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July 29, 2015

Will a Candidate Emerge From Baltimore in Maryland Senate Primary?

Ruppersberger, left, is a Baltimore Democrat mulling a campaign for U.S. Senate in Maryland. (File Photo by Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Ruppersberger is a Baltimore Democrat mulling a campaign for U.S. Senate in Maryland. (File Photo by Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

While two candidates from the D.C. suburbs are running for the Democratic nomination for Maryland’s open U.S. Senate seat, no candidate has emerged from Baltimore.

Democratic Reps. Donna Edwards and Chris Van Hollen have already begun their fight to grab retiring Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski’s seat. But members of the state’s congressional delegation from Baltimore are still quietly considering whether there is a path to victory for a candidate such as them to run as a voice for the state’s less affluent urban core against those from the wealthy suburbs.

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July 24, 2015

Conservative Groups Not Sold on John McCain Challenger

McCain speaks to reporters in the Ohio Clock Corridor. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Conservative outside groups have made it crystal clear they want John McCain out of the Senate, but a fog remains over whether any will back the Arizona Republican’s most prominent opponent so far.

While state Sen. Kelli Ward, a doctor who hails from a predominantly rural district in Lake Havasu City, is the most well-known Republican to enter the race, she has yet to earn the backing of some of the major conservative organizations able to offer significant financial support. Full story

July 23, 2015

Pennsylvania Democrats Get a Senate Candidate — and a Primary

Two Democrats are vying to take on Toomey. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Pennsylvania Democrats say they’re unsure how divisive the forthcoming Senate primary will get or how impactful it will prove in achieving the party’s ultimate goal of defeating Republican Sen. Patrick J. Toomey and winning back the Senate.

Katie McGinty’s resignation Thursday as chief of staff to Gov. Tom Wolf sets up a nomination battle for a must-win seat. Her decision to run is a score for national Democrats, who had searched for an alternative to Joe Sestak, a quirky former Navy admiral and ex-congressman who lost a close race to Toomey in 2010. Full story

July 22, 2015

Tossup New York House Race Starting to Take Shape

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

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

The heart of summer may have passed, but the temperature in New York’s 19th District is only starting to warm up.

Democrats see it as a top-tier pickup opportunity, a rare open-seat House race in a tossup district that President Barack Obama won twice. The GOP is gearing up to defend it in a presidential election year that could include former Empire State Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton at the top of the ticket. Full story

July 20, 2015

David Jolly Becomes Fourth Republican in Florida Senate Race

Jolly is running for Senate in Florida. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Jolly is running for Senate in Florida. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. David Jolly, R-Fla., officially entered Florida’s open Senate contest Monday, becoming the fourth Republican running for his party’s nomination for the ultra-competitive seat.

“Based on my record as a conservative who has gotten results in the United States Congress and who has advanced the conservative principles we ran on, I am asking the people of Florida to let me serve as their next United States Senator,” Jolly told the Tampa Bay Times.

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Colorado Candidate ‘Immediately Serious’ With $1M Loan

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

Democrats looking to challenge Coffman may first have to win a primary. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Few House candidates post $1 million quarterly fundraising hauls.

Arizona Rep. Martha McSally did it in the 2nd quarter, but she has the advantage of incumbency and the establishment support that comes with it.

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July 17, 2015

Kathleen Matthews Defends Donation to Blunt

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

Matthews introduced herself to voters when she kicked off her campaign in June. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 5:28 p.m. | As she seeks the Democratic nomination in Maryland’s 8th Congressional District, political newcomer Kathleen Matthews might have a hurdle to jump in convincing Free State voters of her progressive bona fides.

Matthews, a former Marriot executive and a longtime D.C.-area TV news anchor, contributed $2,600 to Republican Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri in 2014. During an appearance Friday on The Kojo Nnamdi Show on WAMU, Matthews was asked about the contribution.

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Failed but Not Forgotten, Linda McMahon Keeps Hand in GOP

NJ Governor Chris Christie Campaigns With Connecticut Senate Candidate Linda McMahon

McMahon campaigns with Christie in the closing weeks before her failed 2012 Senate run. (Getty Images file photo)

There was a time in 2012 when it looked like Connecticut might do what it had never done before: Elect a female senator.

WWE co-founder and former CEO Linda McMahon was investing tens of millions of dollars of her personal fortune trying to become the state’s first Republican senator in more than two decades.

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July 16, 2015

Edwards Shakes Off Van Hollen’s Outside Money Pledge

Edwards is competing against Van Hollen in Maryland's competitive Democratic primary. (File Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Edwards is competing against Van Hollen in Maryland’s competitive Democratic primary. (File Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

On the heels of a fundraising quarter during which she was seriously out-raised by her Democratic rival, Rep. Donna Edwards said Thursday she disagreed with a proposal offered by Rep. Chris Van Hollen to try to keep outside money out of their race to replace outgoing Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski.

Van Hollen’s campaign manager emailed Edwards’ campaign manager Thursday morning asking her to join Van Hollen in signing the “Free State Pledge,” a proposal that would require the two campaigns to pay 50 percent of the cost of an outside-financed advertising buy to a charity of the opposing candidate’s choice.

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Making Their Mark: Rating 2016 Campaign Logos

Walker unveiled his campaign logo when he announced he was running on Monday. (Getty Images photo)

Walker unveiled his campaign logo when he announced he was running on Monday.

Presidential candidates’ logos are just part of a campaign’s effort to connect with voters, but they say a lot about the candidate’s brand and help with name recognition.

CQ Roll Call asked designers who specialize in creating logos and brand identity what they thought about the 2016 crop of candidates’ logos. Here are some of their critiques.

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Louisiana Campaigns Tread Water Until Vitter’s Race

If Vitter is elected Louisiana's next governor, political dominoes there could quickly start to fall.  (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

If Vitter is elected Louisiana’s next governor, political dominoes there could quickly start to fall. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

For a number of ambitious Republicans in Louisiana, a whole lot hinges on the state’s gubernatorial election later this year — and Sen. David Vitter.

Vitter is one of four candidates facing off in the Pelican State’s “jungle primary” in October. He will be up against two other Republicans and one Democrat in a race that, unless a single candidate gets half the vote, would advance the two top candidates to a runoff in late November. Full story

Designers on 2016 Presidential Campaign Logos: Meh

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s entrance into the 2016 presidential race also meant the unveiling of his campaign logo: a bolded version of his last name with an American flag standing in for the letter “E.”

Professional designers for the most part were not impressed with Walker’s logo — especially given its similarity to the logo of eyewear company America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses. And the general consensus on his logo and those of his rivals? A resounding “meh.”

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7 Key Numbers From Second Quarter Fundraising

McSally raised $1 million in the second quarter, a huge sum for a House member. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

McSally raised $1 million in the second quarter, a huge sum for a House member. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

With the 2016 elections still more than a year away, a dive into quarterly fundraising reports is one of the best ways to assess the viability of campaigns.

Those who add to their war chests by consistently raising large sums show strength. While those who underperform accumulate doubt.

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July 13, 2015

McCain Primary Opponent’s Website Reveals Plans Early

A screen shot of Ward's website where her campaign prematurely plans to run for U.S. Senate. (Roll Call photo)

A screen shot of Ward’s website where her campaign prematurely revealed plans to run for U.S. Senate. (Roll Call photo)

Arizona state Sen. Kelli Ward is expected to announce her primary challenge against Republican Sen. John McCain on Tuesday. But on Monday, her campaign sort of let the cat out of the bag.

The main page of Ward’s campaign website on Monday showed a fundraising appeal. But earlier in the day, if a visitor typed in “KelliWard.com/about,” they would see a 404 error page, which linked to a series of posts on the “campaign news” section declaring Ward’s intentions. The posts were taken down from the section later Monday.

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Danny Tarkanian to Run for Nevada House Seat

Tarkanian is running for Nevada's open 3rd District. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Tarkanian is running for Nevada’s open 3rd District. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republican Danny Tarkanian, the son of the legendary University of Nevada, Las Vegas, basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian, announced a bid Monday for the Silver State’s open 3rd District, setting up a GOP primary in a tossup race.

Tarkanian will challenge state Sen. Michael Roberson for the Republican nomination in this seat — left vacant because of GOP Rep. Joe Heck’s Senate bid.

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