a second run for the Pennsylvania 6th District House seat currently held by Republican Rep. Ryan A. Costello.

Malvern businessman and Chester County Democrats executive committee member Mike Parrish, a West Point graduate, former Army aviator and current Army Reserve colonel, is the first Democrat to announce his entry into the race, which is rated as Favored Republican by the Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report/Roll Call.

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June 19, 2015

GOP Pollster to Christian Group: Balance Ideology With Electability

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Bolger said Republicans will have to quickly rally around their presidential candidate if the nominating process stretches into the summer. (File Photo by Tom Williams/Roll Call).

A top Republican pollster on Friday stressed to a gathering of the Christian right the need for an electable Republican presidential nominee, saying a nominee who can beat Hillary Rodham Clinton is a top priority among Republican voters.

With a wide open Republican field, Glen Bolger told the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority Conference his research shows that for GOP voters, electability might outweigh how close a candidate aligns to their values.

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June 18, 2015

Cruz, Paul and Rubio Make Their Case to the Faithful

Cruz greets guests at the Faith & Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority conference. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Cruz greets guests at the Faith & Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority conference. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Of the three presidential candidates who spoke at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority Conference in Washington, D.C., Thursday, there was no question whom the audience was waiting for.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz walked on and offstage to raucous applause. The 300 or so lunching faithful erupted into cheers even before his introduction was complete.

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Fleischmann Prepares for Fighting Off Another Primary Challenge

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Fleischmann, speaking Wednesday as he arrives at the Capitol for votes, said he is more involved in fundraising this cycle. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

 

Tennessee Republican Rep. Chuck Fleischmann knows a thing or two — or three — about tough primaries; and he’s stockpiling money for a fourth.

Fleischmann’s primaries have never really been about ideology. His district went for Mitt Romney by 28 points in 2012, and he’s dished out plenty of red meat rhetoric to them. Earlier this month at a GOP gathering in Chattanooga, he said of his guest, conservative South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy, “Whether you are Hillary Clinton or any other lefty out there, you better beware because Trey Gowdy is out there and he is going to get you.”

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June 17, 2015

Unions Target California Democrat Over Vote on Trade

Unions are searching for a primary opponent to Costa over his trade stance. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Unions are searching for a primary opponent to Costa over his trade stance. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 5:40 p.m. | Updated to better define Rob England’s job title.

The Democrats’ battle over trade is not yet over, but unions are already zeroing in on a scapegoat: California Rep. Jim Costa.

Costa is one of 28 Democrats who voted for Trade Promotion Authority last week — a vote that would give President Barack Obama the power to negotiate a trade agreement with Pacific Rim nations. Unions, which say Obama’s plan will cost jobs in the U.S., have frozen campaign contributions to Democrats and threatened to put up candidates in primaries against those who support Obama’s trade agenda.

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June 15, 2015

Outside Conservative Groups Playing Defense This Cycle

Lee, who rose to power in an anti-incubment wave, now benefits from the same protections as other incumbents. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Lee, who rose to power in an anti-incumbent wave, now benefits from the same protections as other incumbents. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Five years ago, Mike Lee rode the anti-establishment wave and unseated Utah Sen. Robert F. Bennett, one of the first casualties of the tea party revolution.

This cycle, with Lee in the Senate, conservative outside groups — known in the past for provoking GOP primaries against incumbents — share a common goal with the National Republican Senatorial Committee in deflating primary challenges from Lee’s left and defending him in the general election.

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June 8, 2015

Van Hollen’s Former Staffers to Host Fundraiser

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A number of Van Hollen’s former staffers are contributing to his campaign. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Updated, June 9, 7:30 a.m. | Along with congressional leadership experience and some high-profile endorsements, Rep. Chris Van Hollen has another source of funds for his U.S. Senate campaign: some influential former staffers.

The “Van Hollen Alumni and Friends” are hosting a fundraiser at Sonoma Bar & Restaurant on Capitol Hill Wednesday evening to benefit the seven-term Maryland Democrat’s campaign, according to a fundraiser invitation obtained by CQ Roll Call.  And the host committee list reads like a who’s who of former Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee staffers from Van Hollen’s tenure as chairman for the 2008 and 2010 cycles. Full story

June 4, 2015

Arizona’s Salmon Bides His Time on McCain Challenge

Salmon said some of his colleagues have been pressing him to run for Senate. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Salmon said some of his colleagues have been pressing him to run for Senate against McCain. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The pressure for Arizona Rep. Matt Salmon to challenge Sen. John McCain doesn’t end with conservative outside groups hoping to unseat the five-term senator.

“Numerous members in the House — and some members of the Senate,” have encouraged Salmon to run in a GOP primary, “which has shocked me greatly,” the congressman told CQ Roll Call Wednesday.

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June 3, 2015

Kathleen Matthews Joins Race for Van Hollen’s Seat

Matthews introduces herself to voters. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Matthews introduces herself to voters. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The race to succeed Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen in Maryland’s 8th District became even more crowded Wednesday, when former Marriott executive and news anchor Kathleen Matthews announced her candidacy.

“I have spent a lifetime shattering the glass ceiling, advocating for women and children in all of my career work as well as being a strong fighter for human dignity, opportunity, as well as equality,” Matthews said outside the Silver Spring Metro station. “And those are the values that I want to bring to the U.S. Congress.” Full story

June 1, 2015

DCCC Isn’t ‘Rushing’ to Make Endorsements

Luján is the chairman of the DCCC. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Ben Ray Luján is the chairman of the DCCC. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Exactly two years ago, a crop of Democratic House recruits were in Washington, D.C., being fêted by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

The seven recruits were in the initial crop of the newly launched Jumpstart program, which sought to squash potential primary battles in top-target races by supporting seemingly strong recruits early.

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May 27, 2015

Why Titus Won’t Run for Reid’s Senate Seat

Titus will seek re-election in Nevada's 1st District. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Titus will seek re-election in Nevada’s 1st District instead of running for the Senate seat that Reid is vacating. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Some jobs are too good to risk. Even for a Senate bid.

That’s how Nevada Rep. Dina Titus feels about her job representing the state’s 1st District.

“I’d hate to start over as a freshman in the Senate from a small state,” she told CQ Roll Call Wednesday afternoon.

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May 20, 2015

Sanchez Stumbles Prompt SoCal Angst

Sanchez is running for Senate in California. (By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sanchez had a rough week announcing a Senate bid. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Long shut out of statewide office, Southern California Democrats saw a glimmer of hope last week, when Orange County Rep. Loretta Sanchez announced a bid for the Golden State’s open Senate seat.

But a series of stumbles out of the gate has left some of them hesitant about whether they will back her uphill battle against state Attorney General Kamala Harris — with some waiting on Rep. Xavier Becerra, who is still considering jumping into the primary.

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