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January 14, 2016

GOP Lawmakers: Presidential Race Won’t Set Our Agenda

Cruz, left, and Trump, right, are at the top of the GOP polls. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Cruz, left, and Trump, right, are at the top of the GOP polls. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

BALTIMORE — As House and Senate Republicans gathered to plot policy here Thursday, they vowed not to let the divisive campaign for the presidential nomination set their agenda in Congress.

Rather than try to fashion measure that suits the crowded field of presidential contenders, GOP leaders said they plan to use the next congressional session to present Americans with their vision for the country. They hope their plan will eventually merge with the priorities of the Republican nominee and boost the party’s returns in November, delivering the White House and maintaining a Senate majority.

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January 13, 2016

Duncan Goes on Air in North Carolina Primary Against Ellmers

Ellmers will not run for Senate. (Bill Clark/Roll Call File Photo)

Ellmers is getting a challenge in the GOP primary. (Bill Clark/Roll Call File Photo)

Republican Jim Duncan has released his first TV ad in his primary campaign to unseat North Carolina 2nd District Rep. Renee Ellmers. Full story

Strickland’s Past Positions on Guns Put Him in a Tough Spot

UNITED STATES - APRIL 21: Former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland (D) talks with reporters before the senate policy luncheons in the Capitol, April 21, 2015. Strickland is running for the Senate in Ohio. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Strickland says his views on guns have changed in the wake of school shootings.
(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As the Democratic Party and President Barack Obama make moves on gun policy, former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland’s past record on the issue has put him under scrutiny.

When he was up for re-election in 2010, the Democrat was given an A-plus rating by the National Rifle Association, which endorsed him over Republican John Kasich, who got a B.

“We don’t give a lot A-pluses,” said Catherine Mortensen, a spokeswoman for the NRA. Kasich would go on to defeat Strickland.

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January 12, 2016

Andrea Zopp Makes Her Case to Congressional Black Caucus Members

UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 22: Andrea Zopp, Democrat candidate for Illinois Senate, is interviewed in the Roll Call offices on October 22, 2015. (Meredith Dake-O'Connor/CQ Roll Call)

Zopp was invited by Davis to attend the State of the Union. (Meredith Dake-O’Connor/CQ Roll Call)

Despite trailing Rep. Tammy Duckworth in the Illinois Senate race, Andrea Zopp met with members of the Congressional Black Caucus ahead of the State of the Union to show she is the best candidate to advance their causes.

Zopp was invited to the Congressional Black Caucus Political Action Committee’s annual State of the Union breakfast reception on Tuesday by Rep. Danny K. Davis, D-Ill., who also invited Zopp to be his guest at President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night. Full story

Senate Conservatives Fund Makes First House Endorsements of 2016

Ellmers denied "completely false allegations" against her Friday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

SCF has backed one of Ellmers’ primary challengers. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Senate Conservatives Fund endorsed its first three House candidates of the cycle on Tuesday.

The SCF has traditionally backed conservative Senate candidates, but in 2013 the organization started playing in House races with its “House Conservatives Project.”

“These candidates are all principled conservative leaders who have strong grassroots support. We need them in the U.S. House to reinforce the efforts of our conservative allies,” SCF President Ken Cuccinelli said in a statement. “They will stand up to the big spenders in both parties and work to defend the principles of freedom that make our nation great. We are proud to support Jim Banks, Mary Thomas, and Jim Duncan,” he said.

  • Indiana’s 3rd District: State Sen. Jim Banks is running in a crowded GOP primary for the seat Rep. Marlin Stutzman is vacating to run for the Senate. Banks also has the backing of the Club for Growth, FreedomWorks and Tea Party Express.
  • Florida’s 2nd District: Mary Thomas, currently general counsel at the Department of Elder Affairs in Gov. Rick Scott’s administration, is trying to unseat Democratic Rep. Gwen Graham, who faces a daunting re-election due to redistricting.
  • North Carolina’s 2nd District: Jim Duncan, who chairs North Carolina’s Chatham County Republican Party, is running in the Republican primary to unseat three-term Rep. Renee Ellmers. The Club for Growth endorsed Duncan in December.

At the Senate level, SCF has backed Utah Sen. Mike Lee, Florida Rep. Ron DeSantis, running for the Senate seat currently held by Marco Rubio, and Stutzman.

Contact Pathé at simonepathe@rollcall.com and follow her on Twitter at @sfpathe.

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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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Presidential Primary Calendar Could Help Congressional Challengers

Shelby has a massive war chest. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Facing primary foes the same day as the presidential nominating contest, Alabama’s Shelby is spending money on re-election, just to be sure. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In more than a dozen states, House and Senate primary elections will happen on the same ballot with the presidential race — timing that could pose a challenge for incumbent candidates in intra-party battles.

Presidential candidates such as New York City real estate mogul Donald Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz are hoping to lure new, anti-establishment voters to the polls, a change that would skew the kinds of voters candidates will face.  Full story

January 6, 2016

Club for Growth Makes Shimkus Second GOP Target

Shimkus is only the second sitting Republican to earn the opposition of the Club for Growth this cycle. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Shimkus is only the second sitting Republican to earn the opposition of the Club for Growth this cycle. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Illinois Rep. John Shimkus became the Club for Growth’s second Republican incumbent target on Wednesday when it endorsed state Sen. Kyle McCarter in the 15th District race.

“While Kyle McCarter would bring a fresh breath of fiscal conservatism to Washington, his opponent, John Shimkus, is the epitome of what’s wrong with Congress,” said Club for Growth President David McIntosh in a statement.

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January 4, 2016

Top Races to Watch in 2016

WILTON, NH - JANUARY 09: A voter leaves Town Hall on January 10, 2012 in Wilton, New Hampshire. Voters in the Granite State are heading to the poll in the nation's first primary election to pick their choice for the U.S. presidential candidates.   (Photo by Matthew Cavanaugh/Getty Images)

A voter leaves Town Hall in Wilton, N.H. on primary day in 2012. (MatthewCavanaugh/Getty Images File Photo)

Technically, there are 469 races for the House and Senate this year, but we’ve boiled down that list to a trio of races to watch in each of eight regions across the country.

From vulnerable incumbents to competitive open seats to intra-party squabbles, the batch of races has a little of everything and can be a useful guide to track the trajectory of the election cycle in the months ahead.

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December 29, 2015

George Pataki Suspends Presidential Campaign

Pataki, seen here addressing the Republican Jewish Coalition on Dec. 3, is reportedly dropping out of the race. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Pataki, seen here addressing the Republican Jewish Coalition on Dec. 3, is dropping out of the race. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Former New York Gov. George Pataki is suspending his presidential campaign, he announced in a video message Tuesday evening.

“While tonight is the end of my journey for the White House, as I suspend my campaign for president, I’m confident we can elect the right person — someone who will bring us together and who understands that politicians, including the president, must be the people’s servant, and not their master,” Pataki said in the message, which aired on NBC affiliates in New Hampshire, Iowa and South Carolina.

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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 25, 2015

Later Caucuses Allow Iowans to Enjoy Holidays

The U.S. Capitol Christmas tree is seen on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, on Monday. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

With the Iowa caucus coming a month later, some say this will allow people to enjoy their holidays. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Veterans of the Iowa caucuses say having the contest a month later than the past few will allow them to enjoy their Christmas season and that the date change could affect candidates’ trajectories.

The past three Iowa caucuses were held in January, with the 2008 and 2012 caucuses held two days after New Year’s Day. But they’re scheduled for February 1 this year.

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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

Who Said It: Trump or Not Trump?

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Trump’s bluster has changed the tone of the 2016 presidential campaign. (Scott Olson/Getty Images File Photo)

Donald Trump has seized media attention with blunt statements that no other presidential candidate could get away with. And so far, the more brash the statement, the more his poll numbers go up.

But he is by no means the only political figure to use over-the-top rhetoric. Take a look at these quotes and take your best guess whether it was Trump or someone else:

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