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March 30, 2015

Tammy Duckworth Announces Illinois Senate Bid (Updated)

Tammy Duckworth Announces Illinois Senate Bid (Updated)

Duckworth announced her run for Senate on Monday. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 11:52 a.m. | Illinois Rep. Tammy Duckworth announced Monday she will run for Senate, giving Democrats a top-tier candidate in a must-win seat in 2016.

“I’m running for the United States Senate in 2016 because it’s time for Washington to be held accountable, and to put Illinois families and communities first,” Duckworth said in a video announcing her candidacy.

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March 16, 2015

Potential Scott Peters Challenger Surfaces (Updated)

Potential Scott Peters Challenger Surfaces (Updated)

Peters is a California Democrat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 5:41 p.m. | National Republicans are in talks with a potential challenger to California Rep. Scott Peters, whose tossup district makes him a perennial target.

San Diego City Attorney Jan Goldsmith is slated to have a phone conversation soon with Rep. Richard Hudson, R-N.C., recruitment chairman at the National Republican Congressional Committee, according to a source with knowledge of the discussion.

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March 13, 2015

Democrats Prep North Carolina Contingency Plan

Democrats Prep North Carolina Contingency Plan

Hagan lost re-election in 2014. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

National Democrats want ex-Sen. Kay Hagan to mount another bid for Senate in the Tar Heel State. But in case the former senator declines, party officials have started to key in on other potential recruits.

Hagan did not rule out running in a Wednesday interview with a radio station in Boston, where she’s serving as a resident fellow at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics.

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March 11, 2015

Democrat Mulls Rematch in Michigan House Contest

Democrat Mulls Rematch in Michigan House Contest

Cannon is a Michigan Democrat. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Retired Army Maj. Gen. Jerry Cannon is mulling another bid against Rep. Dan Benishek, R-Mich., according to two sources with knowledge of the Democrat’s plans.

Democrats billed Cannon — a veteran of the wars in Vietnam and Iraq — as a top recruit in 2014. But he went on to lose to Benishek by a 7-point margin last year, a poor cycle overall for Democrats.

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March 9, 2015

DCCC in Talks With California House Candidate

DCCC in Talks With California House Candidate

Valadao is a Republican from California. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

National Democrats are courting a third recruit for a top California House race, after two other potential candidates recently took themselves out of contention.

Fowler Mayor Pro-Tem Daniel Parra is considering challenging GOP Rep. David Valadao in the Central Valley-based 21st District, according to a source with knowledge of Parra’s plans.

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March 3, 2015

Ex-Rep. Brad Schneider Inches Closer to Rematch in Illinois

Ex Rep. Brad Schneider Inches Closer to Rematch in Illinois

Schneider is a former member. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Illinois Rep. Brad Schneider is inching closer to a rematch with Republican Rep. Robert Dold, according to a Democratic source with knowledge of his plans.

Schneider was in Washington, D.C., Tuesday for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference. He attended the Democratic Caucus meeting Tuesday morning, where he received a standing ovation from his former colleagues, according to the source, and he was scheduled to meet with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in the afternoon. Full story

February 3, 2015

Illinois Democrat Hesitant on House Race

Illinois Democrat Hesitant on House Race

Bost is a freshman Republican from Illinois. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon, a potential Democratic recruit in a top pick-up opportunity for House Democrats in Illinois this cycle, demurred on the possibility of a bid next year.

Land of Lincoln Democrats are reportedly asking Simon to consider challenging freshman Rep. Mike Bost, the Republican swept into the 12th District in November. But fresh off a defeat for state comptroller last cycle, Simon said she is not yet ready to jump into a congressional race.

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January 18, 2015

GOPAC Announces 2015 Advisory Board

GOPAC Announces 2015 Advisory Board

Ernst was a member of GOPAC's Emerging Leaders Program. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

GOPAC, an organization that grooms Republican state lawmakers to run for higher office, will announce its 2015 Legislative Leaders Advisory Board Monday, according to a release provided first to CQ Roll Call.

The board pinpoints promising state legislators for GOPAC’s Emerging Leaders Program, which seeks to foster a bench of talent to eventually run for federal and statewide elected office. Previous members of the Emerging Leaders Program include now-Sens. Joni Ernst of Iowa and Cory Gardner of Colorado. Both Republicans won targeted Senate races in 2014.

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January 15, 2015

Kay Hagan Heads to Harvard

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Hagan served one term as a North Carolina Democrat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Don’t expect to hear from former Sen. Kay Hagan about her 2016 plans for the next few months.

The North Carolina Democrat, who lost to Republican Sen. Thom Tillis by less than two points last year, will be serving as a Resident Fellow at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics, according to a Thursday announcement. As part of her duties, she will lead a series of study groups for students during the Spring semester, which ends in May.

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January 8, 2015

DCCC Kicks Off 2016 Recruitment

DCCC Kicks Off 2016 Recruitment

Luján is a Democrat from New Mexico. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Democrats will formally start recruitment efforts for 2016 this week, kicking off with the cycle’s first meeting of new committee leadership and a weekend trip to Illinois to find prospective candidates.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee will name Rep. Denny Heck of Washington as recruitment chairman for 2016, according to information provided first to CQ Roll Call. Rep. Jan Schakowsky of Illinois will aid the DCCC’s recruitment efforts as the national chairman for candidate services, and the committee’s chairman, Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico, will take a leading role in seeking stellar candidates for 2016.  Full story

December 24, 2014

10 Races to Watch in 2016: New York’s 11th District

10 Races to Watch in 2016: New Yorks 11th District

Grimm faces a trial in February. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Michael G. Grimm, R-N.Y., pled guilty Tuesday to one count of federal tax evasion but refused to resign his seat, creating chaos in this Staten Island-based district even before the 114th Congress is sworn in.

Grimm is scheduled for sentencing on June 8, and whether he’ll see jail time remains to be seen. But no matter his punishment, calls for his resignation have already begun.

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December 23, 2014

Ex-Congressman Considers Seeking Grimm’s Seat

Ex Congressman Considers Seeking Grimms Seat

Grimm is a New York Republican. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As Rep. Michael G. Grimm, R-N.Y., reportedly prepares to enter a guilty plea Tuesday to at least one of the 20 felony charges against him, his former foe confirmed he is being recruited to run for the Staten Island seat.

Former Rep. Michael E. McMahon, D-N.Y., said he is not ruling out a bid in a brief phone interview with CQ Roll Call Tuesday morning. McMahon said he is not rushing to make a decision, citing the need to mourn the two police officers killed in a fatal shooting in Brooklyn over the weekend.

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10 Races to Watch in 2016: Illinois Senate

10 Races to Watch in 2016: Illinois Senate

Kirk, left, is running for re-election in 2016. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Mark S. Kirk, R-Ill., is adamant he will seek re-election in the Land of Lincoln, giving forceful declarations of his intentions to national and local press.

Privately, Democrats and Republican operatives express concern about Kirk’s ability to withstand the strenuous task of a statewide campaign. Kirk suffered a stroke in January 2012 that left him with some mobility challenges.

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December 22, 2014

10 Races to Watch in 2016: Pennsylvania Senate

10 Races to Watch in 2016: Pennsylvania Senate

Toomey is up for re-election in 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Patrick J. Toomey, R-Pa., the former president of the conservative Club for Growth, is seeking re-election in a state that hasn’t picked a GOP nominee for president since 1988.

So will Toomey — who has been endorsed for re-election by this outside group — moderate his votes or platform to appeal to the political center of the Keystone State ahead of 2016? It’s one of the most interesting questions of the 2016 cycle  — and it’s just one reason why the Pennsylvania Senate race tops Roll Call’s list of the Top 10 Races to Watch in 2016.

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December 16, 2014

House Democratic Losses Deplete Bench of 2016 Senate Recruits

House Democratic Losses Deplete Bench of 2016 Senate Recruits

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Sweeping House losses have not only pushed Democrats into a historic minority, they’ve depleted the bench of potential Senate recruits for the 2016 elections.

After losing the majority in the midterms, Senate Democrats are seeking strong recruits for 2016 in hopes of netting the five seats necessary to ensure they win control again. Party officials argue the majority is within reach because many Senate Republicans elected in 2010 are seeking re-election in a presidential cycle in competitive states such as Florida, Illinois, Ohio, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

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