Roll Call: Latest News on Capitol Hill, Congress, Politics and Elections
February 13, 2016

Posts in "Primaries"

September 18, 2015

New Names Surface as Republicans Pass on Race to Succeed Kline

The list of potential GOP successors to Kline has changed in the past week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The list of potential GOP successors to Kline has changed in the past week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In a district that’s been in Republican hands for seven terms, Democrats have at least two candidates lined up to contest the newly open race for retiring Minnesota Rep. John Kline’s seat.

Republicans, not so much.

Full story

September 16, 2015

Predictive Markets Still Bullish on Bush

GettyImages-483203178

Despite lower poll numbers, Bush holds a significant lead in predictive markets. (Scott Olson/Getty Images File Photo)

Seasoned political operatives are dismayed at Donald Trump’s staying power in the Republican presidential primary.

But for those Republicans waiting for Trump’s surge to crest and more establishment candidates to rise to challenge him, there’s reason not to dump their Jeb Bush stock.

Full story

September 15, 2015

California Democrats Welcome Trump to the Golden State

Passerby's photograph Republican presidential candidate frontrunner Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on September 10, 2015 in Hollywood, California. Trump was awarded the star in 2007 in the television category.   AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK        (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

Passersby photograph Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on September 10. Trump was awarded the star in 2007 in the television category. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty File Photo)

Getting attention for a House race in Los Angeles in a presidential year is hard.

So two Democrats running against one another in an open-seat primary in a California House race are seeking to drum up attention for their candidacies by staging events to protest the one candidate sucking up all the oxygen in 2016: Donald Trump.

Full story

September 11, 2015

Elijah Cummings ‘Not Interested’ in Baltimore Mayoral Race

BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 01:  U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) helps clear the streets of protesters on the same day that Maryland state attorney Marilyn J Mosby announced that charges would be filed against Baltimore police officers in the death of Freddie Gray on May 1, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. Gray died in police custody after being arrested on April 12, 2015.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Cummings helps clear Baltimore streets of protesters in April. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images File Photo)

As Rep. Elijah E. Cummings considers a run for Senate in the Democratic primary to replace retiring Barbara A. Mikulski, a source close to the 10-term lawmaker said he was “not interested” in another newly posted job: mayor of Baltimore.

On Friday, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake — seen as politically damaged from her handling of the death of Freddie Gray and the unrest that followed — told reporters that she would not run for re-election.

Full story

Two Women Vie to Be the Democrat in Race for Kline’s Seat

Both Democratic women vying for the DFL endorsement in Minnesota's 2nd District think they have a better shot now that Kline, chairman of the Education and Workforce Committee, is retiring. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Both Democratic women vying for the DFL endorsement think they have a better shot now that Kline is retiring. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Without seven-term GOP Rep. John Kline on the ballot, Democrats in Minnesota suddenly have a much better shot at flipping a district President Barack Obama carried twice.

The question now is which of two Democratic women will be the candidate. Full story

September 8, 2015

Is Love for Carson and Trump More Than a Summer Fling?

Carson and Trump are appealing to voters in a similar way. (File Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The rise of support for angry political outsiders such as Trump and Carson is not specific to this cycle, but their lasting impact could be. (File Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The political outsider channeling voters’ anger is becoming as much a thing as grilling pork chops at the Iowa State Fair.

But this election cycle, Republicans see something different with real estate mogul and reality television star Donald Trump carrying that mantle and leading in the polls deep into the summer: The outsider is not (yet) crumbling under heavy scrutiny.

Full story

September 4, 2015

Grayson Trumps Murphy’s Trump Comparison

Grayson, top, and Murphy have been sniping at each other as they vie for the Democratic nod in Florida's Senate race. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Grayson, top, and Murphy have been sniping at each other as they vie for the Democratic nod in Florida’s Senate race. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Update 12:55 p.m. | Rep. Alan Grayson’s campaign reacted quickly Friday to Democratic Senate primary opponent Rep. Patrick Murphy’s comparison of him to Donald Trump, pointing out that Murphy’s father’s construction company had built two major projects for the real estate mogul who’s leading Republican presidential polls.

“Murphy’s family construction business — where he used to work, where his daddy’s money comes from, and in which he owns a share worth $1 million to $5 million — has a business relationship with Donald Trump. How much money has Donald Trump put in Patrick Murphy’s pocket?” Grayson adviser Kevin Franck replied in an email to CQ Roll Call.

Full story

Crowded Presidential Field Pushes Congressional Races Out of Limelight

Ayotte speaks with local media outlets as she arrives for a tour of Mikrolar Inc., a robotics company in Hampton, N.H. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Ayotte speaks with local media outlets as she arrives for a tour of Mikrolar Inc., a robotics company in Hampton, N.H. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Members of Congress running for re-election in early presidential states are learning a lesson: It’s hard to get attention when the circus is in town.

Over the five-week August recess, an opportunity for members to spend time at home to connect with constituents, members like GOP Sen. Kelly Ayotte have had the unique challenge of fighting for voters’ attention as 17 Republican and five Democratic candidates traipsed through her turf.

Full story

September 2, 2015

Fifth Republican Joins Indiana GOP Primary to Succeed Stutzman

 

Stutzman is running for Senate in Indiana. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Stutzman is vacating his seat to run for the Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Agribusinessman Kip Tom filed Tuesday to run in Indiana’s 3rd District, joining four Republicans already vying for the nomination to succeed Rep. Marlin Stutzman, who’s running for Senate.

Tom had been openly considering jumping in the race, posting a letter to that effect on his farm’s website this spring. In a subsequent letter sent to friends and supporters Tuesday, Tom said he stepped down from running his family’s business, Tom Farms LLC, one of the largest suppliers to Monsanto.

Full story

September 1, 2015

Donald Trump Tries To Clear Air With Hispanic Business Group

Donald Trump (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Trump will take questions at an October forum with Hispanic business leaders. (File Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Billionaire Donald Trump — the Republican presidential candidate who has claimed credit for launching a divisive debate within the party about illegal immigration — will clear the air with American Hispanics in a public forum next month.

Trump met on Tuesday at his request with Javier Palomarez, the president and CEO of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, in New York, according to the group and confirmed by Trump’s campaign — a meeting the group said resulted in Trump’s decision to do a public Q&A with the chamber on Oct. 8.  Full story

August 28, 2015

DSCC Talking to Potential Burr Challengers in North Carolina

Burr still doesn't have a Democratic opponent. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Burr still doesn’t have a Democratic opponent. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

For much of this summer, North Carolina has been Democrats’ Colorado. Looking toward 2016, Democrats have a shot at unseating the incumbent senator but no candidate.

That may be about to change.

Full story

August 27, 2015

Rand Paul in for the ‘Long Haul’ — But Can He Make It That Far?

Paul will spend the weekend convincing Republicans to allow him a back-up if the presidency doesn't work out. (File Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Without some momentum from the early states, observers say Paul planning for the long game might all be for naught. (File Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

As Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and his presidential campaign embarked this week on a western swing – working their way from Alaska to Utah – they hoped to send a message to his fellow Republican candidates — that Paul is “in it for the long haul.”

But, without some momentum from successes in the early states, planning for the “long haul” could all be for naught. One longtime Republican operative said, “No momentum in early states means no momentum later, which means no money and no viable path.”

Full story

August 26, 2015

In New Hampshire, Frank Guinta Soldiers On Amid Controversy

UNITED STATES - AUGUST 25: Rep. Frank Guinta, R-N.H., left, speaks during a business roundtable discussion on cyber security at Jenaly Technology in Portsmouth, N.H., on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Guinta speaks during a business roundtable discussion on cyber security at Jenaly Technology in Portsmouth, N.H. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Embattled GOP Rep. Frank C. Guinta may be one of the most vulnerable congressional incumbents in the country, but you wouldn’t know it if you spent time with the Republican congressman in his district.

Instead of hiding out, Guinta’s had an active August recess, hosting town halls and visiting businesses in his southeastern New Hampshire-based 1st District as if the controversy swirling around him over campaign violations did not exist.

Full story

August 25, 2015

Another Democrat Gets in Race to Replace Duckworth (Updated)

There are three Democrats running to succeed Duckworth. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

There are three Democrats running to succeed Duckworth. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 12:52 p.m. | After one Democrat abruptly bowed out of the race to succeed Illinois Rep. Tammy Duckworth late last month, the Democratic field in the 8th District got a little more crowded Tuesday with the entrance of Villa Park Mayor Deb Bullwinkel.

“For the last several years, the people of our communities have been lucky enough to have one of the hardest working common sense voices in Washington,” Bullwinkel said in a release Tuesday morning, referring to Duckworth, who’s challenging Sen. Mark S. Kirk.

Full story

August 24, 2015

How Elijah Cummings Could Shake Up Maryland’s Senate Race

With his Baltimore activism and roots, Cummings would be a formidable force in the Maryland primary. (File Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

With his Baltimore activism and roots, Cummings would be a formidable force in the Maryland primary. (File Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Updated: 5:50 p.m. | After months of flirting with the notion of running for Maryland’s open Senate seat, it seems that Democratic Rep. Elijah E. Cummings might be ready to take it for a first date.

Next month, according to The Washington Post and confirmed to CQ Roll Call by a Cummings aide, the 10-term representative from Baltimore will hold a fundraiser at Nationals Stadium in Washington when his hometown Orioles are in town.

Full story

Sign In

Forgot password?

Or

Subscribe

Receive daily coverage of the people, politics and personality of Capitol Hill.

Subscription | Free Trial

Logging you in. One moment, please...